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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Audiobook

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Publisher's Summary

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

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 LeeSimon 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.

©2017 Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lis Northampton, UK 22/08/2017
    Lis Northampton, UK 22/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A wonderful listen"

    Monty is a little hard to like to begin with but I did warm up to him. I loved Percy and Felicity and their adventure in Europe was a lot of fun. The narrator's voice was perfect and enhanced the experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 18/07/2017
    Jamie 18/07/2017
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    "Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful"

    One of the best books of the year. A hilarious romp of a historical novel, enough danger, magic and adventure to keep me on the edge of my seat, and brilliant, brilliant characters who aren't so much flawed as painfully, adorably real. I couldn't help love Monty even when he was being an idiot, selfish or completely ridiculous, or even all three at once. The side characters and the relationships between them were fantastically portrayed and really made the book. Also, outstanding handling of diversity in a setting and era where being anything other than white, male and preferably rich was subject to varying but usually horrifying levels of prejudice. It covered some really heavy, tough issues without ever coming across preachy or derailing the story and honestly, some of the hardships faced by the characters, especially Percy, brought me close to tears.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 15/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best audio books I've ever listened to."

    The narrator was amazing and perfect as Monty's voice and for the story set in the 1700s. This is the feel good adventure novel with a great set of main characters, all three of them distinctive and real. The language is creative and humourus, and I was smiling and laughing the whole way through it. Would highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 11/01/2018
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    "Not what I was expecting "

    I absolutely loved this book! I have heard roughly about this book but all I really heard that there were 2 characters travelling Europe. I did not expect the drama and adventure that came along with it. The main characters seem to have the worst luck but also turn out to be very lucky. I think the narrator brings the main character 'Monty' to life, his voice seems to match the character's personality perfectly. I would definitely recommend.

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    Sobriquet 05/01/2018
    Sobriquet 05/01/2018
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    If you could sum up The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue in three words, what would they be?

    I was surprised by how much I liked this. I thought it was really funny: at one point I'm sure the audio reader was laughing. It's essentially a historical romance, adventure story. The three main characters are very well done and it does not feel anachronistic even though the dialogue sometimes slips into modern. There are lots of historical details and the plot is fast moving.My only criticisms are that the internal monologues of Monty's feelings were a bit repetitive at times and I would have liked conversations instead to tone down the fast pace of the plot.


    What does Christian Coulson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I thought it was very well read despite the iffy Spanish accents because the reader's voice suits the period of the book and he reads it with the correct emphasis so that the humor came through. I really hope that he reads the sequel because I couldn't imagine anyone else reading it.


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    Kindle Customer 01/01/2018
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    "marvellous performance "

    I hoped for a better resolution, but overall 10 hours well spent. Also the voices were great and quite distinctive throughout.

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    Patricia Grundy 23/11/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "Absobloodylutely brilliant"

    What a lovely surprise this book was! I stumbled upon it on the audible homepage having heard of it but not paid too much attention.
    After reading the blurb I decided to download it.
    Great story telling, the narration is outstanding and the characters are such good company that I couldn't stop listening.
    Monty, the main character, is pretty flawed but self aware so still likeable. For me, Felicity was the show stealer while Percy was probably the weakest of them.

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    Bethany Fisher 16/10/2017
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    "I NEED MORE"

    This has been one of my best 2017 reads! Loved it! Such a rollercoaster though.

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    Lyndsey T. 11/10/2017
    Lyndsey T. 11/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A hilarious romp through 18th century Europe "

    This book was even funnier and more enjoyable than I expected. I absolutely loved the characters and how diverse and well crafted they were, plus the narrator was perfect and really brought Monty to life. I can't wait for Felicity's companion novel!

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    Anonymous 26/08/2017
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved this book so much! I usually don't like historical fiction but this blew me away

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  • Clephiro
    28/06/17
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    "Must Read"

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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 5ismyfavoritenumber
    Lincoln, NE, United States
    22/07/17
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • LAXMAMA
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    11/09/17
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SarahBelle
    27/07/17
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    06/08/17
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    "Wonderful!"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Van Ness
    06/08/17
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    "Complete surprise"

    This book was a refreshing surprise to the modern day tales we are constantly bombarded with. Absolute delight to read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    16/07/17
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    "💜💜💜"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    06/10/17
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    "Such an amazing book!"

    This book had me completely enthralled within the first 2 chapters. I couldn’t put it down. The author is incredibly talented and witty and I will be saying a prayer every day from here on forward we get to have another book featuring Monty and Percy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    05/10/17
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    "Sassy and fun"

    I loved this story. The narration is excellent; but what really makes this story stand out and so much fun to listen to was Henry's voice and quips and unapologetic vanity. He's a hilarious and honest protagonist struggling with very relevant problems, though it takes place in the 19th century. The story touches upon: abuse, bi-sexuality, gender roles, class and race. Henry's growth is subtle but natural, and I wish for a sequel because I'd love to see what kind of mis-haps and adventures he and Percy can get themselves into as they enter adulthood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    San Diego, CA, United States
    29/08/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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