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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bella Pollen Narrator: Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781455183128
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The patrician Bevan family clings to British tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and family skeletons.

Rory, the youngest son, runs a business that rents out mansions for weddings and tours to help the owners pay upkeep on their dilapidated estates. Enter Maggie, an American TV journalist hoping to find something disreputable to write home about. Sent to London to do an exposé on the aristocracy, she hires Rory to get her access to the most private families. The two immediately clash, bickering until a romance springs up where it seemed least likely.

A delightfully funny love story exploring loyalty and family, Hunting Unicorns is ultimately about having the courage to risk everything in the pursuit of what really counts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Pollen] hits the spot every time with her funny and frank observations of modern London life.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Hilariously accurate…Pollen is undoubtedly a gifted writer with a pithy, poetic style.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Pollen’s flashy, witty, urbane romantic comedy digs affectionately at the blue-blooded English.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This two-voice reading works quite well. Cazanove, who can sound tetchily upper crust with the best of them, brings a world-weary drawl to his interpretation. De Cuir is up-tempo and admirably quick with the zingers that pierce Rory’s reserve.”

    AudioFile

  • “This is a sharp, funny novel about finding love and family secrets. Very enjoyable!”   

    Book Sense

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dereka | 2/14/2014

    " Silly but I kept reading through the whole thing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Linker-Williams | 1/29/2014

    " Can't believe I finished it. Waste of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carren | 1/12/2014

    " Looking for a twist, a great love story, or even a unicorn in it, but it isn't the way this book roll. Sorry for the disappointment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2014

    " I never give up on books, but this one pushed the limit. Finished it but wondered why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/8/2014

    " Funny, light and touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/5/2014

    " A charming love story coupled with interesting viewpoints about the British aristocracy. I really enjoyed the author's blog as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loopy Lou | 1/1/2014

    " I enjoyed this book until the last two or three sections which were very predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/15/2013

    " I don't think I've laughed so hard at a book, reminds me of my sister-in-law something she would get up to!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Mulholland | 12/2/2013

    " Slow to start, but really loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anouska | 10/26/2013

    " A fun romp. Pure escapism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 7/5/2013

    " I really wanted to like this but I found many of the characters a bit unlikeable, especially the female love interest. Gave up in the end as it wasn't holding my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 thewanderingjew | 4/11/2013

    " This is a tale of the collision of the declining British aristocracy with an American journalist. It is a humorous bittersweet love story. It took me one day to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/12/2013

    " A good book for passing the time. A quick read, and very predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Christian | 2/11/2013

    " I liked most of the characters, but Maggie was just a little too thick in the head. If she was such an intuitive journalist she wouldn't have been so clueless in her own personal life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosslyn | 1/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this novel - a sort of English/ American cultural clash with the "death of the Upper classes" and a love interest thrown in. Definately made me laugh out loud! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alana (eHawk) rivera | 1/21/2013

    " if you like to poke at cross cultural dramas and the ridiculousness of aristocracy, this is the book for you. Definite bonus points for creative narration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/25/2012

    " Loved this book. The character development was stupendous. I really felt like I knew these characters and physically felt their anguish and elation. Not a book I would have normally picked up, so I'm SO glad it was a bookclub read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie Poulton | 11/11/2012

    " This is a quirky book with a sideways look at British upper classes, also funny in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 7/5/2012

    " Just enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/1/2012

    " It is a good chick flick book with lots of humor, I found myself laughing through the whole book! Being a lover of romantic comedy this book was perfect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/15/2012

    " This was ok, nothing particularly special. I don't get the 'very funny' tag on the blurb as I don't think it was at all. I much preferred Midnight Cactus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aviva | 9/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, especially the many whacky characters that made me laugh. But I'm an anglophile who enjoys these kind of character pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ragazza | 9/14/2011

    " Laugh out loud read.Wonderful tale of the decline of the English Aristocracy.Would make a great film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 6/21/2011

    " A charming love story coupled with interesting viewpoints about the British aristocracy. I really enjoyed the author's blog as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 1/12/2011

    " There were certain times that I thought this book might get better, so I read on. Finally, I got so fed up with Maggie that I could take no more. Didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/17/2010

    " Eh, it was okay. It really took awhile for it to start moving but it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 10/1/2010

    " This book probably falls in the chick lit category. It is not profound, but it is an enjoyable, if predictable, read. I laughed out loud more than once while reading this book, and any book that can invoke laughter is okay with me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandy | 7/14/2010

    " Couldn't get through it ... bored "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 6/15/2010

    " Slow to start, but really loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/16/2009

    " ok. happy/sad type book -- some of the humor was such great british tongue in cheek fun satire. some "i want to whack some of these characters up side their heads". some harsh realities of alcoholism and drugs. some chick flick stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 thewanderingjew | 9/20/2009

    " This is a tale of the collision of the declining British aristocracy with an American journalist. It is a humorous bittersweet love story. It took me one day to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 7/28/2009

    " I don't think I've laughed so hard at a book, reminds me of my sister-in-law something she would get up to!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 7/22/2009

    " I liked most of the characters, but Maggie was just a little too thick in the head. If she was such an intuitive journalist she wouldn't have been so clueless in her own personal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 6/11/2009

    " Really enjoying this so far.....

    All done.....enjoyable, quick read, , good story per parallel characters exploring the dying aristocracy in England...
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 11/1/2008

    " Enjoyed this story immensely, although the transition from the first to the second chapter left me out of sorts for a bit (as there really is no transition and teh reader is left up to themselves to figure it out). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/18/2008

    " This was so kooky. It was a quick fun read, but not really well written. I enjoyed the family dynamics and the stereotypes of British aristocracy, but there are definitely better books out there worthy of the time it took to read it. "

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About the Author
Author Bella Pollen

Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who contributes to a wide variety of publications, including the Sunday Telegraph, Vogue, and the Observer. She is the author of two other novels, All About Men and B Movies, Blue Love. She lives in Ladbroke Grove, London.

About the Narrators

Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), one of England’s finest actors, starred on stage and television in the United States and Great Britain. His motion-picture credits include A Knight’s Tale, Eye of the Needle, Children of the Full Moon, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. He played Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty.

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.