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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daisy Goodwin, Caleb Scharf Narrator: Caleb Scharf, Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

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  • “Dripping with acerbic affectation and perfect British and Newport upper-crust accents, Katherine Kellgren deliciously portrays wealthy, beautiful, naïve Cora Cash…This story is filled with a full cast of unlikeable characters…Kellgren delivers each perfectly and convincingly conveys the worst that lack of character has to offer on both sides of the pond. AudioFile Magazine

  • Ketherine Kellgren, a truly accomplished voice actress, affects a la-di-da intercontinental accent for the narration of this puree of Edith Wharton, ‘Downtown Abbey' and pulp romance. The Washington Post
  • This audiobooks is full of historical detail about the lives of the rich and famous at the turn of the last century, from fashion and food to living spaces and manners. I think I listened to the descriptions of Cora's Parisian-made trousseau about five or six times so that I could picture each sumptuous, amazing gown clearly in my mind. Star-Telegram
  • When I first started buying audiobooks, I always went for ‘bang for the buck' and with 13 hours of listening time to the pleasant voice of Katherine Kellgren, you definitely get your money's worth on this one. 5 Minutes for Books
  • This audio presentation, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, who moves with effortless authenticity from the haughty Mayfair drawl of the Prince of Wales to the self-important, Southern tinged cadences of a rich American society matron, is bound to top the list of super-summer-beach listens. BookPage
  • Goodwin's attention to period detail and her inclusion of perspectives from many different characters carries the book through 14 hours of listening. Katherine Kellgren assigns distinct voices to every character Publishers Weekly
  • I think this was a perfect audiobook for this time of year. Each time I listened, especially when driving in my car in this 98 degree heat, it would carry me away to this other world that Daisy Goodwin created. Bookin' with Bingo
  • The characters are varied and lively and brought to life skillfully by narrator Katherine Kellgren. Those who read Daphne de Maurier and other authors in the genre will enjoy this title. Recommended. Library Journal
  • From the first plummy tones of Katherine Kellgren's voice, you know you're in for a guilty pleasure…This is ‘Upstairs/Downstairs,' ‘The Age of Innocence' and ‘Downton Abbey' rolled into one. The Winston-Salem Journal
  • The detailing is beautiful, the great phalanx of historical characters amusing, and the relief of reading a novel that puts enjoyment first so rare and gratifying that I am ready for a sequel. Amanda Foreman, author of GEORGIANA, DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Biography
  • A shrewd, spirited historical romance with flavors of Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, Upstairs, Downstairs and a dash of People magazine that charts a bumpy marriage of New World money and Old World tradition.... Goodwin's debut, a knowing, judicious blend of Gilded Age extravagance, below-stairs perspective,...and sophisticated social tableaux, offers reader satisfaction....Superior entertainment. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Top-notch writing brings to life the world of wealth on both sides of the Atlantic. This debut's strong character development and sense of place will please fans of historical romance, including book club members. Library Journal (starred review)
  • This lush look at Edwardian excess and scandal on both sides of the Atlantic...is a propulsive story of love, manners, culture clash, and store-bought class from a time long past that proves altogether fresh. Publishers Weekly
  • Deliciously classy. A story that gallops along, full of exquisite period detail. Kate Mosse, author of LABYRINTH and SEPULCHRE
  • I was seduced by this book, rather as Cora was seduced by her duke: with great skill and confidence. Intriguing, atmospheric, and extremely stylish, I was still thinking about it long after I had reached the end. Penny Vincenzi, author of THE BEST OF TIMES
  • Sparkling and thoroughly engaging…a delight. Filled with vitality and peopled by a vigorous supporting cast of characters…the story of a poor little rich girl learning the hard way… makes for a highly enjoyable and intelligent read. London Sunday Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/13/2014

    " Love this book, its clean and it also reminded me of the First Romance writer I ever read Barbara Cartland!! It was fun imagining living in the Guilded Age and Having 90 dresses ordered to wear to all the Balls of the Season in London!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susann Ulrich | 1/26/2014

    " I love stories about this period. Since watching downton abbey I have a more vivid picture as I read the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 1/22/2014

    " Reminded me of Downton Abby! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer Cooper | 1/17/2014

    " Downton Abbey it is not. It lacked DA's wit and suspense. "

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