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The Naked Gentleman

Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
Series: Naked Nobility, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

He Couldn’t Refuse

John Parker-Roth cannot believe that marriage is necessary for his happiness. He would far rather pursue his interest in horticulture, but if one day he should find a female who shared his passion for flowers - a level-headed, calm sort of female - he might reconsider. Certainly the lovely young woman who has just tumbled into his lap will not do, as she possesses neither of those admirable qualities. Yet Miss Margaret Peterson does have many things in her favor.

To begin with, she is a true English rose, blushing a delectable pink. And she is not entirely clothed. Her full mouth begs to be kissed. If only she would not wriggle so…oh, dear. He cannot ignore the sudden vision of her in his bed, but he must. What? Is Meg actually asking him to kiss her? Well, well, well. John Parker-Roth is a gentleman, first and foremost. And he cannot turn down a lady’s request…

©2008 Sally MacKenzie (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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  • JAC
  • 05-11-13

A FUN LISTEN AND HUGELY ENTERTAINING!

What did you love best about The Naked Gentleman?

This is a novel that does not take itself too seriously. How refreshing! Thought the storyline and the characters were great fun and the inherent eccentricity and tongue-in-cheek qualities of the plot and its people were perfectly captured and very well represented by the reader. To me, it's the mark of a good narrator to be able to create so many different voices in the same novel and make each one real, unique and believable with the character's foibles and faults clear to the listener. This audiobook does that! Hats off to the author for a fun story and for choosing this narrator.

What other book might you compare The Naked Gentleman to and why?

Looking forward to hearing Sally Mackenzie's other books in this series.

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

Yes. I've bought several audiobooks just because she was the narrator. She does a great job of making very different characters in a range of books both believable and unique.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed. A lot.

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening to.

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  • tamileacan
  • 11-07-15

Wonderful Story, Narration is not so great.

Would you try another book from Sally Mackenzie and/or Rosalind Ashford?

Yes, she is a wonderful author & makes me giggle.

How could the performance have been better?

The Narrator gave the character of Emma an annoying lisp. This character did not have this lisp in the "Naked Marquis" which is the story of Emma & Charles. I don't know why this narrator felt the need to do this, for me it distracted me from the story every time Emma had a line.

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  • oneisha
  • 28-03-19

The book was ok

Why did Emma have a lipse? The book was ok but it contained a lot of angst. I had anxiety listening to this the whole time.

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  • julie
  • 03-09-17

Fast forwarded through most of the book

What could Sally Mackenzie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made the plot less redundant and more believable. As it was, I couldn't believe most of the situations the characters got themselves in to as well as their nonsensical reactions to things that were occurring. Much of the book was so terribly redundant I was noticing patterns of conversations and fast-forwarding thru them. If I hear "shrubbery" or "I will NOT marry Mr Parker-Roth!" "You HAVE to marry Mr Parker-Roth" one more time.... ><

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The lisping character was a terrible addition. Very distracting and cringe-worthy.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Sally Mackenzie's books are generally better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-19

She married him for his plants and more

I loved the story but the Narrator gave Megs sister Emma a lisp through out the story that drove me nuts! She had been in love with John from the first time they met but after the house party he disappeared. When he reappeared over a year later he didn’t want to marry but he did lust after Meg! A wonderful story with a great ending l!

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  • Anna Lopez
  • 15-06-19

Least favorite in series

I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to turn this one off. Between the ridiculousness of the characters to the terrible way the narrator narrated Emma’s voice. It’s true a previous book stated Emma had a slight lisp, but the narrator makes her sound ridiculous and very peevish. There are also so many characters and story lines to go through with so many loose ends. Very frustrating. This book could have been many hours shorter. Whereas Meg and Emma’s characters were strong, intelligent and independent in previous books, they are now complete idiots you just want to shake and slap in the face to make them have some sense. Definitely my least favorite in the series. Makes me not want to continue since it now feels the series is going downhill. Oh, and someone may want to tell the narrator how to say the French word “ton” when discussing the English aristocracy. It’s not pronounced in the English way you twit!

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  • ulutree
  • 22-05-19

Idiotic story and poor narration

This is the fourth book in a series, and prominently features the characters from the previous book. That being said, there has been a different narrator for each, which makes a huge difference. Emma, a main character in book 2, suddenly has a very irritating lisp in this story, exacerbated by the fact that she plays a large role in this one. Sarah, the main character from book 1, has a brand new southern belle accent.

In regards to the story, Meg, who has been portrayed in previous books as a very sensible and intelligent girl, has apparently become a completely non-sensical, stubborn, and just plain dumb woman in this one. I can’t stand it when great characters suddenly become awful ones. Everything that happens in this book is her fault because she is selfish, thinking only of herself, and she never really does apologize for anything or realize that she is responsible for any of it. On top of that, everyone makes excuses for her the whole time.

Finally, the author doesn’t know her time period well. There is NO WAY that rich, titles ladies take care of their own children to the extent that is portrayed in this book, and there are a lot of very public discussion topics that would have never happened in polite English society. The worst part, however, is that all the problems in all of these books stem purely from the fact that people are just too cowardly to talk to each other. They torture themselves for weeks or months, all because they make assumptions about someone else and never bother to simply ask for truths. And when these conversations finally happen, they’re usually off point. This book was far more irritating than most.

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  • Jackie Farmer
  • 13-04-19

Performance objection

I am enjoying listening to this series, but hav e noticed that each book has been performed by someone different. I very much disliked Emma's lisp in this performance. And since she didn't have a lisp in her own story, I thought it was inappropriate. Your performers should perhaps listen to the previous stories and not make such glaring mistakes.

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  • JR Maxwell
  • 14-03-19

Homophobic codswollop

I gave this book and this author second, third, fifteenth chances. The reader is delightful and acts her bum off. But there are ways to portray the cruelty of human kind without being cruel to the human reading it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-19

bad reading

why did Emma have a lisp? none of the other books had her that way!