Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age....
Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman, may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career....
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic....
Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes....
In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager....
Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married to a top anchorman, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life in Beverly Hills....
On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, and his references are impeccable. But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie....
It starts as a prank - a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe....
Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather's grave. Now she's burying Drake Trucking's top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder....
With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What she expects to be a boring job becomes anything but....
Claudia Bishop's perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her....
Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder....
Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit....
Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine....
Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather's treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune....
What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession, and Kate's fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two....
As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life at risk....
Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death....
From number-one New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.
Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.
Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high stakes. Despite Crawford's obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.
But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large...and a threat.
Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary die-hard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.
Friction will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.
Sandra Brown lived up to expectations with her latest novel but I found that the narrator spoilt it for me. Stephen Lang's Crawford Hunt sounded like a recovering alcoholic/caveman. The other characters were well depicted. I also found numerous instances during the narration where there had been editing, with the narrator's timbre suddenly changing and breaking the flow. A poor audiobook production, Hachette Audio, sorry!
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Friction?
It was a good story. Not very complex but an easy "read". It was predicable, not a lot of twists and turns in the plot.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The main character reminded me of Timothy Oliphant's character in the FX series Justified.
Did Stephen Lang do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
He did a decent job of the voices although the production was poor. There were obvious times that the editor had cut in different readings because the tone of his voice would abruptly change. These unfortunately were done in mid script and not during natural breaks in the story.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Stephen Lang?
Nothing about this story was believable, particularly the motives and reactions of the characters. Very disappointing.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Where does Friction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
If you are a long time fan of S.B. as I am, you will recognize her classic romance/mystery stye of writing in this story. This is not her best, but it will not disappoint. As always, S.B. has a last minute twist before the story ends.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Friction?
When Crawford has any dialogue with Georgia. She will grab your heart.
What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
My fave readers are Victor Slezak, and Jonathan Davis. Check out their reads of S.B. works. Natalie Ross, Enid Graham ,and Stephen do a good job, but they didn't get the top S.B. stories to read. Stephen did bring our hero to life as he is a good actor and can read well.
Any additional comments?
If you like this story, see Sandra Brown's Stand Off, Smoke Screen, and newest best, Mean Streak. These are not to be missed.
21 of 24 people found this review helpful
i really liked the story line, I am just getting tired of having to hunt around to find books with out a ton of sex. i am not against sexual tension between characters or implied sex, but can I get a great book with out bulging throbbing pants and heaving breasts?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Kept me interested from beginning to end. Great twist at the end! All of the characters were well written and stayed true to themselves even though they were changed through circumstances.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
It's ok but there are better stories out there
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Narrator was ok, the voice over corrections were really bad.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I loved, loved this book. While I'm sure it's being criticized for having too much romance, that's what made me fall in love with Sandra Brown's writing so many years ago. And for me, Friction was almost a throw back to the early days of her suspense. It's got all those awesome elements ~ the hunky, oh so NOT perfect hero, the heroine who is really TOO perfect but you can't help but find yourself really liking her and rooting for her to find a way to wind up with this not so perfect guy ~ the twisty, tricky storyline that pulls you in deeper and deeper...oh, and those red herrings she's great at throwing out there. You just KNOW you've got it figured out...but you're wrong. I enjoyed this book immensely!
Crawford Hunt is a jaded, coming back from being down on his luck Texas Ranger.
Judge Holly Spenser is the presiding judge on Crawford's custody case to win back his daughter.
They find themselves thrown together in a court room shooting that begins a tempest of suspicion, suspense, romance, sex...and emotions that emanate from the pages. Again, I LOVED it! I wanted it to be LONGER!!
Excellent narration ~ the story truly came to life!!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
After a number of lackluster audio books recently this book was a pleasant surprise. It was a well written story that kept me involved for it's duration. The narration was a bit dreary but didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the book.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
Typically Sandra Brown novel with great characters and plot. The narrative is broken by poorly done voice-over, but didn't distract from the story.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful