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“Elegantly written and expertly crafted, Under a Gilded Moon soars as high as any piece of literature can reach. You’re transported to a time and place in history that begs [to be] read late into the night.” (Robert Dugoni, international best-selling author of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and the Tracy Crosswhite series)

“I was swept away by this dazzling, masterfully written tale of the clash of classes and cultures around the Biltmore in North Carolina. Joy Jordan-Lake brings the past alive with impeccable details, raw emotion, and parallels to our present world. A triumph.” (Emily Carpenter, best-selling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

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Crawdads meets the Crawleys....Threaded through with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best.” (Fiona Davis, nationally best-selling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue)

From the best-selling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Biltmore House.

Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.

Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape - a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.

As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.

©2020 by Joy Jordan-Lake (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 総合評価
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  • Christine
  • 2020/12/01

Thumbs Down

I often wonder if the author or producers actually listen to certain audiobook performances? This one is so awful it's almost laughable. The story wasn't compelling enough to make me continue on.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • pippi
  • 2020/12/03

Narration is terrible

Holy goodness, the narration is so bad you can’t get past it to hear the story. I love a Hungarian accent, but the choice of this voice for a story told from the perspective of southern girl with Celtic roots seems a distractingly poor choice.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Linda S. Moeller
  • 2021/01/19

A little ambitious but...

After reading all the negative reviews, I started to wonder if I'd read the same book! To be fair, the author was very ambitious about getting way too many characters on the canvas in the first few chapters. If you gave up after a few chapters, you missed out on a decent story. It also didn't help that we were introduced to so many diverse backgrounds; rich aristocrats, Southern woman, a Sicilian man of dubious background, Southern children, sick father, station master, journalist, a woman from New Orleans plus a host of various workers at Biltmore; many who were also foreigners!

It was a lot to handle but Kathleen Gati gave life to each character. This distinction allowed the listener to sort out these people and their personalities while moving the story forward.

Overall, the book overcame some uneven writing at the start to become a fairly interesting and entertaining historical fiction. I've listened to several books narrated by Ms. Gati and have truly enjoyed her interpretation of a wide range of characters and this book was no exception.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • TW
  • 2020/12/21

Love

An amazing depiction of our USA history. The characters lives were represented with great detail. You could almost see the hills, the landscape and feel the weather.
This book was well written!

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Arch
  • 2021/03/08

looked forward to it, but...

I know Buncombe and surrounding countys' accents. My mother, who would be 104 years old now, was from that area, and I'm a southerner. Because of the narration, I could hardly get through the book. I certainly don't expect perfection, but it was just so wrong, so many accents, and so many characters right at the beginning. This may not be a fair assessment of the story because it was hard to wrap my head around the tale when the narration was killing me.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marina_Jane
  • 2021/01/18

intriguing story in a beautiful setting

Thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters in this story. It felt like a little slice of history.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • martha
  • 2021/08/31

entertaining story

Well thought out plot with twists and turns. The tragedy of the mountain farmers demise was well described. Excellent narrator.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara L. Evans
  • 2021/08/04

Horrible narration could not continue!

A total waste of money and time. Wish I could return for a refund. Narration us the worst ever. I just couldn't stand to continue listening.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Tlobri
  • 2021/08/03

Couldn’t make this one work for me

I wanted so very much to like this story with hopes of a great “read.” I got to chapter 8 the first time and gave up. After finishing another book, I decided to give it another go. I started from the beginning and progressed several chapters further than my first attempt. The narration is incredibly boring (I may use it for a sleep aid) and the story is confusing, drawn out and feels as if it is going nowhere. There are too many characters that are slow to develop. I am giving up for good this time with disappointment in this story (and it really doesn’t take much to entertain me!).

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary B.
  • 2021/06/16

Interesting story in Appalachia

Story of changes brought to Blue Ridge Mountain area when George Vanderbilt decided to build his estate there.