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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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  • M.
  • 18-05-21

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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Narration SO poor

Mispronounced words that really jarred - Brocade, subaltern and the Ton to name but a few. So easy to find true pronunciation on line. Unforgivable to read novels set in Regency England and mispronounce such simple words. Spoilt the book.

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bland narration

I was looking forwards to listening to this story after reading it! but the narrator's bland delivery without character or warmth began to irritate me until I gave up. The male character voices were indistinguishable and he only slightly altered his voice for the female ones. there was little to no emotion in the delivery and he narrated conversation the same as news reports!

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A beautiful story and a sensitive narration.

I loved this book. A great storyline, but the narration
was excellent. I would highly recommend this audiobook

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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.

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Loved it, as expected

Loved it, as with all Georgette Heyer's books and audiobooks! The narrator had an easy to listen to voice

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Gets better as you listen

One of my favourite Heyer. I almost gave up listening because of the almost robotic, irritating narration. Somewhere after the second chapter I think, the reading improved and I really enjoyed the performance.

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An engaging tale of believable people

One of my favourite books from this author. It tells a delightful tale and has such a strong cast of characters, among them is a most unusual heroine for G. Heyer, and her ebullient and un-aristocratic but loveable father.
It is the story of a marriage of convenience told against a backdrop of upper class English life around the time of the Battle of Waterloo. It unfolds gently but holds the attention.
The narration is very good, particularly for the father. That is very well done. The narrator doesn't try to put on female voices also, which I sometimes find annoying. However he does have an undulating cadence to his voice - a bit like a TV announcer - which irritated me somewhat, but It didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story, which I first read 5 decades ago.

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  • Fran D
  • 05-12-21

Delightful

I’ve avoided this book for years, having first taken a dislike to it when I was foolishly romantic. But now, with a degree of maturity, and this well read narration, I think it has become a favourite