One of the men after her heart is the masterful and handsome Mr. Philip Jettan. But compared to other men in 18th-century England, Philip is out of step - he is careless in his appearance and, in Cleone's own words, she cannot marry him because he is 'a raw country bumpkin'. He even refuses to buy a wig! His hopes dashed, but wanting to win over the woman he loves, Philip leaves for Paris - to learn to be a gentleman.
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Very clear audio and well read. It was like listening to a play.
I liked the transformaion from country lad to French gallant. It had me giggling. Jamie glover's French accent is well done and it is wonderful how he changes voices with the characters.
Be careful what you wish for.
Just so enjoyable. Thanks.
What a big shame Jamie Glover and Powder and Patch ever came together, however I'm sure the story would have very enjoyable had it been well narrated.
Georgette Heyer's story shined through a little, but all the clever wit and humour of her tale was unfortunately lost.
It took me a long time to try this Heyer novel, as I was put off my mixed reviews and a bad report from a friend. Which is a real shame, because this one is a charming way to spend a few hours. It doesn't reach the stomach cramping, crying with laughter heights of some of the later books, nor is it one of those intricate confections that Heyer does so well, but it's lovely and frothy like a glass of champagne with plenty of her signature wit.
I wouldn't recommend it as the first Heyer, if you are new to her then I suggest The Grand Sophy, The Talisman Ring, Cotillion or Friday's Child. But if you're already a fan then you MUST hear Powder and Patch.
The basic story is simple, girl refuses boy so he goes away to try to learn how to be what she wants, but the characterisation is excellent - these people aren't shallow, just very young and silly and it's a pleasure to be with them as they grow (a little) towards maturity. It's a fun ride and I grew to love Philip and Cleone a lot. The supporting cast are equally fun and the relationship between Philip and his father adds a bit of depth.
I really enjoyed Jamie Glover's narration, this is not a stylised reading but warm-toned straightforward narrative with good range of voices. I'd happily listen to him again, and I'm looking forward to the next time I revisit this novel.
In summary, if you like Heyer, don't deprive yourself of a treat. Her comedies are exactly that, they aren't meant to be taken too seriously. There is a lot to enjoy here, and it's fun to see the beginnings of such a great writer.
Although this is not one of my favourite books ,it was beautifully narrated so was vey enjoyable.
I always prefer a male narrator as the male voice seems to adapt to all the different characters without resorting to shouting or screeching as some of the female narrators can occasionally do.
Whilst not the longest Georgette Heyer book it has certain charms and humour which are sometime lacking in other books The main character is madly in love with the accredited beauty in the village but she wants a more polished suitor. He is sent packing to Paris to learn the ways of a gentleman and becomes the darling of society. He comes back to England to woo the beauty after some gentle teasing. A utterly charming novel.
A lively and engaging depiction of Georgian life a la mode. Lots of interesting and amusing secondary characters and a sympathetic hero. The heroine however is a spoilt, jealous, game-playing little b***h. She was so unsympathetic that she spoiled the story for me.
The narration was good and unobtrusive.
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