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The Ideal Man Audiobook

The Ideal Man: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed - and popular - romance authors around, with 36 million copies of her books in print. And now, with The Ideal Man, Garwood is poised to expand that already huge audience.

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.

Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.

Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence - or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly....

©2011 Julie Garwood (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Katy 01-20-15
    Katy 01-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Cute story - dull reader"
    What disappointed you about The Ideal Man?

    Okay - I've read this book before, but I tend not to pay attention as well, until I hear it. And so things that did not annoy me at all while reading it - annoyed me to death while listening.

    Julie Garwood missed a lot of marks. First of all, Ellie, the main character, looks the Landry's (bad guys - and a married couple who are arms dealers - whaa?) right in the face and notices a lot of details about them, from fake contacts, to a wig, and sun glasses and portliness and all this stuff, but when it comes time to identify them, she cannot. HOWEVER, she is able to identify, from mug shots, several patients she's worked on over the years.

    Evan Patterson's (childhood stalker from hell) parents are supposed to be wealthy and powerful and smart enough to get their son out of jail and into private mental institutions, but behaved like they were down on their luck, poverty stricken, mean-spirited, ignorant, chain-smoking morons.

    Ellie randomly diagnoses people. She sees a man with a wonky mole and tells him he has cancer. Nevermind she a trauma surgeon and even people trained to look for that kinda thing would still need to make sure. She sees someone across the courtroom and diagnoses him, publicly, with pink eye because, of course, there is no way he could have had an eyelash stuck or a contact go wacky.

    The high-powered attorney for the Landry's keeps repeating the same question, like an idiot, and is, "unzipped". Really?

    The hired gun is really confident and sure of himself, but spends 4 days hiding in the falls waiting for Ellie and Max to show up because they MIGHT go see the sights? He also gets a text telling him to cancel the hit on Ellie, but decides to ignore it so he can keep half the money...dude, they told you to cancel, they aren't paying you if you do it. And even knowing that he tried to kill her without a contract, they're still giving him a deal and putting him in witness protection.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the relationships in the story. Ellie with her foster parents, Ellie and her real parents, her sisters, and Max with his friends and co-workers. I laughed at the broken air conditioners and the cheap parents who buy bright purple paint because it's on sale. I genuinely wish I could have read her sister Annie's story in it's own book.

    For the most part, Julie Garwood's books always make me smile and I love that the guy and the girl are going to get together at the end. Julie Garwood is an author I will ALWAYS read. I've read most of her books a couple of times and even though the girls are always stunningly beautiful and then men are perfectly handsome - that's what I love. Those stories that are romantic and sweet and something to dream about.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christina Traister’s performances?

    No. Not at all. BORING. When Ellie tells Max she needs to get a pregnancy test, he answers with the same toneless, bored "okay" as when she he's hearing the story of how she saved a choking man's life when another doctor thought he was having a heart attack. DULL. DULL. When she narrated the men's voices she was lifeless and tired. I think maybe she was picked for it because she does the women's voices with little laughs and inflections, but the men sounded the same and were exceedingly blah. It was actually distracting from the story. I would not have cared to hang out with the Max that Traister created, but rather the one I heard in my head when I was reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE Julie Garwood. I do wish sometimes she'd write with a little more depth and back story, but she still makes me smile and dream. Whenever I close one of her books, I do it with a grin on my face and wonder when the next one is coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorraine Tampa Bay, Florida USA 12-21-14
    Lorraine Tampa Bay, Florida USA 12-21-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Could not stop listening, I felt everything."
    Would you listen to The Ideal Man again? Why?

    I bought this book on special months ago. If I had known it was this good... Julie Garwood made me feel a boatload of emotions while listening to this book. The actress reading them portrayed them all so well. I felt the lead characters fear and frustrations. I wanted to come through and wring her petulant sister neck. I wanted to hug and hold her dad. I felt it all. It was a trip.


    What other book might you compare The Ideal Man to and why?

    I have to ponder on this one. If they gave me four choices, I'd do better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lead characters sister really sticks out. She was completely annoying but she really made the book come together. How the entire family suffered by this abusive stalker and how they all coped differently.


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

    Have to ponder this one too.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-20-14
    Jennifer 08-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't love it, but okay way to while the day away"

    A decent book - another case of FBI agent falling for a protectee, and vice versa, with the inevitable troubled pasts and his frustration with her independent streak making him crazy when she puts herself in harm's way. Great portrait of the family and the life of a surgeon. Some great teasing steamy moments leading up to the real heat. I was a little annoyed with her resistance to the relationship based on geography after a few repetitions, especially after having made it clear that she wasn't permanent in her situation - by the time they'd gotten through the events of the party, I wanted to say "duh, just move if you want to be with him, you were thinking of picking up and moving somewhere new anyway!"

    The narration was alright, no real issues, but her character voices did get muddled in dialogue a few times, where Max suddenly had her father's accent, or her responses sounded like Max's voice...but it wasn't overly hampering and context usually cleared up those few confusing instances.

    An okay way to while away the day, but it's not in my top favorites list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 08-28-11
    Julie 08-28-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Glued to the headset!"

    I enjoyed this book very much. I kept me wanting more and it was hard to put down the headset. The ending could possibly lead to Part 2?? I highly recommend!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 08-11-11
    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 08-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    Once again Julie Garwood has blown me away with her talent. This book like all of her books is excellant. Her FBI thriller's are some of the best I have read to date. This one is the same from the first to the last. Way to go Julie on another hit.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Susanne 08-29-11
    Susanne 08-29-11
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    "Want more like this"

    I have never read Julie Garwood, just because her genre is mostly historical romance, from what I've seen. But this summary appealed to me and I'm really enjoying it! I've also discovered a new narrator that I like. A good book can be ruined by a bad narrator, but Christina Traister does an excellent job. I hope this team will be doing more like this one!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 06-17-13
    Wendy 06-17-13
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    "Utter drivel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?


    What do you think your next listen will be?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money or credits for something more worth listening to ... this is as trite as it comes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 09-16-12
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the story line. Well written."
    What did you love best about The Ideal Man?

    I love Max Daniels and Ellie characters. I thought they are a perfect match.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ideal Man?

    The relationships among the 3 sisters.


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

    This is my first experience listening to Christina Traister. I thought she did a good job.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SA Shay San Antonio,Texas 08-26-11
    SA Shay San Antonio,Texas 08-26-11 Member Since 2016

    Shay

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    "Tepid"

    This is a "Julie Garwood" which to me translates to "automatic buy. I'm a little disappointed, I expected more. The characters didn't engage me and hang on like I expected, but it was an okay read.

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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-19-12
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-19-12
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    "Wish I could give it a minus 4 stars"
    What disappointed you about The Ideal Man?

    Not sure where to start as it was all just soooo bad. The story line was empty. The writing over simplified. It seemed to me to be a soft Romance novel as no story was really pursued other than the lead male and female characters constantly swooning over each other in their thoughts. Their behavior in the various situations they found themselves in was completely improbable and they acted like teenagers instead of highly educated adults. It made me gag and I had to stop listening. There WAS a crime involved...I think...but the characters spent so much time thinking about the decor of her apartment or his clothes that they just never seemed to care about solving the crime. I was afraid it would just get even worse so I quit. It was a royal waste of time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something by Hilary Mantel. I know she can write.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was probably ok. She just didn't have much to work with.


    What character would you cut from The Ideal Man?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or credits or money on this stinker.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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