From number one New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a heart-pounding story of survival, that takes the age-old question, "Does the end justify the means?" and turns it on its head.
Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.
While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.
Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can't turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.
As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead - and from heartbreak.
Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best loved authors, Mean Streak is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive.
©2014 Sandra Brown (P)2014 Hachette Audio
As with any audio book the book may succeed or fail largely on the talent of the narrator. In this instance the narration is exceptional. The narrator gives each character a somewhat unique sounding voice without crossing the line where it sounds corny and unrealistic. There is just enough of a difference so as to enable identification of the character. The characters voice is also in line with how the author portrays the characters. While this is the first time I have listened to Jonathon Davis narrate a book, it will not be the last. I plan to search the lists to see what other books he has been involved with in providing narration.
My favorite character was the male lead who remains nameless for the first half of the book. His behavior and character are a result of former traumatic experiences. The author does an excellent job of developing his character within the plot.
Initially it is unclear wheter the male lead is a criminal or a good samaritan. My favorite scene is the one where he befriends the neighbors viscous and abused fog, who he later rescues.
The compassion the male lead demonstrated for the abused dog and for the15 year old girl who was raped by her degenerative brothers were the moments I found particularly compelling. His kindness and care of the 15 year old was clear evidence of his real character which until that point was uncertain,
This book was far better written than any of Ms . Brown's earlier works and I would highly recommend it.
This is my first Sandra Brown read/listen. I was thoroughly entertained! The story had a good bit of mystery. A man helps and injured woman who is at first unconscious but when she comes awake you don't know if the man is being kind and helpful to the injured woman out of the goodness of his heart or does he have ulterior motives. He won't tell her anything about himself, not even his name and the fog has the roads socked-in so he can't drive her to the hospital. Is he glad about the fog? is he wanted by the police? It is difficult to write a review without giving away too much... I understand that this writer previously wrote romance novels. I liked how she was able to weave in some romantic scenes which was hot and sexy but kept the scenes brief. I thought the ending was great for the story... there was mystery right up to the very end.
Jonathan Davis is on my short list of favorite narrators..... he did an wonderful job with the "hill-billy" characters.
With an author as prolific as Sandra Brown, you can’t hit one out of the ballpark every time. With this one she did, for this novel is exceptional. I am not a fan of her romance genre. So, with her books, I rely on the synopsis and reader reviews before purchasing.
Mean Streak is a unique survival thriller with one twist, or surprise, after another. Dr. Emory Charbonneau is training for a marathon. While running on a remote trail things take a turn for the worse and there is the beginning of a roller coaster of events that just snow balls and melts over and over till the very end. I though the characters were interesting and their plight plausible. The secondary characters were equally as engaging.
Narration by Jonathan Davis was an added benefit. He’s so effortless and always just spot on.
Near the top. Story was riveting, characters well developed, narration was excellent.
Emery learning who was attempting to kill her.
Emery beginning to trust her captor.
Loved the book. I could not stop listening.
Great start that kept me involved throughout. You will find several twists that come out of left field that made this novel (listening) page turning.
The Doc, and the man with NO name (have to listen folks, the other character is powerful which we don't get a name until towards the end...
Great character separation voices.
If it were possible, this is a page turner. Each character brought multiple surprises throughout this book making it that much more interesting.
Would love to see a follow up with the same characters...
Just trying to find my next great read
It was good. I did not feel like I wasted a credit.
At chapter 26, I wanted to listen and find out everyone's secrets.
Jonathan Davis did a good job. I can not pinpoint one favorite character he did.
I think the scene where the hero and the heroine went to help the neighbor girl, Lisa, was a scene that moved me.
I used to read Sandra Brown while in college back in the 90s. I have not picked up a Sandra book since then. I felt that they became too predictable and too fluff. However, I started to notice the reviews about Mean Streak. That there was a possible romance mixed in with some suspense and a twist. There was all of that and more until the end. I took a chance and got the audio since I had a lot of tedious stuff to do before the Thanksgiving holiday and I usually listen to the audiobooks to get me lost and not think about cleaning toilets or floors.
Anyway, at first it took me a little bit to get used to the narrator, but at the end I thought he did a great job. I think I will be looking for more books read by Jonathan Davis. The book is written in several POVs and Jonathan Davis did a great job changing the voices.
And the point on the various POVs, I usually hate when an author does that but Sandra Brown did a great job not giving anything away. I was always left wondering what “the guy in the cabin” secrets were and if he was in fact the one out to harm her. I found myself by chapter 28 trying to find things to do around the house or sitting in the car a little bit longer just so I could listen to the book.
Emery is pediatrician who likes to do marathons. She trains by running on long wooded trails. During one trail something happens and she wakes up in a strange man’s cabin with a slight concussion. He will not give her his name or any information and she is not allowed to leave. From there we learn about everything that is happening while Emery is held.
This book actually made me want to read another one by Sandra Brown after no touching a book by her in 20 years. I liked it. If you are looking for a nice suspense with some twists, then I think you will enjoy this one. I did not feel like I wasted my money.
Thoroughly enjoyed it! Suspenseful, The main character thought about her decisions Surprise twist that I never caught until it happened. Narrator can make a book, JD did a great job also. I will look for other books where he narrates.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Oh yes! If you are a long time fan of S.B.,like I am, then you will love her new adventure. If you are new to S.B., then you need to read reviews. She writes a light mystery with romance, and make no mistake, the small bit of romance can be hot in some of her reads. No one writes a few hot scenes, better than S.B. This one has some hot ones, Oh boy! These are not FSOG type listens.
S.B. can write with multiple character scenarios going on, so if you do not like following that type of writing, then beware, this has it. For a long time fan, this was well done, and up there in top 5.
Oh my, how yummy he reads this story! The pace was wonderfully fast, and it made the time fly by and engrossed you in the story. I just did not want it to end. Reader has a list of books, most in the full credit range, so you know his value. S.B. got him on a bargain on this read. I love romance and I can only hope audible, has this reader do more. His female voice is very good, and most males readers can not pull it off. His male voice is too die for and can make your toes curl during the hot scenes.
S.B. books can leave you with a lasting impression that makes you want to re listen when time permits. She was a core romance writer before going main stream, hence the few hot scenes can be as erotic as all get out. She knows how to make the hero as sexy as can be in just a few words.
if you enjoy this book, then try witness, white hot my fave, and smoke screen. Chill factor has some of of this read same element, but it is still very different. Sandra, well done on this one!
I couldn't stop listening and listened everywhere I could throughout the day until the end at 4am in the morning!
Oh my gosh the narrator....unbelievably sexy. His voice plus the unexpected twists and motives each of the characters have just makes this an amazing package.
When he appears on the patio and the first love scene
He completely brings the mystery man to life with that deep, sexy voice.
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