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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 2013
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 03-30-15
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 03-30-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Narrator speaks too fast"
    Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Flo Gibson?

    No - my book club read The Age of Innocence a couple of years ago and I don't think I made it through that one either. This is also for book club. My problem with it so far (only to chapter 2) is that I can't understand the narrator because she speaks so rapidly AND has some sort of an accent. I've gone back to the beginning about 5 times and still can't concentrate enough on it for my mind not to wander.


    Has The Buccaneers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, though I'm sure my criticisms don't apply to the entire genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above - speaking too fast and with an (?) accent. I tried to slow the speed to .75, but that delivery wasn't good - sort of stuttering.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Buccaneers?

    Didn't get that far.


    Any additional comments?

    I may try to get this as an e-book to read in print, but I'm thinking it may be a waste of money. Maybe I'll try a sample first.

    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 2013
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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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    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 2 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 2014
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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 1 people found this review helpful

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