• Friday's Child

  • Gossip, scandal and an unforgettable Regency romance
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Owen Findlay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Friday's Child

By: Georgette Heyer
Narrated by: Owen Findlay
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

With an introduction written and read by Katie Fforde.

Hero Wantage is desperate to change her fate.

When the dashing Lord Sherry proposes out of the blue, Hero is overjoyed—she'll escape a life as a governess and, once they wed, he can finally claim his inheritance. 

But as Hero attempts to social climb in glamorous London society, Sherry is concerned that her naivety will ruin them both and takes drastic action.

The chaos that follows will push friendships—and hearts—to breaking point.

©1944 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely delicious tales of Regency heroes.... Utter, immersive escapism." (Sophie Kinsella)

"Heart-stoppingly gorgeous." (Harriet Evans)

"Georgette Heyer is second to none." (Sunday Times)

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  • A Mac Cready
  • 05-06-21

poor narration.

Narrator speaks too quickly, spoils a good story. Great characters, complex plot well-executed. Classic Heyer.

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  • Flowform
  • 06-15-21

my favourite Heyer

I love this novel, the main characters are engaging, the supporting characters are wonderful funny and sweet, the writing is superb. Sadly, although this narrator, I'm sure, does his best, his diction is poor - gabbling, mispronouncing, and generally swallowing his words - so that if I hadn't known the story inside out I would have had difficulty following the plot in places. Penguin should have hired someone of the caibre of Cornelius Garret or Richard Armitage to read it.

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  • Bettina M.
  • 09-20-21

My New Favourite Hayer

Perhaps due to not having grown up in Britain, I was wholly ignorant of Georgette Heyers books until recently when I came across them on Audible. I have now listened to a fair few of them and really enjoy them. I have to say that the enjoyment of each story does to a large extent depend on the narrators, which are for the most part very good, with only a few being flat or unsuitable to the story. However I have to say that the narration of this book is particularly excellent. Owen Findlay does a superb job of all the voices and really animates the different characters. I have laughed out loud at some of the things said and done by the four friends. I don't often leave a review but wanted to do so for this book. I have not even finished it yet but it is now definitely my favourite Heyer. As with the other Heyer books I have listened to the story is light and entertaining and definitely worth a listen.

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  • M.
  • 05-02-21

Amusing

Good story. Narrator is excellent actor of character voices. Narrative sections somewhat unclear due to casual accent used. Some usual Penguin issues about under-researched pronunciation. Good production apart from that.

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  • JED
  • 04-28-21

Excellent story and Narration

I was so pleased this narration came up to expectation.
I love this story of carefree young blades, going about their priviledged lives, in a rather strict society while still enjoying the spirit of youth!
At the same time, one of them taking on a wife from the schoolroom for no other purpose than to get his hands on his inheritance. Needless to say, things don't go exactly to plan. A heartwarming, endearing, easy to listen too novel. I have this by another narrator, the story is the same but this is by far the best narration, with all characters voices easy to listen to and understand. Enjoy it.

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  • Ilinca Neculai
  • 09-22-22

Definitely one of my favourite books!

The first of Georgette Heyer's books that I have ever read was The Great Sophie and I just loved it. Then I read Regency Buck and also I loved it. However, when I started listening Friday's Child I must confess, I thought was a mistake to have bought it, but it has surpassed me in a very pleasant way. I listen again and again and I just can't stop or get bored of it. The ridiculous characters make me laugh and even when I know what it will happen I still pay attention to the narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-22

Great Narration.

I have read and reread this book and completely enjoyed the narration in this. I felt it was in tone with the book. Heyer is my favourite author and her books seem like old friends.

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  • NSNSWGC
  • 07-06-22

Speed of narration

I recommend changing it to 0.8 speed - the narration is ridiculously fast. Did the producers even listen to it?! But it is fine at the reduced speed. Lovely story.

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  • Sandra Braggins
  • 06-26-22

Fridays Child

Great story; lots of laughs, and very well read. The narrator got the Viscount down to a T!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-20-22

If Regency women acted like Regency men...

What not to do in the first classes of society.

Poor Hero is the poster child of equality, inadvertently shining a light back in time on role reversal. I love the scrapes she gets into by simply doing what the young men do and say, and will never quite read history without gender bias and appreciating the extreme social pressures women at the time faced. Bad Ton.

Written in the 50s but will be relevant as long as people read regency. So. Forever.

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  • Jane
  • 07-15-22

Excellent performance

This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer stories and Owen Findlay really brought it to life. His characterisation was outstanding and brought out the subtle humor of Heyer’s dialogue beautifully. The dynamics of the volatile relationship between Lord Sherringham and his runaway bride are delightfully captured against a background of well developed characters whose interest in supporting their friends is somewhat challenging. The story is told with great poignancy and Heyer’s characteristic style. I will enjoy this performance again and again, it is a delight.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-22

Terrific narration and a wonderful Georgette romp

Very much enjoyed listening to this. The narrator created a great range of character voices, and the story was a lot of fun.

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  • LiGi
  • 05-08-22

Witty, ironic, great fun

Highly entertaining. Excellent narration. Great escapist literature (written during WWII). My first Georgette Heyer novel.

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  • Alison R. Cave
  • 10-12-21

Nicely read.

I enjoyed the narration of this book despite one or two comments that weren’t very positive. I thought the different voices he used were excellent. The storyline is not one of my favorite ones although the plot is clever. I do enjoy the variety of leading characters she creates. No two are the same and this book demonstrates that.