This is my favorite audiobook so far, out of about half a hundred. The pacing is intriguing, the mystery gets fleshed and then revealed with optimum suspense. Characters are colorful. Won't spoil any surprises--listen and find out why this novel is called "Envy."
After years of being an audiofile this book and narrator is a chick lit favorite for me. Perfect reader, perfect cadence. Well written. I have not been nearly as fond of Sandra Browns other novels besides this one. Sure, I've listened to a few, and this one is in it's very own class outshining most chick lit cozies as the sun to a candle.
This story is somewhat predictable but keeps you interested. Lots of great characters and great plot.
Nice love story.
The great plot of reading about a writer who writes about a writer who writes...is very engaging, as it intends. However, rather than keeping you on the edge of your seat, every aspect of the plot is predictable from the start. Seeing the heroine take so long to catch on is painful. Also occasionally painful is the generally uninspired narration. He is good at making the writer sound crude, mean and grizzled--but that may do the character an injustice, as he is supposed to be good-looking and charming when it suits him. A good education hangs poorly on him; articulation in this persona seems out of place. And, when not "in character", the narrator reads quickly and without much inflection--as though he is reading.
The author devised a wonderfully twisted plot. I would have enjoyed being intrigued and beguiled by it more--by not having every twist totally predictable. The only surprise for me was who Mike was; but even a lot of groundwork was laid for that, and could have been predicted.
All in all, I highly recommend it--it is very well crafted and is very entertaining.
Listening to books is very liberating for me. I am free to work with my hands while "reading" a book. Total relaxation.
Yes I would. Very clever plot with engaging characters. The heroine is likable and believable. The bad guy is thoroughly despicable.
Well worked out plot. Reaches a satisfying climax and some element of surprise.
He is a great reader. Does a female voice really well. Could listen to him for hours.
A bit long for one sitting but i found that i couldn't "put it down".
Takes a really good author to make a man in a wheelchair so super sexy and masculine.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Did not access print version
Sure... not as smutty as my friends would like.
Rather predictable but chic book
I love Sandra Brown. She always adds a twist or two in her novels Envy is one of my favorites. It was two stories in one. Love, deception, hate, revenge, jealousy; it's all in there.
If you like Sandra Brown novels you must listen to this one! It's her best yet, and Victor Slezak is the perfect narrator. His drawl is great for the characters in this book.
Envy an amazingly well-crafted suspense story with a multilayer plot and perfect pacing. Sandra Brown creates a solid sense of place for every setting, whether it's a big city, a college frat house, Key West or an obscure Georgia island. The book consists of two story arcs that eventually intersect. One story arc starts with Maris, a publisher, tracking down a reclusive author. Parker Evans is the author who submits an unsolicited manuscript to her publishing house. The second arc is the book Parker is writing, titled "Envy." The intertwining of these two plots is well done, with Brown doling out the backstory contained in the manuscript in tantalizing installments. In addition to the mystery in Parker's book, there is intrigue and betrayal going on in the present day story of Parker, Maris, Maris's husband and her father. The twists and turns are wonderful and the timing is superb. Brown also manages to write a compelling romance, even with such unlikely circumstances.
Victor Slezak voices all the characters well, but he has a special knack for the southern accents of Parker and his assistant, Mike. Slezak's voice for Parker is deep, rough, and perfect. Slazek doesn't use a high voice for the female characters--no falsetto here-- but he still manages to soften his voice and differentiate between the genders with no problems. I can't think of any way to improve the narration of this book.