E. McGovern makes this already amazing book a true gem. It is an amazing historical story that rings very true to today too. This is a fantastic story that any one would enjoy, even if your not sure give it a try--- you might never spend a credit better!
If not for Elizabeth McGovern, I would have abandoned this book early on. The story, which had great potential, never really developed and became more tedious with each chapter, particularly after Cora went back to Kansas. I would not recommend this book unless you need a sleep aid.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Elizabeth McGovern was a very believable Cora. It touches on some hard subjects for that time in history. I like books about people and relationships and this one did not disappoint!
I may as well cancel cable now that I am hooked on audible.
Elizabeth McGovern was the perfect performer for this book. She WAS Cora! She made this book alive and calmly played the part during each surprising turn of events.
The revelation of Alan's real love-life. NEVER saw that coming.
I enjoyed seeing her in Downton Abbey, but other than that, have not heard her other Audible performances. I will go look for them now, though.
I did get a little blurry-eyed towards the end of the book.
I hadn't ever heard of the book and now I think it's the best so far!
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
What a terrific story!! I really enjoyed the main character, Cora, and how she was transformed by her experience as a chaperone to the wild Louise Brooks. Elizabeth McGovern was a marvelous narrator. I'm looking forward to more books by Ms. Moriarty and hope that Downton Abbey won't take up so much of Ms. McGovern's time that she can't narrate some more choice novels like The Chaperone. It was a great experience.
I enjoyed about three-quarters of this book. Once again, I felt like the author didn't know how to end it and continued for too long. This writer is definitely improving. I look forward to even a better novel next time.
I don't have time to listen a second time to any audiobook, but certainly enjoyed this.
Rules of Civility, in tone, the quality of the writing, and historical frame.
She found a sympathetic and recognizable voice for each character. Fit the story perfectly.
Cora and Louise, equally. The contrast between the two created a balanced view of a time in history incomprehensible to many of Cora's generation. Cora's opening awareness was handled well. The damage to Louise from the excess equally so.
I wish more books like this would come my way.
This audiobook was extremely well performed by Elizabeth McGovern. It was a pleasant story about an exceptional woman whose life spanned nearly the entirety of the 20th century. It is a story of not only who we were, but who we strive to be.