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Publisher's Summary

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed... what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

©2011 Eloisa James (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Loved it!

Loved the spin on the story but have to admire, I loved the narrator! Simply fantastic!

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Cantankerous Doctor Meets His Match

What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

She does a nice job differentiating between the characters and can adequately do various accents.

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This is my first Eloisa James book, and I plan to listen to more due to how much I liked this book. James took well-known stories and characters (Beauty and and Beast; Dr. Gregory House) and made them fit the regency romance genre. Oftentimes, protagonists of this genre are constrained by the the dynamics of their time, but James defied many of these boundaries by making Piers a practicing doctor and Linnet more than a bombshell with an inclination towards reading. I was drawn to the main characters, thought the minor characters supported the story and major characters well, and found the story consistently captivating. I also appreciate when minor details have accuracy, such as how James used Scarlatina and its effects as a plot point in this book. A solid win and definitely worth a credit.

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Is this a historical romance?

The behavior and situations depicted in this story were far too modern. Starting with the servants over familiar, argumentative interactions with the female protagonist, who was the daughter of a Viscount and with the male protagonist, who was the son of a Duke. Then the protagonists engaged in an affair with out any qualms. And don't let me get started with the heroine's father and aunt. They are despicable.

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My favorite audiobook to date!

Full of witty and sassy dialogue! I loved both main characters- masculine and feminine as it should be. Lots of tension and steamy romance. You will not regret getting this! It's worth three credits! Not to mention the narrator is my all time favorite- the men sound like men and the women sound like women.

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House of Comedy

What did you love best about When Beauty Tamed the Beast?

This story of When Beauty Tamed the Beast was actually a very simple and straight forward one, yet it was so fast past with such clever script that you had to pay attention to keep up. The author followed a well laid out plan, concise ideas that were well executed and extremely well written. To really appreciate this book and get the most out of it, don't focus on the story line and unfortunate circumstances of our main characters. Instead pay attention to the confrontations between everyone in this book, the arrogant and provoking genius of Piers who challenges everyone around him, even while he mocks.

What did you like best about this story?

The extraordinary use of sarcasm to create a solid comedy. The story tackled real issues in old times, by emphasizing the ridiculousness of peoples perceptions by exaggerating them. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is in my opinion the main focus of the story, more so than Linnet. He is the mocking tone that keeps this story together and distinguishes it from other romance comedies set in this era.

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

I must say that Susan Duerden's voice over ability is excellent because it's not often that I find women who execute male voices so convincingly and with so much depth and character. In all honesty I purchased the kindle (read) version but due to time restraint I listened to the entire book using audio (during my commute to and from work). This makes it difficult for me to say whether the audio had more to offer than the text version.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If insult is the cure, Dr. Piers is your man.

Any additional comments?

I believe that the author's notes also play a large role on the attitude I took going into this. Whether you read it before or after, understanding what she was trying to do by combining a favorite fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast' together with her favorite series 'House M.D' (more to the point, Houses' quirky and relentless character) made it easier for me to set the stage and relate to the characters.

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Even better than the book

The narrator made this book come alive. I loved reading this book and didn't think it was possible to be even better in audio. Susan D. is incredibly talented. Her male voices are masculine and her repertoire of voices is almost unlimited. She and this book were a true pleasure to listen to for hours on the drive to work.

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Loved Beauty and the Beast story

I really loved the story by Eloisa James. Both main characters were a joy to listen to. Naration also was good.

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i wished it was longer it's the first time i finished audiobook in two days. Totally love it

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Great Adaption!

I really love this version of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Elosia gives it her own quick by adding a 'Dr. House-like' hero for us to root for. The narrator did a wonderful job and it was a pleasure to listen to.

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Not expected and wonderful!

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An old romance with a new new twist at every turn. Great characters to love and to irritate you. Well written dialogue. Steamy love scenes. Modern feel but true to the historical theme. Wonderful narrator. Total enjoyment.