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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408418401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408418406
  • ASIN: B002IJA6JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. 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. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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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 welcoming 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 regret that he has survived the wars.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Crux Roesia on 17 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I love reading - and reading Georgette Heyer has always been one of my biggest pleasures ever since my Mum lent me one of hers when I was in bed with 'flu!
This story, however, was one that had passed me by until recently, which is a real shame as it is such a lovely one. The setting is pastoral Georgian England with the hero, Gervase, as a respected soldier reluctantly returning to take charge of his inherited estates. The story revolves around a cast of - as usual - intriguing characters who live in and around Gervase's Stanyon estate. All but Theo (Gervase's impoverished cousin who acts as bailiff) and guest Drusilla (the unassuming, practical daughter of revolutionary writer parents, off discussing how to rid the country of its nobility in the Lake District) cannot stand the fact that Gervase survived the wars, which leads to the well-written mystery part of the tale when his life comes under threat.
Spoilt half-brother Martin (prime suspect) and his mother (the matriarch who thwarts Gervase at every turn) provide brilliant villainous parts in this, a story of suspicion, attempted murder, subtle revenge and slowly growing love in an English village. A definite must-read. Then when you've read it once, read it again and see if you can pick up on any of the subtle clues...!
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Georgette Heyer ever since I read Arabella at the age of thirteen. I have read all of her books and they have yet to disappoint - The Quiet Gentleman is certainly no exception.
This novel is perhap not as dazzling as the wonderful Regency Buck for example, nor does it have the swashbuckling antics of The Masqueraders. However, the plot is sound, the characters sympathetic and Heyer creates one of her funniest and most dreadful matriarchs in Gervase's "wicked stepmother". This novel moves with a good deal of quiet enjoyment taking pleasure in the little absurdities of everyday life. There is a subplot of mystery and murder, yet this is exited as unobtrusively as it is introduced.
In Drusilla Morville we again meet a heroine who is neither dazzling or beautiful, but sensible, practical and intelligent. My only quibble in an otherwise wonderful book, is that the understanding between Gervase and Miss Morville does seem to spring up from nowhere. However despite this, the novel rolls along supported by a fine cast of incidental characters and the denouement is as satisfying as any Heyer novel, romance intermingling as ever with gentle comedy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
A wonderful tale in which our hero is steadfast in the face of slurs on his character, a miserable and unwelcoming family and some wonderfully blackguardish behaviour. There is more than a hint of swashbuckling derring do and mystery in this tale, which adds spice to the usual romantic fare on offer. Our hero is a soldier returned from the wars, ready but not entirely willing to claim his inheritance, a mouldering pile and some grumpy relations. His battle to take his place, restore family honour and clear his name is joined by his slowly but steadily falling in love in the best, old fashioned tradition of not having clue what he is doing until it is too late!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Gallagher on 2 May 2013
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I like the way that so many Georgette Heyer books are more than a historical romance building in an element of adventure, usually with some amusing comments
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elina H. on 23 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
When reading some customer critics' plot synopsis on this novel, I come to think about all the chances Ms. Heyer has missed to make this book a pompous, over-dramatized epic about an ill-treated young man who in spite of his father's neglect of him comes and collects his inheritance, defies his evil relatives and gets himself a bride after hardship and persecution. We may thank God that this is not at all in Ms. Heyer's style.

Instead we have a thoroughly charming, intelligent hero with a very sound sense of humour, an unorthodox, totally practical heroine who doesn't seem to understand at all what a heroine she is, a collection of very vivid people surrounding the two, representing the whole spectrum of human virtues and weaknesses. People in real life are seldom (or never) totally black or white, which they tend to be in many a romantic book or TV series, and Ms. Heyer is always aware of this. Even her most horrible figures seem to be able to arouse some sort of sympathy that almost sneaks upon us without our knowledge; when we laugh with her and her hero Gervase at Gervase's dreadful step-mother, the laughter is not mean. Is Ms. Heyer ever sarcastic about her characters? I don't seem to recall an instance. It is always easier to tolerate an irritating person if you can be amused by her and her ways in a gentle and purely humorous way. This seems to be Gervase's attitude towards his relatives. Good for him. He also understands that there always are two sides to every coin; there are positive sides even to his secret enemy, and Gervase is aware of them and does not want totally to condemn him.

The romantic development between Gervase and his Drusilla is very subtle and written without italics of any kind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nifnaff on 10 Sep 2012
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This book has got to be the smartest and wittiest book I have ever read. The writer's style has a timeless quality that makes it a fairly easy read whilst in no way dumbing down the plot and characters - all of which are easily identified with. This book has caused me a number of late nights and blurry-eyed next days. I can't imagine anybody who reads not finding something in this book that will keep them turning the pages, whether its the 'who dunnit' theme running through the story, the period in history, the far from soppy budding love interest that is not immediately obvious, the fashion, the subtle and intelligent humour; this book has it all.
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