©1965 Georgette Heyer; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
"A writer of great wit and style... I've read her books to ragged shreds." (Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph)
"One of Georgette Heyer's more adorable heroines." (Saturday Review)
"By far my favourite narration of a Heyer novel!"
I have purchased every available unabridged Georgette Heyer audiobook, and have read most of her novels.
Frederica was one of my top 5 Heyer novels prior to listening, and I absolutely adore Clifford Norgate's narration. His character voices are brilliant, especially in his capturing of Alverstoke's dry humour (which had me laughing out loud in parts) and in Felix's mischievous plaguing of his Marquis cousin.
I really hope Clifford Norgate will narrate other Heyer novels.
The story is humourous, believable, and romantic. One I keep coming back to listen to and enjoy again and again.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. Its an excellent length, the characters have got time to develop and come alive. The reader was good, didnt detract from the story as some narrators do. Georgette Heyer is one of my all-time favourite authors and I think this audio version does her story justice.
I remember Frederica being one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books when I was an avid fan many years ago. I am so glad that I listened to the friend who told me they made excellent audio listening. She was right. I knew how accurate Georgette Heyer was on Regency matters but had forgotten (or not realised so long ago) just how funny the books were - particularly Frederica. The book is beautifully read. What a tonic it was to listen to the exploits of the different members of the Merriville family - not forgetting the dog!
I highly recommend Frederica - particularly if you are looking for some light relief in these days of so much doom and gloom. It is also a great companion for a long drive or a tedious journey.
Great listen and enjoyable, what a fabulous reader who makes the novel so much more fun than reading myself. Would certainly recommend this book and the reader for more of her novels please.
"An all-round winner"
Really enjoyable; a most entertaining story, witty, romantic, excellent historical detail and very well read.
I would certainly recommend this book.
"A really enjoyable listen"
This is one of Georgette Heyer's best stories. Frederica has a mixture of romance and humour and a range of appealing characters. This is a light hearted, feel good book. It is well read and I strongly recommend it as a lovely way to pass a long journey!
G Heyer is always such an easy, pleasing and sometimes funny listen when one doesn't want to be too hyped up with a thriller or indeed fascinated with theory or mentally stimulated with an academic listen! More importantly for me I would add that the narration was excellent (Cifford Norgate) I would really love to hear more from this narrator, not just in the Heyer line
Once I got used to Clifford Norgate sounding like a pantomine dame whenever he tried to do a female voice, it was good. Some of the voices sounded the same, but you can't beat a Georgette Heyer story for peaceful listening.
Settling down to read any Georgette Heyer book is one of my favourite activities and this is one of my favourite of her books. The narration is good, making each character easily identifiable and infusing it all with life. It brought a smile to my face many times (which possibly slightly disconcerted some of the other bus travellers!) and helped while away plenty of long journeys.
"Love the story - dislike the narration"
This is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer's, but I found the narration more than a little irritating. The frequent misplacing of emphasis, the slightly whiny voices given to the boys and - too often - Frederica herself, all detracted from the story. It became Alverstoke's story - we got little sense of the charm, humour and good sense that attract him to Frederica - in fact she came over as rather wet. I would love to hear this narrated by Phyllida Nash, who is able to give voices to both male and female characters, and to distinguish minor characters without turning them into caricatures.
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