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Publisher's Summary

London 1814... Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.

Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn't meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She'll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she's been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.

As Drake's family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?

©2014 Callie Hutton (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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good story but bad narration

i loved the story and have found a new author, i couldn't distinguish male of female parts with the narration tho. very frustrating!

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Delightful

I enjoyed both story and the narrator and had no problem discerning the different characters. Well worth the listen.

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Other Reviews a bit too harsh on the Narrator

I saw reviews stating that Narrator Billie Fulford Brown’s narration. I have heard much worse. Her voice was not irritating in the least. I only questioned which character was speaking one time, it was a unimportant one word sentence. Her weakness is distinctive voices for each character. But, her emotional interpretation, e.g. frustration, humorous, sad, happy, were spot on. Long story short. I think the narrator being characterized as horrible is over the top and a bit unfair.

The story was very good. Funny and very likable characters. The h cried once or twice too many times for me. But, no matter. I enjoyed the story very much.

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Narration ....

The narration is just.... bad. Voices are all similar and the male lead is more feminine than the females. It was a truly cute story, although I felt like some of the details were so persistently stressed that it was a bit like beating a dead horse...

But... and it’s a big but, I managed to just listen for a second time. What does that say about my tolerance for squeaky irritating narrators?

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Voices were distracting

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the whole story and had already read it. I bought the audio version to listen to when I couldn't sit down and read.

What didn’t you like about Billie Fulford-Brown’s performance?

I didn't like the different voices. Penelope's American accent sounded over-emphasized and was annoying, Drake sounded too stuffy all the time, and his mother sounded like she was 100 years old.

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Narration was aweful, but the story was worth it.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator does a horrible job, which is really sad, because the story is good.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was a cute and easy story. The mother-in-law was insightful.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Billie Fulford-Brown?

Anyone else.

Could you see The Duke's Quandary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

There are not enough books in the series to warrant a TV series.

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Cute okay story, narrator went down hill.

This was a cute story, I liked the heroine enough, however she could have been a bit stronger. I did like her awkwardness it made for some funny moments. As for the hero, he was a bit annoying with the "perfect duchess" comments all the time. There was a couple sex scenes, mildly written, but they were nice.

The story line was okay but it was a bit lacking and could have been better. it was a pretty mindless read, meaning, nothing much to follow along with. If you missed a chapter it was no big deal. There was a lot of dialogue throughout so that was good.

As for the narration... well, it was not very good. I listened to this book directly after the first one of the series which was The Elusive Wife. The narration in that book was great, except for Drake's voice. In that book he sounded like a high pitched whiny female, but he wasn't the main character so who cares right? Well guess what? She didn't change his voice for this book at all. It was awful. It was really hard to get past.

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What a delightful and inventive story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this treasure!
Very entertaining and such a cute tale!
Highly recommend this book and this author.

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  • 11-24-16

I had to stop listening

loved the story and I am sure it would have been so better with a different narrator. The narrator made Penelope sound like a valley girl. The woman in this book was clumsy. She is brilliant and in a situaton not of her choosing.

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Good story, distracting narrator

I enjoyed the story and the characters. It was an interesting plot and that is what kept me listening. The narrator was fine with the female voices, but needs more experience with male voices.

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  • Thor
  • 05-27-21

A Duke of Manchester

This is so ridiculous that it "beggers belive". Manchester was and is a Industrial City, there was never a Baron, Viscount, Earl, Marquis let alone Duke of Manchester. It was never a possibility, if you were given a title you chose a rural name.
Everything after that becomes serial, a parallel universe
The narrator indicates from her accents, that there are Americans involved.

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  • Julia
  • 08-27-15

Story ok, narrator terrible

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book was ok, nothing special, but not dreadful either.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The interaction with the sister. Could have been more of that!

Would you be willing to try another one of Billie Fulford-Brown’s performances?

No, I am definitely only giving her another try by accident.

Was The Duke's Quandary worth the listening time?

Since I was doing housework it was ok, I would not read it as a book without being able to do something else simultaneously.

Any additional comments?

There was a review commenting on the duke not recognizing his wife, that was not in this story.

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  • SafinatuAbubakar
  • 07-26-15

Loved the story, A nice story for a holiday

like the setting were the Duke couldn't recognise his own wife that gave the story a funny and entertaining performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-21

Readable..

The American voice put on was a bit annoying, but the other English voices were done well.
Main character was written to be very "pick-me"
Using the.. Shes not like other girls trope is a bit out dated and doesn't read the best 🙄
The author constantly compares her to other girls I.e. she doesn't want to get married like other girls. she likes books and science unlike other girls. Opposed to her interests simply being a part of her. As a reader in 2021 we don't pit girls against other girls.

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