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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue audiobook cover art

Queer role models, girl power, good characters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I was pre-listening to this to see if it was appropriate for my 13 yr old daughter. She loved Carry On, but this sounded a deal more racy. I have to say I quite enjoyed it! It is a bit racy in parts, so if you're squeamish about descriptions of charming young lads charming each other (without graphic descriptions of their bits), this might not be for you. Aside from being sweetly saucy, this story presents some satisfying character development. One young man of privilege, his best friend, and his sister, all experience a harrowing hero's journey. There's a bit of a stretch in the plausibility of the plot, but you'll hardly notice. A+

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Like an old timey radio play

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I enjoyed listening to this, even though I've seen all the movies. Honestly this made more sense, plotwise, than I remember from the movies. All the voice actors did fine jobs and the sound effects were well balanced: immersive without being distracting.

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Strong women characters in seriously fun Sci fi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

This was an enjoyable story with some surprising twists and turns, driven by a strong woman, who is flawed yet sympathetic. In the tradition of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, the sci-fi speculation strays into political science and economics in a thought-provoking way, yet stays firmly in real hard space science. Good job Mr. Weir!

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A Parable For Our Times

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-18

This book is a must-read for our times. The characters imprison themselves willingly in feel-good entertainment bubbles and resent and destroy anything that challenges them to stretch beyond their comfort zone. My favorite quote was, roughly, that we expect flowers to grow on flowers instead of good soil and rain... This book is good soil and rain for a curious stretching mind.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Fact-laden historical fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-17

The author weaves a rich tapestry of historical facts, a compelling plot, and colorful and engaging characters. The narrator brings it all together with growling accuracy, giving voice to the frenzy of battle as well as contemplative moments of youth under the open sky of early England. Like most of Cornwell's work, this story is heavy on intrigue, historical tidbits, and strong characters (mostly male), and light on romance. I've listened twice!

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Passably Likable Mystery, Performed to Perfection!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-13

The overall premise and plot of this lady-detective novel are entertaining and even endearing and not-entirely-predictable. It is actually mostly predictable, but in that enjoyable way that you sing along to a new verse of and old favorite song. The aspect in which this audiobook shines, however, is in the narration. Katherine Kellgren gives an amazing performance, delivering the roles of the plucky main character, society matrons, posh gents, policemen, an old gaffer, and a host of other characters; she displays a delightful range of expression. Kellgren performs the climactic scene in which the mystery is solved in such a gripping manner that I seriously stopped what I was doing and just listened. Her performance throughout is phenomenal. I would love to hear more of her, and will probably continue listening to this series almost entirely because of her superior narration. Well done!

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Good Story, Annoying Narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-13

The story is a good solid science (biology) fiction lark, with just enough detail to seem plausible-ish, and enough suspense and sympathetic characters to fill in the gap. One drawback ... Since this is set in New York, I suppose the narrator really couldn't avoid using various New York accents to portray, and enliven, certain characters. But he didn't have to make them the most over-the-top caricatured accents for the "hard boiled" New York detectives. A minor complaint. This book is a good start to a solidly enjoyable series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Action!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-12

The mysteries and pacing are usually a little sedate in the Pitt novels, but this one really takes a turn for the thrilling in a number of scenes. Thomas and Charlotte (and Charlotte's sister) all venture into the scary back alleys of a rough-and-tumble London slum called The Devil's Acre. The characters are a little more colorful than usual, since the plot takes us outside the neat and tidy upper class society of Victorian London. As usual, Perry addresses a tangential issue within the novel, and this time it is the question of prostitution and exploitation of women in the lower classes, as well as the intersection of the lower and upper classes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Plot, Interesting Corollary Issues

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-12

This novel was more interesting to me for the side issues that it brought up, than for the main plot itself. The mystery of a young boy's death and sexual abuse is at question, and Inspector Pitt meets resistance on all sides in finding the uncomfortable answers. As the author sometimes does, comments on social issues are made including homosexuality and equality in the justice system. It is an important message to remember today, that everyone deserves an unbiased investigation and a fair trial, whatever their social class, employment, or personal habits. The question of homosexuality was more indelicately treated, and it seemed to me that more often than not "homosexuality" was taken as a synonym for "homosexual abuse of children". I believe this was written in the 1970's, so maybe we should forgive the author this clumsy oversight as an artifact of the times; but it stood out to me as a mischaracterization, and ironic in a book whose secondary message was unbiased treatment and fairness. Overall, the plot was good and a little more who-dunnit than some of her other novels ... the evidence and all the characters and motivations are there from early in the story, and it is only for the reader to unravel them. Often Perry's novels rely on last minute plot twists that would be impossible for the reader to have known or understood, making it impossible to guess the outcome of the mystery before the crucial information comes to light. The narration was, as always, excellent. Davina Porter is a master, and brings a very human touch to all of the characters.

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Strong Storyline, Pleasant Plot Twists

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Rutland Place is one of the stronger books in the early part of this series. The characters are sympathetic and believable, but also compelling without being over-the-top or just plain dastardly. It's not as action packed and some of the other novels about Inspector and Mrs. Pitt, but I was never bored. The plot centers on Charlotte Pitt's mother and deals with the general theme of woman's dependence on the men in her life, including marital dissatisfaction, a widow who doesn't wish to remarry, and the intricacies of a sibling relationship. As usual, the mystery is solved by an 11th-hour revelation; so if you enjoy sleuthing and sifting through various clues doled out by the author, this mayb not exactly be the book for you. But if you like character-heavy detection and being carried along the current of the story to see where it leads you, then you will enjoy Anne Perry's style. As always, Davina Porter does a masterful job narrating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful