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The Other Woman | [Hank Phillippi Ryan]

The Other Woman

Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting young women. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected….
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Publisher's Summary

Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting the young women of Boston. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

Full of dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder - it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

The audiobook also includes a bonus interview between Hank Ryan Phillippi Ryan and Lee Child.

©2012 Hank Phillippi Ryan (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Amazon Customer Groton, MA, United States 10-09-12
    Amazon Customer Groton, MA, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2006

    johnellenbe

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    "Badly Flawed Production Ruined it For Me"
    What did you like best about The Other Woman? What did you like least?

    The author is pretty famous here in Boston but I didn't know she had a book series (I don't watch the channel she is on). The plot seemed interesting but it was inspired by a number of local references, so us locals may have a slight positive bias.

    The writing wasn't bad. She's no Lehane but the characters and the dialog were ok however with the bad production its a little hard to tell.


    Would you recommend The Other Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. As I said in the subject: bad production. Might recommend the print version although not strongly.


    What didn’t you like about Ilyana Kadushin’s performance?

    Really really bad. The novel has a lot so short chapters cutting quickly between characters and scenes and this reader does no voices and almost no tonal changes so it is very hard to follow. Around the middle of the book she at least gets some emotion in her voice during action but that's about as far as it goes. To compound matters there are often no pauses between chapters so one chapter ends. The next chapter begins with the different character talking with no tonal shifts, no pauses..you're like wait a minute. This is a completely different character/scene.

    On top of that this particular book resets to the beginning every time you pause. You have to keep track of where you are yourself and skip all the way from the front every time you play it. I've had problems with other books but never this bad. Even pauses (not stops) reset to the beginning.


    Was The Other Woman worth the listening time?

    It was ok. Nothing special. Very very annoying from a usability point of view.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra La Verne, CA, USA 12-12-12
    Sandra La Verne, CA, USA 12-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Reader hampered enjoyment of this title"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book itself was interesting, however, the quick switching between characters didn't lend itself to an audio book, as it took a while to figure out we had changed scenes. That could have been corrected by a reader who would indicate, through voice tone or pauses, that a change had occurred.


    Would you recommend The Other Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narrator was too irritating.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ilyana Kadushin?

    I'm not sure, but this narrator ruined the audio for me. First of all, she kept switching the pronunciation of the main character from "Jean" to "Jane." I didn't know until I checked a written description, that the character's name was "Jane." For a while, I thought there were two characters with similar names. She also mispronounced another character's name, though not as much. Most of the time it was "Moira" pronounced "Moy - Rah", which was a somewhat irritating name. Sometimes it was "Maura" or "Mora".


    Any additional comments?

    I have noticed similar comments from other reviewers. It is really important who narrates a book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bettendorf, IA, United States 10-09-12
    Robert Bettendorf, IA, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Yawn…"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator might have helped the incredibly ridiculous story. More likable characters and a more believable plot might have also helped - although I really felt this book was irredeemable.


    What could Hank Phillippi Ryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Created characters that I cared about. None of these people seemed real or likable to me. The main character seems to bumble her way to a big story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This book was set in Boston, yet not one character had a Boston accent. In fact, it was hard to tell one from the other because they all sounded essentially the same.


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

    Disappointment would be the primary feeling. The author is apparently an award-winning television journalist and may be a great reporter but it would take a large sum of money to get me to read/listen to another one of her books.


    Any additional comments?

    I never felt this book had any focus or purpose. The lead character had integrity, I guess, because she wouldn't sleep with the cop she really liked because it would have violated her journalistic ethics and put her job at risk. But other than being ethical, she does not seem exceptional in any other way. Likewise, each of the other characters seem to have their own problems that kept me from caring about them. This may just a matter of taste, but I found this whole experience unfortunate. This is one of the few Audible books that I have not liked at least a little bit.

    The amazing thing was that, at the end, best-selling author Lee Child interviewed the author and told her how great he thought the book was. The interview was more interesting than the book but it sounded like it was recorded on a bus based on the amount of extraneous background sounds.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    F. Perugini Watertown, CT United States 10-09-12
    F. Perugini Watertown, CT United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Had to abandon"
    Any additional comments?

    Tried to listen up to chapter 10, then had to abandon. It just did not grab my attention at all. Another wasted credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Raleigh, NC, United States 10-06-12
    Kathleen Raleigh, NC, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2009

    I have lived in the South since college. I listen to a couple of hundred audiobooks a year, mostly romance and suspense. I have have taken many writing courses over the past half-dozen years and am attempting to write a novel myself. I suspect that learning a lot about the craft of writing and trying to perfect my own writing has made me more conscious of poor writing technique and has made me a tough reviewer.

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    "Is it too much to expect a skillful writer?"

    I was so disappointed by the opening of this book I could go no further. Writers are told that the first scene of a novel should capture the reader, make them feel as though they are in the hands of a master who will take them on a wonderful journey.

    The writing in the opening is amateurish, characterization and dialog poor. The author tries awkwardly to give us time, place, backstory. Do the following excerpts sound to YOU like what a realistic seasoned detective is thinking and saying at a murder scene? Or does it sound more like Jake, the new boy-detective, the master of cliches and dumb thoughts?

    He recognized television. Radio. That kid from the paper. How did they get here that fast?

    Too bad I can’t call Jane. She’d love this.

    What does Jane always say? It bleeds, it leads. At least her stories aren’t like that.

    The EMT’s scrambling out of the doors. No need for them to hurry, Jake thought. She’d been dead for at least three hours. Just like the other woman.

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    And, REALLY, can you "hear" this exchange among crime reporters at a murder scene?

    “One a couple a weeks ago, one today, that’s two.” "Is two murders serial?” “Both by water. Both by Bridges...That’s serial. We’re going with that. Maybe… The River Killer.’
    “We are, too. The Bridge Killer.”
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    The description is pretty well written. But if I'm going to spend hours of my time listening to a novel, I expect good writing. I gave two stars for the story because I had to rate it. Actually I have no idea.

    If you're thinking of buying this one, listen to the sample. My own fault, buying this loser. Should have listened to the sample. Got caught up in the reviews. When will I learn?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 02-28-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "ho hum"

    Had a hard time finishing, very spotty book. Not a bad story overall, just poorly done. The writing is there; strong at times, but when its weak it's very weak.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Valley City, ND, United States 08-09-14
    Carol Valley City, ND, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Too choppy"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would make it more realistic. Going back and forth between characters was too confusing. Plus it seemed that the characters who were supposedly good at detecting never followed through.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Hank Phillippi Ryan? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one where the Senator found out.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Chile 06-03-14
    Carmen Chile 06-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Find someone else to read !"

    Impossible to support such exess of enthusiasm and pulmon air in everything, including the most trivial !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Collin D. Alpert Boynton Beach FL 04-09-14
    Collin D. Alpert Boynton Beach FL 04-09-14 Member Since 2012

    paperless office maven

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    "Too involved to follow"
    Would you try another book from Hank Phillippi Ryan and/or Ilyana Kadushin?

    too many characters - too confusing - couldn't keep up with what was going on


    Would you recommend The Other Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia riverdale, GA, United States 03-25-14
    cynthia riverdale, GA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I hated it!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line, a better narrator, perhaps sound effects!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Tilt a wheel!


    What didn’t you like about Ilyana Kadushin’s performance?

    The sound of her voice, her intonation. I found myself falling asleep a lot. I had to start this story 5 or 6 times before I could get thru it. I was determined to get my monies worth!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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