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The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome, and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage. The two allies become embroiled in a series hilarious madcap adventures as they cross-dress, run into escaped criminals, have a case of mistaken identity, and save people from their own dramatics. Little do they predict their feelings for each other blossoming into romance.

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©1940 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Global
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  • Carol
  • 21/08/2014

Fun on the Run

Naxos releases another Heyer classic. This one is a short, fast, fun read. Our hero and heroine, both being pressured by family to enter marriages they find abhorrent, "meet cute": Penelope has shorn her hair, donned men's clothes, and is climbing out the window at 3 a.m. when she is rescued by a "bosky" Sir Richard, who is walking home after drowning his sorrows at White's Club.

Stirred by the idea of disappearing--and thus not having to propose to "the iceberg" his mother is pushing on him--Sir Richard (in his elegantly inebrieted state) agrees to pose as the gender-disguised "Penn's" tutor so that he can escort her to her childhood sweetheart's family estate.

By the time our hero sobers up, he and "Penn" are travelling on a public stagecoach, where they meet with an interesting assortment of the common folk (no fancy dress balls or evenings at Almack's in this story), and an especially interesting assortment of highway robbers. Mystery and danger ensue, but we know what will happen in the end--which is part of the joy of these books, at least for some of us.

Georgina Sutton's narration is top-notch; all the Naxos narrators are competent, but she's exceptionally good.


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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Gillian
  • 20/02/2018

By Far The Funnest Of Heyer's Works!!!!

Though I do so love Georgette Heyer, love most of her regencies, The Corinthian is by far the most engaging and entertaining of all.
Here we meet the unutterably unapologetic Sir Richard and the lovable Pen. Thrown together, both disgusted with the matches made for them, they ramble together and are caught up in many escapades (for Richard) and scrapes aplenty (for Pen, who just can't throw off an adventure if it'll kill her as her life has been so closeted and boring up until the moment of her dropping into Richard's arms).
The Corinthian has less romance than other Heyer works: here instead is a bit of intrigue with theft and a hapless murder, with other side stories of silly females, incorrigible brothers in law (so to speak), a would-be betrothed besotted by the silly and grown to be a judgmental young man, and of course the two most delightful of heroes and heroines.
Sutton's performance is a tad screechy when it comes to the likes of Cedric, but she does Pen so well, I could overlook that and let myself get carried away by Heyer's prose, her humorous turns of thief's cant and the like.
Unlike other romances, G.Heyer never sticks to specified plot points at specified times; rather, she lets her stories unfold, her characters develop, at a leisurely pace and with delightful outcomes.
Truly, I was so disappointed to get to the "Audible hopes you enjoyed..." part, but am only grateful that she was so prolific that I have many more books to look forward to!

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  • Patricia
  • 29/08/2014

A Very Grand Adventure!

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Ha! What fun. A joyous book, a wild adventure, wonderful characters, great dialogue — oh, my goodness. The narration was simply outstanding. Thank you Naxos. Thank you Audible. Georgette Heyer at her best!

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  • Kristin
  • 30/08/2014

the addiction to this author continues

This is a fun listen that kept me very entertained. I loved the antics of Penn, she acted on impulse which of course is usually not a good idea. Ricky's reactions were usually tolerant and helpful. The storyline in this book may have been used before by many authors. What makes Heyer's books is the dialog. She has a real talent for writing great conversation and infusing it with nuances that help develop the characters. One of the funniest characters in this book was Mr. Brandon. I could just picture him all dressed up like a dandy in the country village. Just way to many fun things to mention in a review without spoiling it for others. Narration was top notch. Highly recommend if you like this genre. And definitely worth a credit.

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  • Frances Langum
  • 21/09/2014

Good Clean Fun

What did you love best about The Corinthian?

The relationship between the main characters is romantic and charming.

What other book might you compare The Corinthian to and why?

I would compare it to a Jane Austen book. Not quite as well written, but still worth listening to.

Which character – as performed by Georgina Sutton – was your favorite?

Lord Richard is my favorite character. He's a bit complex and still keeps his Corinthian veneer and uses it to his advantage.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I couldn't say without providing spoilers. There are a number of twists to the plot that kept me listening. It's a romance with a mystery.

Any additional comments?

I've read a lot of complaints about books with sexually overt content. This book has none. I wouldn't mind it but if you are looking for good clean romance/adventure with no bad language or sexual situations (the worst swear in the book is 'The Devil!') this is a good book for you. Georgette Heyer is an accomplished writer; I wish she had not introduced so many different characters thoughout the book. A character appears late in the book for no reason except for the lead to have someone to talk to out loud. Otherwise they have NO purpose in the book. If you are looking for pure escape rather than fine literature, though, this is excellent and I really enjoy just relaxing and knitting while listening to Heyer's books.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Nena
  • 17/11/2014

Another great experience!

What made the experience of listening to The Corinthian the most enjoyable?

The narrator moves the story along very well. I read the book a while back and the audio experience is much better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked mostly Sir Richard. He was just as I pictured him when I read the book.

Have you listened to any of Georgina Sutton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first experience. She did a great job with most of the characters; however, I was disappointed with Cedric's voice. I liked him in the book, but he sounded like a bore in the audio.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

My favorite part would be a "spoiler" so I will refrain from answering this question.

Any additional comments?

Lots of fun. I laughed outloud a few times and smiled quite often. I'm a Heyer fun and this one ranks in my top five. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean adventure and romance.

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  • Global
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  • Carole T.
  • 01/09/2014

Any 'There' There?

I read all Georgette Heyer's books a long time ago, but I couldn't remember this one. Now I know why.

Pen Creed is one of Heyer's very young heroines. She's plucky, determined, willful and naive. And this seems to be her appeal to a polished, educated, experienced-but-bored man of the world. Lucky for her, he is also an honorable and principled guy, for we are quickly aware that, without him, she would be in a pack of trouble!

So much so that her innocence borders on stupidity and her willfulness approaches heartlessness. Now, this is not so common in the ladies of Georgette Heyer. Generally, the reader/listener can forgive the youthful wayward actions and enjoy the depth and heart of even the youngest characters. In "The Corinthian", you come to suspect that either Sir Richard will become completely bored with Pen pretty quickly or he's not all that bright himself.

Either way, this does not add up to prime Heyer. Even her usual attention to the eccentric "minor" characters is subdued here, as though even her heart was not in writing this particular story. She must have needed the money, or faced an impractical deadline. Even a dedicated Georgette fan can skip this one. Try "Sylvester" or "Venetia" or "Sprig Muslin" instead.

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  • Global
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  • Sego Lily Roots
  • 11/06/2016

One of Heyer's funniest, most entertaining books.

The H and h escape their family-designated marriages together and find great adventure on the road to Queen Charlton.

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  • James
  • 04/11/2014

Annoying Narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The voicing of the main female characters needed to be portrayed as heroines rather than simpletons or way too young for their roles.

What was most disappointing about Georgette Heyer’s story?

Couldn't endure the narrator.

What didn’t you like about Georgina Sutton’s performance?

characters' voices were too exaggerated to be believed.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

diasappointent. I'm a fan of GH.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Erica
  • 03/10/2014

Disappointing

I have listened to quite a few Heyer books. I think I have given all but this one 5 stars. It just didn't have the same charm as the others. The main character was always bored, so he tended to bore me. As another reviewer wrote, this is a similar formula to other books like Sprig Muslin and The Foundling. I found those books delightful, this one not in the same class. It wasn't horrible, just not as charming and fun as the others.

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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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 22/12/2017

splendid story

I'd like to hear it narrated by a man. Richard Armitage would have been perfect.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Emma Emu
  • 12/06/2016

Typical but good regency romance

Good regency romance by the genre's queen. Speaker okay but has no idea how to do a stutter. Luckily that character is not central but I really really would not have liked this speaker to read A Convenient Marriage

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Christiane
  • 19/03/2015

Sprecherin furchtbar

Eigentlich ist es ein charmantes Buch. Aber die Sprecherin ist furchtbar und nimmt den ganzen Reiz. Ich habe - obwohl ich das Buch schon lange kenne und mich auf das Hörbuch entsprechend gefreut habe - abgebrochen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anne Loeck
  • 06/11/2017

Einfach nur schön

Perfekt & wunderbar! Schmunzelnd entspannen & wieder an Liebe und Romantik glauben - c'est l'amour!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Selicor
  • 03/09/2017

This book does indeed signify

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

The Corinthian is Georgette Heyer at her best. Sparkling dialogues, exquisite turns of phrases in that Regency style that her fans like so much and a story that keeps topping its plot by another and then another and then some more. Sometimes the outrageous sequence of events goes a bit over the credible top but if we want to read a history book we can always go elsewhere. And yet, we get a definite feeling about the atmosphere of the place and the ton of the time, probably much more so because this historical treat amuses and entertains and sucks us straight into a world where fashionable men's attire was just as manly as being a famous whip and frequent people of the first consequence. Addictive like chocolate, this Georgette Heyer, and leaving us craving for more.

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • G
  • 15/11/2015

Deception

By far not the best Georgette Heyer, very often the reader exaggerates the voices tiresomely.

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