A complete and utter delight. The language and the mores of another time are revealed in this loving and silly romp.
The characters are hilarious, the reader's delivery flawless, and the beautifully-balanced plot the type to create just the right amount of anxiety about where it's going, then comfort and deight the reader with the hoped-for resolution.
Cotillion has always been one of my favourite Heyer novels. Freddie is such a wonderfully atypical hero. Phyllida Nash does a beautiful job of producing not just different voices, but definite characters that are very much in tune with the author's work. I find her voice pleasant to listen to in general.
I can warmly recommend this to anyone who already enjoys Georgette Heyer, as well those who are just getting to know her.
I have always thought this is the most delightful of Georgette Heyer's books. I utterly love everything about it. And Freddy is such an unusual hero but Kitty is right in that Freddy will always know just what to do, which is far more endearing and comfortable than the Normal type of romantic beau. This really would make a good movie.
I love that such a character as Dolph was in this story. Everyone (who matters) patience and kindness with him is so nice and I love his devotion for his Miss Plimpton. The cupboard scene just had me in tears years ago and it's still the funniest thing.
The narration was very good. I didn't enjoy her as much as in others. I'd dearly love to hear it read by Stephen Fry or Dan Stevens. Some how I can see them picking up the humor a tad better but there is certainly nothing to keep you from enjoying this adorable book.
You start off with a dandy, and can't imagine he's going to be someone you would like but by the end you do. He accepts Kitty the way she is, and is willing to help her with her concerns. Fred and Kitty are both kind hearted people. It reminded me a little bit of Turnip in Mischief of the Mistletoe. Not exactly the same, but similar in the way you end up liking a man who seems a bit empty headed at first. Both Turnip and Freddy have their own kind of wisdom without having the intellect of a "sharpster."
Nash is an excellent reader. I can't say I had a favorite character, but she brings a lot to the story.
I got to read this for free, but would have been happy to spend a credit on it.
I read all sorts of books from various non-fiction to YA fantasy. Love them all!
When Kitty's cantankerous care-taker insists that one of his own nephews marry Kitty for her to inherit his fortune, three of them rush to Kitty's home to propose. When she spurns those three, they patiently explain that she must marry one of them or else she will be left destitute. Kitty hatches a plan (which the reader is left only vaguely aware of) to free herself from these constraints - but it requires her to go to London for a few weeks. That's where her cousin Freddy comes in. He didn't propose - had no wish to propose - but only came because he was curious what this big summons from his uncle was about. In secret, Kitty convinces Freddy to propose marriage so that he could take her to London. Of course, she'll break it off when the few weeks are over....
This is my first book by Georgette Heyer. I've heard so many great things about her that I wanted to see for myself. At first, I wasn't too pleased with the book, but I warmed to it once time had passed, and Kitty matured in London. You see, I didn't like Kitty at first. She seemed so manipulative - getting Freddy to propose when he clearly didn't want to. And it seemed her plan could end up destructive to both of them - even if we didn't know what the whole plan was about. I realized as she grew that the plan was just naivete and not pure manipulation, but I still found all the dangerous lies a bit disturbing. Regardless, everything turned out well in the end, and I was left with a warm fuzzy feeling about the novel.
Heyer's writing is delightful. She mixes humor with the beloved Regency Romance genre, and she's often suggested to readers who have finished all the Jane Austen novels. They definitely have the same feel as an Austen, though the humor has a slightly different tone. Austen has more sarcasm in her books. Both writers have a mixture of wit and silliness. I will hopefully have time to read another Heyer soon. Just think, a brand new author to explore!
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.
classic film addict
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!