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In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.

©2011 Vickey Dreiling (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Dalia
  • Kuwait, Kuwait
  • 12-30-11

My first book for Vicky, not the last ;)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator needs to be more animated and needs to bring the characters moreto life

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the story most! And the dialogue , witty, humorous, and sensual <br/>I loved the characters , main and secondary

What about Elizabeth Jasicki’s performance did you like?

Her voice tone was good. But needs more animation an life

What would have made this romance irresistible?

The story was really new !

Any additional comments?

Would recommend this book for sure ! I'll go on and listen to the second book in this series

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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This Narrator Ruins The Story

I have been a member of audible.com for well over a year now and have downloaded several books over this time. I have developed a fondness for historical romances and for the most part, have thoroughly enjoyed the genre. However, to make an audible book work, it is essential to have an excellent narrator who can bring the story to life. The best narrators are really voice actors with an extensive repertoire of acting ability -- altering inflection, accents and subtle nuances which help to create in partnership with the listener, a theater of the mind. Early on I had the pleasure of discovering one of the best voice actors in this genre-- Rosalyn Landor. She is superior -- the timbre of her rich voice is reminiscent of fine cognac or warm honey. In addition, she has honed her craft to such an art form that few can come close to her vocal performance.

Unfortunately, Ms.Elizabeth Jasicki doesn't even come close. She plows through dragging every line with little emotion, such that I'm finding it difficult to even finish listening. Unfortunately I suppose I didn't listen closely enough to the sample or I would have skipped this one altogether. It's really terrible to listen to a story when the person sounds like they're reading it line by line as if by rote. There is no passion in her work at all.

Sorry to say my advice is to actually read the book -- you'll enjoy it more.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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An unexpected surprise

How to Marry a Duke


Author: Vicky Dreiling Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki

File Size: 530 KB Print Length: 436 pages Audio Length: 12 hrs 48min
Publisher: Forever; (January 1, 2011) Recorded Books
Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.
This is not my typical read. I usually avoid these types of books because they have the tendency to be very flowery and although they may be realistic to the times they aren’t very real to me. To my surprise I found this book for sale on audible and said…how bad it can be. Usually when I say this to myself I find myself very surprised and very much enjoying the story, this was not an exception. I enjoyed the story and laughed through all humorous parts and sighed through all the romantic ones. Typical also is the lack of SEX. I like sex, enjoy it very much, my three kids are proof and they still shout a resounding “Ewww” every time my husband takes two steps towards me. Anyway, Sex in these types of books can be very tricky; the author can end up making readers wanting much more or make the heroine look slutty for the times. Although, there were heated moments, the story did fall prey to the times it was written in and there is a lack of sex but the sexual tension between The Duke & Tessa is there in Spades. I love the characters. Tessa is not the typical swooning chit, for the times she is very smart, worldly and independent. The Duke, well I did want to shake him a few times, but he comes through in the end and turns out to be the perfect counterpart for Tessa.
Elizabeth Jasicki does an excellent job as narrator. Her accent is not forced and is not only British in nature but fits the aristocratic tones of the characters and the times. I hope she narrates the books that follow; she made it very enjoyable for me.
This story should serve as an example that we should never stick to the typical even when we read. We might miss something we will find remarkably enjoyable even though its not our typical taste.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nice story

What did you like about this audiobook?

The setting and the independence of the main female character.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

It was fiction - no real "subject matter"

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

It is a fun novel

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

She did not have much change in timber or pitch between characters. Not the best narrator I've listened to.

Do you have any additional comments?

It was a fun, easy listen. Could have done without the details of sexual engagements. Less graphic always better.

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loved it....

This is Book 1 in this series, Book 2 is " How to Seduce a Scoundrel".
It is no big deal to read them out of order. This was my 2nd book from the Author and have to say that I did enjoy both of Vickeys historical Romances. Elizabeth does a good job narrating.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mon
  • San Francisco, Ca
  • 03-31-12

The Bachelor - Regency Style

I really liked this book. It was fun, the characters were likeable, the speed courting and "The Bachelor" like comparisons offered just the right amount of cheezy fun. And of course the romance was just super enjoyable. The attraction between the main characters was layered and for that reason interesting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • TX, USA
  • 03-19-12

Wonderful story!

I was very apprenhensive about listening to this book but ended absolutely loving it. Very nice storyline and ending. I have never heard of this author but she did a great job, the book was so captivating I couldn't stop listening. Looking forward to more from her. The narrator also did a good job with the narration and voices. Very, very pleased!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • PERKASIE, PA, United States
  • 01-30-12

Just Okay

Unfortunately I listened to the second book in this series first and had high expectations of this one. This book was a bit laggy and laborious compared to it's follow up.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • J-9
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 01-09-12

Mimics Popular TV Show

This book mimics the TV show "The Bachelor" which means that it lost it's appeal for me. I thought the book was just okay. The narrator was okay, but doesn't really develop the characters with significantly distinguished voices. I thought this book was just okay.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I love books about Dukes

This book has a good story line if you like books about Dukes and Ladies. So of course I recommend this book. Gotta love stories with happy endings.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful