The Convenient Marriage, by Georgette Heyer (Naxos Audiobooks), read by Richard Armitage – A Review

I had not read The Convenient Marriage before this new Naxos Audiobooks recording happily landed on my doorstep.  I will confess all up front. I did the unthinkable. I read the complete plot synopsis on Wikipedia before I delved into the first chapter. *horrors*  Don’t even think about following my example.  It will spoil the most enjoyable aspect of this novel – surprise!

The Convenient Marriage is one of Georgette Heyer’s more popular Georgian-era rom-com’s, and for good reason.  It has all the requisite winning elements: a wealthy and eligible hero, a young naïve heroine, greedy relatives, a scheming mistress and a revengeful rake.  Add in a duel, a sword fight, highway robbery, abduction, switched identities and scandalous behavior, and you are in for comedic high jinxes and uproarious plot twists.  As I laughed out loud at the preposterous plot machinations in the synopsis, I thought to myself, “How does Heyer do it? How can she take us on such an outrageously wild ride and make it believable?” I was soon to find out.

Handsome and elegant Marcus Drelincourt, Earl of Rule, is comfortable in his bachelorhood. At thirty-five his sister Lady Louisa Quain urges him to marry, suggesting the beautiful Elizabeth Winwood. She is from an aristocratic family of good pedigree but little fortune. With two unmarried younger sisters, prim Charlotte and impulsive Horatia, and their self-indulgent elder brother Pelham (about as much help to his family as a rainstorm at a picnic), she must marry well. Lady Winwood is thrilled when the Earl agrees to marry Elizabeth and save the family from destitution. Seventeen-year old Horatia is not. Presenting herself at the Earl’s doorstep she boldly offers herself to him in exchange for her elder sister who is in love with Lieutenant Edward Heron. Horry proposes a marriage of convenience to Lord Rule with the promise that she will not interfere with him after they are married. She does not bring much to the bargain. Not only is she poor, she does not possess her sister’s beauty, and  she stutters. Intrigued by this young, brave girl, he is tempted and soon sees the logic, agreeing to her proposal.

The new Countess of Rule wastes no time in becoming the sensation of the bon ton dressing to the nines, attending parties, the opera, gambling huge sums and getting into all sorts of scrapes while her husband continues to pay attentions to his mistress Lady Caroline Massey. With patience and fortitude, Lord Rule councils his stubborn young bride against excess and the dangerous liaisons of Baron Robert Lethbridge, a known rake with a history with the Drelincourt family.

Determined to teach her husband a lesson for his interference, she defies his wishes attending a masked ball. Escorted by Lethbridge, he sees their friendship as the perfect opportunity to ruin her reputation and punish Drelincourt for thwarting his elopement with his sister Louisa years before. Horry tempts Lethbridge with cards, bending his resistance by scandalously agreeing to offer a lock of her hair if he wins. Unbeknownst to Horry, her husband has followed her to the ball, overhears their conversation and intercedes by stepping on her dress and ripping it. While she is away he disposes of Lethbridge and exchanges his costume with his own. Returning, Horry loses badly at cards and must give Lethbridge/Rule his winnings. Penitent, she concedes the bet which is met with a stolen kiss. Furious, Horry rushes away running into Lady Caroline Massey who recognizes her. Certain that her husband’s mistress will reveal to him that his wife was at the ball, she confesses all to him first. The Earl in turn reveals his charade. Discovering that he has fallen in love with his wife, how will he court and convince her that love is much better than a marriage of convenience?

Heyer’s characterizations just sparkle and shine. This May/Decemeber relationship presents great opportunity for difference in opinion and blunder. If Horry had not been an impulsive, stubborn seventeen-year old there would have been little conflict and no story. Lord Rule’s patience in dealing with his teenage bride commanded respect, endearing us to him by opening up the possibility of the love relationship that we hope for.  This delightful romp was made all the more enjoyable by this new audio recording by British stage and screen actor Richard Armitage. This is his third foray into Georgette Heyer for Naxos Audiobooks. His skill at unique characterization and resonant, velvetly voice transports the listener like Cinderella to the Ball. Unfortunately, once the story ends, so does the enchantment. My solution was to start it again. For me, a new audio recording combining fanciful storyteller Georgette Heyer and the sultry and seductive voice of Richard Armitage is like la petite mort. Hopefully they are not few and far between.

Listen to an excerpt at Naxos

The Convenient Marriage, by Georgette Heyer, read by Richard Armitage
Naxos Audiobooks (2010)
Abridged audio recording, 4 CDs, (5h 06m)
ISBN: 978-1843794417

On a whim, Laurel Ann Nattress created Austenprose, a blog celebrating the brilliance of Jane Austen’s writing and the many offshoots that she has inspired. As a bookseller at Barnes & Noble she delights in selling her favorite author’s works to the masses. In her spare time, she is currently deep into her editing duties for a Jane Austen short story anthology to be published in 2011 by Random House. An expatriate of southern California she lives in a country cottage near Seattle, where it rains a lot. You can follow Laurel Ann on Twitter as Austenprose.

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96 thoughts on “The Convenient Marriage, by Georgette Heyer (Naxos Audiobooks), read by Richard Armitage – A Review

    • agree with all the posts would really love either arabella or fredrica particularly the bit about the baluchastilan hound however on a completely different note and a bit more difficult what do folk think about a civil contract ?

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  1. Ooh, this is definitely going on my wishlist. I recently finished listening to Venetia, and I loved it!

    I’d like to hear Richard Armitage narrate Cotillion next.

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  2. Richard Armitage could read the telephone directory and I would listen! His unique voice lends itself to this medium and he breaths life into all the characters~even the female ones!The Convenient Marriage is a treat, I loved it, romance & humour~ always a winning combination. I’d like Richard to narrate Sprig Muslin next.

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  4. What a great review! I have heard such wonderful praise for this audio book that I will have to put it on my wish list (if I am not lucky to win it). I would like him to read The Grand Sophy. I have not had the joy to read it yet but I have heard great things about it.

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  5. I love, love, loved this book. Richard Armitage did a GREAT job with it! I would love to see him narrate These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub!

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  6. I’m a Heyer virgin (still!) but Richard Armitage could change that ;-)

    So I don’t know what book to choose, but I’ll go with The Grand Sophy too since that seems to a popular one that I hear about a lot (not just on this thread).

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  7. I would love to hear this book. My choice would be the Corinthian, I’d love Richard Armitage’s Sir Richard.

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  8. Ooooh, you had me at “Richard Armitage.” I don’t usually listen to audiobooks, but I will put these on my wish list. I would love Armitage to record “Arabella.” I want to hear Mr. Beaumaris conversing with his dog, Ulysses, in Armitage’s voice.

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  9. It’s mighty hard to choose, there are so many I’d like to hear Richard Armitage read (actually, as another commenter said, he could read the phone book, and
    that would be OK with me!), but I think I’d like to hear him read “The Unknown Ajax.” I do believe he’d do it justice…
    ;-)

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  10. The Convenient Marriage is such fun. I go back and forth between liking Horry and Rule each time I read it but am never in doubt that I like the novel! As you say, it is the magic of Heyer that she can take (and reuse) outrageous plots but thrill and delight us each time.

    I’ve never listened to a Heyer audio book but, if I do, I’ll definitely choose to listen to one with Richard Armitage doing the reading! I know he’s already done Sylvester, which is the one I’d be most interested to hear. As for what he should narrate next, I’ll have to vote for The Toll-Gate. I think he could bring that oft forgotten novel the attention it rightly deserves!

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  11. The only caveat of this recording was the abridgement. I did miss the hilarious scenes between Pom and Pel and I would have dearly loved to hear how Mr. Armitage would have handled those scenes. I’ve been wanting to ‘see’ him do more comedy and that would have been a great treat (even if just aurally)… But with that voice, I can forgive him anything! =) His reading of Sylvester is just as brilliant.

    Would love to hear him do Faro’s Daughter next. He would make a ravishing Max Ravenscar and would bring the sparkling banter with Deborah Grantham to life! =D

    And Laurel Ann… like la petite mort? You naughty girl! ;-)

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  12. I can’t tell you how much I would LOVE to win this audiobook. I have the “Sylvester” audiobook that he did and have listened to it so many times.

    I think the next one should be “Devil’s Cub”. That is one of my most favorite Heyer books. So incredibly witty!!

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  13. I agree with the many people who pick Devil’s Cub. Alternatively, I think he’d do great @ The Talisman Ring too!

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  14. I would say that “Friday’s Child” should be next for Richard. He already made my year by doing “Venetia” (my all-time favorite Heyer), so I can’t complain, really :)

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  15. Hey, if it was up to me, Richard Armitage would narrate ALL of her books! LOL! Love him :-)
    Great review! I’ve never really listened to an audiobook, but I will definitely check this one out!

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  16. My choice would be The Grand Sophy. That was a favorite, the first Heyer I read, so I’ve forgotten the actual lines, just remember how wonderful the dialog was. What a neat combination – Richard Armitage and Georgette Heyer!

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  17. Thank you for doing this tribute to Heyer and this drawing! I’d love a chance to win The Convenient Marriage. Personally, I won’t be happy until Richard Armitage narrates my favorite, The Unknown Ajax. Or maybe An Infamous Army. That would be good too.

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  18. Oh, my, would I love to get a copy of this! Richard Armitage could read my grocery list and make it sound sexy!
    Margay

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  19. December? At thirty-five? Does Richard Armitage look and sound like December? If he’s December, I’m hoping I find him in my Christmas stocking! :)) I read this book years ago so revisiting it in this form and listening to him will be a delight. Thank you for the review.

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  20. I can’t pick just one! I say either The Nonesuch or Cotillion. Or These Old Shades. Of course, then you have to have Devil’s Cub.

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  21. I read “The Convenient Marriage” Very enjoyable. I agree with previous comments, I think Richard Armitage would do wonderful as Mr. Bearmaris in “Arabella” my new favorite book. I think this would make a very cute movie as well with Mr. Armitage playing Mr. Beaumaris.

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  22. I’ve just got The Convenient Marriage audiobook and , of course, I can’t wait to discover every nuance of this new audiowork by Richard Armitage. Have you listened to his interview about making audiobooks, the use of voice and music ? SO interesting. It’s on Naxos Audiobooks site where you can also find a sample of his reading (chapter 1)
    http://www.naxosaudiobooks.com/0022.htm

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  23. Looking forward to adding this audio book to my collection. I read The Convenient Marriage a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the story – looking forward to hearing the one and only Richard Armitage narrate! :)

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  24. I just finished listening to Richard Armitage read “Venetia” and I very much agree with the characterization of his voice as “velvety”! :) Heyer already makes me laugh out loud, but the voices that he does had me giggling even more. I would love to hear him read any of Heyer’s novels, but I think he would do wonderfully with all the scrapes that Judith, Peregrine, and the Earl of Worth get into in “Regency Buck.”

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  25. I too would dearly love to hear Richard’s lively characterisation skills get to grips with the truly OTT charcters in Friday’s Child, which is my favourite Georgett Heyer – my third copy is now as dog-eared as its predecessors and due for renewal. Mind you, I also agree with all the other people who said that Richard could read anything and make it sound intreresting. However, I do truly believe he has a gift for comedy which is not given enough rein so the helter-skelter ropmp of Friday’s Child would do it . In time, perhaps he’ll be able to record ALL Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. – I’d pobably never get out of bed agsin!!!

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  26. I would like Richard Armitage to read “The Nonesuch” featuring my favourite Georgette Heyer hero Sir Waldo Hawkridge…..please.

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  27. I have read everyone of Heyer’s romances. I started in high school (too many years ago) and still have every one of the books. I think I will start reading them over again. As for Richard Armitage…I think he should read every one and I will buy them all!! I listened to “The Convenient Marriage” straight through yesterday. Loved it.

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  28. I love audiobooks when done well. So it was a real treat to find out that this lovely actor also does excellent audio performances. I probably would have come upon Georgette Heyer through my love for all things Austen but it’s through his (alas abridged) audiobooks I started reading GH. As of yet I haven’t read any other works. So if I may be shallow, my vote goes to Frederica just because I want to hear him say that name.

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  29. I’m with Carrie – I’d love him to read ‘The Nonesuch’ next because Sir Waldo is my favourite Heyero ;0)

    Richard Armitage’s reading of The Convenient Marriage is wonderful. LOL, Laurel Ann, ‘la petite mort’ … just so *g*

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  30. I think we all would wish that he completes reading the whole set of novels, he, he, he, he. And if it were possible in unabridged versions.

    Since he has already been Sylvester, Damerel and now Rule, I would like him to continue voicing some other of my favourite Heyer heroes, but if I would have to choose I vote for Frederica, which is one of the novels which keeps a lot of the hero’s perspective. I am sure Richard could be great as Vernon Dauntry, marquis of Alverstoke. *swoon*

    But back to The Convenient Marriage, I object that you have say that here we have a “May/Decemeber relationship”, and I am sure Horry would be offended too. After all, she is not a Marianne Dashwood ;), and so she does not considere Rule too old, she says so herself. He is in his mid-thirties, so still in the prime of his life.

    Once again, a great novel and the secondary characters are also great. Pel and his friend make me LOL and you will see that such prototypes would manage to get the protagonic roles in another of the novels.

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  31. It’s so exciting that Richard Armitage is doing the audiobooks! Not only does he do a fantastic job, but it brings much deserved attention to Georgette Heyer. I hope they continue to have him read them, though I would prefer if they were not abridged. I would absolutely love it if he read The Corinthian or Frederica.

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  32. I recently listened to Richard Armitage on BBC Radio reading the part of Lovelace in an adaptation of Richardson’s “Clarissa,” and I could honestly listen to his voice all day. There is something so wonderfully romantic about the sound of his voice! Pretty perfect for making women swoon over the already swoon-worthy prose of Heyer.

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  33. Thanks to the lovely Richard Armitage I discovered Georgette Heyer a few months back. I have read 4 of her books so far and my favorite to date is Frederica. It is hilarious and I just can’t help imagining Mr. Armitage as Lord Alverstoke. So my pick would definitely be Frederica.

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  34. I’m still waiting for my copy of TCM to arrive so I can’t give a review. However, RA’s reading of both Sylvester and Venetia have left me wanting more, more, more.
    I know I’m being greedy but I want all of GH’s regency romances read by him. My vote for the next one goes to The Talisman Ring although I’d be happy with any of them…Frederica, Arabella, The Grand Sophy, The Quiet Gentleman ( which has my favourite heroine, Drusilla), etc etc.
    I’ll need a larger MP3 player :o)

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  35. Thank you! A great review- you now have me tapping my feet even more impatiently, waiting for my copy to arrive. My only regret is the abridgement, but I understand why it’s necessary.

    My vote for the next Heyer on audiobook? It’s really tough, because there’s quite a few. Devil’s Cub and These Old Shades would be great, as would The Nonesuch and Frederica. But perhaps Black Sheep- Miles Calverleigh is a favourite!

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  36. Wonderful review. I am already in possession of a copy of The Convenient Marriage audiobook read by Richard Armitage and am about half way through. Really enjoying it, especially Rule and all those lovely French words Richard gets to say. I also have Sylvester and Venetia and would happily buy any audiobook that Richard reads, though I am not a particular fan of audiobooks and I fear that Rich’s readings have spoiled me for other readers. I’m only just discovering Georgette Heyer but I hear that These Old Shades is good though truthfully it would not matter much to me as I would buy anything read by Richard.

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  37. To date I’ve read 15 GH books and enjoyed them all. I plan to read and/or listen to all her books. I admit my favorite so far is Fredericka.

    TCM is another great read and I found myself laughing out loud in a few places. Ms. Heyer’s characters are interesting and enjoyable; also the fact that her heroine is not perfect, Horry is no beauty, has a stammer and is a bit of a risk taker. Thought it was interesting that such a young girl would sacrifice herself at 17 for her elder sister. After all, the Earl of Rule could have been a mean, selfish person but alas he turns out to be enchanted with Horry and a wonderful husband.

    I read the book then purchased the audiobook because Richard Armitage is the reader. He also did the reading of Venetia and Slyvester. Richard has a wonderful voice and captures the various characters perfectly. I especially liked his portrayal of Rule and Pel and thought he did Horry’s stammer great.

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  38. Wonderful review, LA! I’m absolutely with you about the ‘petite mort’ comment :D
    If anyone at Naxos is reading these comments, I’ like to join the ‘These old Shades’ AND ‘Devil’s Cub’ party: hope Richard won’t give up this incredible journey around GH’s novels.

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  39. I’m listening to a different version of this book right now, and as much as I live the story, I admit to feeling a bit cheated when I realized the narrator was female. She’s doing a delightful job, but it’s not the same.

    As to what be should do next, my vote is for The Corinthian.

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  40. I’m loving the performances – I really canNOT call them ‘narrations’ – by Richard Armitage. My only real regret is that they’re all abridged. But at least we have them. What I find astonishing is that each character and each scene is special. I’m a completely smitten kitten when it comes to Rule but I do love the scene in Convenient Marriage between Elizabeth and Edward – it is actually heart-breaking.

    I think I was around 13 when my mum put her favourite Heyer novel, Devil’s Cub, into my hands and I went through most of them. There are still a few I think I haven’t read but not many. It was really interesting to hear several major historians at a conference many years ago say they got into history because of reading Georgette Heyer.

    My favourites are, Devil’s Cub, of course, These Old Shades, Arabella and Faro’s Daughter but, if I had to pick one I’d love to hear Richard read if he could get through it without chortling himself silly, it has to be Talisman Ring.

    Thank you for the opportunity to make these comments and give suggestions. Especially since it must mean that there are more Richard Armitage/Heyer/Naxos productions on the way!

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  41. I’ve loved Richard Armitage’s readings of The Convenient Marriage, Venetia and Sylvester.

    Given a choice for next reading I’d love either Friday’s Child or Sprig Muslin.

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  42. As all my experiences of Heyer’s books base on the audiobooks read by Richard Armitage I really have no preference on what he should read next. Wouldn’t mind him reading all of them, really. But by a quick look-through in wikipedia I’d say that The Talisman Ring sounds like something I would very much like to hear him read.

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  43. Do I have to pick only one? I love Richard Armitage and think he should read all of Heyer’s novels:-) Cotillion is my favorite Heyer novel so far and I would love it if Armitage would read that novel!

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  44. I agree, he could read anything and everything and it would be perfect. I was already a Heyer fan and a Richard fan, so the combination of the two… wow. I’ve only gotten to hear Sylvester so far, and I loved it. I have to say, though, I’d especially like to hear him do either These Old Shades or Devil’s Cub, my favorites!

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  45. Oh, my. Richard Armitage could read the periodic table and I’d listen to it, but I think it might be fun for him to do The Grand Sophy next. He would do Charles’ passionate outbursts so well.

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  46. I would love to hear him do Devil’s Cub! Or perhaps have him do Arabella (which I just finished), he would be a dashing Robert!

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  47. I vote for The Talisman Ring because of all that great convoluted plotting and house-breaking and fighting and smuggling and general mayhem that goes on, and wouldn’t he do a funny French accent for Eustacie!

    But he could do anything and I’d buy it.

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  48. Richard Armitage reading Heyer! I would have to say Devil’s Cub should be up next for him, or possibly The Unknown Ajax.

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  49. The Convenient Marriage has Horry, one of my favorite heroines. I like her stutter and her spunk and her big caring heart.

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    • HUZZAH! Janice is the 75th comment on this post which upgrades the number of giveaways of The Convenient Marriage read by Richard Armitage to 3 copies. If we there are several more before the deadline of 09/06, the good folks at Naxos Audiobooks might up the ante again, so tell your friends!

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  50. I ordered it through Barnes & Noble and just picked it up last night (after reading the book). I guess I was to anxious to wait!

    As for the audiobook: Oh, my goodness, do I love it! I normally don’t listen to audiobooks, but Richard Armitage is a dream, and if he could convey the “heroes” the way he does a Mr. Thornton… then I’ll be in heaven. And yes, it looks like it’s going that way. :-)

    Now I need to get Sylvester and Venetia! (None of which, sadly, I’ve read.)

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  51. Another vote for Devil’s Cub here. I haven’t read The Convenient Marriage yet, but this audio version sounds like a great introduction.

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  52. Have just finished The Convenient Marriage which was so well read again by Richard and loved all of his characterisation and along with Venetia will be listened to over and over again.
    My pick for his next one would have to be either “Frederica” or “The Talisman Ring”

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  53. I’d love him to read “The Devil’s Cub”. I think Naxos has it already read by someone else. But I’d fancy an unabridged version by Richard Armitage….. Vidal has always had his voice in my mind :D

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  54. I’ve read (listened) to Richard’s narration of both Venetia and Sylvester. They both were near perfection! I’d love to own this one too!

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  55. It started with Sylvester and Richard Armitage I had never read Georgette Heyer a lamentable confession now I am reading everything a joyful experience Venetia is my all time favorite but as Richard has already read it! I vote for Frederica next.

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  56. Having all of her books it’s difficult to choose but one that I would really love to hear by Richard is The Unknown Ajax.
    It would provide excellent scope for his marvellous accents, and plenty of humour and hero time!

    Thank you!

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  57. I hadn’t commented on this one as I thought that The Convenient Marriage would be reviewed as a book, and not just the audiobook. But I don’t see it in the event schedule, so I guess this is it. One problem I have with this book is that the best scene is right at the beginning (when Horry goes to visit the Earl). Nothing in the rest of the book comes close to that! I haven’t listened to any audiobooks (they seem all to be abridgements), but I agree that Richard Armitage could probably read the phone book . . . Whis ones has he already done? Venetia would be good, or Frederica, or The Grand Sophy, or Arabella, or . . .

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  58. I have both Venetia and Sylvester on my iPhone and listen to them all the time – my children groan when they hear Richard’s voice (I don’t, however, ha ha!). My only wish is that they were unabridged, b/c there are so many funny scenes left out.

    If I could choose another book for Mr Armitage to narrate, it would have to be Devil’s Cub – he would make a fantastic Vidal, as he did an amazing Damerel.

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  59. I must be around the 20th person to say Devil’s Cub, but it is such a brilliant match. The entire collection of Heyer’s would be nice, but if I have to choose just one: The Corinthian.

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  60. Horry is one of my favourite heroines too. Pom and Pel are among the funniest secondary characters ever.

    Even though the thought of abridgment of any Heyer work is anathema, wiith so much praise here for Richard Armitage’s readings, I’ll have to listen to the sample for myself.

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  61. Wow, how many comments.

    I’m in love with Rule. I have a soft spot for Lethbridge and even for Lady Massey, poor woman ;-)

    The second sister, Charlotte, is wonderful. Heyer has a knack of creating memorable characters with a few scenes. She will either end up an old maid or marry Rule’s secretary Arnold (a nice guy, too). I wish Heyer had written her story, too!

    A wonderful scene is after the duel, when Lethbridge and Rule find a grudging respect for each other. I often wonder where the deep anger comes from – the story with Rule’s sister is not strong enough for such strong feelings. Lethbridge really comes to life in his interaction with Rule, more so than in his interaction with Horry.

    Pel and Pom and the grand aunt – what a wonderful chaos. I love the depictions of gambling, reminded me of the sons of Caroline Fox in Aristocrats.

    Yes, this book is definitely a favorite of mine. I read it in German (“sie schielt nicht – sie stottert” – when Rule tells his sister about Horry’s stammer – a LOL moment whenever I read it!).

    Richard Armitage – hm, might be worth checking. I know only his role as Mr. Thornton and he does has a nice voice. I don’t “get” the hype, though – must be my age, I could be his mother. I have never tried an audio book, I’m an obsessive reader who needs to feel the book in her hands.

    Oh no, I’m older than Rule nowadays! M-m-marcus….. I’m too old for you.

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  62. As I said earlier, I was very sorry that this one was not reviewed as a novel in its own right, not just the audiobook. I have just been remembering that TCM has one of the funniest extended scenes in all of GH, after Horry thinks she has killed Lethbridge and then runs into Pel and Pom, drunk to the eyeballs – what ensues is too funny – I think I woke my husband up laughing!

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  63. This was an absolutely first rate audio version, despite being abridged, and I want to thank you for recommending it.

    I finished it today and enjoyed every minute of it. I’m completely astounded at Armitage’s vocal abilities, and Heyer’s storytelling ones.

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  64. I thought you might all like to know that I sent the results of our straw poll to Naxos. Devil’s Cub was our first choice. They do listen and are interested in their readers choices.

    Regency Buck 1
    An Infamous Army 1
    Toll-Gate 1
    Civil Contract 2
    Sprig Muslin 2
    The Quiet Gentleman 3
    Faro’s Daughter 3
    Black Sheep 3
    Friday’s Child 3
    Unknown Ajax 4
    The Nonesuch 4
    Cotillion 5
    The Corinthian 6
    The Talisman Ring 6
    Arabella 7
    The Grand Sophy 10
    These Old Shades 10
    Frederica 13
    Devil’s Cub 17

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