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Publisher's Summary

New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

Her trip to Georgia to meet the mysterious author takes her to an eerie, ruined cotton plantation, where Maris finds Parker Evans, a man confined to a wheelchair who carefully hides his past. Coaxing his novel from him chaper by chapter, Maris becomes caught up in his tale of two friends who rent a boat with a young woman for a night of sex and drinking. Only one person will return from that trip.

Disturbed about her sexual attraction to Parker and worried about her marriage to author and her co-publisher Noah Reed, Maris returns to New York, where the delivery of Parker's newest chapters convince her they are more than fiction. She wonders how well she knows her husband and begins a harrowing search for a truth that ties back to a terrifying crime and a man who will use her, or anyone, to get his revenge.

©2001 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Well written, well read and all around enjoyable

What did you love best about Envy?

I enjoyed listening to the twists and turns of this story. Although I did figure out some of the twists before they occurred the author got me with others. This was a fun listen.

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Loved story and narrator

If you could sum up Envy in three words, what would they be?

Enticing, electric, emotional

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. The writer's story was richly layered and kept you wondering what was going to happen next.

What does Victor Slezak bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

His voice really resonated for me as the character of the writer. It seemed to fit him perfectly. I wouldn't want to hear him in anyone else's voice.

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

Yes. When she discovered her husband's involvement.

Any additional comments?

Something about Slezak's voice brought the writer's taunting way of speaking to life for me. Hard and crusty, but just a cover up to hide his pain. Would love to hear him narrate more of this character. Will look for more books narrated by him.

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  • Karen
  • Chandler, AZ, United States
  • 07-31-12

Love the story, narrator Slezak amazing

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

His voice is so pleasing to listen to and he reads so well. I wish he narrated more good books.

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

yes

Any additional comments?

This was a great story, and the narrator superb. The only thing to be forewarned is it's a bit racy, so I wouldn't listen to it on speaker mode with small children.

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An adventure within an adventure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found this story, within another story, captivating and suspenseful could not wait for the next chapter to emerge

What was one of the most memorable moments of Envy?

The disclosure of the mystery. which no one could anticipate

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

His voice, his acting, as an amateur actor myself, he was totally believable

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

I felt I was reading a newspaper report about what happened, but with insight about the facts.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, and I will keep it on my Kindle to read again and again

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  • Sully
  • Southampton, MA
  • 07-24-12

Very Forgetable

I was just looking through my library and came across this title and thought...Hey, when did I get this book. After listening to a few minutes I remembered that I just finished this book about 2 weeks ago. Shows you how forgetable the story is. Very average.

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Well Told Story

This is my favorite audiobook so far, out of about half a hundred. The pacing is intriguing, the mystery gets fleshed and then revealed with optimum suspense. Characters are colorful. Won't spoil any surprises--listen and find out why this novel is called "Envy."

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Loved it!

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This is the first audio book I have purchased in quite awhile and it was GREAT! There were several suprise twists and the story moved at a good pace.

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  • Grace
  • Edina, MN, United States
  • 07-21-12

5 Year Favorite

After years of being an audiofile this book and narrator is a chick lit favorite for me. Perfect reader, perfect cadence. Well written. I have not been nearly as fond of Sandra Browns other novels besides this one. Sure, I've listened to a few, and this one is in it's very own class outshining most chick lit cozies as the sun to a candle.

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Best Sandra ever

Would you consider the audio edition of Envy to be better than the print version?

This story is somewhat predictable but keeps you interested. Lots of great characters and great plot.

What did you like best about this story?

Nice love story.

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  • Leigh
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 07-05-12

Most enjoyable mystery and offbeat love story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. Very clever plot with engaging characters. The heroine is likable and believable. The bad guy is thoroughly despicable.

What did you like best about this story?

Well worked out plot. Reaches a satisfying climax and some element of surprise.

What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

He is a great reader. Does a female voice really well. Could listen to him for hours.

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

A bit long for one sitting but i found that i couldn't "put it down".

Any additional comments?

Takes a really good author to make a man in a wheelchair so super sexy and masculine.