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Mean Streak | [Sandra Brown]

Mean Streak

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    KC in Lexington 09-08-14
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    "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    What made the experience of listening to Mean Streak the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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,


    Any additional comments?

    This book was far better written than any of Ms . Brown's earlier works and I would highly recommend it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne Aiken 08-24-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Maybe Her Best Yet"
    Where does Mean Streak rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. Story was riveting, characters well developed, narration was excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mean Streak?

    Emery learning who was attempting to kill her.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Emery


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

    Emery beginning to trust her captor.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. I could not stop listening.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-11-14
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-11-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Oh Sandi, You've Done It Again"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    A New York 08-23-14
    A New York 08-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "REVENGE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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...


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great character separation voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If it were possible, this is a page turner. Each character brought multiple surprises throughout this book making it that much more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see a follow up with the same characters...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-27-14
    Karen 08-27-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Snake Mean"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 08-22-14
    Carol 08-22-14 Member Since 2007
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't stop listening and listened everywhere I could throughout the day until the end at 4am in the morning!


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany 10-07-14
    Brittany 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Audible purchase yet"
    What made the experience of listening to Mean Streak the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mean Streak?

    When he appears on the patio and the first love scene


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He completely brings the mystery man to life with that deep, sexy voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Watch Your Back.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leesha Washington DC 10-18-14
    Leesha Washington DC 10-18-14

    Leesha

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    "I want my money back!"
    What would have made Mean Streak better?

    Ludicrous plot. Unbelievable characters. The writing is so bad it made me cringe. The plot is full of so many cheesy cliches it could been a Harlequin Romance parody if it was written with even the smallest bit of wit and humor. Save your money.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sunny Webb Buda, TX United States 09-27-14
    Sunny Webb Buda, TX United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.

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    "Fun and twisty, but also pretty silly."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Some friends, but not all. If we were talking TV shows, the quality of this book would be like "True Blood". Yes, it's sexy and entertaining, but it's also kind of shallow and stereotypical. As far as the mystery genre goes, though, it's one of the better ones I've read or listened to.


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

    I've been a lover of mysteries for many many years. At this point, I can almost always figure out the twists in advance. This book was no different, but I still enjoyed listening to find out how they unraveled.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes... I've listened to a couple of them. He always does a great job, but this is his best that I've listened to. I actually think Mr. Davis's performance saved this book for me. I don't think I'd have liked it at all if I had read it.


    Could you see Mean Streak being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh yes... It has many things we all (women especially) love to see in a movie. There's the slightly damaged man with a heart of gold, the determined woman who rescues him, sex, twisty murder plots, and more sex. As for who would star, I kept seeing Joe Manganiello as the unnamed man.


    Any additional comments?

    There were many parts when I was yelling at the characters because they often said and did things that felt very unrealistic to me. It felt like a lot of the issues and struggles the characters faced could have easily been resolved if they would just talk to each other like any real human beings would have. I also felt like the characters were a bit cliche. It wasn't awful, but without Jonathan Davis's fabulous narration, I probably would have stopped listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "slow to get going but good in the end"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    At first nearly gave up listening, but glad I finished it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sandra Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as some of her books


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Definitely his voice made for enjoyable listening


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame this story took so long to get moving. I was almost ready to give up listening several times as it did not capture my interest. At first the characters were hard to get excited about, or even find believable

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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