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Summary

Effervescent as champagne, Jilly Cooper's novel brings back old favourites like Rupert and Taggie Campbell-Black.

Abigail Rosen, nicknamed Appassionata, was the sexiest, most flamboyant violinist in classical music, but she was also the loneliest and the most exploited girl in the world. 

When a dramatic suicide attempt destroyed her violin career, she set her sights on the male-dominated heights of the conductor's rostrum. Given the chance to take over the Rutminster Symphony Orchestra, Abby is ecstatic, not realising the RSO is composed of the wildest bunch of musicians ever to blow a horn or caress a fiddle. 

Abby finds it increasingly difficult to control her undisciplined rabble and pretend she is not madly attracted to the fatally glamorous horn player Viking O'Neill. And then Rannaldini, arch fiend and international maestro, rolls up with Machiavellian plans of his own.

©1996 Jilly Cooper (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Delicious: light as a souffle and with divine flashes of wit. I could not put the...thing down." (Sunday Express)

"Appassionata - the divine Jilly Cooper's latest and greatest novel." (The Sunday Times)

 "Triumphant...a boisterous tale of sex and Chopin amongst Rutshire folk." (Tatler

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Audio narration oddly stilted

The audio narration on this is oddly stilted. It almost sounds like a computer reading it. I read the book on kindle and bought the audio file to go with it. I had to stop listening and read it instead. I'm sorry to be negative but the narration really didn't do the book justice.

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My favourite JC novel

It's a wonderful book, but the Scottish accents are truly awful. I cringed hearing them, can you guess I am scottish. Nevertheless i enjoyed this audible translation because of my love of the story.

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Loved it

Loved it, despite thinking it would not be my subject couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended

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Another great read!

Not as good as Riders and Rivals in my opinion, although to be fair they will take some beating.
Still a great audio book and would recommend.

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Not one of her best stories

I plodded through to the end but I think the book could have been a lot shorter and still had a similar story.

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Addictive!

loved it, a brilliant book, fabulously read on Audible. on to the next in the series

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Good but not as absorbing as some of her books.

Narration good and story moved along nicely. Found the main characters less compelling than in some previous works . It was hard to care about a loud ,shouting heroine or a moody self destructive hero.

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Fabulous Writing

Loved the story and narrator, Rupert and Marcus reunion . Can't wait for next book.

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loved polo, riders, mounted but this story was like wading through mud. better to stick to horse themes

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Awful Sexist Misogynist Bilge

Never having read any JC I was “challenged” to try the Rutshire series just to see what I’d been missing!
Missing revolting writing - pathetic simpering female characters - the male characters worse - one kiss and its “marry me” nonsense - awful irish and American accents.

I can’t imagine these books being relevant to anyone other than simpering fools back in the 89’s and 90’s let alone now