Science Fiction fan. Non-fiction fan. Classic literature fan...
I love Georgette hair, and this is one of the best. Her unwitting he rose and others who aren't quite in the modern mode very fascinating.
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I've listened to many, many of Georgette Heyer's books, but this one was the most humourous so far! The way the book starts out, with a miserly, eccentric uncle trying to hold his relations hostage to his will, one might think this book would be dark. But as soon as Cousin Freddy comes on the scene, the book takes a most pleasant, comedic turn! Against his will, and his protests, the heroine, Kit, talks Freddy into a fake engagement, so that she may go to London, and make her cousin, Jack, of whom she's always had romantic fantasies, jealous., However, while she's in London, her kind heart gets her embroiled into all sorts of schemes to help various people. Freddy is always there to get her and her friends out of a fix. During her stay, she has ample time to compare the selfish ways of her "dream" hero, Jack, with the very generous and honest ways of the real hero, Freddy.
I love Freddy's common sense answers and solutions to the problems Kit and he encounter. Although he thinks himself otherwise, he is very clever, and always seems to come up with the best solutions. I laughed out loud over and over again throughout this book at the very funny repartees between the characters, as well as the traji-comical situations they get themselves into. This was one of the most humourous books I've listened to in a long, long time!
I also wanted to say that I've heard Phyllida Nash read several of Georgette Heyer's books, but she did an extra-excellent job in nailing all the voices for the characters in this one! I didn't hear a narrator voicing the various characters, I only heard each individual character. I especially liked Freddy's voice! This is a book I could (an will) listen to over and over again!
I haven't yet read or listened to all of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, but so far, this i my favorite. It's a fun and captivating story (although, like many of Heyer's books I've read, you may need to patiently get through the first chapter or two before you get hooked). Heyer is a master of the Regency period, and I love her ability to conjure this era for us. If you don't enjoy learning about the jargon of the time, you may not like this book, but I found it fascinating.
On top of that, Heyer is great at plotting and creating fun, believable characters. This book came out in 1953, and I would bet that Heyer grew up watching lots of movies, because her dialogue and plotting could be transferred easily to a screenplay.
On top of that, Phyllida Nash gives her usual excellent performance as the narrator of the Audible edition. Her ability to deal with a lot of characters and make each one unique is amazing. She adds so much to the novel.
I don't want to give away the plot, but I'll just say this: If you're interested in British history, like fun romances with a twist, and love Jane Austen, read this book. Now.
This is only my second Georgia Hayer book but it is quite funny. Poor Dolf lol. I enjoyed the story all around and was pleasantly surprised at how everything came together at the end. I recommend this book to regency fiction fans.
What a lovely read. I only recently discovered this author - not my usual genre - and thoroughly enjoyed this book! I could see it playing out before me. Very well read, too.
Everytime I read the summary of Heyers books I think,"I shall not like this as much as the last." Some how each time I am surprised. I have just finished The Grand Sophy as well as Sylvester and each time I find something new and different to love. Cotillion is just another example of this with its naive heroine and simple but full hearted Freddie.
The first two words of my title should be enough. If you like Georgette Heyer, you'll like this book. If you don't ... you won't. (If you're not familiar with her works, look on Amazon for reviews.)
Same thing for the last two words of my title. Phyllida Nash is excellent in her readings of Georgette.
This reading is practically perfect. I might have changed Dolphinton's voice, but everyone else was exactly as I heard them in my head. (If you like this, also try Civil Contract.)
I would and have tried other books by the author and narrator. Heyer is an enjoyable author and Phyllida Nash's is a wonderful narrator.
Faro's Daughter, The Grand Sophy, Venetia, Frederica, Devil's Cub and The Unknown Ajax are my favorite. The stories tie up so well and the characters are fun and vibrant. Not so in this book.