• The Dreadful Debutante

  • The Royal Ambition Series, Vol. 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Arranging a season for an unruly young lady whose habit is to enter drawing rooms by sliding down banisters presents a challenge at best - especially since the hoydenish Mira has a sister of incomparable grace and beauty.

Mira isn’t at all daunted by the local society and its ridiculous marriage mart. Her heart belongs to Lord Charles, who has been the object of her dreams ever since she was a child. But alas, Charles has eyes only for her ever-perfect sister, Drusilla.

Along the sidelines, the Marquess of Grantley enjoys Mira’s jealous antics - although pushing her sister into the fountains has practically ruined her social cachet. It is up to him to restore her to respectability and make her an eligible bride once again. When he succeeds, however, the lovelorn marquess will begin to wish he had left well enough alone.

©1994 Marion Chesney (P)2014 AudioGO

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“Cozy” romance

A “cozy” romance in the style of cozy mysteries. Sweet, all loose ends wrapped up, a few twists and turns and a little drama but no angst, sex, or swearing. I like all those things in the right novel, but this was quite enjoyable for its genre.

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Predictable but loved it

I have loved all of Marion Chesney's novels. There are characters you root for and others you despise. I like that they are well developed and always a good happy ending. Some times you just need that.

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Fun fluffy read

Sometimes you just want have a happy cheerful story to be a nice diversion. This is fun. It isn’t the best ever but certainly it is worth a listen.

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Always fun!

When I want a light, fun, feel good read, MC delivers. She adds wit into her stories. I love her romance books.

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Enjoyable, lighthearted historical romance.

Where does The Dreadful Debutante rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Dreadful Debutante was a light read. The characters were interesting and the dialogue was fun to listen to. A nice audio book to listen to at the end of the day. Nothing heavy or too dramatic or vulgar.

Have you listened to any of Lindy Nettleton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Lindy Nettleton does a great job narrating, as always.

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The dreadful debutante

I enjoyed the book until the end. It’s like it dropped off a cliff. It stopped and I kept thinking there was going to be more. If this is how the author ends her books, I wont be reading more from her. Am I missing something??

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mediocre

I really struggled to finish this book. I think the story could have been less whiney and the females less petulant. The ending was quite abrupt. I think this book has a lot of potential to be a really good story if more time and editing was done. I have to say I'm glad it was free. The narrator seems to me to be older and didn't fit the voices of the characters.

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One of my favorites

I have listened to this audio performance 3x in the past 6 months, not only because it’s in my library but I love Lindy Nettleton’s narrative. Her voice is so pleasing and her differentiating tone in character makes the story easy to follow. There are other narrators that my ear cannot handle and therefore I can’t enjoy MC Beaton/Marion Chesney books on Audible. The main character Mira is one of my favorites because she can’t help but be herself despite the pushback from family and peers. This Audiobook is pretty delightful.

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The Dreadful Debutante

Delightful! Wonderful descriptions of the central character’s foibles, and the crazy adventures they have! So enjoyable!

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Narrator's female characters

Are so bad that it makes this feel as if it must be a joke. All of the female characters sound alike and sound as if they are old women. She does nice male voices but I think I will pass on any more books with this narrator.
This story is very predictable.

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