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The Great Escape | [Susan Elizabeth Phillips]

The Great Escape

Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.
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Publisher's Summary

Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast.

Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her but reveals nothing about himself. As the hot summer days unfold amid scented breezes and sudden storms, she'll encounter a passion that could change her life forever.

In this dazzling follow-up to her New York Times best seller, Call Me Irresistible, Susan Elizabeth Phillips tells the funny, touching, enchanting story of a young woman searching for her destiny...and of a damaged man who doesn't believe in second chances.

Performed by Shannon Cochran

©2012 Susan Elizabeth Phillips (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    April Inverness, FL, United States 07-11-12
    April Inverness, FL, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Better than the last one"

    I was so disappointed with Call Me Irresistible that I was prepared for disaster with this one. In spite of that, I stayed up until 3am waiting for the Audible download to go live. Diehard SEP fans do that.

    THE GOOD: The story was satisfying in the way some of the older books were - good characterization, a couple of side stories, an interesting location, and some interesting bits about various "locale" things that made it easier to visualize the setting.

    THE IRRITATING: Like so many successful fiction writers, SEP seems to feel it her duty to jump on social and political issues as part of the storyline. This is not a terrible thing. I suspect that authors employing these devices do make their readers stop and think a bit, but in this book, as in many others I've read in recent years, the preaching is just a little bit too much to the forefront and takes away from the story, rather than adding to it.

    THE MEDIOCRE: I came away knowing more about the secondary characters and their motivations than I did the Hero. His story is held back for much of the book. The sexual tension between Lucy and Panda is not quite as hot as I might have wanted, and I''m not talking about explicit sex scenes here, but the ongoing sizzle. SEP is capable of this, as seen in Match Me If You Can and as far back as This Heart of Mine.

    I'm hoping her next book will have less social consciousness and more romance.

    Would I buy it again? Yes

    Will I listen to it again? Yes

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Athens, TX, United States 07-14-12
    Linda Athens, TX, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2005

    Retired librarian and absolutely addicted to audio books.

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    "good story but narrator ruined it for me"
    What did you like best about The Great Escape? What did you like least?

    SEP always involves past book characters in her story, and Great Escape was no exception. The secondary romance between Bree and Mike took too long to develop, but was resolved very nicely.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think that we all miss Anna Fields who was Phillips' go-to narrator until Fields' tragic death. While Shannon Cochran is a competent narrator, I finally decided why she was ALL WRONG for Great Escape. Her voice is too old for Lucy, and secondly, most importantly, she never conveyed the joy that SEP imbues in all her books.


    Was The Great Escape worth the listening time?

    No, I wish I had read it instead of listening to it.


    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Melvin ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 07-17-12
    Melvin ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Sub Par SEP"
    What disappointed you about The Great Escape?

    The story was not up to SEP's normal standards. Less detail, less compelling characters and no witty repartee.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips again?

    Well, I've liked several of her books, but this one is really not up to her usual standards. I'd hesitate before I plunge into the next one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded quite old - WAY too old for the main characters. Also, not enough nuance between narration and character voices. Kid voices also not well portrayed. Too squeaky and not believable. Child in the book for 12 not 4.


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

    Disappointment. It feels like a novice ghost writer wrote this instead of SEP. There was a little bit of the familiar finesse with the Bri/Mike storyline, but nothing was developed enough - false stakes, not enough genuine tension. SEP phoned this one in. Don't bother.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 07-16-12
    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "stupid"
    Would you try another book from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and/or Shannon Cochran?

    yes, but I'd think again. She usually has good books, but this onei dumb....the narrator is so old.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    dunno


    How could the performance have been better?

    a younger narrator....better story... it was a hugh task to get through it


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Escape?

    Luci playing Viper. Period..


    Any additional comments?

    sucks!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Steamboat Springs, CO, United States 07-17-12
    Amazon Customer Steamboat Springs, CO, United States 07-17-12
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    "Bummer....terrible narration."

    I love SEP's books and actually about despised the characters by the time I was finished listening because of the nasal, odd voices they were given by the narrator. Gotta go read it now so I can enjoy it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Johannsburg, South Africa 07-16-12
    Karin Johannsburg, South Africa 07-16-12
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    "A monumentally sad disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator has a hard act to follow. No-one can match Anna Fields. Taking that into account, and making allowances, this is still not good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips again?

    I have all SEPs books. I have loved most of them but this was a great disappointment. The characters didn't develop. It was impossible to care about them. Lucy was just awful. What grown woman of 31 behaves that badly. Who on earth would name a grown man Panda? Ridiculous. The other characters in the book, especially Mike were one dimensional. I truly hope SEP has not lost IT.


    What didn’t you like about Shannon Cochran’s performance?

    The accents were bad, the tone was whiny. No enjoyable. Such a shame.


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

    I hate to say this, but no.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Corrie DUBOIS, PA, United States 07-13-12
    Corrie DUBOIS, PA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "not one of her bests"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am shocked by the high rating this is getting. I am a huge SEP fan and love most of her books, but this one was just not up to par. There was so much going on that you never really get attached to her to Lucy or patrick. Thenshe tried to throw every thing she could in. It turns out panda has everything and anything that he can. Plus, he is an orphan and then sayssonething about having his mom in a senior center. The voice usedfor Lucy sounds like a 50 year old woman and not a 30 year old lady. It just was very long without being really good.

    Just too much!!


    What could Susan Elizabeth Phillips have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Eliminate some of the issues with Patrick, it was too much!!!! We get it, SEP believes in gay marriages. Stop pushing itdown our throats!! I am not reading these books to debate serious topics.


    Could you see The Great Escape being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way!!"


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 07-13-12
    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 07-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I wasn't crazy about it."

    Most good authors seem to reach a peak at some point in their body of work, and then gradually subside into lesser quality. This seems to be the case with SEP. Her last few books haven't been terrible, but they haven't been great either. Even a lesser SEP book is worth a read. But I feel like she hasn't really found a new story in a long time. She just seems to be recycling elements from her best books to make her new ones.

    I haven't given up hope. I will get her next book. I may even reread this one occasionally, but if you are new to Susan Elizabeth Phillips, know that there are much better books in her body of work than this one. Go back to her earlier stuff if you want her best.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    L. Antoine Canada 07-18-12
    L. Antoine Canada 07-18-12 Member Since 2010

    book-worm

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    "Disappointing!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although I generally like SEP's novels, and have been waiting for this one, this book was way long - with too much side details. The development of story-line and characters this time was below her other novels. I kept thinking just finish the book already. It was actually boring at parts, annoying at others and the end was hardly convincing!


    What could Susan Elizabeth Phillips have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    make it shorter.


    What three words best describe Shannon Cochran’s voice?

    was better with her last SEP novel


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. Moore Houston, TX 07-14-12
    G. Moore Houston, TX 07-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Another SEP that doesn't measure up"

    For a long time anything that SEP wrote I bought immediately and loved and re-read often. This one is part of what is becoming just so-so books from a formerly great writer. The last three-four books have been disappointing and this one continues the trend. There were characters that seemed re-cycled from older books, seemingly token PC inclusions - a multi-racial child, gay relationship, veterans with PST - really?? These are important issues, but here seemed to be just included as a way of checking off a list. The e-book was far shorter than some of her other ones, but seemed to drag, to the point I actually fast forwarded twice.

    I will not be re-listening to this book and cannot recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Not great"

    The story was unbelievable and the main character just a noted me. The side story was much better than the main one.

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