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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 2013
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    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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    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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    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 3 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 2008
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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 Member Since 2014

    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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    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


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    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


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    Boredom


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