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A Beloved Classic from the Queen of the Regency Romance

A fiery debutante. An ill-tempered bachelor. A romance for the ages.

Arabella, the daughter of an impoverished country parson, dreams of a new life in London. But her beauty and charm will only get her so far - and when Arabella embarks on her first London season armed with nothing but a benevolent godmother and her own notoriously short temper, she quickly runs afoul of Robert Beaumaris.

He's the most eligible bachelor of the day, with a personality as strong and combative as hers - and Arabella cannot abide him thinking of her as just another pretty girl after his wealth. So she allows herself to be provoked into a game of deception - one that could have unexpected consequences....

Arabella is a rich, dashing romance from Georgette Heyer, the legendary creator of the beloved Regency romance genre.

©1949 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A wonderful wit.... I've read her over and over and over again." (Stephen Fry) 

"Triumphantly good.... Georgette Heyer is unbeatable." (India Knight) 

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  • Grandma- Gateshead
  • 09-01-21

Exemplary narration

I was not surprised that Gemma Whelan, an actress I admire, read this delightful story so beautifully. Heyer"s regency romances are far better than mere love stories. There is laugh out loud humour, accurate historical detail and cleverly constructed plots albeit with the inevitable happy ending.

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  • Vaan
  • 09-21-21

Super

A sweet story and very funny. I loved Ulysses. The narrator delivers it well.

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  • Aileen Fraser Davies
  • 01-11-22

Poor pronunciation

My favourite Georgette Heyer book, read in many ways beautifully but with some really poor pronunciation of some words. The mispronunciation of Mr Beaumaris surname at times made it painful to listen to, such a shame.

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  • ESRN
  • 11-24-21

Lovely!

This was a very enjoyable narration of Arabella. The plot was a stretch at times but it was a classic Georgette Heyer romp.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 10-12-21

Excellent

Another brilliant Heyer to charm and delight. The narrator was good except for the French pronunciation of 'Beaumaris'. It should have been the English pronunciation.

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  • JM
  • 09-25-21

Classic Heyer!

Another classic story, superbly read by Gemma Whelan.

I Really enjoyed this one, and recommend to anyone who loves regency romances.

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  • Avidbookworm
  • 08-30-21

A delight

This very beloved and absolutely delightful book is excellently narrated by Gemma Whelan. Highly recommend.

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  • John Pardey
  • 12-12-21

an Excellent reader.

Georgette Heuer is both delightful and predictable. No violence. no crucify, perfect escapism into a comedy of errors. Perfectly read.

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  • Georgette Heyer
  • 11-18-21

Pure delight!

Arabella is one of my favourite books by Georgette Heyer and I’ve read it times without number. It is a feel good book that never fails to lift my spirits. Given how highly I rate it, I was excited when Audible made it available as an audiobook, but also nervous. Would the production do it justice? And the answer is a resounding YES! So do yourself a favour and listen to this book - you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Lady D
  • 10-24-21

Good Clean Romance

Great story and characters with a twist at the end.
Moral of the story .. be honest!
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  • Kathryn M. Yorkston
  • 10-14-21

Georgette Heyer - storytelling icon

Absolutely loved it. The story was an intricate masterpiece and the narration was completely engaging.

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  • Beth Davies
  • 09-21-21

Classic Heyer

No one does Regency romances better. So glad they are available on Audible. I look forward to listening to more.