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The Fortune Hunter Audiobook

The Fortune Hunter: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National - until he meets Charlotte Baird.

A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and all of their futures.

The Fortune Hunter, the brilliant new novel by Daisy Goodwin, is a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures.

©2014 Daisy Goodwin Productions (P)2014 Headline Digital

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    Dara 02-27-15
    Dara 02-27-15

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    "Well narrated but very slow moving"

    I often listen to audiobooks when I'm trying to fall asleep. This one was perfect for that.




    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Loïc Thomas Chicago, IL 01-24-15
    Loïc Thomas Chicago, IL 01-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    If you could sum up The Fortune Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    It was just an okay story nothing extraordinary really. I have doubt that Empress Elizabeth was an adulteress. The historical facts are not accurate at all and for most is quite fictional. Nonetheless, the story remained descent but with so many inconsistencies in relation to the whereabouts of the main characters. The book was relating a lot promiscuity and indecency and shed light on a glorious aristocracy with their many flaws. Unfortunately, Charlotte Baird naive side was very much annoying and she looked foolish throughout the book.


    Would you recommend The Fortune Hunter to your friends? Why or why not?

    Well, that I would say yes and no...it all depends on the person's view of adulterous romance and mainly based on deceit and lies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entrance of the Empress at Melton to observe the naive Charlotte and how she confronted both protagonists (Bay Middleton) in a daring way. Also the confrontation with Queen Victoria...Well, they are Empresses after all!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Fortune Hunter and why?

    None really but Augusta was quite something. I think each character had their moments. I would say the Empress as well who is very much willing to break all conventions to live her forbidden love. Also the fact that Sissy really raised her voice no matter the circumstances which requires requires great control of oneself...


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was quite superb and theatrical, the very way a narration should be. I congratulate the narrator for their achievement, I don't think the book would have that much enjoyable without it. I had quite a laugh too several times throughout the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 09-08-14
    Mary 09-08-14

    A book lover

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    "Listen to this one"

    I started out reading the print edition but couldn't find the time to just sit and read so I used a credit. So glad I did as the narration increased my enjoyment of this surprisingly quiet historical novel. For me it seemed the pace picked up a bit in the second half of the novel and I was quite happy to listen for large chunks of time.
    Especially appreciated is the author interview at the end. Very interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 08-20-14
    Pita Miami 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Delicious, Austen style entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any Anglophile who would enjoy a little bit of romance and intrigue, a dash of court gossip, and a mousy but plucky heiress . Beautiful Sissy, Empress of Austria and a dashing Cavalry Officer are also involved in this very entertaining and well written book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters were well developed and multidimensional. The story keeps on moving. Perhaps there are no major surprises but the author manages to keep us turning the page.


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    The narrator managed to make the three main characters very distinct. I enjoyed the dialogue, which is important to this story and an enjoyable part of it


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The Empress, the officer and the mouse that roared"


    Any additional comments?

    Although there are a number of characters in this book based on well known historical figures, I did not approach this book as historical fiction. The facts are bent to suit the narrative, which is OK as long as the reader does not expect otherwise.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hayes Indiana 12-31-15
    A. Hayes Indiana 12-31-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Good"

    Enjoyable to listen to. This is the second one that I have heard from this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. S. WA 11-21-15
    J. S. WA 11-21-15
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    "Too slow"

    The narrator was great. She did the different characters voices well. I stopped 13 chapters in because the story moved too slowly. I was not excited to continue listening. When I don't wonder what's going to happen next or look forward to listening, I know that I don't like a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 02-28-15
    Leah 02-28-15
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    "very good!"

    great reading. character voices done very well not at all distracting as some can be. great story. didn't want to stop listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Southlake, TX, United States 02-18-15
    Susan Southlake, TX, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrific book!"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. The story is interesting as a romance but the historical detail makes it so much more fascinating. The narrator if superb. If you like victorian romance you will love this.

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    Donna 09-15-17
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    slow and predictablr
    nothing interesting happened
    had to finish it was an audible.com purchased book. I was bored.

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    Amazon Customer Lutz, FL, United States 08-10-17
    Amazon Customer Lutz, FL, United States 08-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A Tragic Royal Romance"

    This is an incredibly readable historical novel.Clare Corbett is a wonderful narrator, but Daisy Goodwin has a fascinating story to tell. It is a fictional account of a forbidden romance between a British rogue and a real-life tragic European royal whose own life mirrored that of the modern Diana Spencer. In fact the book's cover is a silhouette of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria shown in the foreground in elegant riding garb, while in the background is Althorp Hall, the ancestral home of the Spencers, a favorite haunt of the horse-mad Empress.

    Princess Elizabeth of the Bavarian House of Wittelsbach was only sixteen-years-old when she wed her twenty-four year-old cousin the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria/Hungary in 1854. "Sisi" as she was nicknamed, immediately became the most adored royal in Europe, whose fame was second only to her much more distant cousin Queen Victoria. She was considered controversial and ahead of her time, just as was Diana, Princess of Wales in the late twentieth century. In fact, Sisi was the Diana of her day. Both were beautiful, charasmatic, restless, reckless, bored with court life, and married to much older, traditional men, each of whom had courted the older sister: in Prince Charles's case Lady Sarah Spencer, and in Franz's case the unappealing Princess Helene, whom he promptly ditched for Sisi. Both Diana and the Empress loved children, each had the common touch, and both women were obsessed with their appearance, having to contend with voracious photographers motivated primarily by greed. Both also suffered from anorexia/bulimia, and had to deal with unhappy marriages. Neither would ever find contentment or happiness. And like Diana, Sisi suffered a horrible death; although in the case of the Empress, she was actually stabbed to death by a lunatic who hated the noble establishment which ruled Europe in the late nineteenth century.

    This novel is actually about a genuine Englishman named Bay Middleton, a dashing cad about society who was the most celebrated jockey of his day, but whose hubris allowed him to take liberties with the beautiful Empress, thereby scandalizing the upper-crust world in which she moved. It is almost an eery precursor of the ill-fated romance between Diana and James Hewitt. Daisy Goodwin is an excellent writer who has perfectly captured the Victorian era during which Sisi thrived as one of its most beloved superstars and one of its greatest horsewomen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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