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The Proposition Audiobook

The Proposition

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Set amidst the glitz and glamour of high society Victorian London, The Proposition is an opulent tale of blossoming love.

Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class. From the start, she notices the way he looks at her. But what she doesn't yet realize is that as much as she is preparing him, he is preparing her for a place in his heart--and in his bed. Narrator Steven Crossley elevates the mounting passion of Ivory's prose, building tension with every breath and every sensuous word.

©1999 Judith Ivory, Inc.; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kristy BAKERSFIELD, CA, US 02-08-17
    Kristy BAKERSFIELD, CA, US 02-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "the proposition "

    just a fun, sweet, entertaining story....would totally read again. easy listening. Winnie is smart, sweet and Mick is hot, sexy and would love a sequel book.

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    Kindle Customer Araluen 12-12-15
    Kindle Customer Araluen 12-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A gender reverse of My Fair Lady"

    This is a gender reversal of Pygmalion or also more commonly known as the musical/ movie My Fair Lady. This being one of my favorite movies, I was extremely happy to come across this gem of a book! While the story does follow the basic formula of the movie it does have it's own unique flavor that suites it quite well.There are plenty of twist in the plot to keep those who know the story hooked and those who don't, well you'll be sure to be a new fan of an old classic. Not to mention it has a wonderful ending that was quite satisfactory albeit not very realistic (a bit of a far stretch) for the feel of the rest of the book. It is a lovely happily ever after ending though, that I secretly wish the movie had a bit more of. So perhaps that is why I adored it so much.

    It is a very sweet book with a touch of comedy, some sexual tension, and plenty of romance. It is one of those books where the characters develop an adoration of one another through mutually getting to know one another via actions and spending time together. Definitely my favorite way for the H/h to fall in love.

    The characters are very well drawn out. They have their own little quarks and habits that make them very relatable and realistic. I could see them clearly and loved their personalities. Mick's transformation in itself was perfect in that his core character didn't change. He just grew as a man should, not without questioning his beliefs and goals, and making adjustments to get where he wanted to be as he changed in his understanding of the world. Jeez, I just love it!

    The narrator was fantastic as well. He told the story as it was meant to be read. Truly a pleasure and asset to the book.

    Not to mention there was a dog and a ferret. Lol, for me that really is like the whipped cream and cherry on top.

    Defiantly worth the listen!!!



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    Kathleen 04-03-15
    Kathleen 04-03-15
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    "More than expected"

    As the story began, I thought this was going to be another "Liza Dolittle" tale but it was far more than that. I like the occasional light story with simple entertainment. The Proposition fit the bill.

    Narration was good, especially going between a proper British accent and the tough Cockney accent. Though slightly predictable, the story and narration was thoroughly enjoyable b

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    D. Thomas Atlanta 03-16-15
    D. Thomas Atlanta 03-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly Fun"

    A very enjoyable listen. Laugh out loud funny yet an insightful study of behavior. As the end approached I couldn't stop listening!

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    Barb Jasper, AB, Canada 08-17-14
    Barb Jasper, AB, Canada 08-17-14
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    "A journey of introspection"
    Any additional comments?

    This will appeal to you if you like to immerse yourself in the minds of two main characters as they try to figure out their attraction to each other. There were a few cringe-worthy sexual tension scenes, but if you're a 'leg man', this will appeal to you! Overall, neat twist on Pygmalion theme. Overall narrator has a good 'booming' voice and did his job because I didn't actually like the hero on account of his language at the beginning (not very romantic), but by the end I had forgotten how he started out.

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    Christina Nebraska 05-06-14
    Christina Nebraska 05-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "my favorite book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read 2-3 books per week so naming The Proposition as my favorite is meaningful.
    I first listened to Judith Ivory's book several years ago. It was one of the most delightful, tender, laugh out loud funny books I've ever had the privilege of hearing.Steven Crossley's narration could not have been improved upon. I still smile remembering. Thank you Judith Ivory and Steven Crossly for such a treasure!


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    GLR Faribault, MN 03-26-14
    GLR Faribault, MN 03-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Little Different"

    I liked it. The fact that the heroine wasn't the typical drop dead beauty was a nice change of pace. The hero, while good looking, wasn't the typical rich, bored socialite either. That said it made for a good read with a small bit of mystery to keep you interested. My only complaint would be that the narrator does not do women's voices very well.

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    Skipper 01-24-14
    Skipper 01-24-14
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    "Loved it!"

    Unique Victorian romance. Loved it! Poignant, funny, smexy, with a secret suspense. Amazing narration by Steven Crossley. Just wow. However, he speaks a bit slowly, and the story itself includes few heart-thumping action scenes, so the pace feels a little slow.

    It's My Fair Lady / Pygmalion -- but the hero's speech is transformed, by the heroine. Excerpt:

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    "I look like a bloody lord, don't I?"

    Edwina cleared her throat. Well. Yes. And here stood another unwelcome bit of truth. The handsomest bloody lord she had ever seen was a ratcatcher wearing her father's outdated trousers, shirt, and vest, and wandering her house in the middle of the night.

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    Lady Edwina Bollash sees herself as a Plain Jane academic type, an unlovable linguist. Goodness knows why -- maybe it's the nose, or the spectacles. More likely, it's the fall-out from a cold, neglected childhood. At any rate, she's never garnered any interest in men and has stifled her dreams, become socially timid (the opposite of the hero).

    She has accepted a challenge to transform the brawny, rough, irascible, devilishly handsome Mick Tremore into a gentleman. Mhaha! He's a ratcatcher! A shrewd lewd ratter, with a ferret named Freddie and a terrier named Magic, helping him support 14 siblings in Cornwall.

    She must reduce Mickey's Cornish dialect, align his verbs and nouns, and teach him ton etiquette in just six weeks, so he can impersonate a Viscount and dupe a duke. (Deeper plot therein, with a twisty turn or two.)

    But Mick's got something to teach his teacher. His lessons begin with a trade. He will shave off his mustache if she will raise her skirt. Just a little...

    Loved this! Funny! Sexy. Sweet. Poignant, watching lonely Edwina blossom under Mickey's hot regard. Enjoyed the poignant scenes with his ferret, old Freddie.

    Contents include a few smexy scenes and some swearing.

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    Ann Gracemere, Australia 01-11-14
    Ann Gracemere, Australia 01-11-14
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    "A Great listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!
    Very smooth story with wonderful characters.
    So well brought to life by the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Proposition?

    One of the most memorable scenes.......there were several.........was the one in which Mick and Winnie struck their bargain.
    I laughed out loud more than once during this chapter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the bargain scene.
    This Author can really paint pictures with words, and can stir every emotion with her writing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this one....you are missing out.

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    karen Deland, FL 03-18-13
    karen Deland, FL 03-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Why a Duke? Why-a no Baronet?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I realize this is the type of thing that a lot of women like, but for me it was just too cliche. Ugly Duckling meets Pygmalion meets Librarian Takes Off Her Glasses and every man in the room suddenly realizes she is hot. The table dancing scene in the bar would have had me flinging the book at the wall if I had a hardcopy edition to fling. I'd rather that we had an ending where the issues of class and money weren't resolved in way that forced no one to make a hard decision.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Saw it coming a mile away.


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

    Everything worthwhile about my listen. I picked this book because he was the narrator. I'm never going to marry a duke, but I would love to marry Steven Crossley's voice and/or subscribe to its newsletter.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A heroine who wasn't scared of rats and mice and ferrets.


    Any additional comments?

    Meh. I enjoyed it on a certain level, but I'm going to look for more substantial fare read by Crossley.

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