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Publisher's Summary

A Kirkus Prize nominee with five starred reviews! A New York Times best seller!

2018 Audie Award® nominee for Best Male Narrator!

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR and the New York Public Library!

"The queer teen historical you didn’t know was missing from your life.” (Teen Vogue)

"A stunning powerhouse of a story." (School Library Journal)

"A gleeful romp through history." (ALA Booklist)

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

Don't miss Felicity's adventures in The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, the highly anticipated sequel!

©2017 Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Historical BigBang Fanfiction...but with OCs

I can’t begin to explain how DELIGHTFUL this is. I felt at once familiar with the characters despite only just encountering them for the first time. Monty & Percy’s friendship and fondness for one another is incredibly sweet, and Monty’s hopeless crush on him throughout was the stuff of dreams. It’s a fantastic adventure and the twists and turns will keep you listening late into the night. Well performed, well written. I’ll be recommending this to every slash-loving fangirl who has spend countless hours over the years waiting for the next good fic. Perfect for lovers of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On, or Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle.

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Incredible

I wish everybody would listen to this book.
When I bought it, I honestly didn't expect much. But, my, oh my! This is my new favourite book, so far. The story is amazing, you have great characters and the narration is stunning. I believe reading the book is a great experience, but listening to it is even better. The narrator is perfect for the character and I felt so deeply involved with his voice, that is hard to listen to other book right now. Thank you for this outstanding piece of art!

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Enjoyed and would recommend

I quite enjoyed this audio book. I took a chance on it when the title caught my eye. Glad I did, it was a very pleasant and fun listen. The narrator handled the various characters well and it's easy to tell them apart when listening. Laughed out loud more than once, and winced in sympathetic embarrassment for the main character at times. Also enjoyed the main character's development as he learned he might not be quiet as hapless as he had feared himself to be, and (small spoiler alert) discovered what he really does want in life and love. #Audble1.

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Disastrous socialite bisexual meets love

This is the excellent story of a disastrous young man who finally gets punched back in the face by life and has to live and learn to be slightly less disastrous.

The story is like an amazing slice of cheap pizza on a night out. It is fast-paced, very light on plot, hits expected beats yet is full of sharp twists, gives hearty feelings and is absolutely delicious. It is romantic, hilarious, touching and campy.

Good to know going in: this was also really pushing my limits on second-hand embarrassment. At one point I crumbled in my public transport seat and hit my face in my knees. At another, I hid under my umbrella, whispering "Oh no, he wouldn't!" (spoilers: HE DOES), and I missed at least one traffic light cycle. This character is a complete mess, has both good and awful reasons for his no-holds-barrel ways, and I love him terribly.

The narrator is excellent with Monty's first-person point-of-view. The voice mixes posh, self-righteous, oblivious and yet utterly selfless amongst characters that, in comparison, sound like wholesome and reasonable human beings (news flash: they ain't. Monty's just the biggest disaster and makes everyone look better).

Listening to this is a brake-free train that quickly becomes a heady cocktail. And best of all: it has a happy-for-now, better-for-having-gone-through-this, the couple you want gets together, happy ending.

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So very dramatic and flamboyant!

Enjoyed hearing from a gay young Englishman for a change. He was fantastic with his narration. I was snorting up a storm when Monty was on his tirade. He was so quick with the Witt.

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  • 5ismyfavoritenumber
  • 2017-07-22

Even better than I expected...

This was a wonderful book that took me by surprise with its humor, well-paced plot, and memorable characters. I took a chance on it, and I am so glad I did. The fact that characters felt flawed and real, yet didn't irritate me, was a refreshing change from other books I have picked up recently. I recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, fun read.

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  • SarahBelle
  • 2017-07-27

My absolute FAVORITE audio book ever

Christian Coulson does such a fantastic job performing this book that I cannot express how glad I am that I decided to listen to it rather than read my physical copy. Not only is it an amazingly well written story, full of excitement and heartache and love, but Coulson brings Monty and all the other characters to life in a way that my own mental adaptation could not. It's an absolute must listen and a definite read.

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  • Lili
  • 2018-08-30

Good story, masterful narration!

Maybe you’re not into YA titles. I wasn’t. Maybe you’re not into historical fiction, the 1700s, pirates, or some other thing that may cause you to pass this book over. Do yourself a favor and let all of it go and get this book. If you like fiction, good storytelling, adventure, humor, and really, truly, outstanding, narration, you will like this book.

The writing is good, the characters are intriguing, but the narration is superb. Different character voices, different genders, different accents, check. But the narrator goes so far beyond that, he gives us nuance, mood, atmosphere, as well as the very marrow of the main character.

Listening to this narrator is like sitting in a tent in the woods, it’s raining, and your best friend is telling you a story so good, and so well, you hope it lasts until dawn.

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  • LAXMAMA
  • 2017-09-11

Fun story BRILLIANT Narration

I enjoyed this YA story, it was a fun story, witty and cute. I am glad I finally got to it, but I am so happy I listened to the audio the narrator was brilliant he just nailed it, sometimes a bad narrator can ruin a book this is actually the first time for me the narrator improved the story. I don't think I would have enjoyed the humor as much if I was reading it.

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  • David
  • 2017-08-29

A blend of humor, adventure, and romance

Where does The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While not the best audiobook I've listened to, it is one of the more enjoyable. The scenarios were humorous, the characters were well realized, and the plot blended enough elements well that I will come back to this story sometime.

Which character – as performed by Christian Coulson – was your favorite?

Felicity was a real stand out. You got a very good sense of her wit, the way she was reacting to the world, and her complicated relationship with her brother.

Any additional comments?

One of the things that is wonderful about this book is its diverse cast, showing that history was as complicated (with many of the same issues) as today. Our main character is bi and lecherous and actually suffers the consequences of his action. His best-friend/love-interest is biracial and suffers from epilepsy. Felicity is wickedly intelligent at a time when intelligence in women was not necessarily prized, and is struggling with society's expectations of her. The three play off each other well, and all grow in their own way. I recommend this book.

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  • Angelica Russell
  • 2018-07-05

a little bit frustrating

I loved everyone except the main character really. He was at times charming and at other times insufferable. I liked the style of narration and the tone, it was fun. It had a ton of character. But MONTY!!! Monty......I don't blame him for how he is. but as someone who is not a man or white... it was frustrating to watch him to be completely blind to the struggles of anyone but himself. He was constantly insensitive to his sister and friend..... the well intentioned white knighting was difficult to sit through sometimes.... and wanted to be thanked for being a good and decent person.. its a bit much and a bit too real and not in an enjoyable way....

He's set up for character growth... and he did grow, but it didn't quite feel real or monumental... it was like everyone around him existed for him to learn more about the world but they didn't seem to get much besides a wild adventure and. thats not a bad thing but. It just wasn't for me.

I do like how its written so I'm curious about how the next book will be because I adore Felicity and I feel like a journey with her would be enjoyable... but she also has some learning to do about the world... her 'of the time' feelings about love and who people love felt strange, considering how ahead of the times she was about learning....

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  • Clephiro
  • 2017-06-28

Must Read

Loved it so much. Witty, fun and romantic. Plus the performance was amazing. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-06

Wonderful!

This book was so good! I'm going to get the physical copy due to how good it was.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-07-16

💜💜💜

adored this beyond belief, amazingly read and a fantastic story 💛 couldnt put it down, I highly reccomend

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  • Alexis
  • 2018-01-25

You won’t regret listening to this masterpiece

First thing first, it was music to my ears listening to Christian Coulson narrate this book. If you are like me, you find it hard to pay attention to audiobooks; however, I found no such thing with this book. I love the cheekiness of the sister, but most of all, I love the dynamic of Percy and Monty(Henry). On a spiritual level, I feel like I would get my gang in as much trouble as Monty does. This book dives head first into topics from sexuality to abuse. Note, if you are homophobic, this is not the book for you. While listening to this book I felt immersed in Monty’s world and overall give this book an 4.75/5!!!!!

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