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Cotillion

Narrated by: Clare Wille
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew - provided she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly adverse to the plan, if the right nephew proposes. Unfortunately, Kitty has set her heart on Jack Westruther, a confirmed rake, who seems to have no inclination to marry her anytime soon. In an effort to make Jack jealous, and to see a little more of the world than her isolated life on her great-uncle's estate has afforded her, Kitty devises a plan. She convinces yet another of her cousins, the honorable Freddy Standen, to pretend to be engaged to her. Her plan would bring her to London on a visit to Freddy's family and (hopefully) render the elusive Mr. Westruther madly jealous. Thus begins Cotillion, arguably the funniest, most charming of Georgette Heyer's many delightful Regency romances.

Cotillion is here presented in Naxos AudioBooks style, with classical music enhancing the production. This is the first of two Heyer titles planned for 2009. Clare Wille was widely praised for her reading of Cranford.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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  • Catherine
  • 26-12-11

An Abbreviated Cotillion

This abridged version covers the main plot lines and the narrator is good, but as a Georgette Heyer fan I was disappointed: some of my favorite passages were omitted. I will never buy an abridged book again.

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  • Hazel
  • 29-05-09

Competent but not brilliant

Firstly this is ABRIDGED, so you will miss many of your favourite lines eg "you have your own armour, do you not Frederick" "french Gabster!" etc. It is competently read, the reader does a good job with Freddy and Kitty, but is not as sure with some of the minor characters. I'd say pay the extra money and get the unabridged version. If your love Georgette Heyer, you will want every line.

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  • kk_vacay
  • 06-11-13

Good performance but get the full version

I enjoyed Claire Willem's reading of Cotillion but the abridged version left so much of the comedic parts of the story! this is my favorite Heyer book because it was hilarious and Freddy is a gem but it doesn't show that too much in this version.

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  • L. Dukes
  • 23-09-19

Unfortunately, this is abridged

I was a third of the way through when I realized some of my favorite passages, little exchanges of witticisms or dialogue between the characters, weren’t coming when I expected them. Turns out almost half of the book’s content is missing. I wish it had been more clearly stated in the advertising.

For those who wish to enjoy the full wit of Georgette Heyer’s writing, especially the dialogue between the characters where she particularly shines, go for the excellent version narrated by Phyllida Nash.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-09-18

Best hero EVER!! favorite Heyer of all!<br />

I love Freddie! Kitty is a good heroine as well. The story is amusing and light and everyone good gets exactly what is best! The perfect book for me. I wish it was unabridged but some of this book is better than none.

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  • F. Springs
  • 25-02-20

Best book by Georgette Heyer!

I've listen to a ton of Georgette Heyer's books lately and this is by far my favorite. So much fun and I absolutely adore the ending. The narrator was great too, excellent voices for the characters. Got super into it and almost cried at the end, just loved it. Absolutely recommend!

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  • Chloe Sell
  • 21-02-20

Delightful!

What a wonderful and charming story! Clare Wille was great! I’ve always been a fan of Georgette Heyer and this is my favorite.

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  • lindam@islands.vi
  • 08-02-20

Great Fun to Listen To.

Very good narration. I love Georgette Heyer’s book for the witty dialogue and historical accuracy. Characters are well developed and believable. I started reading these books in the 1960s and return to them again and again.

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  • HBIC
  • 04-01-20

Short but great read!

Yet another wonderful Heyer novel. I almost didn’t buy it because if was so short, but I LOVED it!

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  • Julie Carlin
  • 31-12-19

abridged<br />

Cotillion is one of my favorite GH books. It is disheartening to hear it so horribly cut up . Also the music between the chapters was very disturbing: like an interlude in a fifth grade play.
Do not waste money on this performance. Look for an unabridged version.