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Summary

When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.
©2005 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Irritating Leading Man

A fun story with the usual array of characters. Eve Matheson manages most of the characters very well ...especially Annis, but hugely lets the side down with her portrayal of Oliver Carleton. A pompous and bullish voice all the way through , which wiped away a lot of the Heyer Conversation magic. Very odd as she manages some of the others SO well.



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  • Sara
  • England
  • 13-04-16

Uneven narration

This is a fun story but the narration of the leading man is SO poor that I dreaded his appearance in the story. What a shame.

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Story good but narrations not for me

One of my favourite Heyer novels. I really like Oliver Carleton and his dialogues with Annis. A blunt, matter of fact, no nonsence, tell it how it is man, who finds he has to mend his ways to win his "Lady". That's what makes the narration poor from my viewpoint. Ms Mathewson raises her voice every time he speaks to try to sound like a man, but it just appears that he is shouting - which he is not! He is forthright, blunt, argumentative but not always shouting. She needs to learn to deepen here voice, but keep it level to portray a gentleman. The book itself is an easy read/listen and the other characters all sound fine, especially the irritating Maria, who woud drive anyone she lived with mad. If you can live with Mr Carleton's voice, then give it a go.

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Not a lady of quality

Not a good narration. Overdone. A waste of money, and I love Georgette Heyer books.

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Excellent!

Any additional comments?

Lady of Quality has always been one of my favourite Heyers, despite it being so similar to the plot of Black Sheep. Annis is an woman trying to be independent whilst keeping family relationships on an even keel, who finds herself attracted to an unpopular man. Specifically, one her over-protective brother Geoffrey dislikes intensely. That sounds trite and formulaic, but isn't.

I think the strength of Heyer's novels always lie not just in the main storylines but in the variety of strong supporting characters. In this the palm goes to Maria Farlow, Annis's tittering, judgemental chatterbox of a companion. Maria has the potential to be either very funny - or drive you nuts. In Eve Matheson's hands (or rather voice) she comes to life, at once both horrific and grotesquely funny.

I kept Lady of Quality back till late on in my journey through Heyer on Audible for a treat. I wasn't disappointed. Definitely recommended.

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Mixed feelings

The story is classic Heyer: a spirited heroine, an unconventional hero, and plenty of beautifully drawn supporting characters to fill out the picture.

I bought the book and continue to listen to it because I like the story.

However, I am not a fan of Ms Matheson. Her voice is too often shrill, especially when dealing a with a female character in an emotional state. She does not always select the correct voice for a particular character either, especially when there is a spirited and fast moving interchange. Perhaps this last criticism is harsh, but it does spoil some scenes for me. I have to be in a positive frame of mind to bear listening to this, whereas listening to Phyllida Nash read Heyer can put me into a great frame of mind no matter where I started. Richard Armitage could read a grocery list and I would be enthralled, I regret that his performances are of abridged versions of the Heyer novels.
Please can we have more of the Heyer novels made available on Audible, unabridged, and with top quality performers. For instance, I love These Old Shades but will not buy the version currently available because it is abridged and the performance is dire in the short clip one can listen to.
Audible, I doubt if I am the only Heyer fan waiting for some new performances to become available!

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Oh dear

First time for this author. Too much squeaky females carrying the plot. Not for me

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Good listen.

Although there was not much story to this book and lots of story lines were left dangling, I still enjoyed the general ambiance and the splendid conversations of the various characters .
The book was good enough for me to say that I shall definitely listen to it again.

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Enjoyable

Enjoyable listen but not the best storyline. Not much to it though so. Bit simple

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A fabulous modern heroine, vibrant and independent...

Eve Mathewson is a good performer but I did not enjoy her Maria in this performance.

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  • Rebecca Roberts
  • 03-02-10

Sweet Romance

This isn't one of Georgette Heyer's best, but the dialog is so much fun that it made me laugh out loud. And the book is so well performed that it is definitely worth a listen.

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  • Hedi
  • 30-07-12

Pure Enjoyment

This audible production is a fresh encounter with a very old friend, as I read and enjoyed this novel years ago. There was not a single jarring note in the performance, which makes it a rare pleasure indeed. Georgette Heyer is dependably excellent, and the narrator did a good job. I plan to work my way through the unabridged Heyer titles, and will look again for this narrator.

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  • Ella Quent
  • 12-06-10

Absolutely charming

I have downloaded many of the Heyer audiobooks from audible and find this to be one of the best due in great part to the skill of the narrator. Eve Matheson does a bang up job of bringing these characters to life. I found myself listening to it again just a few days after I finished it the first time. I will definitely be downloading more books read by this narrator.

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  • bebe
  • 27-12-10

So Satisfying

I love Georgette Heyer Regency Romance novels and Lady of Quality is a very good one. Annis is a srong likable heroine and the dialog between the two young people she is looking after is very spirited and funny. This is a great romance with a lot of passion that is protrayed so well withour graphic sex involved (which acually makes it even more enjoyable).

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  • milla
  • 11-12-13

An Excellent Story - Annoying Voices

Would you listen to Lady of Quality again? Why?

I would certainly listen to it again. I've listened to it three times since I first purchased it.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a solid romance, but also has lots of humour.

What three words best describe Eve Matheson’s voice?

Three words are insufficient. Lovely in narrative, incredibly enervating when performing character dialogue. I really get annoyed by her character voices. They're so overdone and grating.

If you could take any character from Lady of Quality out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Miss Wychwood. She's clever and witty.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story, marred by the narrator's shocking characterisations, but still well worth having, as are all of Heyer's Regency novels.

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  • Patty
  • 18-02-11

Annoying

I was totally charmed by Georgette Heyer's The Unknown Ajax and Friday's Child but I found myself irritated and frustrated by Lady of Quality. I found the romance lacking and quite humorless. With Friday's Child I found myself chuckling and liking every character in that story (save the villain, of course). But the romance and comedy in Lady of Quality was almost non-existent. To top it all off, the character Maria made me want to scream. Eve Matheson is a wonderful narrator and I don't for a second blame her for Maria's annoying voice since I believe it is congruent with the character that Georgette Heyer wanted to portray. So I ask myself: Did I enjoy this story? Will I listen to it a second time? I answer with a resounding NO!

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  • Occasional Reviewer
  • 14-01-15

Better to read this one rather than listen

Any additional comments?

I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to the it. Eve Matheson's voice is lovely, and her narration is very enjoyable when her characters are understated, as in The Nonesuch. In Lady of Quality, her characterization is over the top and runs roughshod over Georgette Heyer's subtle humor. I was disappointed in the audiobook but recommend the printed and Kindle versions.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-11-17

I love Georgette Heyer, but this was a miss for me.

The hero is such an awful person. Why cultivate a relationship with someone who is constantly apologizing to you for the things they say? Ugh.

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  • Ccccc
  • 13-10-15

The Most Irritating Characters

Annis, the Lady of Quality, is surrounded by the most aggravating, insipid, predictable group of characters I have ever had the misfortune of encountering. I finished the book feeling as if I had just escaped from an ant bed!!

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  • Constance Jenkins
  • 10-04-18

Average Heyer Regency

Heyer's Regency romances are completely formulaic. You can tell, if you read more than a few of them, exactly how they will end. This is not usually a problem because she creates amusing characters and interesting roadblocks to her lovers' eventual happy ending.

When she is in top form, the formula takes a back seat to a fun, fluffy read. Alas, this one is not top form. The characters aren't as charming as usual and the roadblocks weren't as interesting. I found myself just too aware of the formula under it all.

It wasn't horrible (I am not sure Heyer ever is), it just wasn't as fun as most.

I thought the narrator was fine.