I had a real ‘woohoo’ moment on Thursday.
Browsing on Amazon for information on Georgette Heyer audio books, I discovered by chance that there is new CD audiobook of Sylvester being released on 1st July. Fabulous news for a Heyer fan like me, but there was even better to come….the reader on this edition is Richard Armitage!
I couldn’t quite believe it. THE Richard Armitage. No, not that bloke who used to be US Deputy Secretary of State, but the actor Richard Armitage. I’ve been a fan of Richard’s since 2004 when he appeared as John Thornton in the BBC production of North and South. Those of us thrilled by his fantastic performance as Thornton – a hero to die for – deluged the BBC messageboard, which went into meltdown some weeks later when Richard himself posted a message of thanks. Since then Richard’s career has gone from strength to strength. He’s appeared in the Vicar of Dibley, Robin Hood and Spooks, among other things, and recently topped the ratings in the Romantic Novelists’ Association 2009 Valentine’s poll, beating top Hollywood stars to the number one spot.
By coincidence when some of us saw Richard as JT, we could see the resemblance to Sylvester – both are intelligent, rich, tall, dark and handsome. Tick. Both are proud, haughty and remote but beneath their tough exterior lies vulnerability and a passionate nature. Tick.
Richard/JT even had Sylvester’s eyebrows!
And now Richard is going to read Sylvester – my favourite chocolate-voiced actor, reading one of my favourite Heyer books. Utter bliss!
Christmas is coming early this year…on 1st July to be exact 🙂