Friday, July 22, 2011

Audio Book Review: The American Heiress

'The American Heiress'
Author: Daisy Goodwin


Format: Audio book
Published: Macmillan Audio; June 2011
Narrated By: Katherine Kellgren
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: A
Source: Publisher



Synopsis: Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. 

My Take: When the publisher contacted me about having my bookclub listen to The American Heiress for our most recent bookclub I was excited. Not only would this give us a chance to discuss a book I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about, it would give us a chance to discuss a format we hadn’t read together as a group before either: audio. And guess what? As a group, it was a great experience. For the summer, people had roadtrips in which they could listen to this on, they could relax by the beach and pop in their ear buds and dream about days gone by. We came to our meeting excited to discuss a genre that we don’t normally read in a format that we have never read. If you can, it’s a great way to mix things up!

Ok so the actual book! I think we can all agree that I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this summer. Looking for a book to spice up my reading has been hard for me. Well I found a book that met it with this! It has lots of historically lush scenes described, the drama between American new money and English old money, and a young marriage trying to find it’s way, all with a fabulous narrator who knew her way around a myriad of voices like nothing I’ve listened to before.

Cora Cash is our leading lady. She is spunky but bred to be a high society lady. Based on Conseulo Vanderbilt and her marriage to the 10th Duke of Marlborough, her overbearing mother was hell bent on being the mother of a Duchess so off they went to England (they were rich Americans). Once in England, Cora was pranced all over until she came in contact with Ivo, the Duke of Wareham. Cora had no desire to marry for her mother’s needs, all she wanted was to marry for love. It just so happened that she fell in love with a Duke. Everything should have been happy and easy, right? Wrong!

So begins the drama of Cora feeling out of place, myriad scandals both sexual and non! If you are missing Downton Abbey and are just looking for some pure fun, than I don’t think you need to look any further for a great beach read!

Cover Lust: I love this cover! You can't see her face, yet she looks innocent. Perhaps she doesn't know what awaits her!


16 comments:

  1. sounds good! on my list for my next audio book...thanks!

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  2. Sounds good. I have had this one on my shelves for awhile. Maybe I should pick it up soon!

    Plus I love that your book club listened to a book. GREAT!

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  3. If I had been rich I would have wanted to marry a duke too ;) Even if she wanted love mostly

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  4. This book sounds so good! I love that your whole book club listened to it - somehow I doubt I could get mine to do that.

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  5. I have this book in my tbr pile. I may move it to the top after reading your audiobook review. I must say I love the cover also.

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  6. I've been a little on the fence about this one. It sounds good, but you just convinced me to track down a copy at the library. I'm glad the audio was such a hit for you too. I'm trying to get into audio myself!

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  7. I just wrote a review of this for Monday...basically, I thought it was AH-MAYYYYY-ZING...but not in the way the author probably expected. A lot of it was PURE camp.

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  8. I have been playing around with picking this one up. Glad to hear that it is such a good read.

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  9. Constance - I kind of agree but it was the pure fun of it that made me love it so much!

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  10. I'm always looking for highly recommended audiobooks! I'm kinda an audio newbie... so I like to go off of recommendations! I'll be adding this one to my list. Thanks for the review.

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  11. Fantastic review! Someone recommended this book to me because I was suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms lol. I wasn't too sure of this book until now. I have to get my hands on this one.

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  12. i'm glad you finally found a book to get you out of your reading slump! i'm going to have to add this book to my wishlist now. i wonder if i should get the audio version or not...

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  13. Toothybooks - I would highly recommend the audio. The narrator was superb!

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  14. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I have a paperback copy and have been putting it off because it seems so long... sounds like I need to get over that. The old money/new money plot never fails to entice me!

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  15. I hadn't heard of this book before coming across it here on your blog and I'm so glad I discovered it. This book sounds right up my alley. I still haven't really caught on to the audio book craze yet so I will probably pick this up in print or on my ipad but it still sounds like a great story!

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  16. What a great way for your group to dicussthe books. I love it when readers are converted to the audio format. I'm always listening to a book in my car.

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