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Envy | [Sandra Brown]

Envy

New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.
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New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

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.

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    L.Ray 03-21-03
    L.Ray 03-21-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Envy"

    The book kept me wanting to hear more. In a pace that kept my attention, yet not forcing it, the book moved through the story; unraffling the stories of the lives of the people envolved. It's a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 12-28-11
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "I would give this a "B""

    Great concept. Takes too long to establish a real emotional connection between lead characters. Last chapter very cheesy. The crippled man and the older man that lives with him weren't fleshed out until the end. I thought they were lovers most of the book.

    I like some Sandra brown when I'm in the mood. I like the cheesy parts too. I must say, skip this and read Slow Heat in Heaven. That is my favorite guilty pleasure book EVER. Definitely better than this. But the last few hours of this were very interesting. So not bad.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Rijswijk ZH, Netherlands 08-16-05
    Janet Rijswijk ZH, Netherlands 08-16-05 Member Since 2004

    I listen to books while doing housework. The more interesting the book, the more housework gets done!

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    "Who cares?"

    What a waste of money. 1 hr and 22 minutes into this book I have abandoned it. Didn't I listen to the sample before I bought it? Of course.

    But the book starts off well. The prologue is the submission that captures Maris' attention. And yes, it is well written and I would certainly want to follow the progress from that book.

    However, once we start on the publisher's story, it all falls apart. The narrator becomes lifeless, probably because the story does too.

    I came back and reread the blurb to find out why I had saddled myself with this millstone. I can see why it attracted my attention. And alas, I can see where the story is going to go.

    The characters ARE thin and transparent. The publishing plot is thin and unbelievable. And quite frankly, I don't care what happens next. In fact, I'm probably better off not knowing.

    So I'm taking this book off my mp3 player right now. Let's hope for better luck in my next choice.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 06-21-10
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Engaging"

    This is one of the better Sandra Brown books. It didn't lag or become too predictable till the last quarter of the story. I feel you get your credit's worth with this one. Great summer listening if your on a road trip or laying in the sun at the beach or on the treadmill where I am supposed to be right now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle LeichhardtAustralia 08-22-08
    Michelle LeichhardtAustralia 08-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Addictive!"

    I disagree with reviews on the Narrator. This book was slow to start, but once it got moving it held your attention and kept you wanting to keep coming back. The best I've listened to yet.

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    Donna Greensburg, PA, United States 05-20-08
    Donna Greensburg, PA, United States 05-20-08
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    "Gripping, thrilling, enthralling"

    This is the first Sandra Brown book I've read and I'm ready to read them ALL at this point. I was so taken in by the characters and rivited by the story. I couldn't wait to get in my car every morning and every afternoon to continue hearing more of it. This is one of those stories I could read again and still be captivated by the story. I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. McGovern Las Vegas 05-19-08
    J. McGovern Las Vegas 05-19-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Awful"

    I finished this book today only because I wanted to be honest about finishing it before I reported how awful this book is. This book had the plot to become a good story but the characters and the dialogue managed to drag it into a morass of predictability. Maybe the failure of this book should go to the editor -since the editor should have recognized and fixed all the flaws. I don't believe I will ever again listen to Sandra Brown's books if this is an example of her work. The characters were not developed or engaging and I couldn't become interested or care about any of them. The reader's southern accents were tiring to listen to, not the soft southern accents I grew up with at all. The book within a book concept was okay - in fact the inside book was better. But, don't waste your time reading or listening to this just for that inside book. Go on to something better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 01-04-08
    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 01-04-08 Member Since 2002
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    "One Star"

    If you don't mind listening to a book about a book, you may like this one. I found it to be more of a soap opera and a romance novel than a mystery. When this author's fictiional author began to narrate from his fictional manuscript about the excapades of his fictional authors, I found it unabearable and had to press FAST FORWARD. In summary, this is a paint-by-numbers attempt at writing.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Kingston, MA, USA 02-12-04
    Pamela Kingston, MA, USA 02-12-04
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    "Full of suprises"

    Envy held my attention and had a great suprise ending. The narrator got on my nerves a bit, but the story was well worth it. I would definately recommend this to those of you that listen while you commute!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gbreite 06-21-08
    gbreite 06-21-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Lonely, bored, want sex?"

    The plot was sufficiently intriguing to get me to the end, but finishing left me with the unwholesome sense that I had wasted my time on trash. With the possible exception of one female NY journalist, the characters are caricatures. No insight into the human condition here. The plot is driven by conflict, deceit and lust--be prepared for a generous helping of explicit sex bordering on pornography. In the end, the bitter, vindictive curmudgeon turns out to be Prince Charming who falls profoundly in love with the heroine. Hey, was this one of those escapist romance novels written for lonely women frustrated by their love life and everything else?

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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