• Duke of Knight

  • Gentlemen of Knights Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Johns
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to a new series by nationally best-selling author Elizabeth Johns. Enjoy the extraordinary tale of four Knight brothers, and one little sister in the Gentlemen of Knights. 

Can a sharp-tongued governess become indispensable to a duke? 

Rowley Knight, Duke of Knighton, is too busy being a duke to bother with such nonsense as love. With three heirs, he is in no hurry whatsoever to succumb to the lures of the leg-shackles. He is content managing his siblings and estates, and avoiding society whenever possible. If he can only find someone to manage his young sister, life can go back to its proper order. 

Emma Lancaster's father gambled away her family's fortune leaving her hopes for a respectable marriage shattered. Destitute and near desperate, she accepts a position as a governess to a young lady at the recommendation of her godmother. Little does she know that her charge is the brother of the man she despises. Can she humble herself to become his employee? Or will her temper get the best of her - and him?

©2020 Elizabeth Johns (P)2020 Tantor

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New to Elizabeth Johns

Pleasantly surprised! A good read, wish it was longer and with Alex Wyndham narrating I really enjoyed the book. Through years of audible listening, I've become picky about the narrators because a poor narrator can ruin a good book. Alex Wyndham makes a good book better. I'm going to check out Elizabeth's other books!

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Cute, but ...

This is a nice clean story. The narrator makes it very interesting, and you keep waiting for those really important moments. But, when they arrive they don’t have that sparkle you are looking for that make you re-listen over and over again. Good book to listen if you are looking to pass the the time and entertain yourself. Very little romance a lot of yearning!

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Excellent story with incredible narration

First in a series of books about five siblings (four brothers and a sister) during the Regency era. Clean with a touch of danger and intrigue. Family dynamics are familiar to any era. Wonderfully performed by Alex Wyndham.

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what a great book. Alex is amazing again!

birth my husband and I really enjoyed this book. it has a good story line and great characters. we can't wait to get on with the next 2 books. oh and who doesn't want to go to sleep with Alex reading to you?

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Good series, Reader improves

I almost returned this, but glad I stuck with it. The series is good, book 2 had me laughing a lot. The reader initially made me fell anxious with his tone and pattern and I couldn’t get his pace. I slowed (never changed speed before) to .8x or .9x and finally settled on .9x speed and it was perfect. Once I settled in, I was glad as he’s a good reader with different character sounds and has a lot of emotion in his voice. I’m 2 books in at .9x speed and loving the series. I listen to a lot of historical romance and I really appreciate the way the author can build story, character, and tension without graphic scenes, I was able to listen to this one without having my pause button at hand around people lol. It was a nice change of pace. Looking forward to other books from this author and will definitely listen to this reader again. The Duke did start of haughty enough to deserve that voice lol. I really appreciate still hearing about the other characters in the following books, it was separate enough to be individual stories, but all together an extended family series.

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enjoyed it!

First book by this author. Looking forward to reading remaining three books. Alex Wyndham is a very good narrator!

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His intonation of the novel reminded me of the narration of Jack Webb in the American series Dragnet. Initially hard to listen to.

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  • 11-23-21

Spoiler alert - may be triggering to some

I enjoyed the story until the villain was revealed late in the story to be a human trafficker of women and young boys. The good guys consider what to do with him. Scandal must be avoided so the hero hopes to encourage him to leave the country. Not a feel good story at the end in my opinion. Narrator was great though.

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Exceptional

Alex Wyndham is one of my favorite narrators and he certainly didn't disappoint in this lovely book by Elizabeth Johns. Elizabeth Johns is such a gifted writer. Her characters always have depth yet are so relatable. In this book, there was humor, love of family & and beautiful romance-with just the right amount of intrigue.

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Great story....

I enjoy just about anything narrated by Alex Wyndham! I hope this book becomes a series.

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  • Morgan Windle (Morgan & Many Books)
  • 12-29-20

.... meh

It isn’t difficult to listen to thanks to Alex Wyndham’s narration—his voice and style makes almost anything a treat—but a very lacking love story made this book hard to invest in. When the ending comes I wasn’t quite sure how we’d gotten to a HEA... there was more spark between Edmund and Emma than her and the Duke. All the pieces were there for something quite good, but the execution fell rather short. Might return for later books in the series if AW continues to narrate, otherwise it’s a pass for me.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 03-19-21

Implausible

Prospective governess cum companion travels for days to her potential new employment in the company of her godmother who has recommended her to the prospective employer. At no time since being told of the prospective position does our heroine ask the identity of the employer........ My five year old grandson would ask who they're going to visit.

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  • TotesFab
  • 07-19-21

Brilliant brilliant brilliant

Ignore the naysayers - gorgeous hero who loves deeply
Wonderful heroine who I want to hug
Amazing family whom I now adore
Read all - you will feel the same xx

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  • Louize
  • 06-15-21

Appalling narrator

One of the worst narrators reading a simply dreadful book. It was pure Mills & Boon at its worst

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  • safran
  • 05-09-22

Discontent

Could not download from chapter 20 where it stopped most unsatisfactory not to know the end. A waste of money if you cannot finish it. Please let me know what to do?

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  • H.A.B.
  • 12-16-21

Terrible …

The story is weak -
The voice of the narrator is very pleasant but not for this story -
And the author - too much HE SAID, she said, he said she said …
something every school kid learns at school writing essays NOT to do …one experiences in this story

I am so glad I finished this book - BUT IT IS SUFFERING- and I only did this to be able to be objective in my review

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-17-21

Worth a credit

Finished listening in less than a day. Story is enjoyable and the narration is great!

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  • Carôle
  • 04-23-21

Good Story, Great Narrator

I discovered this series because I’ve now made it my duty to follow Alex Wyndham around. He seems to mostly narrate for historical fiction, and most of them are quite superior titles, thus far!

This is a good rendering. It’s set in Devon, so there’s no haute ton interaction: No Almack’s, no White’s, no Fencing Clubs, no Ton Parties or Balls etc. Notwithstanding that, there’s a good plot and personable characters. It may well be that all of the novels will be away from the upper one thousand as, only one of brothers is in London - if there is a story around the young sister, that may be a ‘typical’ historical romance.

This makes a pleasant change from that...

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  • Patricia D.
  • 03-12-21

Suspence and mystery

Loved it, was fast paced and did not disguise problems of Georgian England. satisfactory ending Well read.

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  • Revati
  • 11-28-21

major disappointment

it wasn’t until the end that i realised… ohhhh it’s a chaste romance. which is fine, if done well. this was not.

the main characters were fine. most of the story was fine. there was a gradual progression where they realise they have somewhat of an attraction for each other, but it certainly is never a strong one. somewhat intrigued with learning about each other at most.
their backstory’s are revealed slowly but it’s pretty obvious from the beginning. her story makes no sense - multiple wealthy family members prepared to help but she chooses to starve herself to the point of making a dangerous choice instead, but no explanation as to why.
his backstory is basically that he’s good, does good, doesn’t consider himself and that’s it. he’s meant to be protective of his sister but it absolutely comes off as controlling, and also unbelievable that he got to his age without understanding that ‘females’ experience puberty at some point. i can’t assume he was virginal. he’s also 100% cool with sending a well known nobleman slash head of a major pedophile ring to australia quietly as ‘punishment’, to avoid any scandal (not just for his loved ones but also for the ton and the other nobles who will have to deal with it). but, what, he takes his money and title and ‘skills’ to a new country where he can do the same thing to more innocent children? thanks, but i wouldn’t call this a good outcome.

the biggest problem was the ending. they have this slight attraction they haven’t acted on, no thoughts of being together in any real way, and then suddenly in one moment they both realise they’re in love and immediately marriage is understood. it just didn’t work. they went from 2 to 100 in three seconds and it was the most disappointing thing i’ve read in years.

alex wyndham was, as always, absolute perfection. he was the only reason i made it past the half way mark but even his talent could not redeem the way this story ended. i wish i could go back to the beginning where i realised his talent far exceeded the quality of the story and just get a refund. because this absolutely wasn’t worth the cost, and it wasn’t worth the time.