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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie on 09-30-14

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 11-01-14

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Jill on 11-21-14

Truly Appalling Reader!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Heyer is a great author and I have all of her books, many in audio book version. I have an old recording of this one on cassette tape, read (very well) by Sean Phillips. This version, however, is completely ruined by a truly awful performance! The reader hams every line to the skies, putting on a variety of dreadful, hysterically-rendered voices. Reluctantly, I am going to have to apply for my money back on this one. It is impossible to continue listening to it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Maggie on 09-12-14

A Heyer that is slightly different

Any additional comments?

I didn't warm to Cousin Kate when I first read it, but after a re-read it became a favourite. Slightly different from her usual comedies of manners, with dashes of Gothic, it still has the wonderful cast of supporting characters we've come to expect. For me in this they are Sarah, Kate's former Nurse, now a busy matriarch running her husband's family and Inn in London, and Sarah's glorious elderly father-in-law. And there's always Kate's monstrous social mountaineering Aunt Minerva...

This is a sad story in some ways but I don't want to give spoilers. It still has plenty of comedy and a pleasant romance, with a decent ending, and some interesting sidelights on Inn life in the 19C. Jilly Bond's narration is perfectly acceptable, but a bit arch at times. Perhaps I've been spoiled by too many Phyllida Nash readings? It is well worth listening to, even if you've already read the book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By mrsvee on 06-27-16

Worst ever

What appalling trite voicing of the author's characters - Kate is such a weak personification, and that just set off the rest the bad livings. Sorry Jilly Bond but you were a poor choice for this reading.

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