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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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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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    Greg 06-28-12
    Greg 06-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book, Hard to Classify"
    Where does Envy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books I've read as a "one-off;" i.e. not part of a series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I chose it, I thought this book was in the mystery category. Half way through, I thought it was a "chick" book. While reading the sex scenes, I thought it was soft porn. In the end, I assigned it to the category of "literature." (Literature is my catchall for books I like and can't otherwise categorize.) Narration is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll read more of Brown's work narrated by Slezak. I recommend this one as worth the time and credit/$.

    1 of 1 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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    Karen Kinards, SC, United States 10-06-11
    Karen Kinards, SC, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst audiobook yet!"

    This book is terrible. I have liked Sandra Brown in the past, but I will hesitate before wasting a credit on another book by her. The plot involves a book within a book and both of them are shallow, pointless and badly written. The narrator makes it even worse, if it's possible, by doing some very bad accents and making everyone sound really old and dim-witted, even during scenes that are meant to be sexy. I have been listening to audible books for about 3 years and this is the first one bad enough to prompt me to write a review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 07-22-11
    Bonnie 07-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book!!!!"

    I own books in every conceivable form.
    Hardback, paperback, CD, Kindle and my most recent discovery…Audio Books!!!!
    I enjoy all immensely. However, there are few books moving enough to write a review about. All I can say is that Sandra Brown is a gifted writer and the narrator paid tribute to Ms. Brown’s talent. The characters in the book seemed to leap off the pages. They were well developed, the dialogue edge- of -your -seat gripping and the narrator superb, opting not to use a falsetto when reading for the female lead, which is a mistake some male narrators make. Let me tell you, women don’t like it because it sounds mocking and at times condescending.
    Like any good book, Envy was hard to put down—or in this case, it was hard to log-out of my computer. There’s not much I would lose sleep over but I found myself night after night breaking my iron-clad rule to get to bed no later than ten because I have to get up at 5:00.
    But it was definitely time well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Orlando, FL 06-15-07
    Kathryn Orlando, FL 06-15-07
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    "A good plane book"

    This was my 2nd book by this author. It was an easy book to listen to, but do not expect to be challenged by the plot, the characters, or the ending. Very few surprises, but an okay way to pass the time on a plane or in the car. While not as bad as Ricochet, I struggled with the narration of the male characters - the attempts at the Southern accents are, at times, painful to listen to.

    If you are looking for a book that does not require much effort, this is a decent choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Baker 10-12-06
    Baker 10-12-06
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    "Envy -"

    This was a great book with many twists and turns and kept my interest until the very end.... I will continue to read/listen to more Sandra Brown books. The narrator was also excellent.

    If you like suspense, this book has it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    holley pennington, NJ, United States 05-12-06
    holley pennington, NJ, United States 05-12-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    This book was just great. The story was extremely well written, the narrator excellent, and with twists that I didn't figure out before they were revealed! One of the few I plan to keep and listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Berlin, NH, USA 10-26-05
    Samantha Berlin, NH, USA 10-26-05
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    "Sat in my parked car in the driveway to finish it"

    This book had a lot of twists and turns that kept me litterally in my seat. I had to get to the end of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda San Antonio, TX, USA 10-08-05
    Rhonda San Antonio, TX, USA 10-08-05
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    "Envy, Sandra Brown"

    This was my first Sandra Brown book, but not my last. It was well paced, with fascinating characters. I carried this book from car, to work, to running errands, until I was done. When I thought I had the plot figured out, there was another twist, with the most amazing twist coming at the end. Great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Newhart Durham, NC United States 02-14-05
    L. Newhart Durham, NC United States 02-14-05 Member Since 2008
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    "Envy"

    This is one of the best books I have read. When I wasn't reading about it, I was thinking about what was going to happen next. The narrator did an excellent job telling this story and while I listened, I felt as if I was in the South. This is one story I will read again and recommend to others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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