We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Ideal Man Audiobook

The Ideal Man: A Novel

Regular Price:$24.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (1058 )
5 star
 (452)
4 star
 (388)
3 star
 (155)
2 star
 (39)
1 star
 (24)
Overall
4.2 (886 )
5 star
 (402)
4 star
 (299)
3 star
 (133)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (21)
Story
4.3 (868 )
5 star
 (414)
4 star
 (313)
3 star
 (103)
2 star
 (25)
1 star
 (13)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Linda 09-05-11
    Linda 09-05-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Maybe if I was 16"

    I downloaded this book because the ratings were so high. Usually that is a decent indicator. Not this time. This story is predictable, and written with little imagination - very superficial. The good characters are near perfect humans. The bad have little of interest in their flaws. All of which makes for a fantasy story that most do not relate to.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Corrie 08-18-11
    Corrie 08-18-11 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Not up to her usual level"

    I am a huge Julie Garwood fan and i was so excited to hear she was coming out with another book. BUT this was not up to her past levels. I felt like she took two or three sections from some of her books and just put them together and then called it a new book.

    I wouldn't buy this, but if you have an extra credit, it might be worth it.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lulu 05-03-12
    Lulu 05-03-12

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1883
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1346
    264
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    319
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Phoning It in"

    I've never thought Julie Garwood was a great writer, or even a particularly good one. But some of her books had interesting plots and enough suspense to keep me guessing. This one was blah. Just kind of dull. I finished it, but out of a sense of obligation - I paid for it - rather than out of any curiosity about the ending. I cannot recommend this. It has probably soured me on her books for good.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S NY 08-13-11
    S NY 08-13-11 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    332
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    72
    64
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    20
    0
    Overall
    "JULIE GARWOOD???"

    Ugh. I wanted to warn others who, like me, want a story-driven plot, not hour after hour of the characters' emotional angst. I don't know which was worse, the boring plot that was riddled with tons of mundane details and went in too many unnecessary directions, the boring characters who were almost immature in their existence and spent all their time in emotional distress instead of actually doing anything, or the boring monotonous narrator who's characters' voices sounded terribly similar. Really cannot believe this was a Julie Garwood story.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen 10-26-12
    Karen 10-26-12

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

    HELPFUL VOTES
    630
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    745
    622
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    106
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Garwood, Find a great reader and stay with it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Garwood has talent, but readers are killing her work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julie Garwood? Why or why not?

    I like her work, always have. Yes, will continue to buy.


    What three words best describe Christina Traister’s voice?

    Not the not best. Her pace is not consistant, a better reader may have pulled this one out of the fire


    Was The Ideal Man worth the listening time?

    got this on the 5.95 sale, so Ok,but not worth a full credit


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Garwood, needs to find a good reader and stop skipping around. Natalie Ross could do it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 09-24-11
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 09-24-11 Member Since 2016

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1411
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    308
    239
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    565
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An ok experience..."

    This story is just ok. I felt like the author wanted to write a long book and started going on and on describing every thing, place and feeling and then she got tired and wrote a sudden ending. The narrator was just ok also. It was very difficult to differentiate the characters since she used the same tone for all.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathy S. Baker, Louisiana 08-15-16
    Kathy S. Baker, Louisiana 08-15-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I live Garwood!"

    Great book and a nice read. Very interesting and entertaining on a slow boring day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Diane tippens 02-04-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "interesting to listen to.."

    although the end seemed rushed and chopped up..still an interesting story line..narration was very good..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brandie Spencer 04-18-15

    Lotus Flower Muse

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    80
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wraps up nicely"

    I enjoy this story very much. It is a stand alone novel with a good mix of action and passion. The narrator does a good job and I would listen other titles narrated by her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sue 02-09-15
    Sue 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

    I love to listen to books while driving makes it pass by so fast.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    188
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really good story"

    I thiught this was a great story and will purchase more of her books. I was not sure would like it but the story kept me thinking

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.