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When Beauty Tamed the Beast Audiobook

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

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Publisher's Summary

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed... what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

©2011 Eloisa James (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    KatieV NC, United States 05-08-14
    KatieV NC, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Dr. House Does the Regency Period"

    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.

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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-05-14
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome book and narrator.."
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    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 12-20-13
    Donna 12-20-13
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    "A super fun and sexy read!"
    Where does When Beauty Tamed the Beast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audio books I've listened to so far definitely in my top 10.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    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!


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    Amazon Customer WEST TAWAKONI, TEXAS, United States 01-17-13
    Amazon Customer WEST TAWAKONI, TEXAS, United States 01-17-13
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    "The characters come alive in this novel."
    Where does When Beauty Tamed the Beast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A love story to remember. Again, the narration just brought this story to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially liked the scene when the characters in the book first visited the seaside pool together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The author's wit really shined in this story. It made me laugh a time or two.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a must listen!

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    M Cary, IL, United States 10-21-12
    M Cary, IL, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to When Beauty Tamed the Beast the most enjoyable?

    Really enjoyed this take on beauty and the beast! The narration was good, too. Highly recommend if you enjoy regency romance.


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    Kindle Customer Avondale Estates, GA USA 09-19-12
    Kindle Customer Avondale Estates, GA USA 09-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Well done by author and narrator"
    What did you love best about When Beauty Tamed the Beast?

    I loved the book. I am generally an Eloisa James fan, but sometimes she seems a bit off, mechanical. This was spot on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Beauty Tamed the Beast?

    The interactions between Beauty and Beast were always significant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To be repetitious, any scene between B&B.


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

    The chicken coop scenes were very impactful.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done all around. While I listened at every opportunity, I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thelma Watkinsville, GA, United States 08-21-12
    Thelma Watkinsville, GA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "As a romance writer she's at the top of the list"
    If you could sum up When Beauty Tamed the Beast in three words, what would they be?

    It's very entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Beauty Tamed the Beast?

    Not any one in particular


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did not have one I enjoyed the entire book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love the interaction between her characters


    Any additional comments?

    I will buy more Eloisa James

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mina Florida 08-21-12
    Mina Florida 08-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "I could not stop listening, this book was amazing!"
    Would you listen to When Beauty Tamed the Beast again? Why?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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:)


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    When Linnet got sick and was all alone


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    Maria Nashville, TN, United States 08-03-12
    Maria Nashville, TN, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "So enjoyable! Had many chuckles listening to this"
    Where does When Beauty Tamed the Beast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one I will listen to again.. It was so amusing and the story itself was a good one with strong lead characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor & the self awareness of the characters. Piers and Linnet know exactly who they are & what they want.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book definitely made me laugh and yes, I felt sadness and horror when Linnet was ill.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    LadyT 07-31-12
    LadyT 07-31-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Shouldn't have liked it but I did..."
    If you could sum up When Beauty Tamed the Beast in three words, what would they be?

    Difficult romance story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Beauty Tamed the Beast?

    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.


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

    No, I've not listed to her before but she did a great job with this book.


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

    When "the Beast" had to save "the Beauty". It was a turning point in his life and it was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    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... :)

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