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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Godbersen Narrator: Emily Bauer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bright Young Things Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780061996825
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The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star. . . .

Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is ­Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the ­illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Godbersen proves that some things—namely the allure of cities, fame, and a good time—never change, melding drama and a lush historical setting…Godbersen excels at dialogue—especially Cordelia, Letty, and Astrid’s coyly flirtatious responses to suitors—and in capturing the mixture of exhilaration, innocence, and guts that propels them into their new lives.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Telia | 2/14/2014

    " Ok everyone I just finsehed this nice book about in the 1920s which is historical fiction. It was so good but at first it was kind of hard during the first chapters but after all it was so good. Letty & Cordelia are best friends & they escaped thier small Midwestern town in NYC. In this B.Y.T novel/series is about money, glammor, fame, & murder. Now if you have read the first one like me (for the first time), then you shounld read the sec book in the B.Y.T series. Now I think the best part of this book is when Cordelia was leaving to go take a train to Chicago (I mean to Ohio) with Astrid. But Ms. Anna Godbersen did amazing job on her first Bight Young Things novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Martin | 2/10/2014

    " Anna Godbersen has created another wonderful historical fiction series. However I found all of the characters in this first addition to the series more relatable and likeable than books she's authored before. Her descriptions are so intense and vivid that I felt like I was actually in 1929 and what it must have been like for women after recently earning the right to vote. Godbersen paints a world of star-cross romances, speakeasies, and adventure. I can't wait to find out what the next installment holds for these characters! "

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

    " In Anna Godbersen's books, men are evil! Poor girls :s "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daisy Chain Books | 2/2/2014

    " Maybe a 3.5. The storyline picked up towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Williams | 1/29/2014

    " I wanted to read something about flappers/prohibition... The author didn't exactly capture the ambiance of the "roaring 20's" (the young girls in this book could have been disco queens/"it" actresses or any other envy evoking lead ladies). I just didn't feel like I was there or any wiser to the time period or style of dress.Despite my disappointments, they were fun books to read because they were simply refreshing. This was a literary chick flick: Inexhaustible money, parties, flocking boys and impossibly good luck! Nice dream... :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 1/24/2014

    " very good...can't wait for the next one in the series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 1/20/2014

    " I ran out of time to finish the book before it was due back at the library, but what I did read was interesting. However, it wasn't interesting enough for me to read for long periods of time. I might try it again sometime this summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Arundale | 12/1/2013

    " A fun book about life in the time or prohibition. The disjointed story-lines told from different characters makes this an especially quick read. Might read the sequels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/5/2013

    " REad this book in an afternoon. The 20's are one my favorite time periods of history and I enjoyed watching it come in this book. Looking forward to the next one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Destiny | 9/4/2012

    " Great period piece set in the 1920s. I really enjoyed meeting the characters and look forward to reading about their coming adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 1/1/2012

    " Disappointing, but still worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine D | 12/1/2011

    " I really like godbersen's books about old new york! Her books are drama filled guilty pleasures "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 6/26/2011

    " As usual, the cover is better than the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 6/23/2011

    " I liked this book because I've always been fascinated with the '20s. I liked that each character was a different type of '20s girl (flapper, aspiring actress from a small town, and socialite) and the mystery surrounding the girls.

    I can't wait for the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 6/5/2011

    " i love this book and i can't wait for the rest of the series! i think that anna godbersen is a genius the way she comes up with these books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 6/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this story, and I think Godbersen is an excellent writer. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 5/31/2011

    " Great book with excellent writing, but I would have preferred that it be told from the perspective of only one narrator. However, it's certainly a worthwhile read, and the glamorous 1920s setting is fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 5/16/2011

    " A good book, and I think Vixen (even though I liked Vixen) copied it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/7/2011

    " I really enjoy reading anything by Anna Godbersen and I can't wait for the next book. Love the eras she picks also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 5/6/2011

    " Godberson is still amazing, and the Roaring 20s have never been this yummy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 5/1/2011

    " Yay! This book feels like a combination of Gossip Girl and historical fiction. So perfect! I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 4/28/2011

    " I am pretty upset with myself for reading Vixens before this book, now this one seems less exciting (or possibly just less trashy). I will go on reading the series, but am not fully engaged in any character's success or downfall, which is kinda key for this author's style of series. "

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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

Emily Bauer is an award-winning voice-over actress who has read for dozens of popular audiobooks for children and adults, including Margery Williams’s Velveteen Rabbit, Meg Cabot’s Insatiable, and Ann Aguirre’s Enclave. Her film credits include Mona Lisa Smile and Long Distance. She has done voice-overs for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Pokemon and has voiced scores of TV and radio commercials as well as cartoons, talking toys, and video games.