A Countess Below Stairs

Product Number: 14914
Released: Aug 01, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780142408650
Publisher: Puffin
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A finalist for both the NestlE Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread Book Award, NewYork Times best-selling author Eva Ibbotson is among the world's most acclaimed writers of young adult fiction. In this thrilling novel, young Russian countess Anna must flee to England after the Russian Revolution. She hides her identity and becomes a servant for an important family. But will she be able to suppress her attraction to Rupert, the dashing Earl of Westerholme?

Professional reviews

"Davina Porter's performance of this Cinderella story from the Russian Revolution is done to perfection. The listener is transported to the world of the aristocracy, with its whims and hypocrisy, and into servants' quarters, where colorful characters are running the show. Characterizations are well done, and the transitions from Russian to British accents, both Cockney and highbrow, are skillfully executed. Porter easily becomes Anna, the young countess who finds herself working as a maid after her family's emigration to England from war-torn Russia. The dialogue of a variety of characters--from butler, cook, and housekeeper to Rupert, the earl--is easy on the ears, as well as the heart. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"