Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £25.99

Buy Now for £25.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Sylvester is read by Matt Addis, who appears in Doctors and Doctor Who.

Sylvester, Duke of Salford, is considering marriage.

Endowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford, posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Honorable Phoebe Marlow will meet his exacting requirements for a bride. If he does not expect to meet a tongue-tied stripling wanting both manners and conduct, then he is intrigued indeed when his visit causes Phoebe to flee her home. They meet again on the road to London, where her carriage has come to grief in the snow. Yet Phoebe, already caught in one imbroglio, now knows she soon could be well deep in another.... 

A typically wonderful historical novel, Sylvester shows once more why Georgette Heyer is the undisputed queen of the genre she created - the Regency romance.  

©1957 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What listeners say about Sylvester

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    79
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    69
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    68
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent narration Super story

I have enjoyed many Heyer audible books and this one has particularly good narration. A male voice often struggles with females but not so here. This is an excellent and satisfyingly long story. With some very amusing characters and a very modern heroine. Very much recommended as perfect escapism.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Absolutely terrific

My main comment here is to congratulate the narrator. What a brilliant performance. All characters were given their own shape; I believe myself entirely in love with Tom Orde as voiced here.

Really good listen, so much so that I'm going to do this one again straight away. Bravo!

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolute favourite

I have been looking for this Heyer story for some time now having read it many over 30 years ago. I still remember some of the witticisms and comments in the dialogue since then. A few tears, lots of laughs and a satisfying ending. Loved the narrator’s voices and ‘acting’. A great job all round.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Fantastic performance

The narrator has done an excellent job, making the story flowing in an excellent pace. His acting makes the scenes surrounding the ball extremely touching (I cried, yeah). I particularly love his portrayals of Tom and Sylvester.
The story itself, however, I do not love quite as much. It is a bit slow burn — indeed, the first a few chapters could be described as “quite dull”. Heyer skillfully digs deeper into the themes of pride and prejudice though.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sebastian by Georgette Heyer

Fantastic narrator - loved the story and characters brought vividly to life. One of Heyer’s best.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • CJ
  • 24-02-21

Regency Romp

Great unabridged reading by Matt Addis of Georgette Heyer's 'Sylvester'. Mr Addis gives a perfectly pleasant performance of the book making it a delight to listen to. There are other readers of 'Sylvester' (who are also very good) however, this is the only unabridged edition currently available (2021).
As for the story itself, Ms Heyer weaves as ever a wonderfully gentle romance. Where Jane Austen could rely on her contemporary readers to know the manners and fashions of her day, Heyer gives subtle explanations through characterisation which forwards the plot, enlightens her reader and brings the Regency world to life.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Perfect!

A much read book wonderfully narrated. Georgette Heyer's wit and characterisation is flawless as always.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good but some characters don't work for me

Most of this version of Sylvester is good. But one or two of the interpretations of the characters fall short for me, ( Maybe because I love the book, have my own mental version fo how people should sound, and also have an excellent earlier narration of it). The little boy 'Edmund', and Tom, both sound too old for their characters which hampers some of the very funny scenes they take part in. Also Sir Nugent Fotherby needs to be a 'larger' character to give him his true outlandish persona.
Having said all this, its still a very enjoyable version of the book, and a true Heyer Romance.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Unbeatable performance ?

Classic Heyer: colourful Regency characters entangled in a web of action and emotion; the whole enlivened by an outstanding actor with an enchanting voice.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful narration

Was very pleased to find an unabridged version of Sylvester, but thought no one could live up to the wonderful Richard Armitage. I was wrong. Matt Addis in this version was absolutely fantastic. Every character was different and so believable, this is one of my favourite Heyer’s and I know the story well, but Matt conveyed it in such a way that had me in tears, please get him to do the whole Heyer back catalogue!

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-21

Best of Heyer

This is one of favourite Heyer novels...laugh out loud funny..brilliantly read by Matt Addis. He really makes Heyer's story come alive.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sarah Brabazon
  • Sarah Brabazon
  • 28-07-21

A lovely listen

Sylvester is one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels. I own three copies of it in Audible books. This is the best unabridged version. The narrator voices the characters believably, and the delightful story shines.