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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,459 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Godbersen Narrator: Caitlin Davies Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bright Young Things Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780062111357
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For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.

After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty’s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost.

Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge.

Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights—and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes the second book in an epic series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

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  • “An airy and glamorous historical novel…A light yet busy story line with enough character development, description, romance, and intrigue to engage readers.”

    VOYA

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 2/15/2014

    " Anna is a very good up and coming Author. I have read her Luxe series, and absolutely loved it! She allows her readers to take a glimpse into an era that we never lived through, and makes us realize that no matter what era , there will always be romance, rival, and drama! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/6/2014

    " So so so good!! Great sequel. Can't wait till the next! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lawanda Jackson | 2/6/2014

    " I was disappointed to the newest addition to the BYT series. The book was boring and I fought to finish the story. I hope the third installment is better because I'm a huge fan of Anna Godbersen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " I am a big fan of Godbersen's stuff - she is one of those authors where I know I can buy the next book in the series confident that it will be a solid, enjoyable read and this one's no different. Really brings the 20s to life and you can almost hear the dialogue being said aloud in that style - her dialogue does a good job of being period-appropriate. Looking forward to the series conclusion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/1/2014

    " Loved...now I have to wait for the third :( I'm really enjoying this light series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 1/26/2014

    " Here we are with Astrid being the girl who is married. So I got that right, and I do believe that Letty singing in the club may have made her famous. But that will be for the third book to decide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adriana | 1/13/2014

    " 4.5 stars. Another brilliant, shiny offering from Ms. Godbersen. Beautiful Days is a wonderful follow up to Bright Young Things and I look forward to the next installment. This time around we pick up after Cordelia is betrayed by Thom Hale, Letty is let down by someone she trusted, and Astrid is newly engaged to Charlie Grey. The girls are now the best of friends, enjoying lazy afternoons by the pool, late nights and early mornings in glittering night clubs and speakeasies, and in general they are living the most charmed of lives, or so it seems. But things are not always as shiny and bright as they appear, especially when they are living in the middle of a bootlegger's war. Charlie is determined to avenge his father's demise, but not simply by going for the "eye for an eye" mentality, but rather by hitting the Hale's where it hurts the most - in their business matters. Astrid soon tires of feeling neglected and Cordelia discovers that she also has a role in the ascendance of her family's growing business. As for Letty, all she wants is to take center stage, and in the mean time she has a new love interest that she soon finds out is more than what she thought him to initially be. Overall great story lines, exceptional writing, and of course the historical touches that makes these books a delight to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nell | 1/7/2014

    " This sequel was not as exciting as the first one, and at times I found my attention dwindling - however it picked up towards the end. The characters were still lovable though, even though Cordelia and Letty's friendship starts to change (which annoyed me a little). But an altogether good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/20/2013

    " This was not nearly as entertaining as the first book in the series, but I still enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 10/31/2013

    " Still dragging myself through this series. Kind of a cool look at the life of a bootlegger during the 20's, but doesn't go into enough detail for me. Moves really slow, kind of boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelseyc | 10/31/2013

    " I loved it! What else is there to say? Its a very well written sequel to the first book and good for flapper lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 6/15/2013

    " Just as good as the first one. I love watching these three girls come in to there own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/4/2013

    " I didn't like this one as well as the first in the series and am hoping that the third book is a little better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juwon Abayomi | 12/20/2012

    " I want to know what happens to Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly | 8/21/2012

    " I think I like the author's first series better, but this one is still pretty decent. It's interesting to learn more about the time period of the 1920's, and the characters are mostly intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/16/2012

    " Couldn't put this book down, stayed in bed til i had finished it. Really good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah Faith | 12/23/2011

    " I've loved all that I've read from Anna Godberson and Beautiful Days certainly did NOT disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Murphy | 11/8/2011

    " I absolutely love these books. No literary value whatsoever, but such a frivolous escape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/31/2011

    " I liked this much better than the first book. The glamour and danger of the 1920s is perfectly portrayed through three girls. Some parts of the book were hard to believe, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 10/23/2011

    " Anna is a gift. If you haven't checked out this series or her first, do yourself a favor and head for the bookstore/library now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lawanda | 10/18/2011

    " I was disappointed to the newest addition to the BYT series. The book was boring and I fought to finish the story. I hope the third installment is better because I'm a huge fan of Anna Godbersen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 goddess | 10/8/2011

    " Fun sequel to Bright Young Things. Perhaps not as good as the first; but it still kept me engaged and wanting to find out what happens to who and when. Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/7/2011

    " Loved...now I have to wait for the third :( I'm really enjoying this light series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 saint frances | 10/4/2011

    " lame. nothing really happens until the last 50 pages, but the action wasn't enough to make up for how annoying/unlikeable the girls are. sadly, my curiosity generally gets the best of me and i'm positive i'll be reading the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/26/2011

    " 3.5 stars. I liked this better than the first one; really developed on the characters. Not quite The Luxe series, but fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/22/2011

    " So far, this series has not disappointed at all. The author does a great job of making the reader feel like part of the story. I'm actually kind of sad I have to wait for the 3rd installment...I just want to know what happens to these 3 women that feel like friends! "

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About the Author
Author Anna Godbersen

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on the sequel to The Lucky Ones.

About the Narrator

Caitlin Davies is a New York City–based actor and audiobook narrator. She has performed in New York and regional theaters and has studied acting at the Eugene O’Neill National Institute, the British American Drama Academy, and the Barrow Group. Always a lover of books, she decided to combine her English degree and her acting experience and took director Paul Ruben’s audiobook narration class. She immediately fell in love with the medium and one week after completing the course was hired for her first audiobook. Just a few weeks later she was hired for her second. She specializes in audiobooks for teens and young adults.