In Northern California two successful CEOs are both indispensable to their growing companies' futures. Both are brilliant at the power game. But the difference between them is huge. One is a man, the other a woman. In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel explores what that means as she takes listeners into the rarefied world of those at the pinnacle of international business and reveals the irrevocable choices they make, what drives them, and how others perceive them.
Even though Harvard-educated Fiona Carson has proven herself under fire as CEO of National Technology Advancement, a multibillion-dollar high-tech company based in Palo Alto, California, she still has to meet the challenges of her world every day. Devoted single mother, world-class strategist, and tough negotiator, Fiona weighs every move she makes, and reserves any personal time for her children. Isolation and constant pressure are givens for her as a woman in a man's world.
Miles away in Marin County, Marshall Weston basks in the fruits of his achievements. At his side is his wife, Liz, the perfect corporate spouse, who has gladly sacrificed her own law career to raise their three children and support Marshall at every step. Smooth, shrewd, and irreproachable, Marshall is a model chief executive, and the power he wields only enhances his charisma and is his drug of choice. And to maintain his position, he harbors secrets that could destroy his life at any moment.
Like many women in her position, Fiona has sacrificed her personal life for her career, while Marshall dances dangerously close to the edge and flirts with scandal every day.
Danielle Steel's gripping, emotionally layered novel explores the seductive and damaging nature of power. Success and greed, trust and deception, love and loss - all come to a head in this compelling drama of family, careers, infidelity, and the sacrifices some people make to hold on to power…or to let it go.
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no, not at all
It's such a pity that the narrator is changing his voice that ridiculously high for women.
There are those - including myself - who have issues with Ms. Steel's writing. It can be redundant and predictable. Why then, have I read nearly everything she's written? Characters and story. In POWER PLAY, Danielle Steel does what she does best: She's created characters that we care about and/or are curious about from page one. Then, she takes us on an adventure - this time in the corporate world. As I listened, I realized how accurate her hypotheses were about powerful men versus powerful women. And when I drove down the road listening, agog, at the male protagonist's actions, I had to admit they reflected the equally astonishing actions of real-life persons in power. And, yes, there's romance here as well - and it's lovely. POWER PLAY is well written and well-read. If you're a Danielle Steel fan, you will absolutely enjoy it.
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OMG this story is a JOKE! The true behind the scenes lives of hot-shot CEOs… oh puh-leeeeeeeeezzze!
I don’t even know where to begin; there is so much to complain about! Here are just a few points that sprang to mind without even trying - I am sure I could EASILY come up with more but I don’t want to spend the energy:
• All “tell” no “show”. How lazy! Instead of letting the story develop in a way that feels organic, the reader is told what the characters are thinking and feeling and doing. Why bother at all with dialogue or scenes that move the plot along if all you’re going to do is explain everything anyway? It felt like exposition the entire way through.
• I am sick of being beaten over the head with the 80s women can have it all mantra. All the pushing of women’s entitlement to love, work, family, romance, power… “The Modern Woman of Today can have it all and deserves it all”… Feels so dated.
• Was the purpose to educate me on how men and women CEOs are a different breed? Women in power are like this. Men in power are like that. How two dimensional! Am I supposed to have a better insight into how a CEO’s brain works now? Please. It felt forced and contrived.
• Everything falls into place so easily and always feels neat and tidy, no drama, no real tension, nothing original, but then again that is the way Danielle Steel operates and she does have a myriad of fans who love her books for a reason. I just think it’s eye-rollingly cliché. I'm surprised my eyes didn't get stuck!
I read a lot of Danielle Steel in high school, but I guess I am just not that into her anymore. I gave this one a shot because it was 5$ but if they are all like this I will wait for a 99 cent sale before reading another one.
The narration was AWFUL! Why didn’t they pick a female narrator? How do these things work? Dan John Miller may have other strengths, but women’s voices is NOT one of them!!
A well written read. Danielle has done it again. I like her characters & the story.
Story easy to listen to, but male reader flunked at female voices. Next time, maybe have a male AND female reader?
No sure since this book drug out the story on two different CEOs for the whole book
the fact he drug out cheating for the whole book
Narration was very good it was the story that sucked
can I get my credit back for the book?
About ten hours of listening, read by Dan John Miller. Miller has read other Steel books. Males reading romance novels is silly, in my opinion, especially one written by a woman. It just doesn’t work. But, that’s just me.
Power Play is the author’s perception of the business CEO. Moral of the story? Men can pretty much do whatever they please, women … not so much. Nothing knew there. Typical of Steel, eyes fill with tears, the comeuppance due is soundly delivered, and no surprise … a happy-happy-happy ending. Two CEOs, one male, one female, are the protagonists. The male is a philanderer, with a sad-sac mistress, a ‘good wife’, and has kids by both women; he’s a scumbag. The female is a goody-two-shoes-mom-of-the-year single mother. The story parallels their two lives and the reader is gifted with the knowledge of sexual disparities as old as time itself.
If you like Danielle Steel, you’ll enjoy another brainless-beach-read, i.e., Steel stories aren’t intended to increase gray-matter. If you don’t like Steel, well … you probably won’t even pick up Power Play :-).
The female CEO is a perfect person and perfect mother constantly abused by men. The male CEO is a pompous philanderer. The moral of the story seems to be that women handle power better than men because they do not become corrupted by it. This is both sexist and scientifically invalid. Studies have shown that men and women respond to power in the same way. Power actually does increase promiscuity among both men and women. Of course, there still remains the double standard in which female promiscuity is viewed more negatively than male promiscuity--so women mind their P's and Q's better than men because the repercussions are harsher for them. But if we lived in a world where half the CEOs were women, a world where men and women were held to the same standards, men would probably behave better and women would probably behave a little worse then they do now.
Another issue this book is poor storytelling. I was surprise because I know Ms. Steel is a bestselling author. I was not very engaged because the author woulds mention so-and-so thought or said something without actually presenting the dialogue. We are told the story without experiencing it with the characters. Very boring and flat.
Finally, this particular male narrator is really not good at female voices.
"It's a long time since I've read a Danielle Steel!"
The last time I read a Danielle Steel I was in my 20's and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly, now in my 50s, life experience seems to have tarnished the shine and I found this predictable and rather dull! Perhaps these are for the under 30s!
A different narrator
A few more twists
Narrator needs to work on his female voices, they sounded like Michael Jackson
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