Thursday, February 1

Audiobook Review: The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Author: Daisy Goodwin
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren 
Title: The American Heiress
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: Audiobook
Published: 2010
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

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 Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.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. 

Yayy my second audiobook of the year. I am so proud of myself because I already accomplished my goal of listening to two audiobooks. 

Ooooh Cora. She was a spoiled brat, to begin with because she is the richest girl in Newport. She soon learns that money doesn't mean lick sometimes especially in a tradition-obsessed society. I did like her a lot though. She was young and naive. She has a good heart but she is indeed a rich kid and likes her stuff. 

Ivo saves her after an accident and brings her to his Duke home. Things happen and with a little nudging from Cora's dear mama, Ivo proposes and they get married (no spoiler there). However, things are not as they seem and Cora soon realizes that things are a lot more complex and the man she marries has some secrets that everyone seems to know but her.

I liked Teddy, but he was an idiot. I really did have my hopes for him even though I liked Ivo too. Ivo is a complicated man and has secrets. How do you possibly choose?? I think I would end up picking Ivo...he is a Duke ;). Even as the reader you kinda know what it is while poor Cora does not. We learn the secret, but there is more to the tale and I was utterly shocked! It makes sense now that I know. 

This was a fun read. I enjoyed all the characters even the "baddies". Oooo those English society folk. They are so cruel sometimes. It was interesting to see a foreigner to enter into the society and stumble her way through it. I do have to tsk Ivo because I feel he should've prepared her more. 

I think what made me really enjoy this was the narration. The narrator certainly had a beautiful voice and I was enthralled by it. She brought the story to life and you could barely tell it was her when she would switch voices to different characters. A+ there!

I had two issues with the book was the over-explanation of clothing and hair. Ugh. It drove me a little batty. It did calm down a little bit as the drama kicked up near the end, but I don't need to know THAT much detail about a necklace and a dress. My other issue was the ending. It was left open-ended in a way. What happens to certain characters? Do Cora and her beau get her happily ever after? I think I would've liked a little epilogue. 

In the end, I really did enjoy this story. I want to read more by the author and I want to listen to more by the narrator. A couple of issues, but they were easy to look over because I adored the characters and story. I'll give this a 4. 


Melliane said...

Oh I heard about this one when I saw the release in French but I haven't tried it

Rashika said...

Oh I am glad you enjoyed the book even if there was too many descriptions of the clothing. Also, I'd totally end up picking Ivo too (not even having read the book) ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Goal of 2, ahah, I will convert thee and you shall listen to a million this year

Anachronist said...

I am yet to listen to my FIRST audiobook ever, take that lady B.!

vvb32 reads said...

Narrators certainly can make or break it. Certain voice types can turn me off to a story where then I revert to reading the print version. Glad to hear this one worked.

Carole Rae said...

Melliane, the French version would be fun to read!

Rashika, thanks! And yes...too many clothing descriptions. Bless Teddy's heart, but Ivo is a Duke!

B, hahahaha oh noooooooooooe


vvb32, I completely agree. I think that was my issue I never listened to a good narrator. I have gotten lucky with this and the other in.