06 June 2013
When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other. Sylvester calls to mind the satirical genius of a Jane Austen novel and is adored for its wit and a fast-paced plot that ranges across a myriad of settings.
I recently drove to Naperville and back (Eloisa James and Tessa Dare signings!!) so I took a few audiobooks along with me. First up was a Georgette Heyer novel, Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle, read by the lovely, sexy Richard Armitage (yes, he of Venetia). There really isn't much I can say about the narration except please, BBC, adapt some Heyer and cast Armitage as one of the heroes. Please, please, please. Also, please narrate more audiobooks, Mr. Armitage, kthanxbai.
Plotwise, this is definitely one for fans of Jane Austen. It has a delightfully complex plot full of mistaken impressions and goofball relatives.