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Summary

Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton's The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful.

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Reading

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, because I have found the reading very poor. Extremely disappointing as you will see from my library, I am an Edith Wharton fan

What did you like best about this story?

So far I am not liking anything best.

How could the performance have been better?

A better reader

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably because it is an Edith Wharton

Any additional comments?

No

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  • John S.
  • 03-06-13

Any longer and it would've started dragging

First part of the book concerns some (nouveau riche) girls who try, but just aren't accepted by New York society - truly an example of Rich Peoples' Problems.
The young ladies head over to London where, in spite of the rigid class system there, they manage to snag a couple of swells. Part Two is a tale of "be careful what you wish for" as money and titles don't prove all they were cracked up to be - more Rich Peoples' Problems.
I give the work three stars as the writing quality is good, making it a decent read for those with a strong interest in Victorian literature.
A word on the audio narration: Flo Gibson can be an acquired taste, with her unusual cadence. I hadn't heard anything by her recently, so had to start over again with her style, but by the middle of the story either I'd become re-acquainted, or she'd hit her groove.

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  • judy wiley
  • 24-10-16

A rare happy ending of sorts

I love Edith Wharton's writing but her stories often end sadly, especially for the women. This one ends abruptly because she died before finishing it. Fortunately, she mapped out the whole story before she died. The outline for the story ends happily for the main protagonist! The writing and the realistic depiction of society in both the United States and Great Britain is perfection!

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  • Dana
  • 11-02-13

An ok story with sass

What did you love best about The Buccaneers?

I love historical fiction written by female authors. This did not disappoint although at times the plot seemed to wonder. The characters were well development and the sassy humor caught my attention and kept me tuned in.

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  • Elizabeth F. Meadows
  • 21-04-18

Too Slow!

The narrator was fine, but I was completely bored by this book. The interesting part was in the completion by Marion Mainwaring, which I had to read in print because it was not included in this audio book. Just skip to the short synopsis at the end of Chapter 29 and save yourself several hours.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-18

Gave one star because can't give no stars!

Horrible story, horrible reader!! I wanted to scrape my ears off with a rusty spoon!!!!!!! HORRIBLE!!!!

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  • Susan
  • 22-01-13

Suzie's review of the Buccaneers

Would you consider the audio edition of The Buccaneers to be better than the print version?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nan

Any additional comments?

I love the time period of this story....I love the clothes, the rules, etc of the rich families.

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  • SamanthaG
  • 30-03-15

Narrator speaks too fast

Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Flo Gibson?

No - my book club read The Age of Innocence a couple of years ago and I don't think I made it through that one either. This is also for book club. My problem with it so far (only to chapter 2) is that I can't understand the narrator because she speaks so rapidly AND has some sort of an accent. I've gone back to the beginning about 5 times and still can't concentrate enough on it for my mind not to wander.

Has The Buccaneers turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, though I'm sure my criticisms don't apply to the entire genre.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above - speaking too fast and with an (?) accent. I tried to slow the speed to .75, but that delivery wasn't good - sort of stuttering.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Buccaneers?

Didn't get that far.

Any additional comments?

I may try to get this as an e-book to read in print, but I'm thinking it may be a waste of money. Maybe I'll try a sample first.

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  • Marianne
  • 01-11-13

Disappointed

If you could sum up The Buccaneers in three words, what would they be?

Don't know

Would you be willing to try another one of Flo Gibson’s performances?

NO

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

The reader was not very good and she gave Conchita an Irish accent which was odd.

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