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Sweet Revenge: A Novel | [Nora Roberts]

Sweet Revenge: A Novel

At 25, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy. Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next. But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth. For 10 years Adrianne has lived for revenge. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay.
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Publisher's Summary

At 25, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy. Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next. But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth.

For 10 years Adrianne has lived for revenge. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay. She will take possession of the one thing he values above all others - The Sun and the Moon, a fabled necklace beyond price.

Yet just as she is poised to take her vengeance, she meets a man who seems to divine her every secret. Clever, charming, and enigmatic, Philip Chamberlain has his own private reasons for getting close to Princess Adrianne. And only when it's too late will she see the hidden danger…as she finds herself up against two formidable men - one with the knowledge to take her freedom, the other with the power to take her life.

©1988 Nora Roberts (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    patricia 05-01-14
    patricia 05-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Unhappy with the reader."
    What did you like best about Sweet Revenge? What did you like least?

    I love Nora Roberts. Her stories are Romantic and interesting. Her women are strong and intelligent. But with sweet Revenge the reader made all the women either lisp or sound like a whiny drag queen. And the usually rugged men sound as if they are all trying to be Errol Flinn.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Revenge?

    I have a hard time picking just one. But the last confrontation with the King is my favorite.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Having a reader with a better understanding of the Author.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A better reader


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Sweet Revenge is not a " first book" for someone trying out a new author. It would seriously hurt the reputation of Nora Roberts if it is.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 05-06-14
    Melanie 05-06-14
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Sweet Revenge?

    I could not make it past the 3rd chapter due to the narrator.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found someone else to narrate the books.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Dripping SPrings, TX, USA 05-04-14
    Rick Dripping SPrings, TX, USA 05-04-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book ruined by narration"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Napoleon Ryan?

    Nora yes of course.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard to say, I can't get past the bad narration


    Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan’s performances?

    No


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    With all the great books that Nora has written and has had performed, how did this happen?

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Noseworthy 09-29-14
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    "OMG"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    In less than 10 minutes, I realized that 15 hours of this guy was going to drive me crazy. I'm requesting a refund...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 08-10-14
    Brenda 08-10-14
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    "The WORST Nora Roberts book"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Napoleon Ryan?

    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. Napoleon Ryan is the worst narrator I've had the misfortune of hearing.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The setting. I'm not fond of stories involving the Middle East these days.


    What didn’t you like about Napoleon Ryan’s performance?

    His voice alone is irritating enough.


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

    I stopped listening to it after about an hour or so. So, that said, I found nothing actually that I liked.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be more careful the next time I order an audible book, and make sure I listen to the sample before purchasing a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Portland, OR, United States 07-07-14
    Vickie Portland, OR, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator was perfect"
    Would you listen to Sweet Revenge: A Novel again? Why?

    Yes. It is a story so rich, that a second reading would allow me to absorb more detail.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Revenge: A Novel?

    When Phillip caught her stealing back her necklace. Her emotions were caused her to be careless, showing a great new side of her.


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

    I have not, but I enjoyed he narrator and his great gift with accents.


    Any additional comments?

    It is one of the best Nora Roberts novels I have read in years. While I love her fantasy stories, this story was moving, interesting and I couldn't out it down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Davis GA 05-12-14
    M. Davis GA 05-12-14 Member Since 2008

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    "All time very best NR ever!!!!"
    Would you listen to Sweet Revenge again? Why?

    Absolutely! I just fell in love with these characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Revenge?

    Too any to name just one!


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

    The accent!! Outstanding narration.


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

    It takes a thief :)


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read/listen!!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca H. 06-21-15
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    "Loved the story. Narration was terrible!"

    Loved the story. Narration was terrible! The British accent sounded fake. And he made Philip sound completely boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dybedal-Bristow Napa, CA 06-09-15
    M. Dybedal-Bristow Napa, CA 06-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, wish I'd read it....."

    I'm sure Napoleon Ryan can do a great job with a right novel but for this story it didn't do the job for me. I tried speeding up the narration and finally jumped from chapter 3 to 10 to 14 and finally to the last chapter vowing to read the book. I love Nora Roberts longer novels as the longer they are the less Harlequin flavor so this was especially disappointing. Can't wait to read this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JLee rodeo, ca 05-29-15
    JLee rodeo, ca 05-29-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Unusual But Wonderful Love story"

    I admit listening to the beginning I was hesitant to continue. I am elated that I chose to keep listening. This has been added to my all time favorite books! Good to the last word!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • sandra
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    4/29/14
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    "Predictable... but soooo good!"
    Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    when I started listening I struggled a little with the delivery, but Napoleons voice just lures you in... and he is by far the best at ladies voices I have ever heard.


    Any additional comments?

    I have only recently found Nora Roberts books, but am so glad I did. I find them compelling listening... If you are looking for a satisfying twisty turny book, then look no further.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Hamilton, United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "An easy listen"
    What did you like most about Sweet Revenge: A Novel?

    I liked the fact it was set over a variety of countries, the author's in depth descriptions of each setting enables you to imagine it clearly. Also, the characters were varied, which held my interest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the inner strength of our herione and the fact that she isn't sickly sweet, she's had to take some knocks in life. Her fathers treatment of her and her mother, shaped her and helped her to see people for who they are and she treats them accordingly.


    Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. His voice is distinctive, very upperclass English and at first I worried it would perhaps be too much but he uses it well to differentiate between the characters. I would listen to another book he'd narrated.


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

    I'd like to do this with all books, unfortunately it's not possible!


    Any additional comments?

    This was an easy and enjoyable listen, a good one for walking the dogs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan sparrow
    York, United Kingdom
    6/28/15
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    "My first Nora Roberts story"

    I really enjoyed this story. It was well performed and quite gripping. I will have to try some of her others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Drumshanbo, Ireland
    3/29/15
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    "Not my type of book"

    This is chick-lit. The story is improbable. The characters are very much larger-than-life and the romantic scenes are ridiculous. When playing the male characters the reader spoke so slowly that I had to set playback at a faster speed for most of the book. I listened to it all, hence three stars. But I fell asleep for long sections and didn't bother rewinding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karla
    UAE
    2/17/15
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    "Good story, narration could have been better!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a good time killer, and with a 90 min each way driving commute this killed the time nicely, however the narration was sickly and what drove me mad the most (warning SPOILER alert) is that the main character having been brought up in the USA from the age of 8 hadn't lost ANY of her strong Arabic accent in adulthood. Really???


    Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan’s performances?

    Definately not based upon this performance


    Could you see Sweet Revenge: A Novel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    A movie yes. Phoebe - Julia Roberts or Angelena Joli. Adrianne - Emma Watson. Phillip - Benedict Cumberbatch


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tippgirl
    Ireland
    2/7/15
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    "Not bad up to a point"

    It's not a bad storyline, and I enjoyed the book up to a point, however, the narration can make or break a book, and Phlip Chamberlain's James Bond accent and the cheesy romance scenes nearly drove me insane and completely detracted from what could have easily been a really good heist story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GAMES MOM
    DEVON, UK
    1/1/15
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    "Had potential, but lost it with the slushy stuff"

    Male lead was nauseating to listen too, I couldn't wait for this book to end. Sorry just not my cuppa

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui Barsky
    Lancashire, England
    7/7/14
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    "A Very Modern Fairy Tale"
    What made the experience of listening to Sweet Revenge: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    I absolutely loved the way this story was presented, how it touched on some modern issues and how it all thread so beautifully together. But then, as a Nora Roberts fan, I would expect no less!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Princess Adrianne was an extraordinary character with both vulnerability and strength of character and I really enjoyed the way she dealt with all that life brings her. I also have to mention the lovable rogue, Philip Chamberlain.


    Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't as yet listened to any other Napoleon Ryan's performances.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Princess in Jeopardy


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    6/9/14
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    "OMG"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who can stand the awful narrators delivery method


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    don't know didn't listen after a few minutes of awful narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    yep new narrator


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sweet Revenge?

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Coleraine, United Kingdom
    5/24/14
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    "predictable"
    Would you try another book written by Nora Roberts or narrated by Napoleon Ryan?

    Maybe one by Nora Roberts, but definitely not another by this narrator!


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

    The least interesting was that it was fairly predictable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Oh my! If you can cope with a narrator who makes Brian Sewell sound a bit common and who pauses significantly over every detail, you might like this novel. In the end, I couldn't cope and gave up - rare for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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