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In a time of approaching war and terrorism, spectacular wealth and financial disasters, the private world of three famous Londoners becomes a public scandal. Lord Derby - unhappily married and the richest as well as the ugliest man in the House of Lords - is the relentless suitor of England's reigning queen of comedy, Eliza Farren. His chief rival is the aristocratic widow Anne Damer, a sculptor who, as the rumor has it, loves women.

Set in Parliament, on stage, the racetrack as well as the intimate salons of the Beau Monde, the best-selling author of Slammerkin evocatively brings to life a world where everyone wears a mask and where erotic liaisons prove as dangerous as political ones.

©2005 Emma Donoghue; (P)2008 Books On Tape

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so disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Maybe it's my aging ears, but I find the reader's voice and enunciation skim over the words in a way that makes it very difficult for me to engage in the story. It just sort of zips by before I can grab on to the words. The little bits I do retain often seem quite clever, so I'm not faulting the story, just the delivery. Perhaps I need to try listening at the "slow" speed setting.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am anxious to listen to "The Dinner" by Herman Koch

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Donada Peters?

Davina Porter - the quintessential British reader

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Humour/cleverness, I think, but couldn't really absorb enough to tell

0 of 2 people found this review helpful