- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harper Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 27, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071S1368V
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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Audiobook – Unabridged
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IN a time where scandal was just a step too close to a young woman or one glance away, this novel is a comical, heartwrenching novel about Henry "Monty" Montague, his sister Felicity and Monty's best friend, Percy Newton.
This novel tackled everything that would have been controversial for its time period, disorders, infidelity, rakish behavior, child abuse, piracy, homosexuality and.... wait for the most absurd of them all - a brilliant female. One who can think, read and perform better than a male? Say it ain't so!
It was an adventurous trip from the start, truly. I think so far this is my favorite read of 2017. It was pure heart-wrenching entertainment, a trip in every way. Monty's narrative was utterly ridiculous, humorous and glorious! From the start we know his relationship with his father is taxed, he must act accordingly so that he may keep the honor that surrounds the title and estate that will one day belong to him. Except, Monty has other ideas of how he should act and while dear o'l daddy has planned this Grand Tour - leave it to Monty to somehow cast everything into chaos.
Each of the characters had personality bursting at the seams, Percy was a complete darling, his story and the twist along the way, Felicity was a fierce, witty young woman. The banter provided between Monty and Felicity had me giggling out loud - actually - the entirety of the book had me giggling out loud.
Was it all that I had imagined? No, it was more than that. As I was reading it I couldn't believe what was happening, one moment I was crying tears of laughter, the next blinking incredulously, the next holding my heart which was torn from my chest. It was a brilliant reminder of why I picked it up in the first place, it was all over my feeds, haunting me on Amazon and I couldn't put it off any longer.
In the end, I had a serious book hangover, but it was so beautiful, so witty and addictive.
Will I be reading The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy - Felicity's story? Well... You can bet your bottom dollar I will.
What I knew after reading this book: it is nonstop shenanigans and I adored every single page.
This is my first time reading Mackenzi Lee's writing, and I really enjoyed it. With Monty as the narrator, it felt every bit the part of being stuck inside the head of a wild, reckless teen boy in the 18th century. When he ached, I ached for him; when he laughed, I smiled.
This story is just fun. It has its heartbreaking moments - quite a few of them, in fact - but at its core, it's an adventure story, a love story, a story of growth and self-acceptance, and so much more.
Mackenzi has a way of making social remarks in such a down-to-earth, understandable way. There are a handful of discussions on homosexuality/bisexuality, as well as gender roles - such as Felicity's desire to practice medicine, meanwhile Monty has no desires to be lord of his father's estates. Monty also describes himself as being small in stature more than once, pointing out how much the insults to his height and form have damaged his self-view.
More than anything, I loved the discussions regarding racism in the 18th century - especially because the discussions usually felt so relevant to modern times, too. We see Percy treated poorly time and time again for his dark skin, and it's always addressed, but my favorite exchange was actually during a scene in which Monty uses his white, English appearance to get Scipio and the rest of the crew out of trouble. I won't spoil anything, but at the end of the exchange, Monty essentially asks for an apology/thank-you, and Scipio wrecks the White Savior Complex before it can even begin:
“There is nothing good about watching another man claim your ship because your skin is too dark to do it yourself," he says, each word a glancing wound. "So in future, you needn't demand apologies on my behalf.”
I had been increasingly worried that Monty's status as the only white guy around was going to become problematic, but nope - more than once, he was humbled and brought to the realization that his efforts didn't always come from as healthy of a place as he thought they did.
The final thing I want to bring attention to is Percy's epilepsy, and how Mackenzi Lee handled it; she showed how backwards the general views on misunderstood ailments were at the time (such as people believing epilepsy was caused by demonic possession or mental illness), but there are also some really great tidbits here and there about living with a lifelong illness.
I literally only had one complaint about the entire book, and it's not really a complaint as much as it is a note to the editor: in several instances, pieces of dialogue are placed in closed quotations, with no indication to who is speaking. Maybe part of it is due to the fact that I read a lot of this book late at night while being very tired, but I kept having to go back and reread paragraphs to try and make sense of who said what.
This book is beyond wonderful, and I think that everyone needs to read it. It's a delightful adventure story written around an adorable romance and it's just fun. If you pick this one up, you're in for a heck of a good ride.
Look, this has pirates and highwaymen and court intrigue, cute boys pining, a little sister who does not need finishing (thank you, very much), and, ultimately, a hopeful ending. A fresh and fun adventure romp!
Full of history, love, and adventure, this book is everything I wanted it to be and more.