The Chaperone

  • by Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern
  • 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone, read by the actress Elizabeth McGovern, best-known for her role as Cora, Countess of Grantham, in the hit TV series Downton Abbey.
On a summer's day in 1922, Cora Carlisle boards a train from Wichita, Kansas, to New York City, leaving behind a marriage that's not as perfect as it seems and a past that she buried long ago.
She is charged with the care of a stunning young girl with a jet-black fringe and eyes wild and wise beyond her 15 years. This girl is hungry for stardom, and Cora is hungry for something she doesn't yet know.
Cora will be many things in her lifetime - an orphan, a mother, a wife, a mistress - but in New York she is a chaperone and her life is about to change. It is here, under the bright lights of Broadway, in a time when prohibition reigns and speakeasies with their forbidden whispers behind closed doors thrive, that Cora finds what she has been searching for. It is here, in a time when illicit thrills and daring glamour sizzle beneath the laws of propriety that her life truly begins. It is here that Cora and her charge, Louise Brooks, take their first steps towards their dreams.


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America 1926 Louise Brooks early years in New York

Fictional account of
Louise Brooks escape from the mid west to New York to train for the stage as a dancer.
Told by the middle aged chaperone who accompanies her to escape her unhappy marriage, she discovers love for the first time with a German immigrant who she dislikes on sight while revisiting the convent she was left in as an orphan.

Louise is determined to succeed and never return home and the chaperone does not want to either. She is on a mission to discover her origins from the convent and leaves happier with her new lover and lives happily ? ever after. . .in a new frame of mind with a freer attitude learned from Louise whose love of life, intelligence and energy sparkle; gives the chaperone courage to make demands at home and live her life the way she wants, instead of conforming to the narrow confines of housewifery and non sex life with her homosexual husband.

Fast, jazz hot, sweltering New York leaps off the page as does the slow pace of small town America where everyone knows your business. The book delves into black segregation on
Broadway and immigrant poverty, middle class hypocrisy, alcoholism, unhappy marriage and church.

I absolutely loved it.
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- Fizog

Frothy nostalgic fun

This is excellently read by Elizabeth McGovern, immediately recognisable from Downton Abbey, whose warm southern cadences are easy to engage with. The story brings tobgether an eclectic cast of characters and doesn't fare well under too close examination in terms of plot credibility, but it is light-hearted fun and in the end a good yarn to entertain you whilst you drive, walk the dog or hang out the washing!
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- Adrienne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-04-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd