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When Gervase Frant, Seventh Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming. Only Theo, a cousin even quieter than himself, is there to greet him - and when he meets his stepmother and young half-brother he detects open disappointment that he survived the wars. But the dangers of the Lincolnshire countryside are quite different to those of the battlefield.

Georgette Heyer was the most successful and best-loved novelist of her day and The Quite Gentleman displays all the skills which won the hearts of her large and enduring audience.

©1951 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • Mo Bass
  • 04-15-21

Another brilliant Heyer

Delightful as always and well narrated even though the narrator's regional accent and mispronunciation grated on occasion. Georgette Heyer is still the Queen of Regency.

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  • heatherlynnemargaretjones
  • 06-04-21

Excellent story more mystery than romance

Loved the story which is totally engaging.The usual Heyer bubbly Regency romance with characters you readily care for overlaid with attempts at murder. Even her smallest characters live and breathe on the page. The only jarring note is the accent of the reader. It is perhaps unfortunate that the story is set at Stanyon Castle as it means the reader's "Cassell" and "Laff" are repeated all too often.

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  • Alison Davidson
  • 05-03-21

Good but not great

A pleasant Heyer but the detective story element is always, I find, a weakness. This reader is undeniably competent, but some of the audible readers of her novels are so outstanding that he suffers in comparison.

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  • JED
  • 04-28-21

Excellent narration with real feeling behind words

This is a favourite Heyer book of mine. I disliked my previous narration as there was no feelings behind the words in nearly all the key scenes.
However, after almost giving up on this one at chapter 2, ( it sounded very bland like the other one, but was actually just setting the scene). I persevered, and was so glad I did. The narrator does an excellent job and puts feeling into the exchanges between the main characters. By doing this, it becomes the love story it is intended to be .... Rather than a bland reading of words on a page and not putting them into any context. I am so pleased I can listen to this now rather than having to ignore the obvious disinterest of the previous narrator.
I would have given this a 5 for narration but for his inability to correctly pronounce 'swoon' and a couple of other words. Well worth a credit if you love GH books.

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  • Diane. North Wales
  • 04-07-22

Excellent story and very well read.

What a great author - her stories are incredibly entertaining and very believable. The narration was the icing on the cake! Wonderful.

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  • Merethe Sørensen
  • 03-22-22

Heyer does it again !

As with The Reluctant Widow, one cannot understand that this has not been one of the popular of her romance novels. I loved it. It reminded me so much of Persuasion- with Drewcilla and Gervais. And the suspense was even better this time.

The narrator could have done a better job with altering his voice, sometimes it was not so easy to hear who said what. But overall a really good experience.

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  • Ruth
  • 03-11-22

Most enjoyable

Having read this story very many years go, and enjoyed, this version did not at all disappoint. It was well narrated and had me listening at every spare moment. A romance and a mystery all in one, a delightful escape. Georgette Heyer at her best.

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  • M D Jeyasingham
  • 02-03-22

Heyer at her best

This was narrated well. There is an unconventional heroine who is more practical than pretty. There is a bit of a whodunit mystery too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-22

excellent telling of an old favourite

A favourite book for more than 30 years, enriched with a top job by the narrator. Every character is sensitively brought to life with individual voices and a variety of very credible accents. I had a real sense that the narrator knew the story inside out and enjoyed the telling.

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  • Richard
  • 07-02-21

disappointing narration

the quiet gentleman is good story but narrator completely missed the mark making the book almost impossible to enjoy

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  • 05-15-21

Excellent narration

This is an excellent narration by James MacCallum of a superb Georgette Heyer novel. MacCallum manages to give different voices to the large cast of characters - quite a difficult feat when many males of the same social standing frequently converse together. And there are are no shrill female voices - something which often mars these narrations. One of my favourite Heyers made even more enjoyable by this rendition.

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  • 06-15-21

Excellent Narration

Agree with the previous reviewer. This is an excellent narration by James MacCallum. He really understood the story and brought all the characters to life. It was funny, witty and kept you guessing. Shows Georgette Heyer at her best.