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Cotillion

Cotillion

Escrito por Georgette Heyer

Narrado por Clare Wille


Cotillion

Escrito por Georgette Heyer

Narrado por Clare Wille

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (200 valoraciones)
Longitud:
5 horas
Publicado:
Apr 1, 2009
ISBN:
9789629548179
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

Cotillion, one of the most popular historical novels by Regency romance expert Georgette Heyer, is presented in Naxos AudioBooks style, with classical music enhancing the production. Kitty Charing comes to London from the country to find a husband and secure her fortune. It is the first of two Heyer titles planned for 2009. Clare Wille was widely praised for her reading of Cranford.
Publicado:
Apr 1, 2009
ISBN:
9789629548179
Formato:
Audiolibro

Sobre el autor

Georgette Heyer's novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades. English Heritage has awarded Georgette Heyer one of their prestigious Blue Plaques, designating her Wimbledon home as the residence of an important figure in British history. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success. Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. A very private woman, she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. Her work included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.


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  • (4/5)
    Not quite your classic Georgette Heyer Regency Romance - in this case the hero is a gentle man as well as a Gentleman and the classic Georgette Heyer hero is the loser in love. The story takes its form from the Cotillion, a dance with four couples, and storyline chronicles the changing partnerships as they move through the dance. Very pleasant re-read. (I was prompted to re read after a nature vs nurtre discussion with my sister and she reminded me of a scene in Cotillion where the heroine learns that her friend, though naturally "good" can't be expected to innately know "proper" behaviour when her upbringing is not in "proper" cricles).
  • (5/5)
    This is probably my favorite Georgette Heyer novel to date. The characters are incredibly entertaining, and I just loved how everything flowed together in the end.
  • (3/5)
    A fun, light page-turner. Good-hearted and quite funny. Recommended!
  • (4/5)
    I just finished reading Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer. I am not a romance reader. This is as far out of my genre I have read in a LONG time, and I picked it up on recommendation, specifically because I wanted to read more romance. It was a good read, and not at all what I expected.I should say, I've never read a Regency romance before, but I did have some ideas in my head on what to expect. I was expecting a bodice-ripper, with lots of seduction and sex (I'd actually been asking for recommendations on good romance to read some good sex scenes, and writers who handled them well). This wasn't that. It's actually the most sexless romance I've ever read (I'll admit, that isn't out of many). I was expecting lots of detailed descriptions about clothes, and scenery, and society. It still caught me off guard when I read them. The back cover has a quote that calls it a "literary bubble bath." I think that's an accurate description.It did take me a while to get into it. I think that's partially because I'm not used to reading this type of book, and partially because for the first half of the book, I found myself getting annoyed with almost Every. Character. In the. Book. Kitty was annoying, Freddy was annoyingly dumb, Jack was annoying (and a jerk), and pretty much anyone of any importance was annoying. Yes, I could excuse it as being realistic, but honestly, the only character who didn't annoy me was Dolph. Everyone was too busy making fun of his brains. Around halfway through, I think I finally started to really settle into the style, and Kitty and Freddy seemed to finally be showing some spirit, and a little (if not a lot of) thought. I tore through the last half of the book in a couple of days, the last few chapters this morning. It was a good read, and I'm glad I stuck with it. If you look at the Amazon reviews, there are plenty that will tell you this is a good read. I don't know how many of those are romance readers, but here's an opinion from someone venturing out into the genre: Heyer certainly has the language and the art down, and this was a fun read. Definitely a literary bubble bath - with chocolate and champagne. I think I'd even read it again at some point - see if I'm less annoyed with the characters in the first half if I know what to expect.
  • (5/5)
    If one had to be restricted to reading only one Heyer novel, this would be one of the top contenders, along with The Grand Sophy (for sheer fun) and An Infamous Army (for its integration of a first-rate handling of the Battle of Waterloo into its social plot). The characters are appealing, the plot deliberately sets up one conclusion only to veer off to another, and the social exchanges are, as usual, sparkling.It's above all a coming-of-age story for both the primary characters rather than just one (Heyer's heroes are frequently, though not always, fully formed from their first appearance), and this allows the romance plot to proceed without severe problems from implicit inequality of agency.Heyer pretty well defined her own subgenre within comedy of manners, and has never really been matched: every "successor" I have seen fails to manage the same balancing act between comedy of manners, romantic subplot, and (frequently) bildungsroman . This butterfly of a book gets a full five stars for its place within that subgenre.
  • (3/5)
    This was typical Georgette Heyer. You had the dashing rake, the evil uncle, the rich heiress and the scads of relatives. But in typical Heyer style it was put together in an unexpected entertaining way. Have always enjoyed these novels and glad to have a chance to visit an old favorite.
  • (4/5)
    I felt I had read Cotillion by Georgette Heyer before, but perhaps it's because her rota of characters and situations are similar. That being said, I enjoyed this light and amusing Regency historical novel.As usual, the author does a super job on the language and manners of the time. It's a funny and sweet story with a very satisfying ending, although it takes our Kitty a long time to overcome obstacles and achieve her desired end.Very entertaining and well done.
  • (4/5)
    Fun, and an interesting twist on the usual Heyer pattern. Here, the sharp-minded, sharp-tongued gentleman is not only not the hero, he's as close to a villain as this story gets. The hero (and heroine, for that matter) are rather silly; Freddy shows unexpected (to himself, as well as to his family and friends) depths of competence as he deals with naive Kitty and the scrapes she gets herself, and him, into. Kitty has a bigger heart than brain. The number of happy-ever-afters is amusing - cockatrice, indeed! I was _not_ happy with the book after the first couple chapters - it seemed every character was too silly to stand. I hung on waiting to meet Jack, who was of course the hero...and by the time I did, I was invested in Kitty, at least. Nice.
  • (4/5)
    So delightful.
  • (4/5)
    It was fun. A bit different than other Heyers, in a positive way. Reminds me most of The Grand Sophie (which is still my favorite).
  • (5/5)
    Even more delightful listening to a favorite than reading it.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoy Heyer's style of writing, for a short and pleasing story. This tale does not fail to match all the categories of the classic Edwardian-style romances. With love prevailing and the dastardly gentleman getting their just-desserts of a sort.
  • (3/5)
    abridged audiobooks are so disappointing. it lost all its wit.
  • (5/5)
    Lovely narration of a light-hearted story of many lovers.
  • (5/5)
    Heartwarming, funny, and quick! The narrator was excellent! My fav.
  • (5/5)
    Well done, sweetly sophisticated!well read, liked the accompanying music.
  • (4/5)
    This is one of my all time favourite books but this version is unfortunately abridged, leaving out many of my favourite passages. The narrator didn't do justice to some of the minor characters' voices, but did the main characters well.
  • (5/5)
    The best of all regency romance with slightly off the beat hero
  • (3/5)
    Cute and entertaining comedy of manners again with a strong and determined heroine as is usually the case with Georgette Heyer.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this audiobook version and the narrator did an excellent job. I've taken off one star because it's an abridged version so doesn't give the full flavour of the novel. If you've read the novel, you'll notice the missing parts. For example, it doesn't explain that Dolph is very good with horses so that's one of the reasons why it's a good idea for him to go to Ireland & breed horses.
  • (4/5)
    I love Georgette Heyer. The narrator was good but the music between chapters was unnecessary and annoying.
  • (3/5)
    I have read Cotillion at least 100 times - and I still laugh out loud every time. This audio version, although extremely well read and delightfully presented, has removed so much dialogue and context that it's more like listening to a Cliff's Notes version of the novel. So much of the nuances of character and dialogue are missing! They should do a re-do. Same reader - who is spectacular, same musical breaks between chapters, but much, much more of the actual book.
  • (5/5)
    Delightful romp! Narration just wonderful. I will listen to this one again.
  • (4/5)
    Kitty must choose between her five "cousins" for a husband if she is to receive her inheritance from her guardian.I am not a huge fan of Heyer or tales from the Regency period. Thought I was going to hate this one, mostly because of the dialog of one character. One of the male cousins used slang of the upper class of that period. It was difficult to interpret his meaning at times. He was also not appealing because of his self-absorption and foppishness. However, he is the character who saved this book for me. Watching the author transform him in the eyes of Kitty, his family and even his own, was a delight.Heyer's stories (the ones I've read so far) are a bit manic for my taste, but every now and then they can amuse. This one in particular was delightful once the first shock of the dialog was over.
  • (5/5)
    So good, Freddy is my favorite Heyer hero so far.
  • (3/5)
    I like Georgette Heyer. Not sure why it was hailed as”one of her best. Predictable
  • (2/5)
    I read that this is one of her most beloved Regency novels; however, I had just finish listening to The Great Sofie which was so deliciously delightful. The comical quick witted retorts and skillfully woven plot of The Great Sofie caused me to frequently smile and to break out in giggles at the “madcap” situations Sofie created. While listening to Cotillion, i found I didn’t smile in spite of the excellent reading by Wille. Thus, it did not make it into my favorites list.
  • (5/5)
    What a delightful listen. Funny, surprising, and absolutely lovely. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    Runaway young woman convinces the unexpected hero to agree to a sham engagement. Great story, despite a few implausible scenarios.
  • (4/5)
    A lovely, surprising and sweet novel in which goodness wins out in the end. Lots of funny moments that will make you laugh out loud.