• My Last Duchess

  • A Novel
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (363 ratings)

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My Last Duchess

By: Eloisa James
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
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Publisher's summary

New York Times best-selling author Eloisa James returns to the Wildes series with a prequel about the Wilde children's parents, Hugo, duke of Lindow, and Ophelia, Lady Astley. 

Every duke needs a duchess.... 

Hugo Wilde, the duke of Lindow, has a drafty castle, eight naughty children - and no wife. Ophelia, Lady Astley, has a fine house, one well-behaved daughter - and no husband. Hugo takes one look at Ophelia and loses his heart, but she doesn’t want more children or a castle. She takes one look at him and heads for her carriage. Desperate to find a duchess, Hugo identifies an appropriate lady to woo. Yet when he meets Ophelia again, the duke realizes that he will marry her or no one. 

Now he faces the greatest challenge of his life. He must convince Ophelia that their blazing sensuality, his exquisite castle, and his eight charming children add up to a match made in heaven. 

When duke finds his duchess, can he win her heart? 

©2020 Eloisa James (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Delightful!

A lovely prequel to the series, this book was just as fun to read as I'd hoped! This would be a pleasure to read whether you've read all of the other series books, or none at all.

The narrator did a lovely job as well. 😊

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the Wilde family

I'm quite sure I've read Eloisa James before but this time I have immensely enjoyed this book. I chose to read the prequel forst. looking forward to the rest of the series

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Dreamy prequel. As always great narration from Susan Duerden

My Last Duchess is a lovely prequel novella to the Wilde series. Hugo is a dreamy Hero and Ophelia a lovable and relatable Heroine. Love the inclusion of the rare, historical Frost Fair event. How magical a frozen Thames must have been! This book was a treat from start to finish.

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Charming and chock full of children

This was charming, although not what I expected. I figured a romance between two widowers who both have children would sizzle. After all, they could each dispense with etiquette and virginal propriety. However, the two intimate scenes were quite tame. I also figured the Duke would be all smolder and seduction, being a titled man with eight kids and a need for the right partner. However, I was surprised to find that he was the emotional, spontaneous one. Finally, I thought so many children in the mix would put a damper on the romance. However, I quite adored their presence here, perhaps because the narrator plays them so well. This was sweet, but not cozy and ultimately a lovely prequel that convinced me to move forward with the series.

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TERRIBLE narrator

This narrator is awful. All of the British narrators I've heard in the past sounded great, but this lady speaks like she's reading the news. EVERY sentence is a firm statement like she's reading a news report. Sometimes even in the middle of sentences she puts the inflection HARD on about every third word. It's hard to describe and it's even harder to listen to. I forced myself to listen to the story, because the storyline itself was interesting. Except for the long, long drawn-out sex scenes that I had to skip. Way too much detail. But the narrator is what kills the story for me. TERRIBLE performance.

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Why is this entertaining?

Predator and prey. A persistent man who doesn’t do what the woman asks when she tries to rebuff him. But low and behold, she suddenly falls at his feet when he forces himself on her.

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Great Read!

So happy to read an HR where children/childbirth are involved throughout the book...not in the epilogue. I thoroughly enjoyed this listen.
The narrator's voice is a little annoying at first, but I got used to it by chapter 3

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Good story....bad narration

I used to read a lot of Eloisa James romances and found her a talented story teller. Now I'm into audio books because of the flexibility. Ms James has been in the business long enough to know that the narrator can make or break a book. Ms. Duerden may be a good narrator by some standards, but not by mine. In this book, I liked the story, the flow, the characters and to some extent the dialogue. Unfortunately the narrator is in direct control of the dialogue. While I'd like to hear the other books in this series, I noticed that it's the same narrator for all the books. No thank you.

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Good story, bad narrator!

Although the story is solid, the narrator sounds like a computer. There's absolutely no inflection throughout or at the end of most of her sentences. I completed this book, but will not listen to any others with the same narrator. Truly bad. Truly unfortunate.

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Nice Distraction

I enjoyed it very much even if I doubt it in real life. It was still a nice distraction.

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