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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!!!
classic film addict
I've listened to many, many of Georgette Heyer's books, but this one was the most humourous so far! The way the book starts out, with a miserly, eccentric uncle trying to hold his relations hostage to his will, one might think this book would be dark. But as soon as Cousin Freddy comes on the scene, the book takes a most pleasant, comedic turn! Against his will, and his protests, the heroine, Kit, talks Freddy into a fake engagement, so that she may go to London, and make her cousin, Jack, of whom she's always had romantic fantasies, jealous., However, while she's in London, her kind heart gets her embroiled into all sorts of schemes to help various people. Freddy is always there to get her and her friends out of a fix. During her stay, she has ample time to compare the selfish ways of her "dream" hero, Jack, with the very generous and honest ways of the real hero, Freddy.
I love Freddy's common sense answers and solutions to the problems Kit and he encounter. Although he thinks himself otherwise, he is very clever, and always seems to come up with the best solutions. I laughed out loud over and over again throughout this book at the very funny repartees between the characters, as well as the traji-comical situations they get themselves into. This was one of the most humourous books I've listened to in a long, long time!
I also wanted to say that I've heard Phyllida Nash read several of Georgette Heyer's books, but she did an extra-excellent job in nailing all the voices for the characters in this one! I didn't hear a narrator voicing the various characters, I only heard each individual character. I especially liked Freddy's voice! This is a book I could (an will) listen to over and over again!
I haven't yet read or listened to all of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, but so far, this i my favorite. It's a fun and captivating story (although, like many of Heyer's books I've read, you may need to patiently get through the first chapter or two before you get hooked). Heyer is a master of the Regency period, and I love her ability to conjure this era for us. If you don't enjoy learning about the jargon of the time, you may not like this book, but I found it fascinating.
On top of that, Heyer is great at plotting and creating fun, believable characters. This book came out in 1953, and I would bet that Heyer grew up watching lots of movies, because her dialogue and plotting could be transferred easily to a screenplay.
On top of that, Phyllida Nash gives her usual excellent performance as the narrator of the Audible edition. Her ability to deal with a lot of characters and make each one unique is amazing. She adds so much to the novel.
I don't want to give away the plot, but I'll just say this: If you're interested in British history, like fun romances with a twist, and love Jane Austen, read this book. Now.
This is only my second Georgia Hayer book but it is quite funny. Poor Dolf lol. I enjoyed the story all around and was pleasantly surprised at how everything came together at the end. I recommend this book to regency fiction fans.
"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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