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Charity Girl

Lu par : Daniel Philpott
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When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends.

But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love. Without the timely intervention of his brother Simon, and Hetta's suitor Gary Nethercott, Desford is in danger of making a rare jumble of his affairs.

©1970 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • à la Silhouette
  • 11/12/2015

Short but very sweet

A lovely little Heyer, often overlooked. It starts slowly but its humor - so charmingly amplified by Daniel Philpott's voices - makes this a laugh a minute.

There are many of the author's typical contrivances -- patriarch with gout, honorable young man trying to live up to his honor despite society's ready attempts at gossip and scandal, the winning, ape-leader heroine at an age past 25, the character with a hazy past despite being mostly of good family, and the secondary romance among secondary characters, lots of dashing here and there, from southern England to the the North and even west to Bath. All these features may seem stale on the page but come to glorious life in this very skilled narrator's hands.

The narration truly makes CHARITY GIRL one of the best of the minor romances, and well worth an Audible credit.

Hallelujah!

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  • EmilyK
  • 26/03/2015

Funny and Charming Heyer Classic

What did you love best about Charity Girl?

One of my favorite Heyers! Begins with a marvelous scene with the hero and his father – just classic Heyer. Both the hero and heroine are delightful, as were all the minor characters. I loved the hero’s mother and younger brother, and many of the other minor characters were hilarious. Lots of humor and an appealing, intelligent, and mature central couple – all of the best aspects of Heyer to me.Philpott is also my favorite Heyer narrator. He voices all the different characters so well, male and female, and has a wonderful voice to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor, the characters, and the marvelous narration.

Which scene was your favorite?

Either the wonderful scene at the beginning with Desford and his father, or the madcap and touching end to the book.

Any additional comments?

One of the best Heyer audios on Audible.

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  • L. Torres
  • 15/01/2016

Not my favorite - worth a listen but not a credit

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

I know that I enjoyed this story more with the reader then I would have if I had just read it.

Any additional comments?

My favorite Georgette Heyer books have more interaction between the main characters. But Desford spends a lot of time looking for Charity's relatives. There were also a few too many pontificating relatives for me. If you like Heyer books because of the glimpse it gives you into that time, you might enjoy knowing more about a healing town other than Bath. The book was free for me, and well worth a free listen. But I would not have wanted to use a credit for it.

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  • JULIA
  • 05/12/2013

Another great listen!

Have all her books, would read at least once a year, now - even better - I can listen. She was so knowledgeable of life in these eras, and her describes them fascinatingly. And so humorous!, I laugh out loud throughout. EXCELLENT plotting, writing, narrating. The best!

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  • Toni Sue
  • 17/01/2019

Heyer never fails to amuse!

I read the book about 30 years ago. It is a pleasure to revisit the story. Daniel Phillpott brings all of the characters to life. Now I am looking forward to “The unknown Ajax”.
Toni Sue

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  • Kathie Ward
  • 14/08/2015

Los of Fun

I read this book years ago and liked it then. But this reading complete with old codgers, lady housekeepers (with very heavy Yorkshire accents -and not very ladylike at all) is great. Add to this the high flown rhetoric & overblown "tender emotions"of Wilfred Steane and it's hilarious. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole package.

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  • Akela
  • 09/05/2015

not among her best works

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. There are scores of Heyer's books that are better than this one. Charity Girl is overly long and, unfortunately much more short on humor than, say Grand Sophy or Frederica or Venetia, Old Shades or Devil's Cub. I even thought that it must have been an early book by the author and was very much surprised to learn that in fact it was one of the latest.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Shorten it, remove some unnecessary dialogues. Choose a narrator with more sense of humor and less of unnecessary drama.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Unfortunately, the overly dramatized and thus sounding cheap, narration did nothing to make the book better. I am afraid, Daniel Philpott was trying too hard and as a result the whole started sounding like some vulgar melodrama rather than an elegant story about elegant Regency times.

Do you think Charity Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes - I'd better re-listen to one of my Heyers narrated by Richard Armitage - now, that was absolutely brilliant (admittedly, the novels were better too).

Any additional comments?

I wish the narrator wouldn't use a crude sounding accent (Russian? German?) when reading the villain's part (the villain in question being English). It sounds pathetic.

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  • Christine Cooke Forward
  • 25/06/2020

Great fun!

I enjoyed Daniel Philpott’s command of voices and accents. Total escape, quintessential Georgette Heyer fun!

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  • ButterflyRose
  • 26/09/2019

Read well by Danel Philpott

This was a rather dry story,with a lot of time lost with the main characer, Desford traveling to help find Cherry's relatives. I was not sure of who liked who and how anyone had time to fall/ be in love because the men and women spent very little time actually with each other. Loved Daniel Philpott's narration.

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  • EllaKay
  • 05/02/2019

Daniel Philpott is fantastic

Perhaps not Heyer's best, but still a fabulously enjoyable story as read by Daniel Philpott, one of my fave narrators!

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  • Emma Emu
  • 10/12/2016

Not Heyer's best

It's read well but the story is not one of Heyer's best. Only the last hour or so offer the great dialogue she is loved for

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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 09/01/2018

Nicht ihr gewohntes Niveau

Eines der schwächeren Romane von Georgette Heyer. Die Handlung ist langatmig und zu großen Teilen vorhersehbar, die Charaktere eindimensional. Hatte das Buch schon mal angefangen zu hören und nach einer Stunde abgebrochen, jetzt habe ich es bis zum Ende gehört, aber es ist leider nicht interessanter geworden.

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  • Leseratte
  • 22/05/2014

charmante Unterhaltung

Wieder eines von Georgette Heyers charmat-witzigen Geschichten. Der Sprecher ist gut gewählt, kann die verschiedenen Charaktere gut darstellen, ein Hörgenuß allein des Sprechers willen. Wer nette, leichte Unterhaltung mag, wird hier fündig.

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  • Antonia
  • 15/05/2020

untypisch langweilig für Georgette Heyer

Ich bin seit meiner frühesten Jugend mit Georgette Heyer aufgewachsen. Schon meine Uroma, eine sonst eher toughe Ärztin Jahrgang 1900 las die Bücher und nach ihr jede weibliche Generation, ich gehöre zur vierten. Aber ich muß gestehen dieses Buch kannte ich noch nicht, vielleicht ist es nicht ins deutsche übersetzt worden. Ich habe die Bücher nur auf deutsch gelesen.
Das alles schreib ich um zu beweisen, dass ich der Georgette Heyer nicht gern schlechte Kritiken gebe, aber dieses Buch ist so ganz untypisch. Ohne Verwicklungen, amüsante Dialoge und so ganz ohne Spannung. Es ist leider 9Std lang langweilig. Wie in allen Büchern ahnt man wer sich am Ende findet, aber eigentlich so ganz unspektakulär.
Also ich rate vom Kauf ab, es gibt schönere Georgette Heyers in der audible Sammlung. Leider kann ich den Titel nicht zurückgeben.

*Ansonsten, bitte mehr der Romane vertonen!*