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Brought to you by Penguin. 

A dashing Regency romance from the legendary Georgette Heyer, founder of the genre. 

Captain John Staple's exploits against Napoleon's armies in the Iberian Peninsula have earned him the nickname 'Crazy Jack' amongst his comrades in the Dragoon Guards - but once the Battle of Waterloo brings the curtain down once and for all on the Napoleonic Wars, the boisterous, adventure-loving captain finds life in peacetime intolerably dull. 

When the captain finds himself lost in the Pennines, he takes refuge at an unmanned toll-house. It's there that he encounters a woman of extraordinary qualities - and suddenly, his soldiering days pale away next to the adventure, and the romance of a lifetime....

©1954 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Heyer at her best!

And brought to life beautifully by Callum Hughes. Loved it! Will search out more books narrated by him.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 05-13-21

Great story spoilt by narrator

Another excellent Georgette Heyer spoilt by inappropriate narration. The best Regency author ever deserves better than this.

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  • Ellen
  • 06-26-21

Terrible reading

This book is an old favourite, so I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately the reading is so bad that I had to return it. Shame there's not a better version available.

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  • A Mac Cready
  • 03-26-22

Too much slang

Bad narrator - I almost stopped listening in the early chapters. For once, I don't like Ms Heyer 's historical accuracy! The vocabulary got in the way of the story. An interesting take, on the other hand, was the love story being resolved with a wedding. Not many of those in her books.

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  • jmd
  • 03-19-22

WHY DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO SHOUT?

One of my favourite books ruined by the narrator, who seems to think that everyone has to shout at each other or at least speak very loudly. I gave up with it. Can you return books? if you can, I will.

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  • AmaR
  • 01-20-22

Awful disappointment

This is one of favourite Heyer stories, sadly ruined by a narrator who not only doesn’t have the vocal range to portray the various characters, but who has no sense of the flow of Heyer’s language. In almost every sentence he speaks with a very odd rhythm and consistently emphasises the wrong words in a phrase so that it is extremely irritating and makes one wonder why he of all actors was chosen for this recording

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  • judith lugg
  • 01-09-22

Very enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyable. Listened whilst decorating and it made a boring task much more palatable. I recommend it.

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  • Grandma- Gateshead
  • 09-14-21

An exciting story with patchy narration

I nearly gave up on this because the reader was, it seemed to me, trying too hard and it detracted from the story. I stubbornly continued however. This is a hard book to read aloud as there is so much slang and dialect in it but weirdly this is what the narrator does well. The female voices, of which there are few, are poor. I have actually read this book before I listened to it. It is different from many other Heyer historical romances in that it is less of a romance and more of a thriller. The plot is unusual and original. On the whole I enjoyed it and got used to the narrator.

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  • Jean Gibbons
  • 07-04-22

Didn’t like the narration

The story was very good. Georgette Heyer is a splendid writer.
The narrator spoke far too quickly. I was considering not going on with the book. I then slowed the speed of reading and managed to enjoy the story.

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  • Richard Bates
  • 04-16-22

Brilliant

Fabulous plot so different from other Georgette Heyer books. Excellent reading, all the different voices were brilliant he only mispronounced phaeton it should be pronounced (fayton). I highly recommend this book.

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  • Karen M
  • 12-29-21

Overall pretty good

The story is a classic Heyer. One of my favourites. Overall the performance is okay, occasional moments where it jars but not the worst I’ve heard, nor the best.

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  • Ghostdog
  • 04-27-21

Enjoyable story with decent narration

I read this book decades ago as a teenager and enjoyed it then. This audible version had good sound and a decent narrator who made the characters very easy to differentiate. He mispronounced a couple of words but not enough to be too annoying. Overall a fun listen.

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  • Olivia B.
  • 09-30-21

Fantastic all round

After you get through the drab first few chapters it becomes a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable story, which is very well performed