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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Coolidge Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455179787
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Katy was the sort of girl who might do anything next, so long as it was something exciting! At twenty-one, she was as eager for adventure as ever, and what greater adventure could there be for an American girl than a trip to Europe? Watching a Punch-and-Judy show in London…driving down the Champs-Élysées in Paris…on to the Riviera and the picture-postcard blue of the Mediterranean…on again to Italy, Naples, Rome, Florence and, at last, to Venice and into a gondola on the Grand Canal, with a handsome young naval officer who—ah, but that would be telling!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Katy goes to Europe and is so fortunate as to enjoy the novelties and beauties which she sees, with ideal enthusiasm. Somehow, despite the familiarity of the ground, the story does not lack interest and freshness. The book is bright, sensible, and entertaining.”

    Nation

  • “The freshness of spirit, charm of style, warm sympathy with and large knowledge of childhood, which have characterized all Susan Coolidge’s stories for young readers reappear in [What Katy Did Next].”

    Book News

  • “Susan Coolidge’s books need no commending; they are as tempting as they are sweet and pure; she knows how to make attractive everything she touches; and good literature, good English, does not suffer at her hands, while the refinement of tone and moral fiber are all that could be desired.”

    Literary World

  • “Written in Miss Coolidge’s usual bright style…the characters are well drawn and the tone as high as its predecessors.”

    Churchman

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally Siawidjaja | 1/7/2014

    " Typical Victorian Story Books about classic romance. Simple and quite boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dreamer | 12/8/2013

    " Read & enyed as a child.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 11/25/2013

    " I liked this Katy book less than the first two. It read as more of a travelogue than a novel, and not that much happened. It was still a fun read, but I would definitely recommend the first two books over this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bron | 10/3/2013

    " I just discovered that all the Katy books are available for free in the Kindle store! I must have read this 50 years ago, it's lovely to revisit and find it as charming as it was to me then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 9/25/2013

    " I have only read a couple chapters in this book, but so far it is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devika | 7/21/2013

    " It doesn't disappoint at all though it has the most amazing prequels! My favorite from the series.. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margali | 2/2/2013

    " Not as enjoyable as the first two -- Katy becomes less interesting as she becomes more "perfect." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 9/7/2012

    " Meh. First nothing happened, and then predictable things happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zippy | 7/10/2012

    " I read this when I was at school and loved the whole series. I am tempted to revisit them but am scared that they will not be as good as I remember! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snufkin | 1/23/2012

    " I didn't realise I'd skipped a book til now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mithra Rajah | 9/28/2011

    " The book that triggered my love for travel as a kid.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlyn Wb | 7/18/2011

    " So lovely to revisit a favorite childhood classic and find that there were two more of them (free on the Kindle!) While predictable, I was glad to re-enter Katy's world and go through Europe with her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 4/5/2011

    " Couldn't get through it. EVERTHING was turned into a moral for little girls -_- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goldie | 3/20/2011

    " I love the What Katy Did series. It's clean and fresh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ros | 2/6/2011

    " I will be interested to see how I feel about this book. When I first read it as a child, most of the romance went over my head. Now I am older (a so-called grown-up at 51), I wonder what I will think?

    So far, so good... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devika | 11/10/2010

    " It doesn't disappoint at all though it has the most amazing prequels! My favorite from the series.. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ameena | 3/16/2010

    " It was ok...
    kind of boring...
    in my perspective i saw it as not interesting at all.
    i dont recommend this book to anyone to be honest.
    i felt like it wasn't exciting but i did like the way the book ended and the reason the name of the book was chosen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margali | 3/5/2010

    " Not as enjoyable as the first two -- Katy becomes less interesting as she becomes more "perfect." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 11/30/2008

    " Meh. First nothing happened, and then predictable things happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 10/16/2008

    " Typical Victorian Story Books about classic romance. Simple and quite boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zippy | 8/12/2008

    " I read this when I was at school and loved the whole series. I am tempted to revisit them but am scared that they will not be as good as I remember! "

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About the Author
Author Susan Coolidge

Susan Coolidge was the pen name of Sarah Chauncy Woolsey (1835–1905), an American writer from Ohio.  She was born into an eminent family, which had long and close connections with Yale University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.  After the American Civil War, during which she served as a nurse, she turned to writing.

Her first book, A New Year’s Bargain, was published in 1871.  It happened that Susan Coolidge’s editor was also the editor for Louisa M. Alcott, who had then recently become famous for her books Little Women and Little Men.  The editor suggested that Susan Coolidge try her hand at the same kind of story.  Five books about the irrepressible Katy Carr followed, tracing the fortunes and misfortunes of the Carr family from childhood, through school and travels in Europe, to marriage.  The books are:  What Katy Did, What Katy Did at School, What Katy Did Next, Clover, and In the High Valley.  The titles of the first three books are a pun on the North American grasshopper-like insect, the katydid, whose noise was not only responsible for its name but also for inspiring Susan Coolidge.

Like Louisa M. Alcott’s books, the characters in Susan Coolidge’s books are especially lifelike because there is no doubt that they are based on members of her own family.  Susan herself was tall, quick-witted and impatient, like Katy; Katy’s three sisters are Susan’s three sisters, and Katy’s two brothers are Susan Coolidge’s brother and cousin.

Susan Coolidge never married but devoted her life to her literary and social activities.  Apart from her children’s books, she wrote verse and edited the correspondence of Jane Austen and Fanny Burney.

About the Narrator

Susan O’Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.