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  • Sylvester

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

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  • Nectar for the ears

  • By Amanda on 22-12-10

Garunteed to give you the vapours.

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-10

I cut my reading teeth on Georgette Heyer when I was a teenager. So, this rendition of Sylvester was a real find.

Nineteen year old Phoebe is a bit of (what Regency marms would call) a hoyden. She is unladylike, prefers riding to embroidery and she writes novels in secret. Phoebe's first encounter with arrogant Sylvester does not go well. When Sylvester turns up at Phoebe's home to offer for her hand, Phoebe makes her getaway. Adventures ensue.

Sylvester is read gamely by Richard Armitage which is a double bonus. He takes on the voices of various dowagers, maids, squires and squires sons with admirable competence. As for the sultry voice of Sylvester, I dare any lady not to wilt. I have not been able to find any other audiobook read by this versatile actor which is what makes Sylvester such a gem.

I recommend you give it a go and remember your smelling salts!

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