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Brought to you by Penguin.

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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  • 09-21-21

Super

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

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  • julia lewis
  • 07-29-22

Appalling narration

The narrator ruined this for me by her irritating insistence on trying to pronounce Beaumaris in french instead of anglicising it. She also achieved the impossible, rendering the heroin utterly insipid. Guaranteed to promote sleep!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-22

Good narration overall

Very good intonation and narration overall by Gemma Whelan. Beaumaris and phaeton were mispronounced but otherwise the narration was excellent and so much better than most other narrators of Georgette Heyer's novels on Audible. The best narrators of GH are first Richard Armitage and second Gemma Whelan.

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  • Avalie
  • 06-14-22

Terrible naration - pronunciation of Beaumaris

I cannot get past the narrator's pronunciation of 'Beaumaris'. I did read other reviews but had not realised it would be so intrusive and seems to be in every other paragraph.
Many years since I last read this one and think I am just too old to appreciate Arabella - she just annoys me.

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  • Alderley
  • 02-06-22

Yikes, the pronunciation!

I adore this story. Of all of Ms Heyer's books, this must rank the highest. Her characters are drawn with such a lively and deft hand, and the farce they entangle themselves into is so wittily described, that this favourite always entertains. That said, the narrator’s mispronunciation of the name of one of the principal characters, Mr Beaumaris, truly ruined this audiobook for me. How could the narrator have been permitted to present the name as if it were French? Such a disastrous choice that I suggest it would serve to ADR every instance of it, replacing it with the correct, English one.

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  • albert
  • 01-28-22

Good characterisation marred by pronunciation

I thought the narrator did a good job overall, the mispronunciation of Beaumaris was a little annoying. but I enjoyed it and thought some of the characters were brought to life very well, especially 'leaky Peg' and the formidable dowager duchess of Wigan.
thank you for beguiling several hours of tedious work by taking my mind away!

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Delightful as expected!

Straight 10 hours and so of unadulterated pleasure. How we have forgotten the chaste and innocent magic of wooing and being wooed. Refreshing and amusing, she charms you with her characters.

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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!
Well performed.

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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.