Detective Dane Hollister of the Orlando police department had never met anyone like Marlie. He had doubts about her clairvoyance, but there was no doubt how much he desired her. Her soft, sweet scent set his blood afire, and he wanted to wrap her in his arms and chase the sadness from her eyes. To Marlie, Dane was all heat and hard muscle, and he made her body come alive as it never had before. But not even she could foresee where their passion would lead: a hungry quest for the elusive, dreamy ecstasies of love...and a dangerous journey into the twisted mind of a madman who would threaten their happiness and their lives.
©1998 Linda Howard; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
My all time favorite Linda Howard book narrated by one of the best, what's not to like? Mr Gigante will never be known for his female voices but his male voices more than make up for that fact. I thought it was superbly done and can't wait for more old favorites to come to Audible.
I have to admit that I often steer clear of some women authors because they sometimes portray the men in their books as sex-oholic morons. Before you ladies go off, let me say that I also understand why you are hesitant to read/listen to books that portray women as weaklings or air-heads. Well, Linda Howard provides the best to both worlds. She seems to always find a way to write books that appeal to both sexes. Dream Man has a great mixture... Its part police procedural (appreciated by the guys), part supernatural thriller (appreciated by the ladies), and part romantic sex-capade (adored by all).
This is an iconic and well-loved Linda Howard book, one that I was very glad to see come to audio. The book gets 5 stars but I had to knock at least one off for the narrator. Gigante is dead on with his uber alpha male voice (and hero Dane in this book is one of those for sure), but his girly voice gives me the shivers. Gigante actually swans his female voices - breathy, whiny and they always sound as if they're about to cry. He'd be so much better if he would just "read" female dialogue and not try to "do" it. Hey, then he'd be perfect. But I'm afraid I won't buy any more of my favorite books and listen to Gigante make my beloved heroines sound like really dumb ninnies.
No, it is not pronounced "Don Quicks-Oat." Go to jail.
I've run across two male narrators of romance/romantic suspense who are able to voice the heroine's role without sounding the way men do when they make fun of women's high-pitched voices: Victor Slezak and Dennis Boutsikaris. I know Phil Gigante is popular here, so I'm in the minority on this. But I find it terribly distracting and off-putting when the female protagonist sounds, well, silly. Slezak in particular has demonstrated that it's not necessary to do a high-pitched girlie voice in order to bring the feminine roles to life. He goes softer and quieter when reading the heroines' lines, rather than changing his pitch. Sorry, fans of Phil Gigante, but I could hardly get through this. Every line of the heroine's sounds like the set-up for a joke about a woman who walks into a bar and…
The plot in this book is interesting enough, but not outstanding in any way. Was actually disappointed when the main male character betrays the main female character. He wasn't exactly a knight in shining armor up to that point, but became a real jerk when he did that. I usually like Phil Gigante as a narrator, but his female voices were off in this audio and his male voices were not great either. Overall, I would not recommend this book.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I love Linda Howard. Dying to Please, Killing Time, Angel Creek - some of my all time favorites.
But this book is not very good. My guess is, she tried to substitute violence for emotional involvement between moving characters. If you're a huge fan of Karen Rose, you might like it.
I'm a Linda Howard fan and I didn't like it. Neither the hero nor the heroine were particularly well drawn, their coming together never made much sense, the conflict comes out of nowhere then disappears when it's no longer convenient. Plot points are skipped over, blurred, the sex is hiccough-y...
This is a bad book. I gave it three stars because even bad Linda is better than a lot of other things.
And speaking of 3 stars - Phil Gigante would be a good narrator if he could do a woman charater that didn't end every! sentence! with ! an exclamation! point!
Phil Gigante must have had secret info on someone to get the narration of this book. His females voice made me want to be sick! It almost ruined this book, if the story wasn't good, I would have given up. However I refuse to use a credit an not listen to it.
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Linda Howard has long been a favorite of mine and her talents are very notable it this story. Yes, Mr. Gigante does male voices much better than female voices, but we always know which character is speaking. I've enjoyed this audio book so much, I keep it on my iPod at all times no matter how many new choices I've downloadedl, I never tire of listening to it. Great story. Great characters and narrating is just about perfect. Mr. Gigante's narration has led me to other reads of his, never disappointing.
but not as good as other books by this author.
I am not a fan of stories like this – using a partial psychic visions to create mystery. Marlie has psychic visions being in the head of the killer. These are partial visions and don’t give enough information to help the police. After each vision Marlie is weak and tired and must sleep for a long time – which gives the author more to talk about.
I was annoyed several times when Marlie was in the middle of a psychic vision. Dane talks to her trying to bring her out of it. My thinking was let her finish. She needs more time in the vision to get more info.
The relationship development between Marlie and Dane was pretty good.
Phil Gigante was very good with male voices. But he was awful doing females. He made Marlie sound wimpy, whiny, and effeminate. For example: “Then by all means if it will help her, throw me to the wolves she said, her voice flat.” The narrator read this in a whiny voice - not a flat tone. The narrator made other females sound like effeminate gay guys. Don’t get me wrong, I like listening to an effeminate gay guy. But I don’t want heterosexual female characters sounding that way - with elongated vowels or whatever it is. I was annoyed. The narrator is totally wrong reading women that way. He needs to learn how to do females.
On the positive, the narrator’s breathing noises were removed - yay.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: romantic suspense.
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