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Where There's Smoke Audiobook

Where There's Smoke

No one knows why Lara Mallory opens up her medical practice in the rowdy Texas town where Tackett Oil owns everything. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett. Now the ironfisted matriarch of Tackett Oil intends to use her money and power to drive Lara out of town...especially when Lara meets Key, the hell-raising, youngest Tackett son.
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No one knows why Lara Mallory opens up her medical practice in the rowdy Texas town where Tackett Oil owns everything. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett. Now the ironfisted matriarch of Tackett Oil intends to use her money and power to drive Lara out of town...especially when Lara meets Key, the hell-raising, youngest Tackett son. Before long, this determined woman doctor and brash, daring flyer find themselves hurtling on a soul-searing quest for the one secret that can destroy the Tackett empire, as rumors start flying that...Where There's Smoke.

©1994 Sandra Brown; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kyla Narangba, Australia 12-13-10
    Kyla Narangba, Australia 12-13-10
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    "Loved It!"

    I've listend to a few Sandra Brown books and this one was the best. I even listened to it again straight after I enjoyed it that much. The twists and turns were brilliant. Thank you for a great read/listen...makes my nights at work go much quicker...thanks

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 03-18-10
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 03-18-10 Member Since 2015

    avid reader

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    "Awesome story!"

    This is an awesome story with great characters and a thrilling plot. The story was long, but there were several twists and turns in the story to fill the time. And the narrator was fantastic!

    Not sure what the previous reviewer disliked this story so much. I found it thoroughly entertaining and well worth the credit!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    holly 02-05-16
    holly 02-05-16
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    "Not close to good"

    First time I was disappointed by Sandra brown. Must be one of her first books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iva Fairfield, TX, United States 01-11-16
    Iva Fairfield, TX, United States 01-11-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read."

    Loved the story and characters. Spot on for a small town--politics, gossip, etc. have listened more than once!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell HANSCHEN 12-20-15
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    "Wonderful narrator, so-so story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it, with warnings about its shortcomings.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know yet.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Bowie.


    Do you think Where There's Smoke needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If Sandra Brown were to write a follow-up now, it would be far better than the original.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a terrible book in so many ways, but I had to keep listening in spite of its many faults. The best feature was Natalie Ross's first rate narration. It went a long way in overcoming the book's shortcomings. I am a big fan of Sandra Brown, but this 1993 title is not up to her current standard. Much of it reads like a trashy romance, with a heroine who makes as many stupid choices as your average horror story stooge. However, there were moments that showed the author Sandra Brown would come. There were unexpected twists that compelled me to finish the book, even as I groaned at the cheesy dialogue and obvious errors in logic and facts. It was also enlightening to see how much our social attitudes have grown in the past twenty-two years. I'm not sorry I read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stills Oakland, CA, United States 06-12-14
    Stills Oakland, CA, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great intriging story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Where There's Smoke the most enjoyable?

    The various characters and their stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where There's Smoke?

    The conclusion.


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

    An abundance of talent. Natalie Ross is one of my favorite female readers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Sandra Brown and have listened to almost 20 books on tape but I was really impressed with this one. Actually one that I started a few years ago but got away from it, Glad I finished it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria BARCELONA, Spain 04-07-14
    Maria BARCELONA, Spain 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I liked it very much!!"
    What did you love best about Where There's Smoke?

    That not everything ends well like a fairy tale, but well enought not to have a sour taste when you finish reading


    What other book might you compare Where There's Smoke to and why?

    Mirrow image or other Sandra Brown novels


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    The secondary characters. Key's sister


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 02-26-14
    Heather 02-26-14
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    "Dud"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is WAY TOO MUCH filler. So much going on that is really not important at all. I get why some of the characters were introduced - but too much time was spent on completely insignificant stories. Additionally, the trip to South America was way too farfetched and lent little to the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sandra Brown again?

    Yes. I have enjoyed some of her works in the past.


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

    I dont remember. However, I though she did an excellent job on the different characters.


    Could you see Where There's Smoke being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I am writing this review mainly because I depend on reviews in making my decisions. This book is ok. I agree with previous reviewers that said the main characters were unlikeable. Honestly, I couldn't have cared less if they ended up together or not. I really dont know why they did based on the events of the story. On top of that, the woman was an idiot. She supposedly made these career decisions against the will of her parents and made decisions about going to South American - decisions that would make one think she strong willed; however, she sits by and lets the men in her life make decisons that ruin her life. Those are conflicting personality traits that make her unlikeable. And the main guy is just a major jerk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-10-14
    Karen 02-10-14

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

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    "Classic Brown listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Where There's Smoke the most enjoyable?

    good story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    the unexpected mystery, Ms Brown always adds in her story


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

    I love all of Ms Ross's reads...I buy stories based on her reading it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Classic listen


    Any additional comments?

    You do not want to miss this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    QueenofKenway Canada 08-05-13
    QueenofKenway Canada 08-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A quick Summer Read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a Sandra Brown novel; can't help but read her books. Didn't care for the narrator's voice. Story was predictable.


    Would you recommend Where There's Smoke to your friends? Why or why not?

    Good or bad Sandra's stories are captivating. Even it the story may not have depth, it still enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The released from captivity and was in the hotel.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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