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Devil's Cub

Written 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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G. Heyer: The Original Regency Romance Author

Georgette Heyer was the original Regency romance author. This book was written in 1932 and, when you listen to it, you will know that this is not a 21st century woman plunked down in the late 1700s. Ms. Heyer did a great deal of research on the clothing, vehicles, food, dialogue, manners and language of the time, so her romances are true period pieces.

The dialogue is witty, our heroine spirited, our hero an over-indulged but handsome marquis, and the plot is silly beyond belief and altogether delightful.

I suggest listening to 'These Old Shades' first to find out about the adventures of the marquis' parents.

Note: if you are a strong feminist you either need to compartmentalize, taking into account not only when the book was set but also when it was written (almost 100 years ago) or don't bother reading it. There are some casual lines about women 'of a certain class' that will jar unpleasantly.

The narrator does a terrific job with the different voices and the British and French accents.

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Really bad voices

Terrible french accents, female voices were vile. I couldn't get beyond a couple of chapters.

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  • Janet
  • 2008-09-09

Clever heroine, vivid characters and laughter

A fun historical romance with lots of interesting twists. These characters stay in their time period. It's not the 20th century heroine misplaced in an historical setting that is so common. This is a true regency romance and a terrific read.

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  • Yvette
  • 2010-03-31

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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  • Ema
  • 2014-08-05

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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  • Jay
  • 2007-02-10

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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  • Marie
  • 2008-01-15

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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  • pakkmom
  • 2007-02-28

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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  • Marie G
  • 2010-06-14

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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  • connie
  • 2009-06-20

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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  • neurons
  • 2006-12-20

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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  • V. Trow
  • 2013-04-07

#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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