Heartbreaker

Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Series: Nick Buchanan, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,281 ratings)

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In the still shadows of the confessional, a madman tauntingly reveals his plan for a murder he is going to commit, pulling Father Thomas Madden into a twisted game by disclosing his next intended victim: Tom's sister, Laurant. In a frantic race to protect her, Tom calls upon his best friend, elite FBI agent Nick Buchanan, to track the predator who is closing in on Laurant. Now, as an electrifying attraction grows between Laurant and Nick, so does the danger - and one false move will cost both of them everything that matters.

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

Critic Reviews

"Heartbreaker moves along at a racehorse pace, its plot swerving and darting with sudden turns and jolts.... Garwood's characters are well drawn." ( New York Post)
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Fun and Funny

Good solid story here. The narration is good too. Julie Garwood can be counted on for decent entertainment.

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No struggle here.

If you were following my pitiful reviews you will know I have had a few disappointing books. Been trying to decide what has been driving me up the wall. Maybe it is the narrators who just read it to me. Whoever this one was took the time to draw the picture of the voices with hers. Impressive. Really good book.

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FBI to the rescue.

I am huge fan of Julie Garwood's older books and I like her newer stuff, just not as much as I enjoyed her Highlander or Regency books. This book is good but I wouldn't say great. I didn't connect with the characters as well as I would have liked. I have a hard time when the main characters are lacking any flaws. One thing that annoyed me is that we never hear the stories being told about Nick and Tommy only that there are stories and that they were funny. Maybe she was going for heartwarming and not funny because I didn't laugh. Narrator was okay, the recording had a few instances where the sound would drop, it usually only last a couple of seconds.

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Couldn't finish it

Story was weak, narrator awful!.
Won't be wasting anymore credits from this author or narrator.

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Great story!!!!!

I like the narrator when she does her women voices the men not so much, love Garwood and her stories this one as well as Mercy have a bite the story is suspenseful enough that keeps it interesting, yes I would recommend this to other people, I can even see this made into a movie.

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Decent plot, but a lot of Julie Garwood cliches

The plot was fairly interesting and I enjoyed the main characters except it was a bit heavy on the standard Julie Garwood tropes (or maybe I am just tired of them). The first big trope is a heroine who is so beautiful and wonderful everyone, male or female, is in love with them. In this case, the heroine is so beautiful she actually was a fashion model who was forced to quit, she's super smart, multilingual and also a ridiculously talented painter. She is just too perfect, and therefore does not seem at all human. The other standard trope is that the hero falls in love with the heroine almost instantly and primarily for her looks. I think personality should count a bit more. A relationship based on lust alone seems doomed since looks fade and pretty people can be horrible underneath their skin.

But otherwise the mystery was pretty good and the story moved a long at a good clip. If you like Julie Garwood and don't mind her cliches you will probably like this too.

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Meh

I can't decide what's worse. A predictable story that could have been told in a third the time. A narrator whose accent sounds robotic, over articulates, and sometimes adds the wrong accent to the character. I listened to it on a 1.25 speed just to get it over with. Whoever hired this narrator should be fired, or at least forced to listen to the entire book.

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Narrator was a Heartbreaker

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I quit listening to this story because I could no longer take the narrator's voice. From the very beginning, it was like listening to an automated operator or Siri read a book to me. I stuck around for a few chapters because the story line was intriguing but I finally gave up.

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Good story, terrible narrator

The story is great, I love Julie Garwood. But this narrator is horrible! Her cadence is extremely annoying. Literally had to force myself to continue listening because I wanted to find out what happened but I hated the narrator so badly. Will make a point to never buy another audiobook she does.

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Not Garwood's Best

The book itself is not Garwood's best. There is a lot of editorial issues For example one character refers to a pair of sheets instead of a set of sheets. There are a lot of other such problems. Beyond that, there is way too much unnecessary narration that doesn't add to or carry the story.

This makes for a mediocre story way less than the quality expected from Ms. Garwood.

Add to that a horrible performance of the narration. The heroine starts out having a little accent that is even referred to in the narration, but very quickly the accent goes away and never comes back. For the rest of the book her voice is simply Miss Bedroom voice.

The male voices are horrid. Nothing else can be said about them.

The narration pulls the already mediocre story into the 2 star rating.

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