The Convenient Marriage Lib/E Audio CD – CD, 26 February 2019
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- Publisher : Naxos; Abridged edition (26 February 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1982658762
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982658762
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 3.18 x 15.88 cm
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Sparkles with wit.-- "Nora Roberts, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Snowdrift and Other Stories"
About the Author
Georgette Heyer (1902-1974) is one of the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, the creator of the Regency genre of romance fiction. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. She also wrote eleven detective stories.
Richard Armitage trained at LAMDA. He is best known for his appearances in the television series Spooks, The Vicar of Dibley, Robin Hood and North and South. His theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also featured on BBC Radio 4's The Ted Hughes Letters. He has read Sylvester and Venetia for Naxos AudioBooks.
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The story concerns love and marriage, trust and friendship, gossip and dastardly deeds, insult and revenge, misunderstandings and mishaps. It is all great fun and many of the characters put me in mind of the television series Blackadder, but with more serious bits thrown in.
Heyer is good at revealing to the reader, actions that are unknown to other members of the dramatis personae. We then have the pleasure of witnessing them attempting to account for those actions, misconstruing the consequences and plotting unnecessary counter measures before the truth is revealed and everything turns out for the best.
She also delights in poking fun at the fashions apparently prevalent in those days, but being no expert, I can not tell if this is accurate or caricature. Similarly, some of the dialogue from the "lower classes" is incomprehensible due to its use of slang terms which Georgette Heyer may or may not have made up. It really does not matter!
The highlights are; the beginning, the end and the comical duo, that are Pel & Pom.
The editing is dire with numerous spelling mistakes and poor grammar as well as at least 2 appalling chapters that could have been cut.
The tale starts off being fairly interesting but it's like the author didn't know where to go from there (apart from to give them a happy ending.) The heroine goes from being intelligent and savy, to being brainless, wilful and more irritating than Jane Austen's Emma. Likewise, the hero goes from being dark and brooding but transforms into an over-indulgent fool. The interesting rivally between the hero and villain becomes an absolute farce, with the villain anti-climatically admitting that he had been in wrong.
I'm wondering if the author left this in a drawer to 'brew' for slightly too long and forgot her characters original personalities.
I'm left with the question; how has this book got such a high rating?