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Cotillion | [Georgette Heyer]

Cotillion

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.
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The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

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    Lady Wesley 07-02-14
    Lady Wesley 07-02-14
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    "One of Heyer's funniest; excellent narration"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martinez Texas 09-27-13
    Martinez Texas 09-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The BETA hero of my dreams and so much LAUGHTER"
    Would you listen to Cotillion again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Freddy, duh. But his cousin Dolphinton is a very close second, he is hilarious.


    Have you listened to any of Phyllida Nash’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have, she's a total knockout every single time. I highly recommend her.


    If you could rename Cotillion, what would you call it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 11-11-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 11-11-12 Member Since 2014

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Starts as a Farce, Ends Delightfully"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Newme United States 08-28-12
    Newme United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Best and funniest of Heyer"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Mount Hermon, CA, United States 10-10-11
    Elisabeth Mount Hermon, CA, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful!"

    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAROL LANCASTER, PA, United States 09-11-10
    CAROL LANCASTER, PA, United States 09-11-10
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    "Heyer strikes gold"

    This is Georgette Heyer at her best! An enjoyable romp. One of my all time favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Grand junction , CO, USA 04-21-09
    Catherine Grand junction , CO, USA 04-21-09
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    "A lovely farce but the reading is too heavy!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 03-22-09
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    "Great listening"

    A great story. The narration is very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Claudia Diaz 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Heyer's best"
    Would you try another book from Georgette Heyer and/or Phyllida Nash?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Georgette Heyer before, how does this one compare?

    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.


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    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 04-10-15
    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 04-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites!"

    What a perfect plot. Excellent reading and delightful characters. Heyer's lighthearted dialogue makes me chortle! Highly recommended. What a hero!

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  • SarahC
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    11/11/14
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    "Another Heyer/Nash success"
    Where does Cotillion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there with the best of them. Phyllida Nash was once again a joy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As always, Georgette Heyer makes me laugh..... a lot! Cracks of laughter often breaking forth.


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  • Maureen
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    9/15/11
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    "Great Fun"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    11/27/10
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    "A dance"

    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!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Philippa
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    5/14/09
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    "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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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