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

Horrible narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love the book and have read it in paperback on multiple occasions. The narrator makes Kate sound like an idiot! I got through two chapters and gave up. Jilly Bond ruined the book for me. I will not purchase any more of Heyer's books if she is the narrator.


Would you be willing to try another one of Jilly Bond’s performances?

Absolutely not!!!!!


Did Cousin Kate inspire you to do anything?

Remove the earbuds and change to another book.


Any additional comments?

Get rid of Jilly Bond.

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- Patricia

Book Details

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