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The Cottage

Narrated by: David Garrison
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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In her 54th best-selling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of fame and friendship, charmed lives and private struggles...and of three very different men whose lives converge and collide at the Cottage.

On a sunny day in Hollywood, a gleaming Rolls-Royce convertible pulls through the gates of the magnificent estate known as the Cottage. Modeled after the “cottages” of Newport, Rhode Island, the spacious, elegant property, sitting on 14 acres of lush Bel Air, fits its owner to a T. For the man behind the wheel of the Rolls is Hollywood's ageless wonder, Cooper Winslow. A star of the silver screen for decades, a man whose allure to women is the stuff of legend, Coop exudes grace, charm, and old-fashioned style. But today, Coop Winslow is in for a major surprise. He's broke. And with no major roles coming his way, Coop is faced with the heartbreaking prospect of selling his beloved home of 40 years, or at least renting out the gatehouse and part of the main house. A huge blow to Coop, whose debonair attitude allows him to escape reality much of the time.  

His new tenants, Mark Friedman and Jimmy O'Connor, are busy coping with problems of their own. Mark's wife of 16 years just walked out, and Jimmy recently lost his own wife to a devastating illness. But everything changes when Mark's teenage son and daughter move in. Suddenly, the Cottage is transformed, with music blasting from every corner, teenagers on skateboards crashing into vintage cars, and a never-ending parade of young starlets streaming in and out to visit Coop.

But amid all the noise and the chaos, something unexpected is happening. Three men who never would have met are becoming friends...and each man finds himself changing in surprising ways, Coop most of all. Because beneath the dazzle and flash, the impeccably tailored suits, and the sheer bravado, is a man trying to keep control of his carefully ordered world - a world that is becoming more and more unpredictable with each passing day.

First, a tabloid scandal erupts, threatening Coop's budding romance with a wealthy debutante.... A stranger approaches Coop with stunning news.... A devastating accident almost claims the life of one of the housemates.... And in the midst of it all, the Cottage welcomes a new houseguest with a secret of her own, who will change Coop's life in unexpected ways. Because among the people who share his cottage and his life, Coop Winslow - loner, bachelor, movie star - may find the rarest of all opportunities: a chance to build a happiness he could never have dreamed of on his own, and to become the kind of human being he has never been. 

Against a glittering backdrop of celebrity and glamour, Danielle Steel digs deeper to tell a story of friendship and love, tragedy and second chances...of the choices and unexpected turns of fate that can shape characters and lives. 

©2002 Danielle Steel (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

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Love this book...

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

I enjoy all of David Garrison's narrations, but this story is one of my favorites.

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Danielle Steel relates touching and hilarious life situations in The Cottage and David Garrison is very easy to listen to...one of my favorites.

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  • Shary
  • Prescott, AZ, USA
  • 06-01-08

The Cottage is a great escape

Daniel Steel is a craftswoman at creating her characters. She brings them alive and makes the listener care about them. However from now on I will only get the abridged versions of her books because her plots are very obvious and it takes her FOREVER to get to the next step. Not something to get if you want to stay awake.

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Boringly predictable

Slow, boring story, no true conflict. Characters started out as interesting, diluted as plot proceeded.

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great as always

Danielle Steel is wonderful as always the naratar had a good voice, easy to follow.

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Audible did a fantastic. job with a fantastic book

I could visualize the Cottage and the residents perfectly. I was finding myself looking for reasons to listen to the story.

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Always Love A Happy Ending

Glad Coop made the decision he made in the end. All well, ends well . . . . . . .

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OK but not great, she really drags a story out

OK but not great, she really drags a story out would not recommend to anybody

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narrator great.

Ending was predictable, but not until very late in the book. a good sit down and listen no stress book.

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The Cottage

A love story of 3 couples who find love with people they wouldn't have thought they would.

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Loved

I am glad I had the opportunity to read this book. I haven't read one of her books in quite some time, & I am looking forward to reading my next novel of hers