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Along Came a Duke: Rhymes with Love | [Elizabeth Boyle]

Along Came a Duke: Rhymes with Love

Her Aunt Allegra said, "A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants." It is a lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth - a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions." But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path....
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Her Aunt Allegra said, "A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants."

It is a lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth - a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions."

But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own, and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston - whose very name spells ruin - has Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.

©2012 Elizabeth Boyle (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Charles Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-16-12
    Charles Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is amusing as well as a good story. There are some very funny dialogues and the story is absorbing enough to be quite diverting, which is the reason someone would choose a book of this sort.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hero is well written: he is complex enough to be interesting and described enough to be sympathetic. The author allows the reader to understand the hero's motivations and reactions, not always the case with romance heroes. The hero develops a stronger sense of his identity during the course of the novel in a believable way. The heroine's development was also interesting to follow and unfolded at a creditable pace, complementing the hero's evolution. Neither seemed too stupid to live, a common failing in romances.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first listen to her. She performs the voice of the hero superbly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were some truly delightful scenes between the hero, heroine and the antagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent pick if you are looking for 11+ hours of enjoyable diversion. It is not terribly memorable, but is a very entertaining way to pass the hours.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mon United States 07-10-12
    Mon United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Just what I needed!"
    Would you listen to Along Came a Duke again? Why?

    This is a romance that was fun to listen to. I needed my sexy escapist audio and this worked. It was a little light on the sex scenes, what can i say?...I would have preferred more. The characters are interesting which I liked very much. The male character was pretty complex and the female lead was strong and fiesty. I liked both characters very much. Overall this is a very enjoyable listen and if you like Regency Romance novels then this is a very good pick. If you are looking for some hot bodice ripping, you won't get that, but there is a story here, which is very important. And this story does keep the sexual tread, even if light, on traction.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The performance was great. It was funny. I love how the male lead Preston was always growling and whispering. It was so over the top that I llooovvveeddd it! Great performance!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-19-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "ONE OF THE BEST OF IT'S TYPE"

    Funny, romantic `Cindarella' story with likeable characters, a good plot and, of course, a rogue of a Duke - what more do we romance groupies want.

    Worth the credit? Absolutely, it's a re-listen book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Wremmy Broadford, Australia 01-02-13
    Wremmy Broadford, Australia 01-02-13
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    "my new favourite narrator!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Preston - such cheeky guy. He just whispered a few words and totally throw Tabitha (Tabby) into tailspin.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Susan Duerden did a fantastic job with this book! By her tone etc she was really creating the scenes e.g. whispering when the characters were hiding. Even the urgency in the dog's barking was made clear. All characters had unique sound, it was easy to follow the story. Overall pace & tone was easy to follow too (some narrators are so fast it takes a while to adjust to it)


    Any additional comments?

    A happy romantic story. The Earth did not move but I smiled/laughed a lot. Just what the Doctor ordered after a stressful year !If you feel the need for uncomplicated entertainment with a romantic twist (and a happily-ever-after-ending) - this book is well worth the credit

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 07-13-12
    Mary United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story...."

    Elizabeth Boyle left me wanting to read more.... The story was rich and full of great character development. The plot was simple but the writing had me laughing and anxious turn the page (so to speak) The narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet romance and a good laugh as your swept back in time and enthralled into the lives of English nobility and sweet country ladies who are very resourceful....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frances M. Austin Plainwell, MI USA 06-18-12
    Frances M. Austin Plainwell, MI USA 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've read alot of Elizabeth Boyle, this was one of the best - looking forward to a sequel


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great Narator


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Ajax, ON, Canada 08-20-12
    Valerie Ajax, ON, Canada 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Narration, Typical Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book if you continue to enjoy the usual formula: girl in trouble, rake finds girl, rake causes girl more trouble, rake breaks her heart, then he saves her and they live happily ever after. I do enjoy these stories a great deal!Susan Duerden never fails to give the right tone to an historical, English romance. Love her.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There was good depth and build within each character, plus some surprises.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hurley Gretna, Louisiana 06-29-12
    D. Hurley Gretna, Louisiana 06-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very funny...unexpectedly so"

    This is a very witty book. Many times I found myself laughing outloud. A surprisingly funny character will appeal to those of us who love dogs. It is well worth the read. This was my first Elizabeth Boyle novel. At first I was taken aback by the narrator's voice but soon realized that it actually added to the wit of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-03-13
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "Not so thrilling really!"

    This was my first book for this author. The story was OK, though nothing original or new. The story is not new and predicted. I got bored at multiple points of this book that I had to fast forward. However, the narrator Susan D was splendid! She improved tremendously since her first audiobooks! Good for her , I enjoyed listening to her.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-06-14
    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it.. Mostly because of the narrator.."
    Any additional comments?

    It was entertaining all the way through. Loved Preston and Tabitha, Roxley, Harriet, Daphne. The Barkworth family was a little strange and I loved how Preston kept messing up the name, I was laughing out loud. There was sexual tension throughout the book, which I love, but only one quick sex scene, which I wasn't crazy about. An all-around terrific read.

    As to the narrator: Spectacular! She made the characters come alive with all the different voices. I absolutely love it when a book calls for a laugh and the narrator actually does laugh. Phenomenal job!!!

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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