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Desperate Duchesses Audiobook
Desperate Duchesses
Written by: 
Eloisa James
Narrated by: 
Rosalyn Landor
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Desperate Duchesses Audiobook

Desperate Duchesses

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue.

A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny. Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?

©2007 Eloisa James (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"The first in a sparkling new series set in the scandalously fun Georgian era by best-selling and award-winning James, this is a gracefully written, lusciously sensual, delectably witty, and exquisitely romantic historical romance." (Booklist)

"If Shakespeare had written an 18th-century romantic comedy, it might look something like this novel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-14-16
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-14-16 Member Since 2015

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Slow start but then it's amazing!"

    The first few chapters of this book are slow and include many references to chess play and marital problems between Jemma and her husband. I was actually even confused about who were the main characters of the story because they are barely mentioned in the first few chapters. I started getting impatient and considered stopping the story but I am so glad I stuck with it. About a third of the book in it starts to pick up wonderfully. It's a beautiful love story and very enjoyable. Damon was a great hero and the supporting characters such as Roberta's dad, Damon's son and Jemma make the story even better because it's not simply based on the main romance. Defenitely worth a credit.
    Narration: Rosalyn Landor is my favorite historical romance narrator. She is consistently good in all her performance. She makes perfect male voices and adds emotion and depth to the stories she narrates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fran Foster 02-09-16
    Fran Foster 02-09-16
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    "Really Great Fun !!"
    Where does Desperate Duchesses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is difficult to rate this book because it is not serious literature - but rather an imaginary and long party with semi-royals of the 17th century. Compare it to putting down a book written by John Grisham and picking up People magazine - a change of pace just for the pure fun of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gemma - because she is so worldly, hopeless addicted to chess games and inventive in her choice of partners - not withstanding the fact that she is married to a man who spends his life either with his mistress or in the House of Lords. Loved her !!


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As usual, her narration brings a different voice to each character - even the small boy - making the story more entertaining. I don't believe anyone would find that experience in the printed version of this book.


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

    Not especially, but it is not an emotional story so I didn't expect any reaction of that sort.


    Any additional comments?

    Try it - you'll enjoy !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LIZANNE SHURSON 09-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator difficult"

    I had a hard time with the narrator tone. It was mushy and slurpy making it very difficult to listen to. It is the only one of Eloisa James books that I have experienced this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle WA USA 05-15-15
    Amazon Customer Seattle WA USA 05-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Marc

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    "great perfornance. good but not great storyline"

    Good story. and great performance by the reader. I didn't really need the sex scenes but they were very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anne Mililani, HI, United States 04-25-15
    anne Mililani, HI, United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "CUTE BUT LACKS SOMETHING ESSENTIAL - LIKE A PLOT!"

    I usually like Eloisa James and Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, but Ms. James seemed to phone this one in. The main characters, Roberta and Damon were very cute together, but the plot was minimal and the author chose to fill the holes with descriptions of chess moves. Since I personally have no knowledge of chess, nor interest in acquiring any, it was a waste of time listening to them. It seemed to me that the author's editor needed a book and Ms. James accommodated him/her with this bit of drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kara 04-03-15
    Kara 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    I love this author! I didn't care for the reader at the beginning but it's hard to care when the story is so amazing!

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    fao 03-31-15
    fao 03-31-15
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    "quite a bit confusing"

    confusing from the beginning til almost the end I couldnt quite grasp what was going on at all until Villiers propose. I felt like I was asleep til he actually told Roberta father he was courting her.

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    water stain on the shoe Arkansas 03-19-15
    water stain on the shoe Arkansas 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "soap opera"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't really know who would enjoy this book.


    What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s voice?

    Cheep soap opera.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can not find any redeeming qualities in the book.


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    Stacey FRESNO, CA, United States 03-17-15
    Stacey FRESNO, CA, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2011

    Whimsical Reader

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    "Hard to follow."

    I love historical romances and Roslyn Landor but found this very hard to follow. There were too many main characters and the male voices sounded so similar, I couldn't distinguish between Gemma's brother and her husband. If the main character was Roberta, I could not admire her. I liked Gemma much better. She was more intelligent and more interesting. I tried to listen to it again but lost interest and was lost in the many characters. The second book in this series is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 03-15-15
    Pamela 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Moves along but a bit tefious"

    ........ Descriptive of the vacant ways of living of the times, desire for ultimate power professionally and personally (somewhat similar to today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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