Cousin Kate

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When young and beautiful governess Kate Malvern finds herself unemployed, she is taken in by Minerva Broome, the aunt she has never met, and whisked away to the majestic country home of Staplewood. However, things are not as they seem: strange things start to happen in the manor and Staplewood soon turns from an inviting stately house to a cold and gloomy mansion with a dreadful secret! One of Georgette Heyer’s later novels, Cousin Kate sees the author take a more experimental turn as she blends the regency romance genre with the suspenseful style of Gothic horror.

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Classic Heyer, narrator falls short

Did Jilly Bond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Ms. Bond did a fine job of narrating and giving the characters their own voices, except — and this is a big caveat — for the voice of Philip Broome. He is made to sound almost like a parody of an English gentleman instead of like a sensible man, which is how he is written. It is surprisingly disappointing and grates on the ear.


Any additional comments?

Other than the Philip Broome problem, I enjoyed this audiobook, having always enjoyed the novel. Jilly Bond did a particularly grand job of voicing Kate and Lady Broome.

But for those who want a true feel for the characters, read the book, please. It's a gothic tale, but with heart.

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- Leslie

Don't Do It

This is by far the worst Heyer novel. I am a completist, so I decided to give this book a try despite what I'd heard, and I have to say I wish I hadn't. I am a big fan of Georgette Heyer, and have read nearly all of her novels (even the mysteries), but I couldn't even bring myself to listen to the last few minutes of this. It seems to be an attempt at gothic horror, but it is both obvious and infuriatingly poorly planned, with one-dimensional characters and a melodramatic feel. If you are fan of Heyer, save yourself some disappointment and choose another book.

That said, the performance was good.
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- Joni

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks