I'm That Guy
I was just looking through my library and came across this title and thought...Hey, when did I get this book. After listening to a few minutes I remembered that I just finished this book about 2 weeks ago. Shows you how forgetable the story is. Very average.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
I thought it was a very good story. This is my first book by Sandra brown & I thought she wrote the story well. I gave it a higher review for the overall plot - But the graphic sex scenes took away from the mystery part of the story. It's like she tried to go for shock value. It's like listening to someone intelligent say the F' word over and over again when describing something - And they seem dumber the longer they talk. I'm a guy. Not hard to look at either. I've had plenty of sex (with women) and I am not a prude, but I probably won't get another book by her for the previous reasons mention. I wanted a good mystery and it was - But the rest was unnecessary. The gone with the wind writing style was a little tough at times also. Not because of the Georgia setting - But the way they spoke. It was like I was living in a different Century. I talked myself out of a four star rating while writing this. Like I said - Great plot - BUT.
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/$.
I'd definitely recommend this - one of the best I've listened to.
Fast-moving story. Actually, it's a story within a story. Murder, betrayal, romance, erotica. There's a bit of everything.
I liked the descriptions of the Island off of Georgia.
Very saucy romance scenes.
I'll have to look into Sandra Brown's novels. I wasn't familiar with her. Excellent narration. Interesting peek at the book-publishing world, too.
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 own books in every conceivable form.
Hardback, paperback, CD, Kindle and my most recent discovery…Audio Books!!!!
I enjoy all immensely. However, there are few books moving enough to write a review about. All I can say is that Sandra Brown is a gifted writer and the narrator paid tribute to Ms. Brown’s talent. The characters in the book seemed to leap off the pages. They were well developed, the dialogue edge- of -your -seat gripping and the narrator superb, opting not to use a falsetto when reading for the female lead, which is a mistake some male narrators make. Let me tell you, women don’t like it because it sounds mocking and at times condescending.
Like any good book, Envy was hard to put down—or in this case, it was hard to log-out of my computer. There’s not much I would lose sleep over but I found myself night after night breaking my iron-clad rule to get to bed no later than ten because I have to get up at 5:00.
But it was definitely time well spent.
This was my 2nd book by this author. It was an easy book to listen to, but do not expect to be challenged by the plot, the characters, or the ending. Very few surprises, but an okay way to pass the time on a plane or in the car. While not as bad as Ricochet, I struggled with the narration of the male characters - the attempts at the Southern accents are, at times, painful to listen to.
If you are looking for a book that does not require much effort, this is a decent choice.
This was a great book with many twists and turns and kept my interest until the very end.... I will continue to read/listen to more Sandra Brown books. The narrator was also excellent.
If you like suspense, this book has it all.
This book was just great. The story was extremely well written, the narrator excellent, and with twists that I didn't figure out before they were revealed! One of the few I plan to keep and listen to again.
This book had a lot of twists and turns that kept me litterally in my seat. I had to get to the end of it.