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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!
Science Fiction fan. Non-fiction fan. Classic literature fan...
I love Georgette hair, and this is one of the best. Her unwitting he rose and others who aren't quite in the modern mode very fascinating.
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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!
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.
What a lovely read. I only recently discovered this author - not my usual genre - and thoroughly enjoyed this book! I could see it playing out before me. Very well read, too.
Everytime I read the summary of Heyers books I think,"I shall not like this as much as the last." Some how each time I am surprised. I have just finished The Grand Sophy as well as Sylvester and each time I find something new and different to love. Cotillion is just another example of this with its naive heroine and simple but full hearted Freddie.
The first two words of my title should be enough. If you like Georgette Heyer, you'll like this book. If you don't ... you won't. (If you're not familiar with her works, look on Amazon for reviews.)
Same thing for the last two words of my title. Phyllida Nash is excellent in her readings of Georgette.
This reading is practically perfect. I might have changed Dolphinton's voice, but everyone else was exactly as I heard them in my head. (If you like this, also try Civil Contract.)
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.
"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.
Good story, good narrator, enjoyable listening. One of the solid group of books in the Heyer collection. Not one of my 5 stars but always worth reading (or listening). Good range of characters in an easy, quiet story.
"Quite the best read"
This is to date my favourite Heyer.
The narrator is excellent and had me laughing out loud.
This is one of my go to books. You know the ones, those comfort books that you know inside and out, that you return to again and again.
This was my first time listening to it and it was beautifully read.
As always it finished leaving me with that delightfully relaxed ahh feeling .
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