The Desirable Duchess

Dukes and Desires, Book 1
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: Dukes and Desires, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.1 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lovely Alice Lacey was a true incomparable, and her marriage to the Duke of Ferrant was the event of the season. Almost no one realized, however, that Alice was secretly in love with someone else - or that she had confided her feelings to a clever talking mynah bird who announces these intimacies at the moment of the couple's wedding.

Now the gossip mongers are relentless. Alice's marriage started out, and has remained, cold and impersonal, and her new husband is already rumored to be taken with another woman.

Before she even realizes what is happening, Alice finds herself in a world of opposites: The man she thought she loved is something other than he seems; and the man she married, something far more than she hoped. Her last hope and redemption has to be convincing the man she wedded that they are in love.

©1993 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 AudioGO

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Least favorite narrator ever

This is my least favorite narrator. I would not have grabbed this book if I had bothered to look at the narrator. She always sounds like she's at death's door. Also way too breathy, shaky, and guttural.

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Narrator is the worst.

I love MC Beaton Regency book series - just finished both Poor Relation and House for the Season - but this is very hard to listen to. The narrator has a terrible fake accent and does a constant vocal fry. When I start to get into the story her choice of pronunciation of a word or an extremely creaky moment in her voice takes me right back out again. I looked her up and she's supposed to be known for her great accents, judging from this book I have no idea why anyone would think so. There's a part where she says the word, "tears" and it took me a minute to even understand the word.

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Desirable Duchess

I liked this book, yes the theme is not new but the story is good. The heroine matures and learn the worth of her husband. The attempted murder on the duke add a bit of suspense to the story. Over all I liked it.

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Remarkable entertaining

My first book by this author and I was very very surprised. Extremely engaged in the story I did not sleep . The narrator Ms Eyre does an excellent job and I actually chose this story because I truly enjoyed her narration in another series that I genuinely enjoyed. She plays out each characters voice very well. As for the story, I loved the absolutely young and foolish character of Alice who the author kept innocent but not stupid. I love the way her naivety does not keeps her unwise, and how the author developed her to come to a place of wisdom and understanding as she learns the ways of the world. Well done. I will highly recommend this sense and sensibility adaption. Very interested in Ms Beatons other work.

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Vapid, characterless pap

Reading a few Heyers does not constitute a sufficient background for writing a historical novel. As well as being criminally inaccurate in details and tin-eared in tone and dialogue, the characters are flat, inane, and stupid beyond belief. The best things I can say are that the narrator has an attractive voice, and that listening to this sludge did not actually cause physical injury.

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Too formulaic

This story of jealousy & misunderstandings plus miscommunications is not new nor is it told in an intriguing manner. Justine Eyre’s fine performance definitely helped but can not overcome the overall weakness.

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Not steamy or sexy and i want my money back!

This book was supposed to be steamy and sexy and it was boring boring boring . hated the f****** main character her husband Suck suck suck I want my money back