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Adam Deveril, the new Viscount Lynton and a hero at Salamanca, returns from the Peninsula War to find his family on the brink of ruin and the broad acres of his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. It is Lord Oversley, father of Adam's first love, who tactfully introduces him to Mr Jonathan Chaleigh, a city man of apparently unlimited wealth with no social ambitions for himself, but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his one and only daughter.

For more than 50 years Georgette Heyer brought romance and adventure to a wordwide audience, and Civil Contract shows how she continues to be loved today.

©1961 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Great Story but What Pronuciation!!!!

This is one of Heyer's best and the narrator is not too bad - but WHY did he (or his producer) think it was OK to pronounce words without checking how? Some of the mistakes are laugh-out-loud basic and others are just infuriatingly silly.
Was the use of no glossary suggested?

Penguin has a duty to respect authors and paying customers. A little quality control, please.

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inferior to the older version

This reading is far inferior to the older edition read by Phyllida Nash. Like several of the other Penguin editions of Heyer's novels, this reader mispronounces words, such as Marquis... apparently believing a French twist would be appropriate but only achieving a sound like a garden marquee. The story is one of Heyer's best, so do buy the older version.

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Excellent story, great characters

Coming to this straight from Devil’s Cub, the contrast could not have been greater. Dramatic scenes and furious duels on the one hand, to the careful growing and acceptance of life, relationships, and maturation in the other. Both are excellent stories, but the calmer pace of this one drew out beautifully nuanced people and relationships, and it felt potentially quite realistic. Nobody is demonised, everyone is understood. Would definitely recommend.