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False Colours

Lu par : Phyllida Nash
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The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace.

Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.

©2014 Audible, Inc.; 1963 Georgette Heyer

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  • Gentle Reader Jill
  • 11/04/2013

Wow! A great listen!

Phyllida Nash's excellent performance lets the quirky, likeable characters sparkle in this wonderful, witty comedy.

After a few calm pages that let us find our balance, Kit learns that his mother and brother are teetering on the brink of crisis. After that, it's unexpected turns and convolutions all the way to the end.

The story would be amusing and thoroughly satisfying even if you've never heard of Regency England. But having more background lets you appreciate its breadth and depth of authenticity.

If this were a movie, it would get a whole bundle of Oscar nominations: screenplay, leading and supporting character performances, costumes, setting, cinematography, and direction. It all seems light and effortless, but wow, it's a delightful masterpiece.

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  • Gash
  • 13/07/2013

A rather Woodhouseian Heyer and a great reader!

Phyllida Nash is my favorite reader for Georgette Heyer books. Heyer builds her stories with sparkling dialog, and Nash is spot on with all voices. As with many Heyer book's this one relies on situational comedy, and Nash has unfailingly perfect timing in her reading that makes the most of the comedy. I had read this book in print, and I will say that Nash's performance makes it even better.

As the story unfolds, I was reminded of Shakespeare's comedies and some Wooster/Jeeves misunderstandings, but even when Heyer's characters are silly, she draws them with so much affection, they don't come off as completely ridiculous.

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  • Carole T.
  • 30/06/2013

Secondary Heyer

I've been reading Georgette Heyer's regencies for years - some of the books many times. "False Colours" has never been one of my favorites.

That said, this is still so much better than most romances. The age-old plot of twins being mistaken for each other is used effectively. There's sparkle and wit in the characters and some question as to how the whole thing will be resolved. Even secondary Heyer makes for a diverting and enjoyable listen!

I think Phyllida Nash is a wonderful narrator for Georgette Heyer.

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  • Rollin
  • 22/11/2013

A delightful comedy of errors and love

What did you love best about False Colours?

The main characters: the cool Kit, his lovely mother and smart Cressy, his beloved. They are wonderfully portrayed, complex human beings that go through several transformations in their feelings and relationships as the novel progresses.

What did you like best about this story?

First, the setup: serious Kit poses as his rakish twin brother, Evelyn, who is nowhere to be found and must appear at a family function to save his upcoming nuptials. The hoax turns out to be much more complicated than originally envisioned, making for a thoroughly enjoyable plot. Also I greatly enjoyed the description of an English manor house in the early 19th century, the food, the clothing and the general setting. It's full of interesting detail that brings an old story into the present.

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

I listened to and enjoyed the Black Moth.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to more books by Georgette Heyer, a novelist I feel fortunate to have discovered.

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  • Jenna
  • 16/02/2014

Pure delight!

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Omigod this book was SO FUN. It was just pure delight and put a smile on my face more than once. Which felt a bit silly because I was listening to an audiobook, usually on public transport, and sitting there grinning like a fool to myself. But I didn't care because it was awesome. What could be more fun that twins switch places?

Oh right, hot twins switching places. In Regency England. And having to pretend to be engaged. And actually falling in love. And all the many complications such a situation entails. You see, Lord Denville disappears, which is not necessarily something for his family to worry about, coz he's like that, except he's supposed to meet his new fiance's family. It's a marriage of convenience on both sides but it's important because his mother is badly in debt and he needs to get married to get his inheritance and help her out. Luckily, his twin Kit, who lives overseas, has a bad feeling in his gut and shows up just in time to pretend to be his brother for one night for the important dinner. Except one night turns into weeks when his brother's fiance's grandmother invites herself and her grandaughter to stay with Kit-as-Denville and his mother at their house in the country. Hilarity ensues.

But, importantly, this story isn't mere farce, thanks largely to the touching and genuine-feeling relationships. Kit is devoted to his brother and mother - indeed it's the only reason he allows himself to be dragged into the kerfuffle to begin with - and both are equally devoted to him. There is so much endearing affection in every interaction between the three, but especially between Kit and his mother, as it's their relationship that is at the centre of much of the book. I also really liked the openness and communicative nature of Kit's developing relationship with Cressy, false identity notwithstanding. There was a delightful chemistry between them and it was all very charming. Even Kit's relationships with his devoted-but-blunt servants were heartwarming.

Phyllida Nash was a great narrator, with an engaging voice, distinct and natural-sounding characters and easy pace. However, perhaps because I'm not overly familiar with Heyer's writing, having only read a couple of her works years ago, I did struggle with the language a bit. While it being an audiobook helped somewhat with understanding the tone, it did have the downside of not really being able to stop and look up a work or phrase when I needed to (otherwise I would have been doing so constantly). A few times I was a bit confused and had to relisten, and eventually I did look up a Heyer glossary which helped a little. But I didn't really mind relistening, anyway - in fact, I quite enjoyed it. That's how much fun it was. Even without fully comprehending everything, I adored this story, and definitely want to read - or listen to - more of Heyer's work.

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  • Becky Price
  • 12/06/2013

Double Trouble

What made the experience of listening to False Colours the most enjoyable?

Georgette Heyer's story about one twin taking the place of another was tons of fun. Heyer really knows how to draw a character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of False Colours?

The moment I enjoyed most in the book was when Kit Fancot, the twin who was forced to step into his brother's shoes, creates a scheme to untangle the tangle the deception caused.

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

The performance was superb as is usual with Phylida Nash. I don't know how one voice can portray numerous characters, male and female, but she pulls it off.

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  • Clare
  • 16/07/2016

Delightful Regency Identity Swap

Not my favourite Georgette Heyer Novel, but Phyllida Nash and her charming narration (oh she so brings out the sparkle of Lady Danville) makes this one of my favourite audios.

Unusual for a Heyer to be so strongly written in the male point of view, but Kit Fancot is an honourable, stylish witty character. This is not an action filled story, but the character development and relationships, and the wonderful writing is a pure joy.

If you enjoy a well written tale with amusing dialogue and a gallery of supporting characters, with fun mixed with decorum - and where the author totally understands the period with many incidental details - this is definitely for you.

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  • SuSuz
  • 12/10/2015

One of my favorite Heyer's

This audio version is a delightfully well done performance. I love the story of one twin taking his missing brothers place and the ensuing romantic tangle. Kit is one of my favorite Heyer heroes, and let's face it, all of Heyer's men are delectable!

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  • Julie Mckinley
  • 17/11/2016

Too much talk and not enough action

This is the first Heyer that I didn't love. With twin heroes there should have been manly events. Instead, we had way too much chat and I couldn't warm to the mother of the twins. She was supposed to be charming and adorable . In my opinion she is a schemer and a spendthrift who doesn't mind not paying her poor hat maker and dressmaker while spending thousands of pounds on her own self. The narrator did the best that she could with the material but in the end I simply wanted it to be over

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  • Klára Soos
  • 29/02/2016

What a delight!

I have consumed this story in one hit! Impeccably written and presented, as well as laugh out loud funny. Highly recommended.

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  • Abendstern
  • 02/06/2013

Sehr schön! Bitte mehr davon ungekürzt!

Von den Georgette Heyer Hörbüchern ist dies eines des besten. Die Sprecherin ist sehr gut auch bei der Talisman Ring gefiel sie mir sehr gut. Leider sind diese beiden Bücher auch die einzigen ungekürzten von Heyer, die ich finden konnten, deshalb gibt es auch die volle Punktzahl. Warum eh schon so kurze Bücher als Hörbücher noch gekürzt werden müssen ist mir sowieso ein Rätsel, zumal meistens die schrulligen und lustigen Nebencharaktäre weggekürzt werden, sehr schade.

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  • Emma Emu
  • 14/02/2017

Slow pace but good dialogue

Even though this is one of Heyer's most popular, it is the first one of her books were I became really bored. There is some good dialogue, as always, but as there are many points of view, things get retold from a different perspective a lot and the pace of the plot can seem glacial at times. Also, while all characters are amusing there is none with that little bit of mischief which makes The Grand Sophy and others of her books so enjoyable. The speaker does a great job though.

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