Her trip to Georgia to meet the mysterious author takes her to an eerie, ruined cotton plantation, where Maris finds Parker Evans, a man confined to a wheelchair who carefully hides his past. Coaxing his novel from him chaper by chapter, Maris becomes caught up in his tale of two friends who rent a boat with a young woman for a night of sex and drinking. Only one person will return from that trip.
Disturbed about her sexual attraction to Parker and worried about her marriage to author and her co-publisher Noah Reed, Maris returns to New York, where the delivery of Parker's newest chapters convince her they are more than fiction. She wonders how well she knows her husband and begins a harrowing search for a truth that ties back to a terrifying crime and a man who will use her, or anyone, to get his revenge.
©2001 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
Envy an amazingly well-crafted suspense story with a multilayer plot and perfect pacing. Sandra Brown creates a solid sense of place for every setting, whether it's a big city, a college frat house, Key West or an obscure Georgia island. The book consists of two story arcs that eventually intersect. One story arc starts with Maris, a publisher, tracking down a reclusive author. Parker Evans is the author who submits an unsolicited manuscript to her publishing house. The second arc is the book Parker is writing, titled "Envy." The intertwining of these two plots is well done, with Brown doling out the backstory contained in the manuscript in tantalizing installments. In addition to the mystery in Parker's book, there is intrigue and betrayal going on in the present day story of Parker, Maris, Maris's husband and her father. The twists and turns are wonderful and the timing is superb. Brown also manages to write a compelling romance, even with such unlikely circumstances.
Victor Slezak voices all the characters well, but he has a special knack for the southern accents of Parker and his assistant, Mike. Slezak's voice for Parker is deep, rough, and perfect. Slazek doesn't use a high voice for the female characters--no falsetto here-- but he still manages to soften his voice and differentiate between the genders with no problems. I can't think of any way to improve the narration of this book.
5 Stars - Loved it & will listen to it again 4 Stars - Really liked it & may listen to it again 3 Stars - Liked it but will not listen to it again 2 Stars - Didn't like it very much 1 Star - Hated it
Classic Sandra. A good book but not a great book. Would not listen the second time. But would recommend.
This is my first audio book in about three years and I'm totally immersed in this story. Brown's characters are interesting and the story is filled with intrigue. With every chapter a few more secrets are uncovered. I've got about three hours to go and I'm enthralled.
Slezak is a super narrator and I'm really enjoying his southern accents. I'll definitely listen to more from him.
You can't go wrong with this book. I'm online now already looking for another story by Brown.
I found this book incredibly entertaining. After reading it I downloaded a bunch of Sandra Brown books, although this one is my favorite so far. Loved the twists and turns in this book and the hot love affair.
Normally I don't like a male reader performing a woman's role but once I gave it a chance with this narrator I found I forgot all about my previous aversions.
The twist and turns in this story will keep you riveted.
This was a fun book to listen to.
It's up there with my top 5 Audio books.
Most definitely ... could hardly stop listening! Which plot? Great story, very well-defined characters.. haven't read too many S. Brown novels since I don't like too much romance and sex, and this one had much too much detailed sex,other than that, this was great!
PME, of course!
Great narrator - again, the narrator rates 5 in my book. The only negative comment I have-- too, too much sex. Could have done without all that and book would still be great .. even better.
Although it has a bunch of crude situations and words I couldn't stop listening. I liked it so much I had my husband listen to it too. It had a bit of a surprise at the ending which I didn't see coming.
Author Sandra Brown is an excellent, excellent writer! This is about the lives of two young authors who are friends and college buddys and thier difficult struggles becoming writers. The story is very captivating, entriguing and most certainly a thriller. I enjoyed the excellent job the reader Victor Slezak did. This is a book for adults since there is some very descriptive sexual scenes. I recommend this to readers who would like a change from the same ol' "who done it" style writing.
I finished listening to this book because I bought it and the reviews were positive. But the language is unbearable stale, e.g. she softly/huskily/gently answered, he felt rage/passion/revenge rise in his throat. Also the plot is completely obvious frm the the beginning. A waste of a credit.
Definitely. The plot is full of suspense and very well written.
His narration enhances the thrill and suspense involving the story.
This book ranks very high with me and I am pretty picky.
Lethal was another over the top GREAT. They both kept me at the edge of my seat.
He is very good at bringing characters to life
Thrilling and exciting!
I wish there were more books that are up to the standards of Envy and Lethal. I haven't read all of Sandra Browns books, but these two rate pretty high in my mind.
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