Audiobook Recommendations

If you’re looking for a fun, light, exceptionally well-narrated audiobook- I’ve got good news for you.

A few years ago, Naxos AudioBooks released three Georgette Heyer novels* narrated by the swoon-worthy actor Richard Armitage, aka Mr. Thornton from BBC’s North and South

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I mean, who wouldn’t want to listen to this man narrate Heyer’s regency romances to them? And his voice is even dreamier than his face!

Naxos deserves major props for paring Richard Armitage with Georgette Heyer. Mr. Armitage does an incredible job at bringing to life all the comedy, wacky nineteenth-century slang, and of course the romance her novels are known for. I wish he had narrated more than just three of her works!

I’ve listened to Venetia and Sylvester– which happen to be two of my favorite Heyers- and am saving The Convenient Marriage. Now if Hollywood or the BBC could please cast him in any future Heyer adaptations- he would make the perfect Lord Damerel and/or Sylvester…

Here are the GoodReads synopses for the three Heyer audiobooks narrated by Richard Armitage:

The Convenient Marriage

When the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizzie, Horatia offers herself instead. Her sister is already in love with someone else, and Horatia is willing to sacrifice herself for her family’s happiness. Everyone knows she’s no beauty, but she’ll do her best to keep out of the Earl’s way and make him a good wife. And then the Earl’s archenemy, Sir Robert, sets out to ruin her reputation…

 

Venetia

She wasn’t looking for love . . .
Her beauty rivaled only by her sensibility, Venetia Lanyon is nearly resigned to spinsterhood, thanks to the enormous amount of responsibility she inherited with a Yorkshire estate, an invalid brother and the lackluster efforts of two wearisomely persistent suitors. Then she meets her neighbor, the infamous Lord Dameral, a charming rake shunned by polite society — exactly the type of man that a woman of quality should stay away from . . .

He wasn’t looking for redemption . . .
Though his scandalous past and deepest secrets give Venetia every reason to mistrust him, a rogue always gets what he wants. Without warning, his demanding kiss threatens to become a bachelor’s undoing . . . and a spinster’s most passionate awakening.

 

Sylvester

Endowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford, posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Honorable Phoebe Marlow will meet his exacting requirements for a bride. If he does not expect to meet a tongue-tied stripling wanting both manners and conduct, then he is intrigued indeed when his visit causes Phoebe to flee her home. They meet again on the road to London, where her carriage has come to grief in the snow. Yet Phoebe, already caught in one imbroglio, now knows she soon could be well deep in another …

 

Happy listening!!!

*Just a head’s up that these are the abridged versions, not the full-length novels.

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