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Devil's Cub

By: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: Michael Drew
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The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father's before him. Not for nothing is the reckless duellist and gamester called "the Devil's Cub". But when he is forced to leave the country, Mary Challoner discovers his fiendish plan to abduct her sister. Any only by daring to impersonate her can Mary save her sibling from certain ruin.
©2003 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"My favourite historical novelist." (Margaret Drabble)

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Lovely book but narrator missed the mark

Devil's Cub is one of my favorite Heyer books and I anticipated with pleasure the audio version. However, it felt like the narrator didn't grasp the humor, period or characterizations as he should. Humorous comments were misinterpreted and historical insights and characterizations undermined by his rendering. At one point I wondered if he had read the book before recording -- or perhaps the genre just didn't click for him.

Production values were excellent and the narrator is easy to listen to, but the interpretation left a lot to be desired. You can't miss with Heyer and this is a fun book, but it deserved a better narration.

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Amusing but tricky

Like all Georgette Heyer's work, this book is LOTS of fun, but unlike many, it brings up issues that the modern world considers seriously un-funny. Heyer's hero starts the book as somone who drives (horses) too fast and plays too hard, and since he is wealthy & athletic & has a high social position, he gets away with it. Heyer, though, never excuses his behavior. She shows you characters, and their behavior, from their own view-points, and in their own settings. It is up to the reader to decide whether their behavior can be excused (completely, somewhat, or not at all). So, although her hero's behavior, when he assumes that the heroine is a "lightskirt" who (he assumes - incorrectly) is trying to trap him into making her his mistress, is inexcusable by modern standards, it was all too acceptable by the standards of the mid-late 18th century. He does not actually assault the heroine, but not through lack of intent. Heyer does not excuse, and she doesn't, when brought to the point, shy away from telling you a few ugly truths, either.

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Great book, truly awful narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Devil's Cub to be better than the print version?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Voices were overly dramatic and don't seem to correspond to the characters. Especially grating is Vidal, who sounds like an old man instead of a 24 year old.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book that deserves to be re-recorded by a different narrator who truly understands it.

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quite funny

I enjoyed this book, which is a delightful mix of outright farce and romance novel cliche. It works because Heyer never gets too arch or over-the-top about it, and always plays it straight. My only quibble is with the narration. The reader's own voice is fine, but the vocal characterization he chose for Vidal is distinctly grating - and unfortunately, not in a good way.

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Sigh...

This isn't steamy, if that's what you are hoping for, but what do you expect from Georgette Heyer? It is romantic, though, and remarkably so for her. Vidal is a perfect leading man: slightly villainous, but good at heart and respectful of respectable women. And the characters are so well written, you'll laugh out loud.

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Well done!

This was a very well done narration of Devil's Cub. I first discovered Georgette Heyer's novels over 20 years ago and have read most of them. This was the first time I had ever listened to one and it was very enjoyable. My two quibbles: 1) The narrator's choice of Vidal's voice (as was noted by a previous reviewer). I thought that the voice he used sounded much too old. More like a world weary man in his 40's or 50's rather than a young man in his 20's.
2) The accent of Mary Challoner's mother was also a bit of a stretch. It seemed too broad and coarse an accent. If Mary's father was a nobleman how could he have possibly married let alone meet a woman so far beneath his social status? But the other charecters were "spot on"!
Well done indeed!

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Not as good as "TOS"

Narrator not as good as one for "TOS." Avon sounds petulant, not purring. And Vidal sounds angry, not sinister. But still a good listen.

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toxic premises

I've enjoyed several of Heyer's novels as well-crafted diversions in which the 18th-19th century implicit classism, sexism, and "myth of the sensible women reforming a rake" were all a part of the tongue in cheek tone---BUT this novel's set up is downright offensive in both 2009 or during the author's career period (mid 20th C): The kidnapping mentioned in the product blurb is not a cliched elopement as in other of her novels, but an actual forced abduction with threats of domestic violence. Murder is taken a little too casually as a misdemeanour of the rake-to-be-reformed. It's not that such crimes didn't happen in spades during the late 18th century, but this novel presents them so lightly and so unnecessarily as romance.

Download one of her other novels! We don't need any product that takes domestic violence lightly, even in a soon-to-be-reformed rake. That may only further the illusion that keeps some contemporary women and their children in dangerous domestic situations.

Brain candy is fine - but as in a real world sweet, avoid consuming it if it contains toxins.

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She is so quotable

I loved this book. It was so enjoyable I couldn't stop listening. Georgette Heyer has such great vivid characters with lines that are so quotable. This book is a must.

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#2 in the Allistair trilogy and one of her best

What did you love best about Devil's Cub?

My 14th Heyer (I'm consuming them at a gallop), with an abundance of classic elements, including: adventure, abduction, elopement, two duels(one with pistols, one with swords), a classic rake (actually 2 including the father), a level-headed heroine, humor, and farce. Leonie and the Duke are back, but mostly in the background, as parents. It's the duke's son Dominic now who's the center-stage rake, to be tamed this time by a sensible bourgoise, Mary.Very well-plotted, light, and complete fun!

What other book might you compare Devil's Cub to and why?

All Heyer's books seem to be of a piece, really, despite different plots. They are simply delicious fantasy-romances, and it hardly matters what they're about, though Heyer takes time over the plotting, however light. Our hero Dominic resembles many of her classic nobleman-rakes, including notably his father, Justin, Duke of Avon, Heyer's "uber-rake" of These Old Shades. Once you start reading Heyer it's hard to stop--it's addicting escapism that leaves you feeling quite satisfied and rushing back for more. You're propelled along by the clever dialogue and the interesting period details. For example,I find I now know how to distinguish a curricle from a phaeton from a barouche. Though what good that may do me, I'm sure I don't know. And I am not "queer in my attic!" as her characters are wont to say...

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

I've listened to several other narrators of Heyer's books, and I do think Michael Drew does very well indeed with this unabridged version.--He is actually quite good at capturing a sort of nasty, nasal drawl you might expect of our rakes-both-father and son. He is also very adept in his handling of all the women characters. He has several fine narrative moments; one of the funniest bits is the valet's discourse on the marquis's fashionable figure. Drew clearly milks this little scene for maximum laughs. Simply not to be missed!

Any additional comments?

Read and listen to as many as you can get your hands on--a healthy way to revive good spirits! I've heard it called mannerpunk; I'd say regency-crack.

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  • Alison
  • 11-14-09

Devils Cub

One of the best by Georgette Heyer, and it was read very well without distracting you form the story as I found with These Old Shades. I didn't want this one to end. Please can he read These Old Shades.

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  • Bettym
  • 09-11-11

A Joy from beginning to end

I have enjoyed Georgette Heyer's books since I was a teenager (now a very long time ago!), and Devil's Cub was always a favourite. I wondered whether the magic would survive, but I needn't have worried. This is a wonderful reading of a delightful book, and one that does justice to the sparkling dialogue and humour. My only advice would be not to listen to it in public (or even in front of your nearest and dearest). Laughing at jokes others cannot hear, or indeed going around with a silly smile because you are just having such a good time listening, is probably very irritating. But if you are the listener, its a marvellous experience!

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  • Julian
  • 12-13-06

Georgette Heyer's Regency.

Having discovered Georgette Heyer's regency novels, I find I simply can't get enough of them. This is a sequel to 'These Dark Shades' in which we meet most of these characters. Which is the better, is one of those unanswerable questions. Both are great fun, hugely enjoyable, and just utterly delicious.

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  • Mrs. REP
  • 01-29-07

Just wonderful!

Georgette Heyer's novels are fantastic. Not just historical romances, they are exciting and witty too. I loved listening to this one. More Heyer please!

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  • Sara
  • 04-13-13

Great Escapism

This is one of my favourite Heyer novels and this narrator has brought it to life beautifully, so I can enjoy it yet again in another format. He has managed to completely ascribe excellent voices to all the various characters and maintains this effortlessly throughout the narration. Even his women are excellent! A lovely listen for Heyer fans

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  • Lucane
  • 08-18-19

Mills & Boon

I didn’t like how lord Vidal sounded like he was an old man, also falling in love practically overnight was just not believable.
I did enjoy the scenes with Aunt Fanny, they were funny.

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  • tisszy
  • 04-09-13

Devil's Cub is alive and kicking

On first reading I loved this book, but to relax and listen to it not only rekindles fond memories but adds a new dimension to the original enjoyment. Michael Drew instinctively brings out not only the nuances of Georgette Heyer's writing, but also the atmosphere and sensations of the period, heightening the emotions and allowing the mind to create images to fit the characters.



As a sequel to These Old Shades, the Cub certainly lives up to the Devil's reputation ... he is a natural offspring for Justin and Léonie, and just as lovable in his own way.



I would recommend Devil's Cub wholeheartedly to devoted fans and those coming new to Heyer alike.

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  • Rush
  • 07-27-08

Great fun

Ooh, this is delicious. I love a good Regency tale, and this is full of swashbuckling heroes, flighty swooning females, and a plucky heroine who wins her swain in the end. But you know she will, it wouldn't be Georgette Heyer if she didn't.

Even though a French accent is required for one of the characters, the narration is terrific. I loved it!

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  • Mrs. J. waite
  • 11-15-18

Devil's Cub

the narrator was so flat and seemed uniterested in the job at hand. let down.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 02-26-21

Not my favourite

The narrator's nasal interpretation of Vidal and Avon was almost as bad as his female voices. I prefer Heyer's Regency novels to the Georgian.

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  • V. Graham
  • 07-16-19

Lots of fun. A follow on from These Old Shades.

I didn't like the way narrator depicted Vidal...but everyone else was spot on. one of my favourite Heyer novels.

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  • Banjo
  • 01-01-21

These Old Shades & Devil’s Cub are her best works

These Old Shades & Devil’s Cub are the only two novels which follow on the story of the one aristocratic family. And I wish there were more. The characters are brilliantly brought to life with Heyer’s best repartee & stories. No other leading men have their charismatic flaws & strengths. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
All her novels are entertaining but these two stand above & always will. Her other novels are delightful but lack the brilliance of language of these two, which have lost none of their wit over time.

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  • desleighjane
  • 11-10-20

Great listen



This reading was very enjoyable and did justice to the story. Glad I bought it.

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  • Brian Arpel
  • 10-22-20

Georgette hair has done it again

her Elizabethan, Georgian and regency books are just so amazing. I love them all 👍

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  • Meaghan
  • 08-20-16

Voices painful.

I enjoyed the story but not half of the characters voices- straining to understand some of them.

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  • Ros H.
  • 04-17-15

Following on from These Old Shades

Quite a good book, but if you have read These Old Shades, then the story is virtually the same just with The Dukes son as the main character. I think not quite as good as the first book, but still ok.