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Power Play: A Novel | [Danielle Steel]

Power Play: A Novel

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. The heady drug of power impacts everything they do.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Tabea St. Gallen, Switzerland 03-28-14
    Tabea St. Gallen, Switzerland 03-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The females'voices are ridiculous"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Power Play to be better than the print version?

    no, not at all


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan John Miller’s performances?

    no, never


    Any additional comments?

    It's such a pity that the narrator is changing his voice that ridiculously high for women.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 02-24-15
    Amy 02-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Story ok, narration awful!"

    Male narrator did lousy female voices.
    Story was bland. Not worth the money. Danielle Steele needs to retire along with the narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    An Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA, US 03-23-14
    An Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA, US 03-23-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Predictably enjoyable..."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Boulder, CO, United States 06-02-15
    Jenny Boulder, CO, United States 06-02-15
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    "Worthwhile listen"

    Predictable but entertaining..We fans of DS know it's not classic literature but gteat fun. i got it to listen to on the train while in Europe. Did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 05-18-15
    Angie 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "sensational"

    enticing read. characters realistic and story lines believable. enjoyed the multiple relationships and how their lives intertwined. would be great to see liz story after her move.

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    LoJ 04-27-15
    LoJ 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Book"

    I liked it. Although, I wish the ending was longer and a little more intreeging. Its like the narrator just said, "The End." Good Book though. I do wish that there will be audibles for Danielle Steel's older books, for example Summer's End, The Promise, Palomino, Heart Beat and more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Newman 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a must read."

    loved it. it was definitely worth buying. i will recommend it to my fellow reads.

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    Simone 12-03-14
    Simone 12-03-14 Member Since 2015

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    "puh-leeeeeeeeezzze"

    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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Sunnyvale, CA, USA 07-25-14
    Marsha Sunnyvale, CA, USA 07-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Power Play: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good and very much to the real world. Ms. Steel described Palo Alto and surrounding areas pretty close to what I know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Play: A Novel?

    When Ashley stood up to Marshall and walked out on him.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    Marshall, but he was not my favorite character, but Mr. Miller did a good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    As always Danielle Steel delivers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luz M Brown 8624 Vivian Bass Way 05-23-14
    Luz M Brown 8624 Vivian Bass Way 05-23-14 Listener Since 2009

    I was born in Medellin (Colombia) I came to the USA with my family when I was 14 yrs. We move to Kansas City, my mother enroll me in a Frenc

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    "Power Play Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Power Play to be better than the print version?

    I can't say it if was better than the book, because I usually being buying audio books they don't take as much room and I like to relax and listen to them before I go to bed


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "It's a long time since I've read a Danielle Steel!"
    Would you try another book written by Danielle Steel or narrated by Dan John Miller?

    No!


    If you’ve listened to books by Danielle Steel before, how does this one compare?

    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!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bordon, United Kingdom
    3/20/14
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    "Predictable story"
    What would have made Power Play better?

    A different narrator


    What could Danielle Steel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A few more twists


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator needs to work on his female voices, they sounded like Michael Jackson


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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