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The Buccaneers | [Edith Wharton]

The Buccaneers

Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton's The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful.
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Publisher's Summary

Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton's The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful.

Public Domain (P)2008 Audio Book Contractors, LLC

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 06-03-13
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Any longer and it would've started dragging"

    First part of the book concerns some (nouveau riche) girls who try, but just aren't accepted by New York society - truly an example of Rich Peoples' Problems.
    The young ladies head over to London where, in spite of the rigid class system there, they manage to snag a couple of swells. Part Two is a tale of "be careful what you wish for" as money and titles don't prove all they were cracked up to be - more Rich Peoples' Problems.
    I give the work three stars as the writing quality is good, making it a decent read for those with a strong interest in Victorian literature.
    A word on the audio narration: Flo Gibson can be an acquired taste, with her unusual cadence. I hadn't heard anything by her recently, so had to start over again with her style, but by the middle of the story either I'd become re-acquainted, or she'd hit her groove.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Martinsburg,, WV, United States 01-22-13
    Susan Martinsburg,, WV, United States 01-22-13

    Tell us about yourself! I am 53yrs old, i love reading, i started as a child. I prefer audio books so i can work around the house while someone is reading to me!!!!

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    "Suzie's review of the Buccaneers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Buccaneers to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nan


    Any additional comments?

    I love the time period of this story....I love the clothes, the rules, etc of the rich families.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 11-01-13
    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    If you could sum up The Buccaneers in three words, what would they be?

    Don't know


    Would you be willing to try another one of Flo Gibson’s performances?

    NO


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was not very good and she gave Conchita an Irish accent which was odd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Davis, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Dana Davis, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An ok story with sass"
    What did you love best about The Buccaneers?

    I love historical fiction written by female authors. This did not disappoint although at times the plot seemed to wonder. The characters were well development and the sassy humor caught my attention and kept me tuned in.


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