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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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". "

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