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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!!!
The book is my favorite of the Georgette Heyer romantic farces. However, I thought the narration was not suited to the book. The heroine sounded like a 35-year old, far to mature and sensible. And the male characters all sounded far to much alike. The story needed to be read with a lighter and livelier touch.
I would and have tried other books by the author and narrator. Heyer is an enjoyable author and Phyllida Nash's is a wonderful narrator.
Faro's Daughter, The Grand Sophy, Venetia, Frederica, Devil's Cub and The Unknown Ajax are my favorite. The stories tie up so well and the characters are fun and vibrant. Not so in this book.
What a perfect plot. Excellent reading and delightful characters. Heyer's lighthearted dialogue makes me chortle! Highly recommended. What a hero!
"Witty, charming and wonderfully read."
Georgette Heyer was a favourite author of mine as a teenager, but Cotillion was never one of my favourites then. It is now! The immaculate reading by Phyllida Nash brings out all the wit and charm of this book. As with the best Heyer books, the sparkling dialogue, immaculate descriptions, authentic period detail and comic set-pieces make this book a joy to listen to. It is like eating the finest meringue - light, delicate and delicious!
I am very fond of this novel, and I thought the narrator did it credit - her narrative voice was clearly distinguished from those of the characters, which were themselves quite distinct, without ever being overacted. I found much in it to enjoy when taken at this leisured pace, and would look for other titles by this narrator again.
"A sprightly dance"
Beautifully read by Phyllida Nash, this is one of Georgette Heyer's most light hearted stories.
Kitty Charing is the ward of the miserly and cantankerous Mr Penicuik who decides to leave her his fortune if she will agree to marry one of his great nephews. All the nephews know that he wants her to marry Jack Westruther, his favourite, with whom Kitty has been in love since she was a school girl. Jack refuses to obey his summons and Kitty persuades Freddy Standen to pretend to be engaged in order that she can go to London for the season. While everyone suspects that she is trying to make Jack jealous, no-one foresees how events will work out.
Kitty's first forays into the world of high fashion are entertainingly described, with all Ms Heyer's careful attention to historical accuracy. The characters of Kitty, Jack, Freddy and his family are believable and engaging. As always, Ms Heyer has a wide cast of other characters who add to the twists and turns of this plot and the story evolves in a series of complicated steps, just like the lively dance of her title.
"My first Heyer audiobook, and it was addictive"
A Heyer reader since my teens, I recently discovered they were available on audiobooks. Bad news. After trying this one 'just to see if they are any use' I was hooked. Excellently read by Phyllida Nash, I lapped it up. My credits are now disappearing faster than a snowflake in Hawai as I work through all my favourite Heyer titles. This one, as a book, I had taken some time to appreciate as Freddy is far from an obvious hero but surprisingly he comes over more clearly here than on the printed page. As for gruff, down to earth Hannah stomping around refusing to call a spade a digging implement, love her - and never more so than than when brought to life in this.
"One to make you Ssmile"
I love this novel! It's a good typical Georgette Heyer read. Quite a bit of humour in this storyline. There are two characters in particular that make me laugh, Freddie, a straight forward no nonsense man, a little slow on the uptake but with a good heart and Dolph, we would today call home as having Special needs, but endearing and not quite as thick as his other family members would believe. There's also Hannah, Dolph's fiancée kept in secret, who is a woman after my own heart. I've listened to this book at leat 30 times and I still love it when I need to laugh!!
A perfect combination of narrator and story, I thought Phyllida Nash had Freddie especially to a tee. One of my favourite Heyer's, brilliantly read and I think I've listened to it a least 3 times now.
Georgette Heyer's Regency world is filled with the very best of English aristocratic society at the turn of the 19th Century. THis is a fun story of a young girl who, living in the depths of the country as housekeeper to her old and irascible guardian, seizes her chance to stay in London as the betrothed of a member of the Ton. As expected of Heyer's books Kitty, the heroine, has adventures, scrapes and, of course, the happy ending.
This is a lighted-hearted romantic adventure. Heyer's research is meticulous and paints a rich picture of Georgian life as a background to the story. Unfortunately, the narrator does not do the sparkling dialogue any justice. What should be witty repartee sound turgid and artificial. This is such a pity as it makes the story's dialogue seem stilted. Particularly jarring in the thieves' cant and sporting jargon adopted by the ton, instead of rich and colourful language, sounds artificial and stilted.
To conclude this romantic glimpse of Regency England was disappointing as the narrator could not find the champagne bubbles there in the story and consequently it seemed a little flat.
"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.
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