My first by the author. Very entertaining and a bit on the light side, although it was very witty. There were a few angsty parts and quite a bit about facing the fact that parents are flawed humans like everyone else and you either have to live your life angry and bitter or accept them and let it go.
My assumption about the hero being inspired by Dr. House was fair. The author actually mentioned at the end that the TV show was her primary inspiration even more so than the fairytale. Piers was a doctor who definitely had the snarky, living in pain, and inappropriately funny part of it down. He was his own character, however. For one thing he fought desperately NOT to depend on drugs or alcohol for his pain, but feared due to family history and the unrelenting pain that he may end up becoming an opiate addict at some point anyway. He was very afraid to marry and have children because of the nightmare his father, the Duke, put he and his mother through due to his opium addiction. I don't think this is a spoiler, because it seemed obvious to me -- but I'll put it behind a tag anyway. (view spoiler)
The Earl/Doctor can be a real ass, which shouldn't be a surprise. Linnet mostly puts him in his place and gives as good as she gets. She's no doormat by any stretch of the imagination.
If you're very bothered by anachronisms, there are certainly some here. Some of the phrases used, in particular, seemed very out of place in a Regency. i.e. "What happens in Wales, stays in Wales." Also, and this is very YMMV, I like the hero to have to convince the heroine he loves her even though he's acted like a complete jackass. Linett has his number, so his revelation is not surprising to her. Although his actions in the end do show his unconditional, deep love for her. I definitely won't spoil that part.
Re: the audio, Susan Duerden was excellent as always.
I loved every word of this book. Loved Piers and Linnet and hated to see the story end. Loved Prufrock, best butler ever. Loved Doctors Kibbles and Bitts, that was too funny. Loved Sebastien. Loved the story reguarding his parents and how that all worked out. I simply loved the entire story. It was sad, happy, intense, everything you'd want in a fairy tale. AND the sex was just beautiful and didn't overwhelm the storyline. I would recommend this book to all romance readers.
As to the narrator: Ms. Duerden did a perfect job! I couldn't have asked for a better narrator for this book. Every voice was perfect and individual. You always knew who was talking and THAT makes for great narration. IMO..
I would also like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator! This is AUDIBLE, after all.
This is one of my favorite audio books I've listened to so far definitely in my top 10.
Susan Duerden is a wonderfully gifted reader, I think she could make and instruction manual sound brilliant! So when you pair her with a cleaver and witty author you have a winner!
This is, by far, my favorite audiobook that I have listened to so far! The story is captivating and the narrator really brought them to life!
A love story to remember. Again, the narration just brought this story to life.
I especially liked the scene when the characters in the book first visited the seaside pool together.
The author's wit really shined in this story. It made me laugh a time or two.
Definitely a must listen!
Really enjoyed this take on beauty and the beast! The narration was good, too. Highly recommend if you enjoy regency romance.
I loved the book. I am generally an Eloisa James fan, but sometimes she seems a bit off, mechanical. This was spot on.
The interactions between Beauty and Beast were always significant.
To be repetitious, any scene between B&B.
The chicken coop scenes were very impactful.
Well done all around. While I listened at every opportunity, I didn't want it to end.
It's very entertaining
Not any one in particular
I did not have one I enjoyed the entire book
I love the interaction between her characters
I will buy more Eloisa James
Absolutely. From the stellar narration to the witty banter to the heartbreaking ending, the book was one of the few this year that stands out for me. Definitely will re-listen
Linnet of course, she was beautiful, charming, witty and sarcastic, she gave as good as she got but is kindhearted as well. I loved the heroine that was able to love the hero despite his foul character at first:)
Hands down Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, she did marvelous job with his voice, I was amazed that a woman narrator can interpret someone so well, she made him come alive. Excellent job.
When Linnet got sick and was all alone
This is one I will listen to again.. It was so amusing and the story itself was a good one with strong lead characters.
The humor & the self awareness of the characters. Piers and Linnet know exactly who they are & what they want.
The different voices. I was reading along with the audiobook at times and realized I missed Gavan's childish voice and Linnet's. They (different voices) add so much to the story. Susan Duerden can make the characters come to life with her narration.
This book definitely made me laugh and yes, I felt sadness and horror when Linnet was ill.
I don't usually read Regency type romances, but thought I'd try this because of a review & the sale price and I am so glad I did. Very entertaining and I have already ordered another of her books.
Difficult romance story
A long drawn out conversation between the two romantic leads on the planned direction of their relationship. I didn't particularly like the conversation and the way it was going so I was mentally thinking about what I would do in similar circumstances. In short, my actions would have differed greatly...which admittedly means I might have missed out on a great romance.
No, I've not listed to her before but she did a great job with this book.
When "the Beast" had to save "the Beauty". It was a turning point in his life and it was very touching.
I call this a difficult romance story because "the Beast" was a hard man to like, in the beginning. After awhile, as "the Beauty" peeled away the layers of his personality and you got a glimpse of the man he could be, he was more likeable. But that took a good bit of peeling. The book does have very romantic and sexy scenes that more than make up for the darker part so all in all, I would recommend it. In fact, I have never listened to an Eloisa James book that I don't like. She has a way of getting you so wrapped up into the lives and the romance of the characters that you feel a let down when the book is over; and just for that reason, the book is over. So, I'm now looking for another... :)