The Luxe

Narrated by: Nina Siemaszko
Series: The Luxe, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899.

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

©2007 Alloy Entertainment and Anna Godbersen (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good story, but. . .

The story is good, if you like period romances. It's well written, and I like the characters. But the recording is so chocked full of mispronunciations, it's hard to keep the serious tone of the story. Where there is a three syllable word, get ready for a laugh. Unfortunately, I can't give anyone full benefit of the humor. Think of the phrase: "Her feelings were annihilated and she sank into a deep sense of ennui." And let your imagination run wild.

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Beautiful Historical Story

This book was a lovely soap opera style story packed full of excitement, romance, and drama. I loved the characters and the writing and narration were great. I've already spent a credit on the next one in the series.

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3.5 Stars Enjoyable

Really a 3.5 Quite good for a romance. Many twists and turns, although the ending was not as much of a surprise as I would have liked. I'm sure most people who love romances in this period will give it 4 stars. It took a while to get into, but that could have been where I was at. I'm a tough critic re: Historical Fiction.

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Chapters are suddenly cut short...

The quality of the audiobook is poor and ought to be edited. The chapters will suddenly be cut short before the chapter is finished and I presume sections of the book are missing. In addition, the sound of the performance stresses “ssss” and the quality of the sound is poor.
The story of this book is great.

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Bad sound quality

There is a weird static echo throughout this narration and it occasionally just cuts off sentences and skips to the next chapter. I gave up on listening because it was driving me crazy!

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lux

seemed to hear a lot of static and book would skip around a lot couldn't listen past the first chapter

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I’m embarrassed to have even listened

What a piece of prurient trash. Better to spend your time listening to some real literature. And the narrator could take some lessons on pronunciation. I don’t usually give negative reviews but please don’t waste your money on this.

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Interesting story, choppy audio

It was a good read. Test problems that seem more giant than they really are. You don't get to know the characters too well,,so some of the reactions can be unexpected. The audio between the last sentence and the intro to each chapter is choppy, so that was a little distracting.

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Well...

I thought i was going to like this book more, I'm not sure if is the narrator that made me dislike it or if is the story that feels repetitive. Not planning to read the next book.

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Magnificent! Simply Magnificent!!!

This was such an excellent book! Well done in audio form! The ONLY reason it is listed in YA is because it does not have explicit sex scenes, but the steamy romance is there! As is the plot and intrigue! I cannot give this book and the entire series enough stars! Amazing! Do yourself a favor and try this one out!

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  • Michaela
  • 05-25-20

Audio Quality Improves Chpt. 3

This book is fine, I think if I read it upon release I would have enjoyed it a lot more, but I’ve just happened to experienced tastier things upon the YA genre expanding so much.

The narration is pretty good, but they’ve kind of butchered some of it with poor editing and something happened with the first 2.5 chapters of audio that made it almost unbearable, but it fixes itself! I own the physical copy, so I can confirm that the ends of the chapters aren’t actually cut off, they just snip her words too early.