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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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    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 !!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Seattle WA USA 05-15-15
    Marc 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Booklady1 03-03-15
    Booklady1 03-03-15 Member Since 2017

    booklady1

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    "Great performance of a witty romance"

    I revisited this early James book in audio format after listening to all the later books in the various Duchess series. The narrator used the opportunity provided by the humorous aspects which she hasn't often had with other authors and I was fully satisfied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Keshishian 03-03-15
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    "slow start"

    I felt it took a long time for me to get into this book. Overall it was a nice love story. I always love Rosalynd Landor as a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    harp diva 02-02-15
    harp diva 02-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Had to give up after 30 minutes!"

    Couldn't really get into it. The characters are just SOooooo annoying. Wouldn't recommend it. I read the print book of this several years ago and after 30 minutes listening, remember why I never bought the audio book before this. Save your credits!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Jasper, AB, Canada 02-25-14
    Barb Jasper, AB, Canada 02-25-14
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    "It's all about the dialogue"
    Any additional comments?

    If you read much HR, you know there's a plot formula with variation coming from the characters. James is different from other HR writers because she emphasizes dialogue full of complexity and humour. The teasing leading up to the love scenes is lovely. Had to pay close attention in the first half as all the characters are introduced.I'm committing to the series.Gave narration 4 stars only because it didn't stand out (which is actually good - focuses you on the plot) and some of the male characters sounded a bit forced.

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    Herewegoyoga 05-18-17

    Avid audio book listener of romantic mystery and romantic adventures.

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    "5 Stars!"
    Where does Desperate Duchesses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rank in top 10. I will read the next in the series!


    What other book might you compare Desperate Duchesses to and why?

    Historical romance.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Rosalyn Landor does a great job. I will listen to more books from Rosalyn Landor.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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