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When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’.

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©1957 Georgette Heyer (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • C. Mendez
  • 16/11/2013

Finally!!!

What did you love best about Sylvester?

It's finally unabridged! This is one of Heyer's best. If you're new to her books, start here. remember, Heyer wrote in the early to mid 20-th century, so her books are not full of passionate sex scenes. However, if you're looking for witty, frequently hilarious dialogue, well-developed, unforgettable characters and a story full of detail that still manages never to be tedious, you'll really enjoy this novel.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters! There are a lot of them, and each one is so skillfully drawn that you'll never get confused, or find yourself wondering, "now wait, who is that again?" Some, like Tom and the governess, are lovable, and some, like Fatherby, are detestable, but each one is a literary gem. If you're familiar with Heyer's work, you'll recognize some recurring character types, but in my opinion that's part of what makes her work so excellent--you may recognize some of the elements, but the story as a whole stands out and is uniquely unforgettable.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene with Sylvester and Phoebe. This story is about as far as you can get from being a "boddice ripper", but there is no lack of passion between these two. Their interactions sparkle (even when Phoebe is deliberatly trying to prevent it!)

Any additional comments?

I suppose that some people might feel like the first few chapters drag. I disagree, because I think all those initial details help make the story richer. But even if you're not convinced at the outset, continue reading! You'll fall in love.

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  • Carole T.
  • 01/01/2014

Wicked good performance!

I was so glad to see "Sylvester" at last on Audio that I ordered it even tho I was unfamiliar with this narrator.

But, as with all readings, the narrator is key to enjoyment of a listening experience. And Nicholas Rowe turns out to be VERY good at interpreting Georgette Heyer!

"Sylvester" sparkles with humor and lots of charming characters. The hero and heroine (as with all Heyer) don't have a torrid affair, but their encounters crackle with humor and understated sexual tension. The plot isn't rocket science, but, with Georgette, you get solid historical detail and lots of just plain fun. This is one of her best, and that means the very best in historical romance.

If you're a Heyer fan, don't miss this! If you haven't tried one of her books, "Sylvester" is a great place to start.

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  • Sidonie
  • 16/11/2013

A wish granted. Take that sir Nugent.

I am so squee happy that I found this book. It is one of my favorites by the grand dame Georgetter Heyer. Hello lock meet key. That is the fit of this narrator to this story. I highly recommend you buy this wonderful book. I read it and loved it and had the abridged version and sighed because I wanted the full "fotherby". Now I have it. Great story, great narration, great characters what more do you need? ( I know Arabella then I will probably embarrass myself.) Love this book. Thank you to the publisher Naxos books the updated version of this classic it was a long time coming. If the world has multiple versions of Pride and Prejudice then it is high time for Heyer.

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  • Erica
  • 08/12/2013

Another Heyer Hit For Me

I listened to the abridged version and really liked it. I wanted the whole story though, so I spent a credit to get this book read by a narrator I couldn't find any other books by. So I read the reviews, which rated him very well, and dug into it right after finishing the abridged version. A credit well spent!! This narrator is fantastic and I hope to see him read more books. A wonderful story that was very fun to listen to. Funny, touching, and memorable characters with a lot of depth.

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  • susan
  • 14/02/2014

my first Georgette Heyer book-LOVED IT!!!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Sylvester to be better than the print version?

yes, because the naration is so well done. The characters all have distinct voices and dialects. I particularly like the voice of Sylvester.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sylvester, of course. He is just so funny and unaware how he can come off as snobbish to people but he is a really sweet man.

What about Nicholas Rowe’s performance did you like?

HIS VOICE!?!?!? I was disappointed to see that he doesn't narrate any more of her books. I'm just so doggone picky about who I can listen to-Davina Porter has ruined me,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could have. I found myself taking the long way home and driving under the speed limit just so I could listen to the end of a chapter. My neighbors probably think I'm nuts having seen me just sitting in my car in the drive way so often.

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  • Kristin
  • 06/04/2014

how have I not read this author?

Somehow came across this author on audible, and after reading some reviews gave it a shot. Oh my, so funny, different from a lot of the romances I love to listen to. Older style of novel, but the dialog is so great. Just love everything about this book, the naughty child, the stern but loving uncle, the banter is wonderful. Laughed out loud many times. Can't wait to listen to more by Georgette Heyer. And the narration, wonderful also.

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  • Lulu
  • 21/11/2013

Another Heyer Hit

This ranks up among the best of Georgette Heyer's books. I was excited to find it finally available on Audible. As usual her characterization was great. She takes a character who has a well entrenched but totally off-base view of themselves and gradually and sweetly turns them into the character they always meant to be. The struggle Sylvester went through as he shed his preconceived ideas of himself and his flawed notions of an ideal mate and turned into a fully formed man was fascinating to read.

Heyer's books are often dismissed derogatorily as "silly romances". I see her compared as often to Barbara Cartland as Jane Austen and nothing could be more unfair. Her characters have both flaws and depth, her plot revolves around more than two lovers finding each other and she captures a time and a place better than almost any author I have ever read. She has had a couple of "misses" in my opinion, but Sylvester isn't one of them. I recommend it.

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  • Linda Lou
  • 25/10/2014

GOOD STUFF

If you're a true Georgette Heyer fan, you'll love this one! I listened to the abridged version of this book a couple of years ago but I enjoyed the longer one even more. Narrator Nicholas Rowe hits it out of the park with his characterization of Sylvester and the lesser cast members.

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  • Cam
  • 14/06/2014

Delightful

A joy as always to read a GH book. She is truly one of the best historical romance novel writers of her time. I love her writing since it exactly portrays the relevant times by her superb command of the English spoken those days. Others doing HS can have a good story to tell but I find that use of the modern terms woven in with historical type of English spoken at that time makes it a bit distracting to follow.
Sylvester was an amazing book. I did not want it to end. A cleverly written book with complex characters. I only wish GH would add a bit more passion in her books. I am sure for most of her fans this is what makes her a true HR novelist since books at that time were free of passion. In my opinion, for the modern readers the addition will add to the book since people at the time were not as pure as portrayed in the books. A+++

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  • Marie
  • 27/02/2014

On of her best

No one can compare to Georgette Heyer when it comes to writing great dialogue. This is one of her best Regency romances.

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  • Hippogriff
  • 28/08/2014

Macht Spaß & süchtig

Das wird eine '1 für 3`-Rezension und bezieht sich auf die neu ungekürzt und auf Englisch verfügbaren Romane von Georgette Heyer.

Die Geschichten spielen in der Regency Ära, ersparen einem allzu tiefe Abgründe und enden vorhersehbar. Das macht aber nichts - der Weg ist das Ziel, die Geschichten sind witzig, gefühlvoll, voller unerwarteter Wendungen, aber ohne übertriebenen Schwulst, eher mit einem Schuss Ironie, wobei natürlich am Ende natürlich immer die Hochzeit von Held und Heldin steht. Sex gibt es nicht, allenfalls eine Umarmung und Kuss.

Die Heldin: ist in der Regel hübsch, aber keine Schönheit, fällt immer auf die eine oder andere Art aus dem Rahmen, was gerade ihren Reiz auf den Helden ausmacht. Dadurch, dass sie für die damalige Gesellschaft meist zu vorwitzig, selbstständig und eigenwillig ist, ist ein hoher Identifikationsgrad mit der heutigen Hörerin gegeben - das könnte man selber sein, zumindest wäre man aber gut befreundet. Nett gemacht :-)

Gewalt kommt ebensowenig vor wie Sex - es gibt 'böse` Leute - ein Dieb, eine verständnislose Stiefmutter, die hochnäsige Noch-Verlobte des Helden, aber es bleibt auf der Ebene von drohender gesellschaftlicher Stigmatisierung oder 'severe scoldings` (durch die böse Stiefmutter). Wenn es doch mal gefährlich werden könnte, ist der Held zur Stelle.

Sehr interessant sind die Schilderungen des damaligen Lebens - die Kleidung, die Feiern, die Rituale um das alltägliche Leben. Georgette Heyer lässt mit ein paar Sätzen höchst amüsante Menschen entstehen, lebendig, witzig, exzentrisch, teilweise überzeichnet dumm, eingebildet oder der Welt entrückt, wie der jugendliche Dichter in einer der Geschichten.

Bitte mehr davon (z.B. 'Frederica`und 'The Nonesuch`) und unbedingt ungekürzt - bei den gekürzten Texten bleibt eigentlich nur ein Skelett, eine vorhersehbare Geschichte ohne Reiz, weil alle interessanten Seitenstränge, witzigen Dialoge und Begegnungen, die das Ganze so lebendig machen, fehlen.

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  • Emma Emu
  • 03/06/2016

Classic - or rather Regency- Heyer

Typical clean (no sex) regency romance by the author who invented them. Witty, and partly LOL funny. Likeable main characters. Story unlikely of course but not annoying. Good male speaker.

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  • Cornelia
  • 09/06/2015

Nette Geschichte, unangenehme Stimme

Sylvester ist einer von Georgette Heyers Klassikern, und ich er wurde mir so oft empfohlen, dass ich ihn mir als Hörbuch gegönnt habe.
Unsere Heldin Phoebe macht ihre erste Saison in London - völlig erfolglos. Sie ist eigentlich draufgängerisch, aber von einer bösen Stiefmutter so niedergemacht worden, dass sie in Gesellschaft kaum ein Wort rausbringt. Über ihre Zeit in London schreibt sie ein Buch...in dem sie Sylvester, den Herzog von Salford wegen seiner vermeintlichen Arroganz so richtig niedermacht. Genau jener Sylvester wird nun von seiner weiblichen Verwandtschaft animiert, um die Hand der ihm unbekannten Phoebe anzuhalten. Er fährt aufs Land, und als Phoebe erfährt, wen sie heiraten soll, büchst sie aus und will sich nach London durchschlagen. Sie hat Hilfe, nur bricht sich die bei der Flucht ein Bein und zufällig landet der (brautlose) Herzog im gleichen Gasthof wie Phoebe, und das schlechte Wetter verhindert eine Weiterfahrt bis auf Weiteres.....

Die Geschichte ist einigermaßen an den Haaren herbeigezogen, von anderen Autoren netter umgesetzt (Simply Unforgettable von Mary Baloght zum Beispiel), aber richtig dröge wurde das Ganze durch die Stimme des Lesers, der manche der Hauptpersonen so kreischen oder bellen lässt, dass man beinah aus der Haut fahren möchte.

Von Georgette Heyer kann man weit besseres bei Audible bekommen, zum Beispiel Venetia, oder False Colours, beide wesentlich charmanter und netter gelesen.

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