The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone, read by the actress Elizabeth McGovern, best-known for her role as Cora, Countess of Grantham, in the hit TV series Downton Abbey.
On a summer's day in 1922, Cora Carlisle boards a train from Wichita, Kansas, to New York City, leaving behind a marriage that's not as perfect as it seems and a past that she buried long ago.
She is charged with the care of a stunning young girl with a jet-black fringe and eyes wild and wise beyond her 15 years. This girl is hungry for stardom, and Cora is hungry for something she doesn't yet know.
Cora will be many things in her lifetime - an orphan, a mother, a wife, a mistress - but in New York she is a chaperone and her life is about to change. It is here, under the bright lights of Broadway, in a time when prohibition reigns and speakeasies with their forbidden whispers behind closed doors thrive, that Cora finds what she has been searching for. It is here, in a time when illicit thrills and daring glamour sizzle beneath the laws of propriety that her life truly begins. It is here that Cora and her charge, Louise Brooks, take their first steps towards their dreams.
©2012 Laura Moriarty (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
"Frothy nostalgic fun"
This is excellently read by Elizabeth McGovern, immediately recognisable from Downton Abbey, whose warm southern cadences are easy to engage with. The story brings tobgether an eclectic cast of characters and doesn't fare well under too close examination in terms of plot credibility, but it is light-hearted fun and in the end a good yarn to entertain you whilst you drive, walk the dog or hang out the washing!
"Interesting story, beautifully told"
I could hardly bear to hit the pause button when listening to The Chaperone. The story was gripping, the characters absorbing and Elizabeth McGovern's narration just perfect. The changing attitudes towards gender, sexuality and morality are wonderfully portrayed during Cora's long and truly fascinating life. It's a wonderful book and highly recommended!
This story has some good surprises and gives you a real feeling of the period the first half of the book is set in. I enjoyed the narration, each character really came to life. The only reason this isn't 5 out of 5 is because towards the end of the story it feels as if the author is rushing to an end.
"Narration a Disappointment"
An interesting book, but unfortunately I feel the narration let it down. Although I like Elizabeth McGovern in Downtown Abbey, I felt her reading was awkward and that they story and characters would have been improved by a more natural cadence.
A really good story. I couldn't put it down. Elizabeth McGovern narrated it really well. Recommended.
Lovely story. There were a couple of events in this book that I really wasn't expecting as I thought it would just be an easy book to listen to but there are a few surprises (good). I loved the main character and really didn't want this to end.
"A good read"
I would certainly recommend this book. Spans over several years and is set in a different era, showing the generational differences of times gone by. The narration was good. I enjoyed this interesting story. Quite short, but good for an end of month 'filler'. Overall I would recommend this.
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