British actress Phyllida Nash does a wonderful job voicing the many characters in this book -- one the the best of Heyer's catalogue. Highly recommended.
Yes I would and I have. I've listened to it more than 10 times for sure. It's so incredibly funny. And the hero, Freddy, is just the most amazing and perfect BETA hero ever. While Alpha heroes are very sexy and I love them they are soooo unrealistic. Freddy could very well be out there, realistic and dreamy at the same time.
Freddy, duh. But his cousin Dolphinton is a very close second, he is hilarious.
Yes I have, she's a total knockout every single time. I highly recommend her.
I wouldn't dare rename it except because a lot of people don't know what the word Cotillion means. If I did it might be something like The Gentleman or Cousins. I don't know.
There is no sex. The bedroom door is firmly shut as in all Georgette Heyer books but in my book that is all right. I got all the toe curling I need and more laughter than I can handle. You'll feel lighthearted and happy by the end, you'll be sad it's over, but you'll be so satisfied you'lll still be happy.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
Narration is excellent.
The characters are very loveable (cute even). The sheltered Kitty has a very generous nature that gets her into scrapes that her faux swain has to extricate her from. The hero (which I won't name, as initially it is unclear who is the hero is to be) is not the usual Heyer main male character (so, not arrogant or "top lofty". Quite a treat really).
A gentle book, that has become a firm favourite. The narration definitely lifts it.
I absolutely adore this book. The dialogue is hilarious and original, and the hero is eminently likeable. I'm also touched at the way Heyer handles the minor characters -- especially one with mental limitations. Such people are often the butt of jokes in novels of this kind, but Heyer displays real sympathy with hers. I think "Cotillion" is the best, funniest, most sparkling and most human of her novels -- and I've read them all.
I really like all the unabridged Georgette Heyer books. I am very disappointed though that you audible are only bringing out abridged versions. Please bring out the unabridged versions as well!!!
The book is my favorite of the Georgette Heyer romantic farces. However, I thought the narration was not suited to the book. The heroine sounded like a 35-year old, far to mature and sensible. And the male characters all sounded far to much alike. The story needed to be read with a lighter and livelier touch.
I loved the unexpected hero of the story, Freddy Standen, and his relation to his very normal family. I loved the humor. Again, I didn't fully appreciate how funny the dialogue often was until I heard Phyllida Nash read it. She is one of my favorites. Such a wonderful actress!
It surprised me. I had come to expect a heroic hero - tall, handsome, perfect. Freddy Standen is more like the boy next door - as Kitty says, who needs a knight to slay dragons when you really need to be rescued from a social fix. They each grow up as the story unfolds and they learn about what they really want and what is really important.
Definitely, I loved Freddy Standen. He learned that he was much more competent and accomplished than he knew as he was able to find solutions to Kitty's problems and protect her from poor choices due to her inexperience. That sounds bland when I write it. Georgette Heyer makes it exciting and fun.
I would not change it at all. The characters interact just as the dancers in a reel or quadrille. There are a several stories going on at the same time. Freddy and Kitty interact with all the characters and their story builds and evolves and they deal with those situations.
Phyllida Nash is such a wonderful actress that I know she could read anything and make it interesting. Give her a story by Georgette Heyer, who wrote dialogue better than any other writer I know, and you can be sure of being entertained!
Wonderful listening experience ! Phyllida Nash has done a very good job of bringing the characters to life ! very humorous and witty and had me in splits !
she is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE !
FREDDY ! HE IS SO DROLL !
highly recommend this book !