Savage Girl

  • by Jean Zimmerman
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A riveting tale from the author of The Orphanmaster about a wild girl from Nevada who lands in Manhattan's Gilded Age society.
Jean Zimmerman's new novel tells of the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart 18-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.
Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Wharton - era Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girl's illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered.
Zimmerman's tale is narrated by the Delegate's son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self-dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrative - a love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fable - is his confession.

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Niles Crane as Hugo Delegate

Great premise, boring story. Narrator is Hugo Delegate read by Edoardo Ballerini, who seems to be channeling David Hyde Pierce's Niles Crane. The character of Hugo Delegate is an improbable one that feels like it was written by a woman: He is a sensitive male, androgynous to a fault, prone to regular fainting spells and his thoughts and speech are fussy and affected: not your typical "leading man" type and therefore an unlikely suitor for Savage Girl. The girl herself is enigmatic but undeveloped as a character and it is hard to stay interested in the plot, which wants to be bigger and more important than it is. By the end, when the twist reveals itself, it is unimpressive, hardly surprising and disappointing. The whole thing is unbelievable and would have been better written as a fairytale, not historical fiction.
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- LW

Exceptional !

Would you consider the audio edition of Savage Girl to be better than the print version?

I both listened and read this wonderful, literate book. With the e-reader, I was able to pause and look up words for a fuller understanding of the prose. And with the audio I was pulled fully into this rich, atmospheric story.


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An absolutely wonderful story ! The ending was so satisfying. I especially note this because I have read so many books that lose narrative momentum and just "crash" at the end. I was smiling as I finished this !

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- Ruth Bain "RueRue"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio