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Cousin Kate Audiobook

Cousin Kate

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Publisher's Summary

When young and beautiful governess Kate Malvern finds herself unemployed, she is taken in by Minerva Broome, the aunt she has never met, and whisked away to the majestic country home of Staplewood. However, things are not as they seem: strange things start to happen in the manor and Staplewood soon turns from an inviting stately house to a cold and gloomy mansion with a dreadful secret! One of Georgette Heyer’s later novels, Cousin Kate sees the author take a more experimental turn as she blends the regency romance genre with the suspenseful style of Gothic horror.

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Public Domain ©1968 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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    mrsvee 27/06/2016
    mrsvee 27/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst ever"

    What appalling trite voicing of the author's characters - Kate is such a weak personification, and that just set off the rest the bad livings. Sorry Jilly Bond but you were a poor choice for this reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Leslie
    Billings, MT, United States
    30/09/14
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    "Classic Heyer, narrator falls short"
    Did Jilly Bond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ms. Bond did a fine job of narrating and giving the characters their own voices, except — and this is a big caveat — for the voice of Philip Broome. He is made to sound almost like a parody of an English gentleman instead of like a sensible man, which is how he is written. It is surprisingly disappointing and grates on the ear.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than the Philip Broome problem, I enjoyed this audiobook, having always enjoyed the novel. Jilly Bond did a particularly grand job of voicing Kate and Lady Broome.

    But for those who want a true feel for the characters, read the book, please. It's a gothic tale, but with heart.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine M.
    27/09/14
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    "What an overwrought ninny"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Way too much exposition, way too much whining and hand wringing. I was hoping for one of Heyer's plucky and positive heroines, but this book definitely doesn't deliver.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think the narrator was saddled with a very tough text to strike the right tone, but I think she could have tamped down the overwrought drama. She makes Kate sound like a ninny that Heyer's usual heroine would hold in positive distain.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    California
    14/09/14
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    "Demand Jilly Bond to do more Georgette Heyers work"
    What did you love best about Cousin Kate?

    After reading through so many Regency Romance novels, can see no other imitating writer(s) can hold a candle to this Genre fiction’s creator Georgette Heyer in terns of the humorous vivid colorful Englishness English language, story telling, and style.

    Jilly Bond’s performance is colorful, exciting, vivid and true to Heyers’ characters. Deserve 5 stars and above.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    N Little Rock, AR, United States
    1/11/14
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    "Horrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love the book and have read it in paperback on multiple occasions. The narrator makes Kate sound like an idiot! I got through two chapters and gave up. Jilly Bond ruined the book for me. I will not purchase any more of Heyer's books if she is the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jilly Bond’s performances?

    Absolutely not!!!!!


    Did Cousin Kate inspire you to do anything?

    Remove the earbuds and change to another book.


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of Jilly Bond.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gash
    Tallahassee, FL, United States
    22/09/14
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    "Heyer's attempt at gothic horror romance."

    Not the usual Heyer. A sad tale and a bit tedious, but Jilly Bond's performance is wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Gomez
    18/09/14
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    "A wonderful touching Georgette Heyer story."
    Any additional comments?

    Romance, suspense, and emotional upheavals in this different type of story. I liked the heroine and hero for their straight forwardness. My heart broke when the story dealt with Torquil, he was so tragic. Another one for the keep shelf.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nena
    Ohio
    19/02/16
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    "Great story, but spoiled by narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not really. I'd recommend the book though.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jilly Bond?

    Phylida Nash


    Any additional comments?

    I have stopped listening after three hours. I'll read my ebook again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tona
    KATY, TX, United States
    12/10/15
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    "Review"

    Listening to this book became almost a chore. I found nothing fresh in the story plot and at times the characters seem to just fade away. The narrators voice was also distracting. Kate the title character is supposed to be strong, yet she comes off sounding like a simpering Pollyanna. I would not recommend this book very highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joni
    Columbus, OH, United States
    2/11/14
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    "Don't Do It"

    This is by far the worst Heyer novel. I am a completist, so I decided to give this book a try despite what I'd heard, and I have to say I wish I hadn't. I am a big fan of Georgette Heyer, and have read nearly all of her novels (even the mysteries), but I couldn't even bring myself to listen to the last few minutes of this. It seems to be an attempt at gothic horror, but it is both obvious and infuriatingly poorly planned, with one-dimensional characters and a melodramatic feel. If you are fan of Heyer, save yourself some disappointment and choose another book.

    That said, the performance was good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emmelise Cho
    5/11/16
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    "Better than expected!"

    Some of the more dire reviews had me listening to this Heyer with considerable apprehension, however, after finishing it I was pleased with how much I enjoyed it. I can see where some criticisms of the heroine were appropriate but I think in light of her circumstances and of her natural good-natured willingness to view everything in the most positive light, a trait that makes her as likeable as exasperating, she did very well, all things considering. I think the general subject matter at the center of Heyer's attempt at the Gothic makes some parts of this book uncomfortable but if you're a Heyer fan, as I am, I don't think you need to hesitate in listening to this one. I did not think the narrator was one of the more superior readers but I did not find her intolerable. But I think this book is best listened to with an open mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Maggie
    12/09/14
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    "A Heyer that is slightly different"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't warm to Cousin Kate when I first read it, but after a re-read it became a favourite. Slightly different from her usual comedies of manners, with dashes of Gothic, it still has the wonderful cast of supporting characters we've come to expect. For me in this they are Sarah, Kate's former Nurse, now a busy matriarch running her husband's family and Inn in London, and Sarah's glorious elderly father-in-law. And there's always Kate's monstrous social mountaineering Aunt Minerva...

    This is a sad story in some ways but I don't want to give spoilers. It still has plenty of comedy and a pleasant romance, with a decent ending, and some interesting sidelights on Inn life in the 19C. Jilly Bond's narration is perfectly acceptable, but a bit arch at times. Perhaps I've been spoiled by too many Phyllida Nash readings? It is well worth listening to, even if you've already read the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    21/11/14
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    "Truly Appalling Reader!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Heyer is a great author and I have all of her books, many in audio book version. I have an old recording of this one on cassette tape, read (very well) by Sean Phillips. This version, however, is completely ruined by a truly awful performance! The reader hams every line to the skies, putting on a variety of dreadful, hysterically-rendered voices. Reluctantly, I am going to have to apply for my money back on this one. It is impossible to continue listening to it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    11/10/14
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    "Almost a gothic romance"
    Where does Cousin Kate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a story quite good but the performance of the narrator loses the plot...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cousin Kate?

    I have read the book and to say what I found most memorable at that time would be a spoiler. However the most memorable moments as an audiobook was when I found that despite my best intentions I could not listen any more


    What aspect of Jilly Bond’s performance might you have changed?

    Her voice for Kate which was too high and lacked spirit. Also her dreadful interpretation of a voice for Philip


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

    No. Even if it had been read well the plot was too complicated and the story too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I ignored some of the previous reviews but I wish I hadn't

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    4/10/14
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    "Cousin Kate"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't think so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah, as I felt that the reader had best identified the voice and character.


    What didn’t you like about Jilly Bond’s performance?

    At times the reading pace felt rushed and the herione's voice was very high pitched and arch. This made me dislike her character.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps I simply prefer male reader voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    28/09/14
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    "Georgette Heyer meets Rebecca"

    There is a sinister strand to the usual Georgette Heyer plot which really does work rather well. It allows you to enjoy all the usual cast of charactures plus the unlikely romance that you know will end happily - but just takes a little of the icing away so that the overall ambience isn't quite as sweet as we are used to. I thoroughly enjoyed this slightly different Heyer tale and only didn't vote it a 5 star listen because it did take me a couple of chapters to really get into the tale. This was mainly because I didn't like the pitch of the heroine's voice, which I found rather irritating and not as I envisaged Kate. Having said that once I got used to this I found Jilly Bond's presentation absolutely first rate and her pace and the other range of character voices first class. Yet another listen I would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United kingdom
    2/08/16
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    "Questionable enjoyment"

    Yes this is a different kind of Georgette Heyer, but maybe the plot or maybe the narrator but sometimes I could have happily strangled the heroine Cousin Kate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    West Midlands, UK
    26/08/15
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    "Underwhelming."
    What disappointed you about Cousin Kate?

    The characters are ok, though the hero isn't exactly a barrel of laughs. The plot is very silly though.


    If you’ve listened to books by Georgette Heyer before, how does this one compare?

    Not great.


    Did Jilly Bond do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    She does her best.


    Any additional comments?

    I trudged through this one. Very unlikely to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freddiesmum
    manchester england
    22/07/15
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    "Poor naration"

    one of my all time favourite writers but this audio book was spoiled because it was very over acted and badly read
    Just read it we dont need silly accents and high pitched whiney women
    Mis pronounced the odd word as well which grates my nerves

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harriet
    26/05/15
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    "Most horrifically narrated book I've ever heard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Cousin Kate is an excellent, though unusual example of Georgette Heyer's work. One of my favourite of her works, completely ruined by the awful narrator. I do not have words for how inappropriate and unsympathetic Ms Bond's narration is to the Gothic quality of the story, and the strong lead character. This is a travesty.


    What didn’t you like about Jilly Bond’s performance?

    Where to start? The narrator should never be allowed to work again on the basis of this effort


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    7/04/15
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    "So badly read"

    Our heroine is so dreadfully twee I am not sure if I will be able to finish listening. Sorry for this as this book completes my Heyer regency collection bar one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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