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.
What a perfect plot. Excellent reading and delightful characters. Heyer's lighthearted dialogue makes me chortle! Highly recommended. What a hero!
Female and left 39 behind more than two decades ago. Genres I like are procedural mysteries, history and historical fiction, and science fic
A delightful heroine, an unlikely hero, and a pleasant tour of Regency London. A light read with coincidences, twists and turns and a happy ending. I am smiling as I write this.
One of my favorite books. I read it first in paperback then downloaded this audio and was not disappointed! It is a great mix of Regency romance and English dry humor. The characters are all colorful and carry quite well throughout the book. I laughed out loud in many parts. It is a book that I have listened to time and time again. Beginning is a bit slow but once it gets going, it is a great read.
Dolphington because he is a sweet, simpleton that brings life into every scene he appears.
Freddie who starts off as somewhat eccentric and aloof but eventually becomes the hero.
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!