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Publisher's Summary

A Kirkus Prize nominee with five starred reviews! A New York Times best seller!

2018 Audie Award® nominee for Best Male Narrator!

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR and the New York Public Library!

"The queer teen historical you didn’t know was missing from your life.” (Teen Vogue)

"A stunning powerhouse of a story." (School Library Journal)

"A gleeful romp through history." (ALA Booklist)

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

Don't miss Felicity's adventures in The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, the highly anticipated sequel!

©2017 Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Even better than I expected...

This was a wonderful book that took me by surprise with its humor, well-paced plot, and memorable characters. I took a chance on it, and I am so glad I did. The fact that characters felt flawed and real, yet didn't irritate me, was a refreshing change from other books I have picked up recently. I recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, fun read.

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My absolute FAVORITE audio book ever

Christian Coulson does such a fantastic job performing this book that I cannot express how glad I am that I decided to listen to it rather than read my physical copy. Not only is it an amazingly well written story, full of excitement and heartache and love, but Coulson brings Monty and all the other characters to life in a way that my own mental adaptation could not. It's an absolute must listen and a definite read.

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  • LAXMAMA
  • NEW YORK, NY, US
  • 09-11-17

Fun story BRILLIANT Narration

I enjoyed this YA story, it was a fun story, witty and cute. I am glad I finally got to it, but I am so happy I listened to the audio the narrator was brilliant he just nailed it, sometimes a bad narrator can ruin a book this is actually the first time for me the narrator improved the story. I don't think I would have enjoyed the humor as much if I was reading it.

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  • David
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 08-29-17

A blend of humor, adventure, and romance

Where does The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While not the best audiobook I've listened to, it is one of the more enjoyable. The scenarios were humorous, the characters were well realized, and the plot blended enough elements well that I will come back to this story sometime.

Which character – as performed by Christian Coulson – was your favorite?

Felicity was a real stand out. You got a very good sense of her wit, the way she was reacting to the world, and her complicated relationship with her brother.

Any additional comments?

One of the things that is wonderful about this book is its diverse cast, showing that history was as complicated (with many of the same issues) as today. Our main character is bi and lecherous and actually suffers the consequences of his action. His best-friend/love-interest is biracial and suffers from epilepsy. Felicity is wickedly intelligent at a time when intelligence in women was not necessarily prized, and is struggling with society's expectations of her. The three play off each other well, and all grow in their own way. I recommend this book.

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Must Read

Loved it so much. Witty, fun and romantic. Plus the performance was amazing. I couldn't put it down.

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Wonderful!

This book was so good! I'm going to get the physical copy due to how good it was.

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Good story, masterful narration!

Maybe you’re not into YA titles. I wasn’t. Maybe you’re not into historical fiction, the 1700s, pirates, or some other thing that may cause you to pass this book over. Do yourself a favor and let all of it go and get this book. If you like fiction, good storytelling, adventure, humor, and really, truly, outstanding, narration, you will like this book.

The writing is good, the characters are intriguing, but the narration is superb. Different character voices, different genders, different accents, check. But the narrator goes so far beyond that, he gives us nuance, mood, atmosphere, as well as the very marrow of the main character.

Listening to this narrator is like sitting in a tent in the woods, it’s raining, and your best friend is telling you a story so good, and so well, you hope it lasts until dawn.

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You won’t regret listening to this masterpiece

First thing first, it was music to my ears listening to Christian Coulson narrate this book. If you are like me, you find it hard to pay attention to audiobooks; however, I found no such thing with this book. I love the cheekiness of the sister, but most of all, I love the dynamic of Percy and Monty(Henry). On a spiritual level, I feel like I would get my gang in as much trouble as Monty does. This book dives head first into topics from sexuality to abuse. Note, if you are homophobic, this is not the book for you. While listening to this book I felt immersed in Monty’s world and overall give this book an 4.75/5!!!!!

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Complete surprise

This book was a refreshing surprise to the modern day tales we are constantly bombarded with. Absolute delight to read.

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💜💜💜

adored this beyond belief, amazingly read and a fantastic story 💛 couldnt put it down, I highly reccomend

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  • Jamie
  • 07-18-17

Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful

One of the best books of the year. A hilarious romp of a historical novel, enough danger, magic and adventure to keep me on the edge of my seat, and brilliant, brilliant characters who aren't so much flawed as painfully, adorably real. I couldn't help love Monty even when he was being an idiot, selfish or completely ridiculous, or even all three at once. The side characters and the relationships between them were fantastically portrayed and really made the book. Also, outstanding handling of diversity in a setting and era where being anything other than white, male and preferably rich was subject to varying but usually horrifying levels of prejudice. It covered some really heavy, tough issues without ever coming across preachy or derailing the story and honestly, some of the hardships faced by the characters, especially Percy, brought me close to tears.

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  • Lis
  • 08-22-17

A wonderful listen

Monty is a little hard to like to begin with but I did warm up to him. I loved Percy and Felicity and their adventure in Europe was a lot of fun. The narrator's voice was perfect and enhanced the experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-18

Abso-bloody-lutely brilliant!!!!!!!

I liked everything about this book, it was a riot from start to finish! I don’t normally laugh out loud at books, with this one, I very much did, ALL THE WAY THROUGH!

The narrator was perfect! He suited Monty so well, and, he gave a voice to all the other characters, not over the top at all! Just, a perfect narrator for the time of the story and the character!

I fell in love with Monty, Percy and Felicity straight away! They all have strong, different, amusing personalities and I just rooted for all of them!

The love story within the book was.... beautiful! I just shipped Monty and Percy from the beginning! I had such a smile on my face at the end as well as a few happy tears!

Very action packed, didn’t expect half the things that happened, but, you just need to go with it!!!

Want a funny, lovely, action packed story? READ THIS BOOK!

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  • Katie Stewart
  • 07-15-17

One of the best audio books I've ever listened to.

The narrator was amazing and perfect as Monty's voice and for the story set in the 1700s. This is the feel good adventure novel with a great set of main characters, all three of them distinctive and real. The language is creative and humourus, and I was smiling and laughing the whole way through it. Would highly recommend.

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  • B
  • 10-06-18

Brilliant in every way!

The best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. Not only that, but it saved my sanity during a temp job sitting for 12 weeks sorting resources in a cupboard! For sanity saving reasons alone this will always hold a special place in my heart. And I do believe Monty is now my favourite fictional character of all time. Not to mention the glorious voice acting skills of Christian Coulson which are second to none!! I’ve listened to this at least a dozen times now.

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  • cusoon
  • 08-01-18

A wonderful adventure

This is the first book (of many) I’ve read that has a truly enjoyable storyline with a wholesome gay subject matter. The characters are wonderfully woven together and the narration is superbly rendered. Hopefully this is the first book of many

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-18

Made me fall in love w/ a person I havnt even met!

This story was fantastic in more ways that one! Love, Adventure and even tears... Brilliant!

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  • Oda Amalie Rogne Vik
  • 07-24-18

Couldn't put it away!!

Finished the whole thing in (nearly) one sitting, which hasn't happened for several years! Absolutely incredible narrator!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-18

WONDERFUL

sweet bubbly story, great beach/airplane read
Much fun - however certain parts are ever off into lectures and felt very forced

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  • Robert
  • 06-21-18

A Rattling good yarn.

If you enjoy outrageous behaviour in extreme coupled with insulting the crowned heads of Europe, then this is the book for you. Entwined with the theme is a touching love story which endures. There were times when I dreaded the possible outcomes, but it all came out right in the end.

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  • Katie
  • 03-24-18

So bloody brilliant

The blurb for this book does not do it justice! I was not expecting to go on such an amazing journey of scandal, romance, highwaymen, Spanish prisons, magical alchemy hearts, pirates and more. Im going to have a book hangover for a while after this one. I truly wish that I could be friends with Monty, Percy and Felicity. Theyve left an imprint on me.

The naration.... my goodness it could not have been more perfect! So so good, each character given their own perfect tone, and read so beautifully. I am going to miss the sound of his voice in my ears. I can not recommend this book enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-18

good book

it's a good book narrator sounded bit old for the protagonist over all the writing is good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-18

Abso-bloody-lutely a must read.

Finally found a book that I could confidently say "One of my favourite book of all time"—probably my favourite—I know because, there was no hint of lazyness to re-read it immediately—like felicity and her book.

This book is packed with just everything I want in a book;

-It's a History Novel! (Gotta love my history!)
-Adventure
-Romance
- Fantastic Writting Style — Mackenzie Lee, Yo my girl!
-Strong/Intelligent Female Character (Okay, my adjectives for Felicity is definately an understatement—Well, I think all my adjectives for this book is going to be an understatement— this is just to give you a general Idea that, the second main character won't be like any female-just-acting-like-females in 17— she's amazing—okay another understatement.)
-Fast Paced
-Humour
-"Character complimenting plot" base book (Is this a thing? Like in every book I read, there is always a book that slides to a character based novel or a plot based novel, but this one, is too dang just right that it was never annoying!
-It's not dragged!! There is never a frinkin' pages or chapter I feel like tearing, all the pages are so precious!

I'm still smiling after re-reading this novel, and call me crazy but, definately going to read it again! 💃💃

Though the only issue I've had with this book is, I can never read it in public again—had a fair share of embarssment, mainly because I can't stop smiling like a madman—and my attempt to not dance with ecstacy has been rather disastrous, might as well strip me naked.

but, other than that, It's sublime.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-18

My favourite book. Ever.

This book was an adventure to read. Literally. It has pirates, magical cure alls, character development, POC representation, bisexuality representation, a hella good narration, AND a heartbreakingly beautiful love story to last a lifetime. The way Christian reads the story makes you feel like it's not being read at all, but that you're a happy little confidant along the whirlwind adventure they have through europe. And the descriptions are to. die. for. It's like narrative poetry the way the descriptions are written and there are a LOT of them. Do yourself a favour and read this wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-18

Amazing and full of humour

This book was an absolute whirlwind of humour love and adventure. Historical fiction is not one of my favourite genres but this book completely captivated my mind and there was never a dull moment I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a laugh and a bit of excitement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-18

I couldn’t stop grinning

Simply a feel-good romp from start to finish. The protagonist is an incredibly witty and charming narrator, and he spins a story full of romance and adventure. The plot is interesting and unexpected, and the cast of side characters are equally enchanting. The love story made my heart sing. A truly enjoyable read with wonderful narration by Christian Coulson. I’ll be coming back to this one over and over, for sure.

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  • Rosek
  • 07-06-18

Fantastic!

One of the rare books out there that are very well written. It takes a few chapters to get into the story but when it does ~ its an exhilerating ride. Great written characters, character growth, story structure, romance, action and adventure and some helarious and sassy dialogue and descriptions. A very well rounded and soundly structured story. I loved it.

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  • Kialynne
  • 06-12-18

Highwaymen and High Seas

I highly recommend this fun jaunt and especially the audio version. It makes Monty come alive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-18

The Stars Aligned

God has blessed us all with this amazing audiobook. Great Story, Great Voice Actor, and overall Enjoyable and Educational.

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  • Mikol99
  • 04-13-18

Cracking jaunt told with superb narration

This is a great tale told with such unencumbered relish true virtue lies in the blissful sound of this narrators voice. A wonderfull romp, of charm, unrequited passion and incredible illusion. This book is a sure must for recreational reading, bringing gaiety, mystery and suspense into ones life with a bloody good story.