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Impulse | [Catherine Coulter]

Impulse

Rafaella Holland, a Pulitzer Prize winner, now a journalist for the Boston Tribune, discovers from her comatose mother’s journals that her "real" father is Dominick Giovanni, a wealthy, very powerful arms dealer who lives and runs his operations from his own private island compound in the Caribbean. She wants revenge for what he did to her mother. She wants to gather enough proof to send him to prison for the rest of his miserable life. Marcus Devlin manages the resort on Giovanni’s Island, a private playground for the wealthy and powerful. He’s very good at what he does, but Rafaella wonders if he’s really what he seems.
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener: Impulse is an exciting mystery of suspense that first came out in 1990. I’ve done a bit of rewriting and updated it.

Now, I want you to get ready. Rafaella Holland, a Pulitzer Prize winner, now a journalist for the Boston Tribune, discovers from her comatose mother’s journals that her "real" father is Dominick Giovanni, a wealthy, very powerful arms dealer who lives and runs his operations from his own private island compound in the Caribbean. She wants revenge for what he did to her mother. She wants to gather enough proof to send him to prison for the rest of his miserable life.

Marcus Devlin manages the resort on Giovanni’s Island, a private playground for the wealthy and powerful. He’s very good at what he does, but Rafaella wonders if he’s really what he seems. Then someone tries to kill Dominick Giovanni. Who? Then someone tries to kill Rafaella and Marcus. Why?

As Rafaella and Marcus grow closer, events threaten to spin out of control when their small world on Giovanni’s Island starts to implode.

Do try Impulse if you missed it when it first came out. Let me know if you figure out who is trying to kill Giovanni before you reach the end.

E-mail me at ReadMoi@aol.com or write me at P.O. Box 17, Mill Valley, CA 94942. - Catherine Coulter

©1990 Catherine Coulter (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 12-20-12
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excelllent Adventure in Listening"

    For me this was an excellent,unexpected, suspense filled audio book experience. The characters were well defined, the narrators amazing. No cardboard cut out characters here.
    The male villians in this are truly creepy. Not the usual "brutal, obvious villians you may hear in other books but these are the kinds of rich, mobster types that I sincerely hope I never meet. They have no remorse and totally justify how they treat women. (Nope it may not be what you think). This had everything, a strong female lead (like this is a movie or a play, sounded like it to me) good romance, sexy scenes, action and adventure.

    If you enjoy staying on the edge of your seat....listen to this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. Vigil California, USA 12-30-13
    G. Vigil California, USA 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Read this one, DO NOT LISTEN!!"
    Would you try another book from Catherine Coulter and/or Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ?

    The story wasn't so bad but the narration was absolutely awful. Please understand these narrators voices are great, BUT not at all suited for this genre of book. It was so difficult to get past that I could barely listen to it. The so called hunk of the story sounds like a history professor giving a not so riveting lecture. The main character sounds like a Great Aunt Mildred. They did well but their voices are not the right fit for this story. I recommend you read this one and save an audible credit for something better.


    What other book might you compare Impulse to and why?

    Catherine Coulture always has enjoyable books but this one was not one to listen to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrators voices could have been younger and more vibrant, excited when the story called for it.


    Was Impulse worth the listening time?

    No, would have returned it if it was possible to do so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Citrus Heights, Ca, United States 07-12-13
    Cheryl Citrus Heights, Ca, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "WAY to much graphic sex"
    What disappointed you about Impulse?

    I normally like Catherine Coulter's books - but this one was WAY to graphic. I quit reading it and turned it back in


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Woike Lemont, IL, US 05-26-13
    Theresa Woike Lemont, IL, US 05-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Was not her best book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The readers seemed very amateur - very hard to finish


    What could Catherine Coulter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The plot may have been easier to follow if the readers were not so bad.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very choppy and hard to follow


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing - I did not get into it.


    Any additional comments?

    I typically like her books but would not recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    01-23-13
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    "Not a compelling novel"
    What would have made Impulse better?

    I thought I was getting a FBI novel that has a story and the sex parts are minimum and not one of the romance-smutty novels. Not pleased with the book. It was not a compelling story line. I was not engaged. It was easy to say I can stop listening and call it a waste of money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Detroit, MI 01-23-13
    Sherri Detroit, MI 01-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Sherri

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    "Catherine Coulter Never Lets Me Down!"

    Catherine Coulter never lets me down. Whenever I've read/listened to all my regular favorite authors I KNOW I can read/listen to ANY Catherine Coulter book and be saisfied! "Impulse" is another one that is excellent. I love the readers and the way they seem to interact and the story is enthralling! I need an island vacation now too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 01-13-13
    Sue 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too nasty for me"

    I don't mind romance, but this book had too much detailed sex for me. The frequent and detailed sex episodes took away from the story. I have listened to all Catherine Coulters books and was caught off guard expecting this one to be similar. I didn't finish listening to this book because I didn't like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gift Recipient Texas 01-11-13
    Gift Recipient Texas 01-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Kat Hines

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    "Not Coulter best."
    What did you like best about Impulse? What did you like least?

    The performance was poor and kept the story from being enjoyable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The "who-dunit" part was great. Kept me guessing to the very end.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performances?

    Maybe Renee Raudman but not Paul Costanzo.


    Was Impulse worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 01-11-13
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 01-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed it Better By Reading"

    I thought it was good book when I read it a few years back--it was suspenseful. Now, not as good. I say it consistently in my reviews, the narrator can make or break a review. Renee Raudman (RR), very, very good, Paul Costanzo, not enough expression. Maybe it was because he read it in the "third person"--I think that they probably need a little acting ability--he has a good voice, but not the acting. RR did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris falcone 12-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Just OK."

    The plot of the book was pretty good. The narration was choppy between both the male and the female narrators. Made it hard to keep my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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