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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,342 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Dana Ivey Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598876765
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Set in the 1870s, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York society because their parents’ money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful.

After Wharton’s death in 1937, The Christian Science Monitor said, “If it could have been completed, The Buccaneers would doubtless stand among the richest and most sophisticated of Wharton’s novels.” Marion Mainwaring masterfully took on the task of completion, taking her cue from Wharton’s own synopsis. The richly engaging central story of Nan St. George and Guy Thwarte, an American heiress and an English aristocrat, whose love breaks the rules of both their societies, is something any Wharton fan will celebrate and any romantic reader will love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sense of unobtrusive accuracy of tone and detail prevails throughout Ms. Mainwaring’s [writing]…It’s hard to imagine a better writer equipped to take on Edith Wharton.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Brave, lively, engaging…a fairy tale novel, miraculously returned to life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Mainwaring’s version of The Buccaneers is a tour de force…[She] deserves high marks for her ingenuity, novelistic skill, and critical intelligence.”

    USA Today

  • The Buccaneers brilliantly showcases Wharton near the top of her form.”

    Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 2/16/2014

    " For anyone who loves Downton Abbey (and is going through withdrawal, like myself), you will enjoy this story of American Heiresses seeking titles through marriage in England. It was a somewhat light read and definitely satisfied my desire for a romantic period novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramona | 2/15/2014

    " I can't stop myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Molinaro | 2/11/2014

    " I do love me some Edith Wharton but this is not one of her finest novels. Perhaps this is because she never actually finished it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/3/2014

    " What should newly rich American girls in 19th century do when society snubs them? Travel to Europe! But will entrance into the highest society there make their dreams come true? Interesting to note the interactions between class and wealth. Not as hard-hitting as "House of Mirth". "

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

    " Just what I expected, Wharton, only just a tad bit "off". My heart broke for Miss Testvalley and I was occasionally annoyed by everyone else. "

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

    " Edith Wharton is simply the best when it comes to recreating the gilded age and showing how american innocence is debauched "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/24/2014

    " Quite an interesting story. I didn't know very much about this time period, and the relationship between America & England. Granted, I still don't, but it was an intriguing read. I'm still confused as to why Miss Testvalley & Sir Thwarte couldn't get together in the end - their story felt incomplete, his reactions not supported enough. He's so quick to anger, but then simmers down and actually thinks, that it seemed plausible he'd do the same in this case, but the book ends w/ him just being angry. Anyway, and while it's nice that Guy & Nan ended up together, their journey is not such a happy story. I still don't get why Nan ended up with the Duke in the first place! And Lizzy was quite the political opportunist. Anyway, a good read, with many twists & turns in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/17/2014

    " Has the slightly unfinished feel of a last book, but a good story. A lot of unlikeable characters, made up for in the end by the plot :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 1/17/2014

    " Started out ok. Was disappointing about 3/4 way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/7/2014

    " This was my first Edith Wharton book. Possibly I should have started with one she actually finished, but I enjoyed it very much nonetheless. Lots of social philosophy, feminism, and talk of Victorian hypocrisy, but she takes nice time outs to tell you what everyone is wearing. Which is just fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/27/2013

    " Enjoyed it. You can really tell when the author switches but a good read non the less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bea | 12/19/2013

    " I was kind of scared to read this because I thought it might be too heavy. But I loved it! Great characters, great motivations, intricate social maneuvering. I'm really glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CmPete Tucker | 12/13/2013

    " Great commedy of manners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden | 12/3/2013

    " A satisfying read, even though Wharton died before completing the novel and the last third was written by another woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cris | 11/12/2013

    " Unevenly written by the person who attempted to fill Wharton's shoes. Wish she had finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eve | 9/13/2013

    " I do really wish Miss Wharton was still alive to finished this book. I'm sure the ending would be much more subtle yet sublime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph O'Groove | 8/23/2013

    " This was a bit more sappy and idealistic than I'd expected. I'm sure the dual authorship had something to do with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marielle | 6/5/2013

    " I haven't read a 'classic' book like this since college, I believe, but it read like a soap opera. I have seen the mini series, and I was surprised that there are differences between the show and the book. I now want to re-watch the show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 3/26/2013

    " Even though the book was being written at her death and received another ending which is probably different than Wharton would have done, I enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/2/2012

    " i just love E.W. i was happy to find another I hadn't read, although being unfinished, I wonder how SHE would have ended it. that said, it didn't end entirely happy for everyone, which fits her style. (nook) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 9/16/2012

    " I enjoyed the book but some of the detail got tiresome hence the 3 star rather than 4 star rating. It is a very interesting look into Victorian society on England and how they viewed Americans. Going to watch the miniseries (made in the 90s) to compare to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 8/18/2012

    " Really enjoyed it. If you like Jane Austen, you will like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 11/12/2011

    " Loved this story. It sounded just like reading something by Henry James. Loved the contrast between nouveau riche Americans and old money (or no money) aristocratic Brits. What I loved best was the book had a happy ending, unlike most James or Wharton! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronetta | 10/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Well written and intriguing. Great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 7/1/2011

    " Loved the book. This is one of Edith Wharton's books that ended happily. That maybe because she did not finish it. Maybe if she had there would have been a different ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 4/8/2011

    " Even though the book was being written at her death and received another ending which is probably different than Wharton would have done, I enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ | 4/1/2011

    " The only downside was wishing it was longer. I love Nan St. George and Guy Thwarte. A great read, even without Ms. Wharton's complete vision. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/22/2011

    " The first 1/2 is by Edith Wharton. She died and then this author picked up where she left off. You can tell where Wharton stopped writing. It is good to that point, the rest is just OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/17/2011

    " I am an Edith Wharton fan. She died while writing this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/10/2011

    " Slow, boring, until the last few chapters, which Wharton didn't write. Just not my style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 8/25/2010

    " This was my least favorite Edith Wharton book so far, likely because it was her unfinished work. I could tell it was not as polished as her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dgoll | 8/18/2010

    " One of my Edith Wharton Favorites "

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About the Author
Author Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was born in New York and is best known for her stories of life among the upper-class society into which she was born. She was educated privately at home and in Europe. In 1894 she began writing fiction, and her novel The House of Mirth established her as a leading writer. Her novels The Age of Innocence and Old New York were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was the first woman to receive that honor. In 1929 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

About the Narrator

Dana Ivey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then received a Fulbright grant to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority at Rollins College. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters) from Rollins College in February 2008. She made her Broadway debut playing two small roles in a 1981 production of Macbeth. She has appeared in many film and television roles. Recently Ivey was in the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell.