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Summary

Lysander Hawkley combined breathtaking good looks with the kindest of hearts. He couldn't pass a neglected wife without rushing to the rescue, which invariably led to ecstatic bonking, which didn't please their erring husbands one bit. Let loose among the neglected wives of the ritzy county of Rutshire, Lysander causes absolute havoc. 

But it is only when he meets Rannaldini, Rutshire's King Rat and a temperamental, fiendishly promiscuous international conductor, that the trouble really starts.... 

©1993 Jilly Cooper (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Suspend belief - it's ludicrous, but it's such fun

Like so many, I've loved Jilly's Rutshire Chronicles since Riders was first published, more years ago than I care to remember. This one is probably the daftest in the stable, but that doesn't mean it isn't really enjoyable. The basic premise that anyone, however rich, would spend Thousands of pounds employing a handsome, not that bright, young man to hang around just to make their husbands jealous? On some planets, maybe. Personally, if the husband's taking that many liberties, I'd rather spend the money on a good lawyer to get shot of him...
But we aren't meant to take the Rutshire Chronicles seriously. Dickens it ain't. This is Jilly world, where we can all retreat when the real world gets bit difficult, and wallow in some great characters, dreadful puns and happy endings, and as always some of the nicest characters that we grow to love the most are those who are not beautiful, gifted or rich. They are like Kitty, overweight, overworked, kind and generous, or Ferdie, forever fixing, wheeling and dealing, always the good and loyal friend but never the hero.Jilly always makes the misfits the most lovable, and in this case Lysander himself is no exception.
So many great characters in this book, Marigold, Larry, Georgie and Guy, Flora, the ghastly Hermione with her lovely husband Bob - the list goes on. And as with every book in the series, Rupert and Taggie appear as well. It simply wouldn't be Rutshire without them.
Listen for yourself, because it may be ludicrous, but as Patricia Hodge in Miranda would have said - it's such fun!

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The guilty pleasure of Jilly Cooper’s ridiculous romp.... shame about the narrator

I learned so much from Jill Cooper as a teen (about polo mostly!) An old favourite sadly tainted by the rather laboured narration and terrible accents as the reader breathily waded her way through this book. Not great.

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Fabulous story one of my faves ruined by the narrator

I adored this book the first time I read it years ago as I adore Jilly's books she is a wonderful author. But goodness me i could barely bear to listen to it and had to really grit my teeth through every word except her accents. Her inflections are atrocious, rising in all the wrong places it's infuriating. I'm compelled to finish it when what I want to do is grrrrrr! Imagine my disappointment to just find out how many of Jilly's books she's narrated. I'm really annoyed and quite sad. They are ruined for me. I'm sure if Jilly heard how she's butchering the narration she would step in. Sorry for the poor review. 5 stars every time for every
Jilly book especially this one, but 0 for the narration.

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Brilliant performance and story

After being very disappointed with the narration on recent Jilly Cooper releases, I am delighted that they have chosen this person to do the job. No silly accents or drawn out pauses. I felt it was read as I would read it myself. Just ordered the next book in the series, and really looking forward to it. Thank you 😀

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Loved it. The best Anti covid depressant!

Brilliant listening. Helps boring jobs fly by, though you have to watch who's near by as laughing out loud is a regular by product of listening to these books.

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Fair

I have really enjoyed the previous books in this series and was a bit dissapointed with this book. The story line was quite slow, some characters were quite annoying and some parts were just a bit silly and completely unrealistic. I hope the next book is better.

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Trashy but brilliant

Everything you could ever want from a Jilly Cooper novel. Boobs, boys, beauty, bonking and downright loveable characters all entwined in one big messy plot. Yes it’s trashy, yes it’s impossible to stop listening, and yes PLEASE make me a character in one of these novels.

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Not her best, but the narrator does well

I had to put a good word in here for Sherry Baines, who does marvels with the early Jilly novels only to be described as 'breathy'. She's a clear reader with a memorable voice--she only has a certain number of accents, but she deploys them well. It's just a shame that this book starts off well, as a fun sex-comedy romp, and gets bogged down in the leafy lanes of upper middle class Rutshire. Without the presence of sultry seething working class types with chips on their shoulders, or the trips to Argentina, LA and Palm Beach that Polo, Rivals, and Riders had, the book has to settle for local fetes and dinner parties. It's also the only main romance in the canon to make me go 'ick' rather than 'aah'.

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love these books by jilly cooper

I love these book im on my uptime reading them great narrative too great read

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A cracking good listen!

I've read the book but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Recommend this for a light hearted listen and you can pick the story up easily in between listening.