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AudioFile, January 2014

Heyer’s novels tend to be filled with sly wit and great fun, and narrator Sarah Woodward captures both of these qualities perfectly. It’s immediately obvious that Woodward understands the characters and their motivations very well, in particular the titular Sophy, who is both kindhearted and strong headed, and who is determined to put the world to right as she sees it…listeners will be treated by Woodward and Heyer to a romantic, mischievous romp through the upper-class world of Regency London. © 2014 AudioFile Read complete review



Katherine Powers
The Washington Post, November 2013

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Georgette Heyer is considered the founder of regency romance novels, but unlike so many other practitioners, she brings a genuine sense of history, an ear for period language and considerable wit to her wildly exciting, early 19th-century romps. “The Grand Sophy” is a delightful specimen. Narrator Sarah Woodward utilizes a voice of British magnificence, introducing the listeners to the great house of Lord and Lady Ombersley, where soon Sophia Stanton-Lacy will arrive to reroute its inhabitants’ destinies. Woodward lends appropriate tones and cadences to the many characters, among them a conniving and prudish fiancee, a vaporous poet, a mollycoddled stuffed shirt, a sultry Spanish princess, one suitor hewn of English oak and another of broadcloth, and the redoubtable, joyous Sophy herself. © 2013 The Washington Post





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