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Cotillion

Cotillion

Written by Georgette Heyer

Narrated by Clare Wille


Cotillion

Written by Georgette Heyer

Narrated by Clare Wille

ratings:
4.5/5 (196 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Apr 1, 2009
ISBN:
9789629548179
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.
Released:
Apr 1, 2009
ISBN:
9789629548179
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Georgette Heyer was an English novelist and short story writer. She authored both historical romance and detective fiction. Heyer's writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story initially written for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth. 


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What people think about Cotillion

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196 ratings / 73 Reviews
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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.