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Sweet Talk: A Novel Audiobook

Sweet Talk: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression. The beautiful, tough young attorney has stumbled into the middle of an FBI sting operation and reduced it to chaos. Months of surveillance and careful planning down the drain, Kincaid’s partner is furious and lets Olivia know that she’s ticked off the wrong guy. After all, he’s FBI.

But Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier...she’s IRS.

And working for the IRS is no picnic. She’s on the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, one that threatens to ruin the lives of naive and unsuspecting victims, and one she has personal reasons to be angry about. But after she asks the wrong people questions, her life is suddenly endangered. She’s accustomed to looking out for others who are weak, but being vulnerable herself makes her realize she needs help. In desperation, she calls Grayson Kincaid.

Together they join forces to fight corruption, but Olivia is also fighting the immediate and intense attraction she feels for Agent Kincaid, and that may be a battle she is bound to lose.

©2012 Julie Garwood (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"As always, Ms. Garwood creates engaging characters who come alive page after page. The banter and interaction between Ellie and Max is beyond charming. Ellie is a spirited and strong heroine, and Max is charming in a stoic, gruff sort of way." (New York Journal of Books on The Ideal Man)

"Julie Garwood creates masterpieces every time she writes a book. Indeed, she is the Rembrandt of romance novels." (The Kansas City Star)

"Julie Garwood has become a trusted brand name in romantic fiction." (People)

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    MeMom to 2 New Jersey 06-18-14
    MeMom to 2 New Jersey 06-18-14 Listener Since 2008
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    I have never reviewed a book before, this narrator's performance was torture!! It's like each sentence was read individually and they were pieced together. Sweet Talk may be the title of the book but the narration was not. The book was predictable, tedious and way too long. I no longer listen to everything I pay for.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Story not as good as I hoped."

    And the narrator Angela Dawe made it worse.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    The narrator read like she was a TV news reporter, abrupt and fast. It was stressful to hear. There was not enough emotion or sense of wonder. Sex scenes sounded like she was reading a business report -- no sensuality. Some of the men sounded constipated, like she was holding her breath. She made the hero undesirable.

    THE STORY:
    A few scenes kept my interest, but overall it was not a well done story. I didn’t care about it. I did like two scenes: 1. about a bully at school and 2. what Olivia did when she suspected someone put poison in someone’s food.

    THE BUCHANAN/FBI SERIES:
    This is book 10 in the series. I did not like books 1 and 10. But I really liked books 2 and 3 “Mercy” and “Killjoy.” I suggest reading Mercy before Killjoy.

    Genre: romantic suspense

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jaded34 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 05-17-14
    jaded34 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 05-17-14 Member Since 2016
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    "COULD HAVE BEEN A GOO ONE!!"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Angela Dawe?

    DEFINITELY!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    IVE LIKED THE OTHER BOOKS IVE LISTENED TO VERY MUCH, AND IVE GOT TO SAY I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE. HOWEVER IT IS SO IM PORTANT TO HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB AND THIS CASE YOU DO NOT. THE NARRARTOR IS SO NOT INTO IT AND EVEN PRONOUNCES SOME WORDS INCORRECTLY. I MIGHT READ BOOK TO GET MORE OUT OF IT.


    Was Sweet Talk: A Novel worth the listening time?

    NO HAPPY TO GET THROUGH, SORRY I WASTED MONEY ON IT.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Standard Garwood contemporary"
    Where does Sweet Talk: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. It was enjoyable, nothing noteworthy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong heroine.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really did not like the voice of the hero. It was very annoying to me, but her other male voices didn't bother me at all. Otherwise, she is very good. But every time Grayson had a line, I winced. Regardless, she is a good narrator, I just did not like that one character's voice.


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

    Not really, but I think that is because I have the book, and have read it a few times already.


    Any additional comments?

    Garwood has a set procedure with her contemporary works, so if you read one, you have read them all. Heroine is strong, meets hero where one is in trouble, the other helps. Proceed cat and mouse romance, meanwhile heroine is threatened by something related to her marriage or family, and hero helps, then the final showdown where something almost happens to the heroine, but the hero will be there in the nick of time to prevent it. I have found this in every one of her books. But the kicker is, I still read them. Her works are no longer unique, but they are interesting, and you know that going in. They are cookie cutter, but still satisfying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-10-13
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    "Horrible narration....."
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Angela Dawe?

    Love Garwood.
    Hate Dawe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    JG's books are always sweet and funny! Love the strong women and men and their quirky sense of humor.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT. Will likely return this book because of the horrible narration. Every sentence was rushed/anxious. Ms. Garwood's books are sweet, fun, and sensitive. This narration did not portray any of those emotions. There was no difference in speed or inflection between warm romantic scenes and suspenseful angry scenes. On a scale of 0 to 10, for me she was below 0. Very disappointing.
    From the first sentence, listening to Dawe was a trial. I will not listen to her again, even for a Julie Garwood book :'(


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer L. Cardoza Los angeles 08-07-13
    Jennifer L. Cardoza Los angeles 08-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Jen

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    "I never write reviews"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I never like to write reviews but this book was great the story was ok, but the speaker was like a drone. Even during the sexy scenes it was like listening to my kindle read it. Sad because the story was good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ann 05-03-13
    ann 05-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Julie- not so good narrator"
    Would you listen to Sweet Talk: A Novel again? Why?

    Julie Garwood books are always good for multiple listens.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It seemed as if she was rushing to get to the end of a sentence before she ran out of breath.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the sample but if you're like me a Julie Garwood book is good regardless of the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy United States 12-06-12
    Wendy United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "good story, bad narration"

    I didn't like the narration of this book at all. I think I would have enjoyed the story much more if I had read it myself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-10-12
    Brenda COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Better Read than listened to"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Another great story by Julie Garwood but the narrator annoyed the heck out of me. Her inflection was horrible most of the time. She needs to put more feeling into her performance because she takes away from a fantastic author's work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Olivia's personality


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get another narrator


    Did Sweet Talk: A Novel inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 10-23-12
    Annette 10-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrible Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. The continuous pauses after every sentence. It is sad to say, but I could have done better. Each stated sentence ends with a 2 second pause. Was maddening.


    Would you recommend Sweet Talk: A Novel to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Story line is weak and unbelievable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, normally, I try not to let it bother me if the story line was good, however, on numerous occasions I wanted to stop listening her voice was driving me nuts. I even speed the narration up to a higher pace to see if that helped - it didn't.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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