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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Narrated by: Christian Coulson
Series: Montague Siblings, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,222 ratings)

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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

Editorial Review

Christian Coulson is easily one of my favorite narrators, and I desperately need him to narrate more books! With a little bit of adventure, mystery, and romance, this story has something for everyone.Michael D., Audible Editor

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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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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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  • 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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a little bit frustrating

I loved everyone except the main character really. He was at times charming and at other times insufferable. I liked the style of narration and the tone, it was fun. It had a ton of character. But MONTY!!! Monty......I don't blame him for how he is. but as someone who is not a man or white... it was frustrating to watch him to be completely blind to the struggles of anyone but himself. He was constantly insensitive to his sister and friend..... the well intentioned white knighting was difficult to sit through sometimes.... and wanted to be thanked for being a good and decent person.. its a bit much and a bit too real and not in an enjoyable way....

He's set up for character growth... and he did grow, but it didn't quite feel real or monumental... it was like everyone around him existed for him to learn more about the world but they didn't seem to get much besides a wild adventure and. thats not a bad thing but. It just wasn't for me.

I do like how its written so I'm curious about how the next book will be because I adore Felicity and I feel like a journey with her would be enjoyable... but she also has some learning to do about the world... her 'of the time' feelings about love and who people love felt strange, considering how ahead of the times she was about learning....

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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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💜💜💜

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

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Race and sexuality in unusual spotlight for historical fiction

This was fun YA fare, and I loved that not all the characters were straight or white. Of course the treatment of non-white, non-straight characters was not historically accurate, but it was nice to read something with some happiness to it. The narration is fantastic. For teens interested in romance, there is lots if sexual tension with very little action. For pre-teens, some of the sexual tension may cross over into confusing or fabulous territory (depending on the listener). The main characters yearn, and their bodies react with their emotions.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-19

A romantic adventure

Absolutely the best male/male romantic adventure novel I've ever herd, well performed and not at all to seedy or sexual (but this book is no prude) 😂

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  • ahumph292
  • 06-04-19

Not for me

I was wanting to enjoy this book, but couldn't. Somehow it felt like it was trying too hard. But I am glad it gives lots of other people enjoyment.

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  • Beth
  • 05-03-19

Exciting & Wonderfully Narrated

I really enjoyed Christian Coulson's narration of this book and loved the book itself! I felt like the characters were developed throughout the book, with more details about them being unravelled as you listen.
Definitely a must listen for me! Haven't been this engulfed in a book for a long time

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  • superstevie
  • 03-10-19

Funny, witty, great characters

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were great fun, the story was light-hearted, and the narrator was just brilliant. I loved the fact the main character was bi. Thoroughly enjoyed it, will listen to again.

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  • Emma
  • 03-05-19

hilarious, well read, heart renching and fun!!!!

I'm listening to it again. Beautiful fun imagery, the characters are real and gritty with an excellent realness in emotion. for anyone who uses humour as a defender mechanism this is a realistic rendition of how it feels! I love it.

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  • Skanxsta
  • 02-12-19

Love this! Beautiful, vivid imagery and characters

Fell absolutley in love with this book, hilarious and heartbreaking narration from the troubled protagonist. You will fall in love with this beautiful story!

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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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  • James
  • 02-17-19

Highly enjoyable fluff!

This was a highly engaging and satisfying historical LGBT romance, which morphs into a transcontinental caper partway through. Being a young adult book, it's horny, but not explicit, which I think is a slight shame; a sex scene or two wouldn't have gone amiss. The adventure caper elements at first seemed to be there just to break up the romantic elements, which I think is a good idea (a full-length romance with no breaks, like 'Call Me By Your Name,' can be a little too heady for me), but the caper ended up being the focus of most of the story. It's quite a good caper though, with layered twists changing the stakes regularly, and a variety of colourful settings and characters. The story also has very modern social sensibilities regarding race and gender and so forth, and it does a pretty good job of not seeming too anachronistic about it. The narrator's perspective of well-meaning but ingenuous white male privilege is well-portrayed. On the subject of the narrator, I recognised in him many of my own worst impulses toward selfishness and insensitivity toward loved ones, making him very relatable to me, and quite literally making his development a guide to virtue, as promised by the title.

Christian Coulson, who was the original Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, (!) is a perfect narrator for this story. He brings an Eton boy, received pronunciation quality that is entirely appropriate to the character, and he has a frankly very surprising amount of range for all the other characters, making them all sound distinct, sometimes very subtly, and managing convincing French, Catalan, and Spanish accents to boot.

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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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  • Genevieve
  • 05-05-19

Wonderfully suited narrator

Brilliant narrator, this story really suited being read aloud. A wonderfully arrogant dandy travelling with his clever, medially minded sister - what more could you want? Final climax fell a tiny bit short but loved everything else.

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  • Renee Marchin
  • 04-02-19

Amusing adventure story

The narrator perfectly portrayed the main character, I cannot fault the performance. The first few chapters didn't grab my attention, but it got more exciting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-30-19

Laugh Out Loud Amazing!

The best Audible I have listened to by a mile. The story was well written, witty and hilarious- Mackenzi Lee did a fantastic job of creating the characters of Monty, Percy and Felicity. It was like you were right along with them on all their adventures. However, Christian Coulson as the narrator, really brought the characters to life. I will never be able to read this story (as I have the hard copy as well) without listening to him narrate it. They are synonymous, forever and always. I even listened to it back to back, it was that good. If you are undecided whether or not to listen to this book, I will make it for you..... DO IT, you will not be disappointed. Best bloody $14.95 of my life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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.