• Duke of Renown

  • Dukes of Distinction, Book 1
  • By: Alexa Aston
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Who doesn’t love a duke? How about five of them?

Welcome to best-selling author Alexa Aston’s new Regency romance series, Dukes of Distinction! These five aristocrats all come with nicknames polite society has bestowed upon them. Renown. Charm. Disrepute. Arrogance. Honor.

A woman with a broken heart... a soldier who never dreamed he’d become a duke...

Phoebe Smythe, countess of Borwick, suffers a tragic miscarriage when she learns her husband and young son have been killed in a carriage accident. The grieving widow retreats to an isolated cottage on the coast of Cornwall, where she finds a smuggler who’s washed ashore, blood leaking from a bullet wound.

Captain Andrew Graham returns home from the Napoleonic Wars after the death of his older brother, finding his father on his deathbed. Soon, he becomes the duke of Windham and must deal not only with numerous responsibilities, but his wayward half-brother, who has amassed a mountain of debt and shoots Andrew so he can become the new duke.

Andrew awakens to an angel of mercy, Mrs. Smith, a middle-class widow who nurses him back to health. She thinks he’s a criminal, which amuses him, but he soon falls in love with her beauty and spirit. On the day he decides to ask for her hand in marriage, she disappears, and he has no way to find her - until he spies her across a London ballroom.

Though her heart belongs to the Cornish smuggler she left behind, Phoebe places herself once more on the Marriage Mart. She yearns to be a mother again - which means finding a husband.

What will Phoebe do when she learns that her Mr. Andrew is none other than the famous Duke of Renown?

Find the answer in The Duke of Renown, book one in the Dukes of Distinction.

©2021 Alexa Aston (P)2021 Alexa Aston

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  • A.
  • 07-23-21

Enjoyed it

I was surprised about this book.I didn't expect to enjoy it. Narration was good. I recommend it.

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I kept thinking it was over and another chapter appeared. So it ruined it in a way.

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Not a repeat listen for me

I could not finish this book because the narrator was not to my liking and the dialog was immature. I cannot recommend and will not listen again.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 12-25-21

Hit and miss

Excellent and execrable in patches. The author should Google 'dukes' and she will discover that young, good-looking dukes are as rare as rocking horse poo. In this book, one trips over them. The narrator was OK.

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  • Claire
  • 03-18-22

loved the story

Loved the story,I love this kind of subject, but the narrator ruined it. His voice is quite irritating, its like he's reading a story to a child, and the steamy parts didn't sound steamy at all. Pity as his voice for the female characters is very good and his voice is nice and deep for the men, if only he wouldn't read them like he's reading a child's story.
I only bought this audio book because of the subject as normally I wouldn't buy any audiobooks narrated by Brain Gill. I will not be purchasing the rest of the series as they are all narrated by him. Pity as I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would have liked to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • Bev
  • 01-05-22

Enjoyed listening to this book

worth the credit to the start of this series, well norrarated and interesting start.
not of the steamy bits it will do for now..

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  • Gail
  • 07-15-21

A chapter out of order…it has been reported

Quite a nice story however the narrator mispronounces some words and dialogue is a little silly at times. This is the first time I have listened to this narrator and I have decided I’m not a fan of his female voice. I would not bother listening to it if these things bother you.