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    Perhaps the most deeply cherished novel among Heyer fans, Arabella is the story of a poor girl who captures the heart of a handsome and wealthy bachelor. When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten. However, what will he think of her deceitful charade? Will it ruin her chance to be with the perfect man? Arabella contains some of Heyer's most witty dialogue and romantic banter; with its delightful and laugh-out-loud passages it is no wonder it remains the fan favorite.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

    ©1949 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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    • Carol
    • 05/10/2014

    Don't Believe the Synopsis

    Maggie's review on Audible UK summed it up perfectly:

    "Gold stars all round for finally recording Arabella, unabridged, and by Phyllida Nash. Points off for whoever wrote the bland 'publisher's summary' that manages to make the book sound like the diary of a gold-digger."

    The synopsis of this book (as of 10/14) has every aspect of this charming story wrong. Anyone who reads the first chapter will know that Arabella is certainly *not* a gold-digger. And the amusing misunderstanding-leading-to-deception that drives the plot is far more the work of Beaumaris than of Arabella.

    I would say it is with the 1949 publication of "Arabella" that Georgette Heyer completely took possession of the Regency romance in a way that defines the genre to this day. "The Grand Sophy," perhaps her most famous work, followed in 1950, with another 15 years of wonderful books before the stories (in my opinion) began to slide in the late '60s.

    There is some similarity between the plot and characters of "Arabella" and those of the later "Sylvester," but Arabella is unique. The scenes where Arabella quite innocently foists a mongrel dog (to say nothing of the chimney sweep's "climbing boy") into the care of the suave and "dandy" Beaumaris are priceless. Her father and mother, though relatively minor characters, are wonderful.

    For fans of Heyer, this one is not to be missed. These Naxos editions continue to eat my credits for lunch, but I'm not complaining.

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    • Kathleen Ward
    • 15/01/2015

    Fun. Endearing

    Well worth the credit
    Will likely listen to again One of Heyer's best ones. Not Austen but closest author I can find. Performance/reading is lively and does justice to the book

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    • Nena
    • 09/10/2014

    Delightful !

    If you could sum up Arabella in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, witty and fun.

    What other book might you compare Arabella to and why?

    The Nonsuch also by Heyer. Poor girl, rich boy. Different plot but the same kind of engaging characters.

    What does Phyllida Nash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to this book is a marvelous experience - one you cannot get by just reading it. Ms Nash is one of the best narrators for Heyer's books. She does men voices flawlessly and her mature women voices are also great; however, she made Arabella sound older than her 19 years, consequently, the image of the innocent debutant was hard to take for me. Regardless, I enjoyed it very much and will listen to it again soon. In fact, I just finished it and want to listen to it again - I will use restrain though and wait a little.

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

    You bet! Unfortunately, it took me two days to finish it.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a favorite book of mine. I'm so glad that several Heyer books are coming out on audiobook. Hopefully, Pistols for Two and Simon the Coldheart will be coming very soon.

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    • Jessica
    • 10/03/2016

    A wonderfully charming story!

    It's been some time now that I've been in search for a charming romantic comedy. I didn't think this would be it. I started listening to it on a whim as I just couldn't make up my mind about my next listen. So glad I did! It was unexpected funny, romantic and so well paced. To me, the pace felt like a rumba (quick - quick - slow) and it didn't leave me wanting of anything (character development, ambiance, etc.).

    This is my first Heyer. It will certainly not be the last. I can't wait to embark on another one of her delightful stories.

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    • Carole T.
    • 24/10/2014

    Young Lady with Mind and Heart!

    "Arabella" is one of Georgette Heyer's earlier books, and it illustrates much of what makes her writing so much fun. The title character is young, spirited and lovely - but what sets her apart is her native intelligence and her exceptional heart. Our hero is experienced and a little jaded (and, OK, to modern audiences, just a shade too patronizing), but he recognizes the quality as well as the physical attributes of the lady. A charming, highly mannered Regency romance ensues.

    We might wish for more of the eccentric and funny secondary characters that Heyer so deftly presents in later books ("Sylvester", "Venetia", "A Civil Contract" are excellent examples), but I dare anyone to resist Jemmy the chimney sweep or especially the wonderful Ulysses in "Arabella".

    It's a short listen, but, as one of Heyer's characters might say, "highly diverting".

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    • Cynthia Franks
    • 04/08/2015

    A Feel-Good Fairy Tale for Adults

    Why do people love this author so much? Myself included? You hear the same phrases in all her books, her characters appear to be interchangeable from novel to novel and they always end in marriage. And yet you can’t help but love them.

    I think it is because Arabella could meet The Nonsuch and his wife, The Marquis and Marchioness of Alverstoke, Mr. and Mrs. Standden, The Marquis and Marchioness of Rotherham any evening at Al Max that make her books so enjoyable. It is a complete world. The world of Georette Heyer. They are not great literature, but fun reads rich in character and the little foibles of every day life. Lite and happy; they are feel-good fairy tales for adults. It is the little things like taking-in a stray dog or child; containing a gaggle of ducklings; trying one’s luck at a gambling hell; or the fear of telling a husband about another large bill that set these stories apart.

    Arabella is no exception. The beautiful, feisty daughter of a rector respectfully circumstanced, goes to London for a season. Her fond parents cannot afford a second. Through a series of jests and misunderstandings, Arbella becomes the talk of the town as a great heiress; something she is not.

    Although Arabella enjoys her popularity to the fullest; she realizes it makes it impossible for her to accept an offer of marriage from anyone; especially the the nonpareil, Mr Beaumaris, who she is more attracted to than she will admit.

    The book includes a wonderful description of a young man losing everything through gaming his first time in London and what a gaming establishment may have been like.

    The scenes of Mr. Beaumaris talking over his troubles with the little stray dog Arabella foisted on him are priceless.

    The performance by Phyllida Nash is superb. It is a wonderful bedtime listen.

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    • MABJM
    • 17/12/2017

    Synopsis is misleading! Read Carol's review

    I was going to skip this book after reading the synopsis. Thank heavens I read Carol's review, because she was right about not believing the synopsis. Read her review to get a good picture of what this book is about.

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    • Jennifer
    • 28/07/2017

    Never thought she'd get to London, but once she did...!

    This is one of my favorite Heyer romances so far. I've listened to five or six. Also loved the Grand Sophy. Mr Beaumaris (sp?) a solid hero who's love for a mongrel dog he adopted on behalf of the plucky, compassionate heroine makes the story. As a romance writer, I was learning as I listened to this one. Hilarity ensues when heroine's brother arrives in London and falls into the river "tick" and his friend breaks the news in the incomprehensible parlance of young men of the era. A good listen. Sorry it's finished.

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    • Pamela
    • 22/12/2014

    Good clean fun

    Where does Arabella rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a very nice, light story written by an intelligent and subtle author and read by one of the best narrators.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arabella. She is the most interesting character in the novel

    What about Phyllida Nash’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She has excellent expression and technique and voices most characters very well. She has a very cultured voice.

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

    I loved it when Arabella told her host off in front of his guests because he said that the fate of climbing boys, who were horribly abused by their chimney sweep masters, was not a fit subject for his mother's drawing room. Arabella's most engaging characteristic is her championship of the victims of injustice, regardless of whatever her peers think.

    Any additional comments?

    This story is not particularly riveting in itself but the characters so well written and the humor so dry and intelligent, it is a charming book

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    • EmilyK
    • 04/07/2015

    A wonderful Heyer classic

    I find this book one of the best of Heyer’s works – so funny and insightful. I love Arabella’s family and how she saddles Mr. Beaumaris with her projects. As with all Heyers, the minor characters (especially her family and her brother’s friend), and the resulting humor, is as (or more) important than the romance.

    Not my favorite narrator – would have preferred someone younger-sounding. But she grew on me, and I enjoyed her very much as the book progressed. For an American reader, it is good to hear some of the words pronounced correctly in the context.

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    • karindele
    • 09/03/2017

    Sehr unterhaltsam! Suchtfaktor!

    Sehr gut gelesen und unterhaltsam bis zum Schluss! Zu Heyer an sich brauche ich nichts zu schreiben; die Hörer wissen bestimmt, was sie von "Arabella" zu erwarten haben.

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    • Kindle-Kunde
    • 09/11/2020

    Enjoyable literature

    Just the thing to read for ladies. I have been laughing all the time and hope to continue it by proceeding with other books from Heyer

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    • Anne Loeck
    • 17/09/2020

    Absolutely charming

    - i really love it! Phyllida Nash is as great as always and the story perfect. You gotta love the Nonpareil!

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    • Helena
    • 06/10/2017

    voice

    the voice for Arabella sounded too old and did not suit her character - that was a pity. There are nicer voices to listen too.

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    • Beate Geiss
    • 27/08/2018

    Heyer at her best

    Eine der wundervollsten Geschichten von Heyer. Das Englisch ist gut verständlich abgesehen von wenigen Passagen im Slang. Das stört aber nicht. Man kann der Story trotzdem folgen und sie voll genießen.