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Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.

With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

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

©1950 Georgette Heyer (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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A favourite.

This whole book is outstanding. Will listen again and again I know.
Excellent narration. Wish it would last longer.

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  • Carol
  • 17/10/2013

The Full Sophy

If Georgette Heyer's many fans were to vote for their favorite Heyer heroine/novel, I predict "The Grand Sophy" would win. Naxos did a nice job on the abridgment that has been on Audible for two years (and which I quickly ponied up a credit for), but it was … abridged.

Now we get the entire book, and it is good. I enjoyed Clare Wille's narration of the abridgment -- she also reads the unabridged versions of "Cotillion" and "A Civil Contract," both well worth listening to -- but Sarah Woodward's rendition is equally good, and now all my favorite scenes are here, not on the cutting room floor.

Sophia Stanton-Lacy is the daughter of a British diplomat who has spent her teenage years traveling the Continent with her widower father as the Napoleonic wars wound down. Now Sir Horace is off to Brazil and leaves the 21-year-old Sophy in London with his sister and her numerous offspring. The household's eldest son is strait-laced Charles, who has recently (1) inherited a large fortune from a distant relative and (2) become engaged to the Honourable and egregiously proper Eugenia Wraxton.

Sophy is sparkling, spontaneous, self-sufficient, and as Charles disapprovingly observes, “on easy terms with every rattle who ever wore a red coat." Not hard to see where the romance will go, especially keeping in mind that first-cousin alliances were common among the “quality” right up through the early twentieth century.

Besides the protagonists -- and Sophy and Charles are among Heyer's most delightful and memorable -- several other characters also have romances underway or underfoot, and the machinations are tangled, funny, and occasionally bittersweet. Sophy's interactions with her large brood of cousins add marvelous depth to this classic novel. All will be well that ends well, so set aside the dreary dystopians and the vapid vampires and enjoy a romp through the Regency.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09/01/2014

Georgette Heyer at her very best

All the familiar elements of a good Heyer Regency are here - the star-crossed lovers, the stern but good-natured Charles, the humourless Eugenia, the ineffectual Lady Ombersly, and, of course, the Grand Sophy, a resourceful young women brought up by her father, Sir Horace, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars. The final climax of the story is perfect Heyer. Funny, convoluted, and perfectly in keeping with the characters.

The reader is Sarah Woodward and she does an excellent job. Highly recommended.

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  • Sharon
  • 10/12/2013

Delightful!

I loved this book. The narration was excellent, and the development of the attraction between the two protagonists worked perfectly for me. It ranks as one of my top three favorite Heyer books.

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  • Kristin
  • 06/04/2014

absolutely one of the best ever

Love love love this book, the dialog is fabulous. How can you not love 'the grand Sophy'. I don't remember a book when I've laughed out loud so much. Sophy is everything I would want to have been, if I had been born in that era. She takes the town by storm. Her schemes are so funny I could just see her mind working. The narration was great also. I am hooked on these older books by Heyer and will be looking for more.

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  • Patricia
  • 04/12/2013

Fabulous Fun, Witty and Highly Entertaining

Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?

Indeed I would and have done so. I enjoyed it so much the first time that I looked forward to meeting these characters again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sophia is such a tremendous character. She leaps from the pages with her intelligence, humor, compassion and generous heart.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Woodward – was your favorite?

Woodward was simply marvelous. I have listened to a great many narrated books and her performance is very high on the list. I believe she captured Sophia's and Charles' personalities to perfection.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh, this is a very funny book. The dialogue is great bringing on smiles and laughter.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

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  • CarolB
  • 16/06/2016

Delightful.

I bought the book on sale, based on Heyer's reputation and reader reviews. Loved it. a charming romp.

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  • Winifred
  • 24/12/2013

Unabridged, finally!

One of my favorites from one of my all time favorite authors. Thank you Audible for getting it unabridged.

Some of Georgette Heyer's books are better than others, but they are all good and worth reading over and over. Finding them on Audible and revisiting them yet again with someone else' voice has been so fun! If you haven't read her books before, do yourself a favor.

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  • Mary FT
  • 13/12/2013

Great story, odd reading

Would you listen to The Grand Sophy again? Why?

Yes, because I enjoy the story, characters, and dialogue.

Did Sarah Woodward do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I thought she did better toward the end, but in general I found her timing rather strange and the characters almost indistinguishable.

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  • EmilyK
  • 02/01/2015

One of Heyer's best; wonderful narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Grand Sophy to be better than the print version?

Until I listened to it, I would have thought that pretty unlikely, but now I'm a convert. The narrator is superb and it is helpful to hear the pronounciations of some of the words in an English accent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Sophy is one of Heyer's great characters. As a teen, I didn't appreciate Charles, but encountering TGS anew, he's one of my favorites as well. In the best Heyer's, the minor characters are funny and recognizable types, and this novel is no exception.

What about Sarah Woodward’s performance did you like?

She has a pleasing voice and characterized the different players well. It moved at a good pace, and the humor was very present.

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

A bit long for that, and I like to savor a good Heyer. That said, I felt no desire to turn it off, other than it was past my bedtime.

Any additional comments?

Very much recommended. These a great books for teen girls, and I'd recommend them over a lot of the YA titles out there now.

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  • Carole T.
  • 21/02/2014

Grand and Great and Entirely Heyer

You can't argue with "The Grand Sophy". Here is one of Georgette Heyer's most memorable heroines, full of courage, charisma and feeling.

The "minor" characters are so essential in these books, which (it must be admitted) have pretty thin plots. No fear, Sophy and those around her make for rich entertainment. Not a lot of hot romance, but mayhem and comedy aplenty. I love the way Sarah Woodward voices these eccentric characters, male and female. She is an excellent narrator - so very important in the enjoyment of Heyer's books.

This book was written in 1950, at the height of the author's powers. How I wish that she had refrained from the cringe-worthy stereotypes which make a (thankfully short) episode in "Sophy" uncomfortable to listen to. I know she is writing about Regency England, where such perceptions were commonplace, but, by 1950, she should have known better than to have dwelt on them.

Aside from that, "The Grand Sophy" remains one of the best of Georgette Heyer, and therefore very entertaiing indeed! In the mood for light, well written diversion, and with a great narrator like Woodward, the listener can't go wrong with Sophy!

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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
  • 16/05/2017

One of Heyer's best

One of Heyer's funniest. Main character is very likeable, the story moves faster than in some of her other books and the reader does a very good job.

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  • G
  • 04/01/2016

Perfect

Very well red and a charming story in the best Heyer style. Altogether too soon finished.

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