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Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry - though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster.

And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

©2015 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • l
  • 2021-01-13

very different from the series

Decided to listen to this after watching Bridgerton. I was disappointed to find that this is a pretty run of the mill romance novel, without the elements that make the Netflix show a fresh period drama. I also didn't love how the narrator voiced the characters - possibly coming off the series that I feel had stronger female characters.

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So much better than the TV show

I watched the show on Netflix and thought it had so much potential but there was so much going on in such a short amount of time I didnt find the characters had time to be developed, in the show they added story lines about the brothers that weren't in this book and they seemed to just quickly throw them in without enough focus. I felt like I needed to listen to the book after watching the show as I hadn't gotten to know the characters. The book was focused on the Duke and duchess and it served it well to stick with those two and tell us their story in great depth. Looking forward to the next books.

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story without any complexity

talks about only two characters ( Daphne and the Duke) and does not offer complexitility of any of them.

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Good, until it's not

The performance was wonderful, accents were subtle but clear.

Thre story was fairly typical period romance with very well written love scenes, but the rest of the text could have stood a significantly tougher editing.

Contains a scene of sexual violence which has a place within the story, but is not adequately addressed.

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Rape and betrayal of trust regarding childhood trauma make for a deeply disturbing ‘romance’

Romance novel relationships, especially historical, tend to be less than healthy. That doesn’t bother me. This novel did. I actually threw up a little bit. This novel is still deeply off putting and disturbing in it’s depiction of the relationship btw the 2 main characters.

Do not recommend.

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Not My Favourite

I have many feelings about this book, and even some notes about specific scenes that particularly bothered me, but I'm honestly just too tired to get into it. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the plot, but I do not like this author's way of writing. I've tried reading her books before, and while she has a decent sense of humour, and her descriptions can be lovely, I don't like the omniscient POV (I prefer tight third in HR novels), among other things.

Honestly, I look forward to when this comes out on Netflix, because I think that I'll like the way it's portrayed far better on film than how it's written. Not sure if I'll read the others in the series, despite having already bought the next one.

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Pretty predictable historical romance

Interesting social norms of the period interests me. Recorded female voices were a weak point.

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love this story

I love this book, and love the story of simon/daphne can't stop listening to it.

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Different from the Shondaland version

Typical romance novel with a happy ending. I really enjoyed Rosalyn's performance. Easy to listen to while commuting to work.

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Absolutely Love this Novel!

This is my second time reading this book; the first time was many years ago probably not too long after the second book in the series was release. I enjoyed back then, and revisiting it this time I found I still really enjoyed. Of course, this series has gained some popularity since Netflix made it into a series. I will say that Netflix not only did this novel right but blew it out of the water. The first book in the series doesn't have any of the side stories that really made the Netflix series stand out. However, those side stories are hinting to SOME of the other novels in the series. Netflix did a better job of bringing this book to life, that is the honest truth, but the novel by it self is still a good read. You still fall for Simon and you still feel for Daphne. Overall an enjoyable and captivating read, and the sexy scene are always...enjoyable.

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  • Tesla's Fire
  • 2018-06-04

It all about Daphne, others please step aside.

Rarely do I find heroines of a romance novel to be truly detestable. So far I can think of one and she did the same thing in that book that Daphne did in this one...rape the hero. The Duke and I started out interesting and engaging but quickly devolved into something disturbing and manipulative. Daphne's actions were not only incongruous with the time period but even by today's accepted behaviors. The only saving grace is the brilliant narration by Rosalyn Landor. I honestly could not finish and thankfully I was able to return it. Now if I could only figure out how to get my time back.

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  • CrazyBookNerd
  • 2017-09-05

Good Start to a Great Series

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Audio Edition) w/2nd Epilogue
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Series: The Bridgertons #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ For my rereading of this book I chose the audio version. I found I enjoyed it just as much as when I read it the first time in print! Simon and Daphne are great together. I love that Simon finds peace within himself. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and of course all the Bridgerton siblings crack me up. This is a wonderful story about family.

Rosalyn Landor does a superb job on narration as usual!

On a side note.. the edition I listened to had the 2nd epilogue added on at the end. If you are someone who likes to read in order and not find out the the tiny details.. like who ends up with whom - perhaps save the 2nd epilogue till after all the other main books of the series. Then it's like a little treat to see everyone's life afterwards.

~Paragraphs and Petticoats~

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  • Lili
  • 2018-03-03

Talk about low!

I loved the story and the characters in the beginning of the book, but she did that man dirty.
















NO means NO!! If it happened to her it would have been r pe and not romance...wtf I had to stop listening she made me so angry...

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  • bebe
  • 2016-10-03

I liked it a lot

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I really enjoyed this romance. It is a good story with good characters. The Bridgeton family is made up of 9 great characters - the mother and 8 children. Daphne, the eldest daughter is the heroine in this book. She gets involved with the Duke of Hastings who suffers with a stammer and his hatred of his wicked father. Can the love of a good woman help him get over his problems?

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  • Genevieve
  • 2018-06-04

Disgusted, didn’t finish

I can’t believe this book gets such good reviews... I have never reviewed a single book on here but felt compelled to after this one. I listened to probably 10 hours of this book and was a bit underwhelmed, but still enjoyed the romance and their story at least. Sort of a spoiler here: then the book took a turn and the heroine did something that if the roles were reversed people would surely call it rape. I couldn’t believe her deceitfulness in the whole situation, and her complete lack of remorse. I couldn’t even finish the book - I was so turned off by her. Disgusting. I tried to finish it and then realized I wasn’t invested in the characters at all after that. What a waste. Cannot understand all the positive reviews.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2017-09-12

An entertaining Regency

Daphne Bridgerton has a problem.

'sShe beautiful, bright, charming, and everyone's friend. She grew up with four brothers, three of them older than herself, and the gentlemen love to talk with her. They just don't think of her as a romantic prospects, and in her second season, she has received proposals only from the elderly and, in one case, the crashingly stupid. Her mother and her eldest brother, the new Viscount Bridgerton, are not going to compel her to make an unhappy match, and she's in danger of being on the shelf.

The Duke of Hastings has a problem. He's just returned from six years abroad, having recently inherited the title after the death of his hated father. He has no intention of marrying, especially not to produce an heir. He finds himself unable to avoid the social swirl entirely, however, and the concomitant pursuit by mothers and their eligible daughters.

But Viscount Bridgerton is his best friend, and Daphne proves to be apparently the only intelligent young woman attending social events.

Courting her will make Hastings seem less available. Daphne, by apparently being courted by the Duke of Hastings, will immediately look more desirable to other men--hopefully attracting more suitable suitors. It will all be a harmless charade, benefiting them both. What could possibly go wrong?

I really liked Daphne, the Duke, and Daphne's mother and her siblings who are old enough to figure in the story. There are also other interesting characters floating around, including Lady Danbury, and the fictional Lady Whistledown and her entertaining scandal sheet.

It's really a lot of fun. Even in the areas where I thought the story was surely going to go off the rails and become nonsense, it turned out Quinn was doing something a great deal more interesting than I thought. The right kind of surprise!

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Heather K (Dentist in my Spare Time)
  • 2017-04-01

*Unpopular opinion time*

Disappointed. Actually, disappointed doesn't even begin to describe it.

Once upon a time, I wasn't into historical romance. I thought they were silly and anti-women, and I wasn't even interested in trying them. Thankfully, I discovered historical romances by Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan, and I fell head over heels for the genre.

I'm thanking my lucky stars that I didn't try this book first because I fear I would have never read the genre again.

I've been meaning to try this series for some time now. I've read Julia Quinn before, and I really liked Because of Miss Bridgerton. EVERYONE has told me to try the original Bridgerton series, starting with The Duke and I. So, of course, I decided to take the series on, and I even bought the next couple of books following the first. However, I'm absolutely flummoxed by the love for this book.

Daphne Bridgerton was the worst heroine that I've read in a long time. She is meant to be strong and spunky, but I thought that she was self-serving and TSTL. I actually hated her. She manipulated poor Simon every step of the way. She forced him to befriend her, she forced him to marry her, and forced him in other ways that found absolutely morally reprehensible. She was vile, truly, and thought herself to be entirely blameless throughout the story.

Simon didn't quite make sense either. He had a rakish reputations, one that I didn't see any evidence of in the story, and had a twisted mentality about his situation. He was self-pitying and broody, and though I didn't like him, I thought he got the short end of the stick being stuck with Daphne.

To top it off, the book was way too long, and it took me ages to finish the audiobook. I wasn't motivated to keep listening, even with a flawless narration from Rosalyn Landor, who did her very best to add personality and sympathy for these odious characters.

I know, a very unpopular opinion, but this book only gets as high as 2-stars because of the narration. Otherwise, it would be in 1-star territory.

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  • Darynda Jones
  • 2017-09-14

ADORE!!!

My absolute all-time favorite book. This is a masterpiece. I highly recommend this book and all the books in the Bridgerton series.

My ONLY complaint about the audiobook is the narrator, who does most of the voices beautifully, does the men, ALL men, as though they are elderly school masters. These are some of the sexiest men in literature and she makes them sound like stodgy stuffed shirts. You have to get past that but if you can you will LOVE this audiobook. The story is to die for.

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  • Tracy T
  • 2016-11-22

4 hours too long! So many words!

Wow this book could have been shortened by at least 4 hours and it would have been so much better. So many words filling the pages. Just annoying and ruins a potentially good story.

I liked Simon and Daphne a lot. They made a good match and had real chemistry together. There wasn't much to the story line or plot really. He was born with a stutter which he over came, his father was a jerk (typical) She had 8 siblings. They married of course, went through a few issues (typical) Realized he loved her. The end.

In between all this non excitement were words and words and words and wait for it.. More words just filling up pages. So unnecessary, it really made the story suffer.

The best part of the entire book was when Daphne's mom was trying to tell her what to expect on her wedding night! I seriously LOL. Otherwise this will be an unmemorable listen/read for me.

As for the narration, It was Rosalyn Landor, she is okay at best. Nothing great nothing terrible. Her reading voice sounds like the men's voice.

You can totally tell this book was originally published in 2000. Filler.

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  • BZ
  • 2017-04-23

Too much sex for this reader

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Just a warning for those who like clean books. This one is not. Although I tried to find that out ahead of time through the reviews I couldn't. So this is for those, like me, who don't like graphic sex scenes--TOTALLY UNNECESSARY!!

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