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Publisher's Summary

This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.
©1999 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • jaspersu
  • 2011-06-22

This is a good one from Heyer

It has everything you expect from Heyer's romances and every possible Regency detail: fashionable talk, talk about fashions, balls, duels, gambling, town houses, country houses, London, Bath and points in between. This one has multiple story arcs and a sub plot to pull you along. I haven't liked ever Heyer I've tried, but I like this one.____

I have learned to check on what other customers say about the narration and the quality of the recording before I buy an Audible book and this one had a couple of scathing reviews right up top. I bought it anyway on the strength of other reviews and I have to side with those who find the narration and recording satisfactory. Eve Matheson differentiates the characters well and gives them voices to match each personality. I didn't notice any issues with the volume.

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  • Diane Jemmett
  • 2009-06-22

I Found it Delightful

I have read and listened to several of Heyer's books, and Friday's Child is one of my favorites. Unlike tales where two people are married and they live happily ever after, the book really develops the characters' personalities, and explores the difficulties of a marriage between two from different social stations. It also is quite humorous, similar to These Old Shades.

I respectfully disagree with the listener who faulted the skill of Eve Matheson's narration. She did an excellent job portraying the sweetness of the heroine, Kitten or Hero, and I enjoyed her melodious voice.

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  • bookish327
  • 2011-07-23

Excellent narration, fantastic characters & humor

I had no problem at all with the narration. Eve Matheson gave every character a unique and appropriate (to their personality) voice. She also applied nuance to her reading to help with understanding any unfamiliar English (specifically Regency English) dialect or slang. (I realize that the quality of Heyer's writing usually takes care of this issue for the most part, but I also sometimes note how a narrator stressing the right words can help me catch when a character is speaking with sarcasm or dry irony, which Matheson did.)

I am methodically working my way through all of the Heyer novels offered here on Audible, and I must agree with other readers who feel that this is one of her best and funniest books. The volatile hero's tendency to say (and act on) exactly what he's thinking and feeling, regardless of the inappropriateness to his company, and the naive, cheerful, universally accepting heroine are both delightful. The secondary characters are truly some of her best and most humorous, though Heyer's secondary characters are ALWAYS better than those of most other authors. The relationship between Kitten and her husband's friends is wonderfully affectionate and sweet, and this adopted family was one of my favorite aspects of FRIDAY'S CHILD. The way that the events of the story play out was also extremely satisfying and intriguing. I recommend both this book and its narration unhesitatingly and without any reservation.

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  • Too Happy
  • 2017-04-25

Just when you thought GH had topped herself. ...

Craziness abounds and you can't begin to figure out what will happen next. Not your average silliness. Except for the dowager ' s incessant sniveling, rare but there, the voices were great. It could have done with one less scrape of bad judgment, but an enjoyable listen all round. If you like GH you'll like this one.

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  • Katherine Lockary
  • 2016-05-23

Audio issues.

The audio levels were really inconsistent. While sometimes it was a little too loud, at other times it was so quiet as to be almost inaudible. Very distracting.

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  • Jackee
  • 2011-02-05

Easy listening

I really enjoyed the characters. It was a great book to listen to going to work and I couldn't wait to here what lady sherry got herself into next. I really felt for Sherry. And his friends were comical. Eve Matheson was a good narrator once I got use to her different voices I followed along quite well.

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  • Esther Cunningham
  • 2016-09-09

Narration not the best...

I hate to be critical of a narrator who can perform female roles as well as Eve Matheson, but as another reviewer pointed out "Matheson's voice lacked the range" to make her male characters sound authentic. While she DID try to convey the distinctive essence of each character, she never really rose above sounding like a woman pretending to be a man. Fortunately, there are female narrators who not only sound like men, but are better actors, i.e...I agree with the complaints that Matheson's male characters often sounded as if they were just shouting. But aside from the performance, the story was (as always) engaging. I love Heyer's sense of the ridiculous, as well as her belief in the power of strong friendships. So I ultimately enjoy her books regardless.

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  • Marcheta
  • 2009-04-13

Humorous plot, extremely funny friends

I tried to read this book once and just couldn't get into it, but the audio was addictive . At some point I thought one of Lord Sheringham's friends was channeling Bertie Wooster (of Jeeves and Wooster). I just love Georgette Heyer's books and as another reader commented, you can give these to a ten year old without any qualms. Just great story telling. What an imagination! Please keep them coming, audible.

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  • Nancy M. Collins
  • 2017-07-31

Not a favorite of mine; tediously immature main characters

It was hard for me to keep my patience and more than once I put the book down out of exasperation! Maybe it should have been a little shorter. But as usual, Georgette Heyer created very engaging characters; otherwise I wouldn't have wanted so badly to knock their silly heads together!

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  • Sheryl A
  • 2009-06-07

Poor audio control by narrator

Narrator speaks normally while reading content, speaks too softly while doing women characters' conversation, and shouts while doing men characters. I had to change the volume constantly and will never listen to this again.

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