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Sylvester: Gossip, scandal and an unforgettable Regency romance

Written by:
Georgette Heyer
Narrated by:
Matt Addis

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2021
12 hours 19 minutes
Brought to you by Penguin.

Sylvester is read by Matt Addis, who appears in Doctors and Doctor Who.

Sylvester, Duke of Salford, is considering marriage.

Endowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford, posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Honorable Phoebe Marlow will meet his exacting requirements for a bride. If he does not expect to meet a tongue-tied stripling wanting both manners and conduct, then he is intrigued indeed when his visit causes Phoebe to flee her home. They meet again on the road to London, where her carriage has come to grief in the snow. Yet Phoebe, already caught in one imbroglio, now knows she soon could be well deep in another ...

A typically wonderful historical novel, Sylvester shows once more why Georgette Heyer is the undisputed queen of the genre she created - the Regency romance.

© Georgette Heyer 1957 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
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Christine P.

I just loved this audio book. Have read the book a couple of times, and the narration was spot on. Matt Addis is great at all the different character’s voices - I particularly liked John Keighley (surely Matt must be from Yorkshire!) and little Edmund was a joy - a younger version of Martin Jarvis’s Just William! He managed all the ladies’ voices too - never easy - and was able to convey all the wit and charm of the book with ease. Sylvester could be a difficult character to represent fairly - aware of his own importance but also an essentially good man, but this came over well, as did his increasingly fond feelings for the determined Phoebe! Just lovely - I shall listen again.

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What a great story! I loved Matt Addis reading this novel because he did such a fabulous job acting all the parts. IMHO the best narrators are the ones who give a different voice to each character so that you always know who's speaking. That's what Matt Addis achieves to such great effect! I enjoyed listening to this version of Sylvester so much and it's amazing to finally hear the full book on audio (love Richard Armitage but no one should ever abridge Sylvester!). This is a wonderful comedy full of wit and humour with an amazing plot that picks you up and carries you away. Looking forward to listening to more books by Matt Addis!

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