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Publisher's Summary

An enthralling novel set in early 19th-century England, Paris, and New York, featuring an indomitable young heroine who rises from ruin to become the toast of Paris, by way of the chic bordello she establishes for the most powerful men in France.

Turned out of her ancestral home by her vicious half brother, the orphaned daughter of an English duke and a French noblewoman makes her way to Paris and takes in abused French streetwalkers, transforming them into sought-after courtesans in the city's most exclusive bordello, Le Boudoir. It is only the beginning of her return to the upper reaches of society and ultimate justice.

©2017 Danielle Steel (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Great book!

If you like Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this book. Could not stop listening to it.

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  • Tina
  • WILMINGTON, OH, US
  • 05-18-18

Fenris reads!

Gideon Emery's performance is perfection. His character voices are varied, and his pacing is moderate. It's like having Fenris read a bedtime story to Hawke. But, Varric would have written a much more interesting story.

I thought I was getting a romance novel by the "great" Danielle Steele. The writing is repetitive and there isn't any sex!!! NONE! The love interest doesn't even show up until the last 1/10th of the book. The character of the Duchess is a feminist. That's about the only good thing I have to say about it. Reminiscent of Downton Abbey, with less interesting characters.

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Provides nice fantasy escape

While I really enjoyed this story initially, the way the author continued to remind us how beautiful Angelique is and how smart she is and how people are drawn to her and want to be near her was very repetitive. I understand that in the beginning it is necessary to help set the tone of the story and to repeat it again later for certain situations is one thing, but every time a new characters relationship was discussed the entire thing was repeated over and over. Otherwise the story was grand and wonderful...the ending, superb.
I really enjoyed this narrator and enjoyed his many voices for the various characters. I have had quite a bit of experience with audio books in the past that have not been this pleasant.

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Awesome

Loved the storyline and the narrator did a fabulous job! When do we get a sequel?

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Good Read

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the "The Dutchess". I would have changed the love interest of Angelique. I had her ending up with someone more European, but all in all, I really enjoyed the book. Would be great if there were a sequel to this book.

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Keeps you guessing!

I couldn't stop listening. Right when you thought you knew what was going to happen, there was a curve ball. Great story.

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Granny Dan may take a side seat to this one!

As a dance teacher my favorite book by DS has always been Granny Dan however this title will be a very , very close second if not right beside on the "favorite shelve" !

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Engrossing book

I loved this book. The main character keeps you rooting for her as she faces numerous struggles. Danielle Steel is one of my favorite authors.

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Emotional

I had every emotion you can have while listening to this book. The revenge was wonderful.


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Entertaining

Lots of repetitive language in the begin. Events are a bit outrageous but holds your interest and an easy listen!

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  • Lesley Owen
  • 08-13-17

another great book

Lovely listen never tired of the story. Great once again. can't wait to start my next one right away.

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  • sunglo
  • 08-11-17

Feel good book

Really enjoyed this book. DS can sometimes be a little predictable, this book wasn't. It had some twists and turns and was a very enjoyable read.

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  • Jennifer Ginda
  • 07-19-17

absolutely spellbinding book and storyline! great!

wonderful book...top notch storyline and felt like I was taken back in time.Yet again another fab book by Danielle steel

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  • Joan
  • 07-02-17

Danielle has still got the touch!

If you're a fan then you won't be disappointed with The Duchess as it romps along at a good pace travelling from England to France to New York and has the usual twists and turns. One of her historical novels, and I prefer her contemporary ones, but the skill is to keep her listener entertained and that is exactly what Danielle Steel achieves. Now that I have finished this book I find myself thinking about the characters and missing them. The heroine can be a bit too good to be true and the coincidences are sometimes far fetched but on the whole I got what I wanted, a jolly good story that took me away from everyday life for a couple of days. The narrator was excellent. We don't usually get a British reader! And his American accent was superb as were all his many character portrayals. Well done. Danielle is prolific, and writes a few books each year. I recommend this one and eagerly await my next feel good fix.

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  • MRS A D POOLE
  • 09-05-18

Mediocre at best

Another novel rustled off. Not in the same league as her older Novels. These days you get an occasional exceptional story from Ms Steel but sadly this wasn't one of them. Gideon Emery a fabulous narrator.