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The Grand Sophy

The Grand Sophy [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Claire Wille has exactly the right touch in her reading of The Grand Sophy, which is Regency romance at its very best. When Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy, bound for South America, asks his sister to take in his daughter 'little Sophy', Lady Ombersley agrees only to discover that her niece stands 5 9 tall, is both great fun and incredibly chic, and is destined to become the belle of every ball she attends. Her cousins soon adore her except for the eldest, Charles, burdened by the debts his reckless father had left him with. He is betrothed to the dull and humourless Eugenia, and of course he disapproves of Sophy... Full of witty dialogue, delightful family feeling and heart-racing romance just the thing for a rainy September evening! --Kati Nicholl, Daily Express

Regency romances poured from Georgette Heyer for more than 40 years, and The Grand Sophy is one of the most sparkling. In 1815 the Rivenhalls take in their niece, not expecting high-spirited Sophy who has danced at the Duchess of Richmond's ball in Brussels and is a mean hand at driving a phaeton fast through London. Her stern cousin Charles reprimands her as she constantly pushes the boundaries of convention. But could her enormous charm be ensnaring him? Beautifully read. --The Oldie

This [The Grand Sophy] is read sparklingly by the narrator, who gives every character a distinct sound. A cheering piece of entertainment for a rainy day. Naxos have several other Heyer adaptations available. - --Mastoor Khan, Epoch Times

Sophy arrives at the Rivenhall household with a monkey. She is not the shy, retiring girl that her cousins had been led to expect. She s exuberant, clever and resourceful and quickly sets the household on its ear. If it isn't publicly racing horses, it s setting up assignations for her cousin and her unsuitable beau or rescuing another cousin from a loan shark. And she does it all with a cheerful determination that makes this story a winner 60 years after its publication. Although it begins with an interminably dull conversation between Sophy's father and aunt, once Sophy enters the picture, Clare Wille is in her element. Her Sophy brings sunshine to the stage merely by her presence in the scene. Her joyful disposition and quick mind means she sees a solution to every problem, even, and perhaps especially, when that solution will drive her cousin Charles past the end of his reason. Wille shows off [her] vocal range with Spanish Marquessas; every age of person and station in life, including a very memorable gentleman with a cold; and all the time Sophy with a smile in her voice. The hilarious courtship of her cousin Charles, which requires eliminating his current prune-faced fiancée, is what makes Heyer the grand master of Regency Romance. Recommended for all fiction collections. featured in SoundCommentary's 'Best Audiobooks of 2011' list - --Jodi Israel, SoundCommentary

This is a fine performance by Clare Wille, reading a sensitive abridgement of The Grand Sophy. The generously built pistol-packing Sophy is many people's favourite Georgette Heyer character; certainly her ingenious ways of getting out of apparently disastrous situations is unequalled. This is the fifth of the uniformly fine Naxos abridgements of Heyer; there is also an interview with Wille on the Naxos website that gives intriguing insights into the art of narration. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

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A heart-quickening tale of Regency romance b one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists of all time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (28 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8S44K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-Abridged 1 Nov 2011
By Anne
Format:Audio CD
The abridged version of this brilliant book, one of Heyer's best, loses a lot of the story's panache and vivacity. Some picturesque characters and their story lines are virtually omitted altogether. What a shame. I was really disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Version of The Grand Sophy 2 April 2012
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I was disappointed in this abridged version of The Grand Sophy. It seemed to me that all Georgette Heyer's comedy was left out and surely this is what makes her books so special and so different. More time should be spent with the reading and less or none on music.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Grand 18 Nov 2005
Perhaps one of the most delightful of Ms. Heyer’s Regncy Romances, The Grand Sophy is a treat from beginning to end.
If Mr. Charles Rivenhall could have foreseen the havoc his cousin Sophia (Sophy to friends) would wreck in his life he would never have allowed his mother to invite her for a visit. Or would he?
For Sophy is as irresistible as she is incorrigible. From the moment she steps into this sombre household she sees that they are all sadly in need of her help. Beautiful Cecilia is pining away in her love for a poet; poor Herbert is in the clutches of a moneylender and Charles himself is betrothed to the most depressing female imaginable. But Sophy is nothing if not resourceful. With wit and charm as her only weapons, she sets out to sort out the family’s problems, and in the process finds her true love as well.
Heyer’s brilliant wit and intelligent humour make her work stand head and shoulders above the rest. Avoiding the usual clichés of this genre, she endows her heroines with as much brain as beauty and an independence of spirit that makes them so much fun to read about.
If you feel romance novels should be explicitly passionate, Heyer may not be for you. But if a comedy of manners, with engaging characters, hilarious dialogue and between-the-lines romance is your cup of tea, The Grand Sophy is just the book for you
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The grand sophy 4 Jun 2012
By Pamela
Format:Audio CD
Very disappointing. The book has lost all of its character. Whoever decided to approve this version does not understand heyer
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Regency romance 30 April 2011
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Sophy Stanton-Lacey is staying with her aunt and uncle - Lord and Lady Ombersley - at their house in Berkeley Square. Sophy horrifies and delights them by arriving accompanied by a horse, Salamanca, a parrot and a monkey, not to speak of her greyhound, Tina. The parrot and the monkey are for the children of the household. It is a household in a sorry state.

Charles, the oldest son, is betrothed to a lady who seems lacking in the slightest sense of humour; Cecilia has fallen in love with an impoverished poet and Hubert, a younger son, is deep in debt. Sophy vows to sort everyone out and find a husband for herself as well.

Full of amusing incidents and fascinating characters this is one of Georgette Heyer's liveliest Regency romances and one of the most delightful. It is interesting to see the effect the energetic Sophy has on the rather depressed household especially when she decides to organise a ball for four hundred guests without her hostess knowing exactly how many people are coming.

This is one of my favourite novels probably because nothing defeats the redoubtable Sophy. I love the humour and the way the characters interact especially the way the apparently stuffy Charles soon starts to reveal a much lighter side to his character. If you haven't tried Georgette Heyer before then this would be an excellent place to start.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious examples... 2 May 2011
By Kiwi
After reading Laurel Ann's review there can only be left the addition of some hilarious quotes from this lovely book.

She laughed. 'Oh, that is too bad of you, Sir Vincent! I don't create disturbances: you know I don't!'
'I know nothing of the kind, my child. When last I saw you, you were engaged in arranging in the most ruthless fashion the affairs of the most bewildered family of Belgians I have yet encountered. They had all my sympathy, but there was nothing I could do to help them: I know my limitations.'
'Those poor Le Bruns! Well, but SOMEONE had to help them out of such a tangle!'

'And Charles Rivenhall is therefore your cousin. (...) Almost my heart goes out to the family. Do they tread blindly towards their doom, Sophy, or did they willingly receive a firebrand into their midst?'
She gave a chuckle. 'They tread blindly - but I am NOT a firebrand!'
'No, I used the wrong word. You are like poor Whinyates's rockets: no one knows what you will do next!'

He said stiffly: 'Since you have brought up Miss Wraxton's (his fiancée) name, I shall be much obliged to you, cousin, if you will refrain from telling my sisters that she has a face like a horse!'
'But, Charles, no blame attaches to Miss Wraxton! She cannot help it, and that, I ASSURE you, I have always pointed out to your sisters!'
'I consider Miss Wraxton's countenance particularly well-bred!'
'Yes, indeed, but you have quite misunderstood the matter! I MEANT a particularly well-bred horse!'
'You meant, as I am perfectly aware, to belittle Miss Wraxton!'
'No, no! I am very fond of horses!' Sophy said earnestly.

He burst out laughing. 'Major Quinton spoke nothing but the truth about you!' he declared. 'I am already terrified of you!
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One of Georgette Heyer favourites, performed well, and most important of all, unabridged.
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