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Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.
British actress Phyllida Nash does a wonderful job voicing the many characters in this book -- one the the best of Heyer's catalogue. Highly recommended.
Yes I would and I have. I've listened to it more than 10 times for sure. It's so incredibly funny. And the hero, Freddy, is just the most amazing and perfect BETA hero ever. While Alpha heroes are very sexy and I love them they are soooo unrealistic. Freddy could very well be out there, realistic and dreamy at the same time.
Freddy, duh. But his cousin Dolphinton is a very close second, he is hilarious.
Yes I have, she's a total knockout every single time. I highly recommend her.
I wouldn't dare rename it except because a lot of people don't know what the word Cotillion means. If I did it might be something like The Gentleman or Cousins. I don't know.
There is no sex. The bedroom door is firmly shut as in all Georgette Heyer books but in my book that is all right. I got all the toe curling I need and more laughter than I can handle. You'll feel lighthearted and happy by the end, you'll be sad it's over, but you'll be so satisfied you'lll still be happy.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
Narration is excellent.
The characters are very loveable (cute even). The sheltered Kitty has a very generous nature that gets her into scrapes that her faux swain has to extricate her from. The hero (which I won't name, as initially it is unclear who is the hero is to be) is not the usual Heyer main male character (so, not arrogant or "top lofty". Quite a treat really).
A gentle book, that has become a firm favourite. The narration definitely lifts it.
I absolutely adore this book. The dialogue is hilarious and original, and the hero is eminently likeable. I'm also touched at the way Heyer handles the minor characters -- especially one with mental limitations. Such people are often the butt of jokes in novels of this kind, but Heyer displays real sympathy with hers. I think "Cotillion" is the best, funniest, most sparkling and most human of her novels -- and I've read them all.
I really like all the unabridged Georgette Heyer books. I am very disappointed though that you audible are only bringing out abridged versions. Please bring out the unabridged versions as well!!!
Filled with a variety of characters and a twist and turn romance - this was one Heyer book that took me by surprise. How I missed this one in the 25 years that I have been reading this author, I have no idea- because I thought I'd read them all. It made me smile and quite the best ending of many of her books. I will be listening and re listening to this one!
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!
"A gently humorous ,good yarn."
I would recommend this book , for the story alone. It holds ome's interest all the way through and has a very satisfactory, and slightly unexpected, ending.
I liked he characters. They had real personality and beautifully gentle humour.
She gives the characters perhaps a little more strength than mere reading would.
There were several funny but touching moments, particularly around the hero and the "comic " figures.
"Regency romance at its best"
Cotillion rates very high among the many audiobooks I've listened to, an old favourite from the days of print, which I can now enjoy in the car or while working.
Devil's Cub, another Georgette Heyer favourite, is narrated by Michael Drew, which seemed odd to start with because the story is written from the point of view of the heroine, but once the story progressed I soon forgot. I have every admiration for all narrators who bring differences to the voices of all charactors, male or female
Apart from hearing the correct pronunciation of several phrases used in the Regency period, Phyllida Nash brings life to the dialogue.
Freddie Standen Grows Up
I just love audiobooks, and Cotillion brings the nostalgia of an old favourite to life.
One of my favourite Heyer books, historical romance set in the Regency period, Phyllida Nash is an excellent narrator.
"One of my favourite Georgette Heyer Regency tales"
I have read this novel numerous times, it never gets old! The characters are amusing, believable, serious, funny, and I believe quite indicative of the era.
I rank it along side Charity Girl, and the Corinthian. They are all heart warming and a calming, pleasing novel to distract and yet not bore you. If you have never read all listened to a Georgette Heyer novel before, this Regency romance is a good place to start. It won't be your last book by this author.
"Another excellent and enjoyable Heyer book"
Highly recommend. A fun entertaining few hours. Loved it, the usual mixture of heroes and heroines, what's not to love
"Another Heyer/Nash success"
Up there with the best of them. Phyllida Nash was once again a joy to listen to.
I loved listening to Freddie develop from the fashionable, kind but gently selfish town gentleman, to a responsible young man that Kitty could turn to!
As always, Georgette Heyer makes me laugh..... a lot! Cracks of laughter often breaking forth.
Perhaps not the most profound story, but highly entertaining. Interesting characters, very witty dialogue and some lovely references to places and exhibits on the London tourist scene. Very well read - particularly Freddy. My only disappointment was that Kitty sounded a bit more mature and 'worldly wise' than Georgette Heyer portrayed her. That, however, did not in any way spoil the book for me. If you want something which will lift the spirits, I recommend Cotillion.
One heroine and four possible heroes dance around the novel until Kitty, a spirited heroine, finally makes her choice. Kitty's driven to despair by her uncle and cousin Jack. And she falls out of one scrape, only to fall into another. Freddie and his disjointed speech is an unlikely candidate, but my favourite of Kitty's suitors. Only his fixation with dress is his main concern! A host of delightful characters, that Phyllida Nash brings to life, makes this Georgette Heyer one to enjoy!
"Four couples brought together!"
A good Heyer, although perhaps not the best. The characters are well drawn and interesting, the main characters are really pleasant and in fact I was surprised by how many of the characters were nice! There is no attempt at any inner voice of the characters which is sometimes annoying! It's well worth a credit though!
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