Overall I enjoyed the story.
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I wish that Daniel had the smarts to not be alone with a guy who he didn't trust and about whom he had already received disconcerting report about. Also, Parker's good guy nature didn't jive with his actions. If he knew Noah to be a killer, he should have warned Maris (even before he fell in love with her). If he valued Celine's (Mary Catherine's) life so much how come he didn't care if Maris and Daniel were in mortal danger. Especially after he pretty much knew that Noah had killed Daniel. He still sent her back that morning with no warnings. This is very incongruous with the hard outer shell with a gooey angel center of the man who couldn't even get himself to kill his worst enemy image that the author was trying to project. Also, how could Maris be so stupid? She waited to talk to her father after finding out about Noah's true nature! And she is supposed to be a smart and sharp business woman. Come on. She was hurt emotionally and physically by the guy. Then she leaves her old dad with no indications of Noah's malevolence and runs of to Parker! That is very improbable and only reason it was done to add more 'spice' to the story. To tug at the reader's emotions when Daniel dies but it is completely unbelievable.
To me the author fails to keep Parker's, Maris and Daniel's character real. It's a shame. I would have wanted to read more from this author if it weren't for the above reasons.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I was really surprised by how much I loved this story! I loved all of the twists and turns, I never saw them coming. I loved each character, they were so well developed that you felt attached to each one. The story may seem a little confusing at first because of the flashing back and forth through time. However, this really must be done so that you can form your own idea of what is happening, without being led by the characters. This is a must in my opinion! Defiantly a good read while in the car or doing monotonous work. You want to listen to this story when you can fully focus on it. I listened while doing the dishes after dinner, it always gave me the most vivid dreams.
One of the first audio books I have not been able to "put down". The ability to hold one's interest as she weaves from "sub-story" to "sub-story" is phenomenal. Definitely a 5 star book.
Say something about yourself!
Envy is a thriller with nothing much to solve- Sandra Brown telegraphs every plot twist in the first three chapters, which makes her a genius because my interest never wavered while listening to this production. It's a character driven story. Each of the main characters is a cliche straight out of the Nora Robert's software kit- and yet....Envy is fast paced, utterly engaging and Brown is so talented, she makes these characters fresh, convincing and memorable.
I don't get it ....but I enjoyed every minute of Envy - and you will, too.
Sorry to be one of the only naysayers, but this book is so shallow that I can't continue listening to it. Its cardboard characters include over-the-top, really-evil villains sneaking around and manipulating and blackmailing upstanding people who may not be perfect but have integrity and are, for the most part, sympathetic characters. Everybody seems to be sexually charged, and some of them are hopping in the sack on a regular basis. The plot, with its flashbacks, etc, doesn't engage me at all. Think goofy soap opera. Call me cynical, but I'm guessing this plot-driven story was written specifically to be a bestseller. Obviously this is what happened, because a lot of people have given it rave reviews. Whatever...
One of the better books I've read as a "one-off;" i.e. not part of a series.
When I chose it, I thought this book was in the mystery category. Half way through, I thought it was a "chick" book. While reading the sex scenes, I thought it was soft porn. In the end, I assigned it to the category of "literature." (Literature is my catchall for books I like and can't otherwise categorize.) Narration is excellent.
I'll read more of Brown's work narrated by Slezak. I recommend this one as worth the time and credit/$.
This book is terrible. I have liked Sandra Brown in the past, but I will hesitate before wasting a credit on another book by her. The plot involves a book within a book and both of them are shallow, pointless and badly written. The narrator makes it even worse, if it's possible, by doing some very bad accents and making everyone sound really old and dim-witted, even during scenes that are meant to be sexy. I have been listening to audible books for about 3 years and this is the first one bad enough to prompt me to write a review.
I am a huge Sandra Brown fan and I have read almost all of her books and I am rarely disappointed. Envy did not let me down. The story within the story was great. You can kind of foreshadow what's to come, but there are lots of little twist that you don't see coming. And I have to say, being a huge fan of Audible.com that Victor Slezak is a great narrator. He has narrated several of Ms. Brown's books and the way he can switch accents and voices makes you believe there are different people talking and takes you inside the book.
I saw some of the bad reviews so I was afraid Ms. Brown might let me down this time, but apparently those people were looking for a different kind of book. I don't like Sci-Fi so I know I'm not going to go buy a Sci-Fi novel. Sandra Brown writes Romance and Suspence novels, if you don't like those types of novels, this isn't for you. So don't write a bad review because you purchased a novel that you won't like to begin with. When you read Ann Rice, expect bloody vampire scenes and don't be offended when you read them. When you read Sandra Brown or Joan Collins, expect sex scenes and if that offends you, then don't read them. And certainly don't give them bad reviews because you wasted your money buying a novel that wasn't you're cup of tea in the first place. Ms. Brown, ENVY, was perfection as always!
This book was great!! I listen to audiobooks when I run and I did 20 extra miles this month just to learn what happens next!!!