The Masterful Mr. Montague

  • by Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by Napoleon Ryan
  • 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Numbere-one New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens pulls back the curtain on a world that has been hidden from us…until now.
Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London’s elite, but at a huge cost: A family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he finds an intriguing new challenge professionally…and personally.
Violet, devoted lady-companion to the aging Lady Halstead, turns to Montague to reassure her ladyship that her affairs are in order. But the famous Montague is not at all what she’d expected - this man is compelling, decisive, supportive, and strong - everything Violet needs in a champion, a position to which Montague rapidly lays claim.
But then Lady Halstead is murdered and Violet and Montague, aided by Barnaby Adair, Inspector Stokes, Penelope, and Griselda, race to expose a cunning and cold-blooded killer who stalks closer and closer. Will Montague and Violet learn the shocking truth too late to seize their chance at enduring love?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good story, poor narration.

I really hope that future books in any if the series I read are not ever narrated by Napolean Ryan. I rarely write poor reviews if I can help it, but this narrator irritates me. His female voices are too wispy and his male voices, other than Montague and Stokes are annoying -- especially Barnaby whom he makes sound like a bored, arrogant fop! I keep having flashbacks to the Scarlet Pimpernel movie with Anthony Andrews and how he portrayed Percy Blakeny as the bored darling of society...

That said, the story itself is great! As usual, Laurens has written a fantastic story of romance and adventure with some fun plot twists -- just when you think you know what's going on, something happens to change your mind. I do wish there was more development of the romance between Montague and Violet though -- it seems to brake a backseat to the continuing relationship of Barnaby and Penelope throughout the majority of the story.
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- KJ

Not one of my favorites.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It needs a different narrator. He made Barnaby sound like a stuffed shirt, and some of the women's parts are not very good either. I don't know why Laurens' books are narrated by men. Why not a woman for the female parts? I didn't particularly like Simon Prebble either.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Masterful Mr. Montague?

When they discover who the murderer is.

Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan’s performances?

Not real fond of him. It would have to be a book I really wanted to listen to.

Did The Masterful Mr. Montague inspire you to do anything?


Any additional comments?

I enjoyed reading it to myself more than listening to it.

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- Lynne J. "Lynne"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio