Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew - provided she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly adverse to the plan, if the right nephew proposes. Unfortunately, Kitty has set her heart on Jack Westruther, a confirmed rake, who seems to have no inclination to marry her anytime soon. In an effort to make Jack jealous, and to see a little more of the world than her isolated life on her great-uncle's estate has afforded her, Kitty devises a plan. She convinces yet another of her cousins, the honorable Freddy Standen, to pretend to be engaged to her. Her plan would bring her to London on a visit to Freddy's family and (hopefully) render the elusive Mr. Westruther madly jealous. Thus begins Cotillion, arguably the funniest, most charming of Georgette Heyer's many delightful Regency romances.
Cotillion is here presented in Naxos AudioBooks style, with classical music enhancing the production. This is the first of two Heyer titles planned for 2009. Clare Wille was widely praised for her reading of Cranford.
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"My favourite historical novelist." (Margaret Drabble)
Firstly this is ABRIDGED, so you will miss many of your favourite lines eg "you have your own armour, do you not Frederick" "french Gabster!" etc. It is competently read, the reader does a good job with Freddy and Kitty, but is not as sure with some of the minor characters. I'd say pay the extra money and get the unabridged version. If your love Georgette Heyer, you will want every line.
60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!
This abridged version covers the main plot lines and the narrator is good, but as a Georgette Heyer fan I was disappointed: some of my favorite passages were omitted. I will never buy an abridged book again.
I've read Cotillion many number of times and this narration just positively brings the characters to life! I enjoyed the music in between chapters, as well. I only regret that this was an abridged version. The book is funnier in this sense, because much has been cut from the story to make this audiobook so short. We also don't really get to know the Legerwoods, whose characters really help cement Freddy Standen's cachet in my opinion. Fore me, Cotillion is the best Heyer story because of the unconventional hero in Freddy Standen and the host of other funny characters in this story.
I've never listened to Clare Wille before but now I want to seek out other works by her. She was wonderful in capturing the many distinct characters in this story and has such a soothing narrative voice in between. I love the vigor with which she delivers the dialogue. Excellent work.
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