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Cousin Kate: Complete & Unabridged [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Georgette Heyer , Sian Phillips
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Sep 1990
Georgette Heyer is considered the creator of the modern Regency genre, and everyone else is a poor imitation. From her first book in 1935 she established herself as the expert in the field. Her books are hot commodities, especially since many of them have been out of print for some time.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (Sep 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745160085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745160085
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 13.7 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,724,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

"Sparkling" (Independent on Sunday)

"Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone" (Diane Pearson) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A dashing novel of intrigue and Regency romance by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cousin Kate 7 Mar 2007
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This is an exciting story, with suspense mounting slowly as the story unfolds. At times the sense of how trapped Kate had become was scary enough to make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I thought she was an appealing heroine for most of the time. But I did find her determination not to believe the worst, despite all the evidence, rather irritating after a while. It isn't one of Heyer's best, but I liked it enough to read it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabby 2 Mar 2008
a darker tale than usual. althought there is the usual girl meets boy, they fall in love etc which is very endearing, the more interesting part of the story is the cousin tourqil stangeness and aunt minerva's apparent kindness. wont spoil the story but it is very obvious at the begininng what is going on but as the story unfolds, the secrets are revealed.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Cousin Kate is a more serious Heyer heroine, and this is a more serious story, with Gothic overtones which are, however, more believable that the true Gothick Romance of Mrs Ratcliffe and the like because the tale is told so calmly. Yes, there is madness, sudden death and wicked plots. But a charming, independently minded heroine and a strong, sensible and reasonably handsome hero win through. This may be less fun than some, but I would highly recommend it - and for more than one reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different 22 May 2009
By Esta
This is quite a different book by Georgette Heyer. Liked it very much though slightly uncomfortable at times. There is still the usual romance there but not where Minerva wants it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and gothic Heyer novel 24 Jun 2011
Cousin Kate, published in 1968, is one of Heyer's later novels and one that appears to really divide opinion - possibly because it's not what people tend to expect from her. Although there's still some humour and some romance, it's a lot darker than the other Heyer novels I've read. It also has a gothic feel and I couldn't help being reminded of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

Our heroine, Kate Malvern, is a young woman who has been left orphaned and penniless following the deaths of both her parents and who has been working as a governess to support herself. At the beginning of Cousin Kate, she has lost her position and has returned to the London home of her former nurse, Sarah Nidd. Worried about Kate's future, Sarah writes to Kate's Aunt Minerva, who invites her to stay at the family mansion, Staplewood.

On her arrival at Staplewood, Kate remarks that the big house is not very homelike. Aunt Minerva, Lady Broome, is a manipulative woman, obsessed with the family lineage; her husband, the elderly Sir Timothy Broome, lives in a separate part of the house; and then there's Kate's handsome young cousin Torquil, who can be charming one minute, violent and aggressive the next. As Kate begins to learn exactly why Minerva was so keen to welcome her into the family, the only person she can turn to for help is Sir Timothy's nephew, Philip.

The gothic elements of the book come in the form of the descriptions of the house and its grounds, locked doors and strange sounds in the night, the ruthless scheming of Aunt Minerva, family secrets - and Torquil, who is considered 'mad' and spends much of his time isolated in a distant wing of the mansion where he is attended by his doctor and faithful servant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Read 11 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Cousin Kate is a charming book about a young woman who is saved from the drudgery of employment by an Aunt she has never met.
She is swept of to the luxury of Staplewood a beautiful estate owned by Sir Timothy.
Kate soon finds out that she is living in a divided house and the behaviour of some of her family leave her asking questions.
This is a book to be read time and time again, it is my personal favourite Georgette Heyer book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Heyer but this is far from her best 27 Sep 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
I love Georgette Heyer generally but this book became a chore to read. It starts off well with Kate as one of Heyer's attractive and energetic heroines: alone in the world, she accepts an invitation from a long-lost aunt - but things soon take a sinister turn at Staplewood.

This uses a Pride & Prejudice narrative in miniature to shape the relationship between Kate and the hero, and mixes it up with Jane Eyre and other gothic novels. But the sparkle of Heyer's best novels is missing and Kate starts to become irritating as she persists in believing that nothing is wrong at Staplewood and that her aunt and cousin are behaving perfectly normally no matter how much she uncovers, or how many people tell her otherwise.

So if you haven't read Heyer before this really isn't the place to start - this displays some of the elegant writing that we have come to expect, but the plotting is a little haphazard and the romantic chemistry is severely limited. Heyer can write far better than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark and unsettling 10 April 2010
Not one of my favourite Heyer novels. The book is quite unsettling and her treatment of madness unsympathetic. The hero is very dour and the aunt a monster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cousin Kate
An enjoyable book, I like Gerorgette Heyer very much as an author. They are nice light reading and give an insight of the period
Published 3 months ago by John White
3.0 out of 5 stars good but ...
Not one of Georgette Heyer's best but enjoyable nevertheless. Heyer brings together her mystery writing into the Regency period. A slow read.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A LIGHT-HEARTED ROMP
Published 5 months ago by popeye
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Drama
This is a book which would make a brilliant TV series. All the elements are here - drama, intrigue, murder, romance. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Helen Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Heyer fare
Another enjoyable Regency romance from Heyer's best period which will be appreciated by all her fans. The usual Heyer charscyers appear.
Published 8 months ago by Mr Michael G Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cousin Kate - Georgette Heyer
It is years since I last read this book. I enjoyed it just as much. Good reading whilst sitting on the beach!
Published 8 months ago by Maggi
5.0 out of 5 stars Cousin Kate - Georgette Heyer
Brilliant as always - I never tire of reading her books. Full of humour and a book you can loose yourself in.
Published 10 months ago by Linda Manley
2.0 out of 5 stars Cousin Kate
Tedious slow moving and sad plot unlike Reluctant Widow or Grand Sophy. Depressing book. Wont bother reading this story again.
Published 12 months ago by Lynn Pritchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Cousin Kate
This was one of the few Heyer's that I hadn't read. One of her last books, I thought she its not writing so well but finally got around to reading it and thoroughly enjoyed ut
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. S. Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer
I have read these books time and time again. It seems that not only do I have my books but also my Kindle.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. S. Durden
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