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Envy Audiobook

Envy

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 01-16-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Envy"

    This was a great book. The ending was anything but predictable! I couldn't stop listening.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bette 09-06-15
    Bette 09-06-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just Plain Fun!"

    Envy is a thriller with nothing much to solve- Sandra Brown telegraphs every plot twist in the first three chapters, which makes her a genius because my interest never wavered while listening to this production. It's a character driven story. Each of the main characters is a cliche straight out of the Nora Robert's software kit- and yet....Envy is fast paced, utterly engaging and Brown is so talented, she makes these characters fresh, convincing and memorable.

    I don't get it ....but I enjoyed every minute of Envy - and you will, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert McCarter 08-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The juice is not worth the 14 hr squeeze"
    What disappointed you about Envy?

    This might have been a decent short story but to make it a full length book led to it being filled with fluff and gratuitous sex.


    What was most disappointing about Sandra Brown’s story?

    The story might have been interesting had the reader/listener not been subjected to mind numbing details that bore a questionable relationship to the story line or to character development.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was pretty good and not part of the problem. The problem was the author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I felt mislead by glowing reviews that never mentioned any of the book's shortcomings.


    Any additional comments?

    After this I cannot foresee purchasing another Sandra Brown book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Necole BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 10-06-14
    Necole BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Now this is a good book!"
    Where does Envy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Officially made it to my top 10. What a creative and suspenseful book Sandra Brown wrote.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 06-16-14
    Barbara 06-16-14
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    "No thanks: A waste of time."

    Sorry to be one of the only naysayers, but this book is so shallow that I can't continue listening to it. Its cardboard characters include over-the-top, really-evil villains sneaking around and manipulating and blackmailing upstanding people who may not be perfect but have integrity and are, for the most part, sympathetic characters. Everybody seems to be sexually charged, and some of them are hopping in the sack on a regular basis. The plot, with its flashbacks, etc, doesn't engage me at all. Think goofy soap opera. Call me cynical, but I'm guessing this plot-driven story was written specifically to be a bestseller. Obviously this is what happened, because a lot of people have given it rave reviews. Whatever...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 05-01-13
    Robert 05-01-13
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    "Weak storyline, weaker reader"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have read several books by Sandra Brown, mostly quite good. This one has a poor storyline with gratuitous sex thrown in, presumably to bolster the poor story since the sexual scenes are completely inappropriate. Tried several times to restart and give it another chance, but frankly, its a very boring book, made even worse by a very boring reader.


    What was most disappointing about Sandra Brown’s story?

    It was boring with a boring reader


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been done by someone with a sense of timing and intonation.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It sent us to sleep without difficulty


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if I want to risk another book by this author, but I am certain that this reader will be boycotted from now on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christine Miami, FL, United States 08-30-12
    christine Miami, FL, United States 08-30-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Gripping !!"

    This for me is the best Sandra Brown I have listened to so far (Lethal is a close second)
    The narrator did an excellent job and the story line kept be enthralled with the twists and turns it took. I was engrossed and could not stop until the final scene!

    My next move is to find which one of her books is just as good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 07-14-12
    Janels 07-14-12
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    "Great read, but predictable plot"

    The great plot of reading about a writer who writes about a writer who writes...is very engaging, as it intends. However, rather than keeping you on the edge of your seat, every aspect of the plot is predictable from the start. Seeing the heroine take so long to catch on is painful. Also occasionally painful is the generally uninspired narration. He is good at making the writer sound crude, mean and grizzled--but that may do the character an injustice, as he is supposed to be good-looking and charming when it suits him. A good education hangs poorly on him; articulation in this persona seems out of place. And, when not "in character", the narrator reads quickly and without much inflection--as though he is reading.

    The author devised a wonderfully twisted plot. I would have enjoyed being intrigued and beguiled by it more--by not having every twist totally predictable. The only surprise for me was who Mike was; but even a lot of groundwork was laid for that, and could have been predicted.

    All in all, I highly recommend it--it is very well crafted and is very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 07-04-12
    John tallevast, FL, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "I didn't realize it was a Harlequin romance"

    I thought it was a very good story. This is my first book by Sandra brown & I thought she wrote the story well. I gave it a higher review for the overall plot - But the graphic sex scenes took away from the mystery part of the story. It's like she tried to go for shock value. It's like listening to someone intelligent say the F' word over and over again when describing something - And they seem dumber the longer they talk. I'm a guy. Not hard to look at either. I've had plenty of sex (with women) and I am not a prude, but I probably won't get another book by her for the previous reasons mention. I wanted a good mystery and it was - But the rest was unnecessary. The gone with the wind writing style was a little tough at times also. Not because of the Georgia setting - But the way they spoke. It was like I was living in a different Century. I talked myself out of a four star rating while writing this. Like I said - Great plot - BUT.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 12-04-11
    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend this - one of the best I've listened to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Fast-moving story. Actually, it's a story within a story. Murder, betrayal, romance, erotica. There's a bit of everything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the descriptions of the Island off of Georgia.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Very saucy romance scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll have to look into Sandra Brown's novels. I wasn't familiar with her. Excellent narration. Interesting peek at the book-publishing world, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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