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The Ideal Man Audiobook

The Ideal Man: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed - and popular - romance authors around, with 36 million copies of her books in print. And now, with The Ideal Man, Garwood is poised to expand that already huge audience.

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.

Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.

Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence - or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly....

©2011 Julie Garwood (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    LadyM United States 03-08-12
    LadyM United States 03-08-12
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    "Very Interesting!"
    Where does The Ideal Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ideal Man?

    It kept my interest from beginning to end, can't say there's any special moments.


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

    I can't remember if I've heard her before, but she's good. A pleasant voice. Some voices are not easy to listen to, but hers is.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book more than any I've heard in a long time. I would certainly recommend it to others.

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    karen United States 02-06-12
    karen United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "It's worth a listen."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's an easy and good escape-from-the-day piece. Not taxing in any way yet not totally predictable either.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mean twin sister who was just so awful, I couldn't hardly believe some of the things that came out of her mouth! Just plain fun.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Could have used more Southern accent for the twin sisters.


    Was The Ideal Man worth the listening time?

    Absoutely!


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    Leila 01-15-12
    Leila 01-15-12
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    "Good to curl up with"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ideal Man the most enjoyable?

    The plot was good. Just the right amount of romance and suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good light read. Just right.

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    EJ 01-14-12
    EJ 01-14-12
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    "Julie Garwood does it again!!"
    Would you listen to The Ideal Man again? Why?

    The last couple of Garwood contemporaries have been a bit disappointing in my opinion, but her lastest offering, The Ideal Man, does not disappoint. This is the Julie Garwood I have read for 30 years. Love the characters and the plot line was believable. This audio book will be one of my annual re-reads. The narrator was ok, but didn't seem engaged in the story as some narrators are when reading the story. Overall this book is a keeper. Love, love, loved it.


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

    Not quite on the edge but it did manage to keep me engaged in the story.


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

    I didn't find that she brought anything special to the experience.


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    Jeanette Guanajuato 01-13-12
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    "Disappointing ....."

    I am a Huge Julie Garwood Fan. This was not worth the wait, time, or credit. Extremely Disappointed. Not the normal Julie Garwood Quality.

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    Stacey 01-10-12
    Stacey 01-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Never had a bad read from Julie Garwood."
    If you could sum up The Ideal Man in three words, what would they be?

    I found this modern book well written. I usually read her historical romance; but I found this book compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a very interesting story. I liked the dual story and how Ellie overcomes her troubles with the help of Max.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Traister – was your favorite?

    I hate to say this but I really like the sister getting married. I really wanted to just slap her. She made a really big impression.


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

    It made me laugh and think about what happens out in the bad world.


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    Margaret Youngstown, OH, United States 12-30-11
    Margaret Youngstown, OH, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Ideal Man great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ideal Man the most enjoyable?

    very enjoyable experience. Enjoyed the story line and the narrator was very good.


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

    The plot was good and the book was an easy listen


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

    I have not listened to Christina Traister before but she did a great job reading the story so others would enjoy listening.


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    Nancy United States 12-08-11
    Nancy United States 12-08-11
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    "enjoyed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story which involved family, love, suspense and resolution....I enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


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

    no, however, good job


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

    NOT really, but I did want to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    Kind of a girls book...and worth the rea

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    Mary M 11-23-11
    Mary M 11-23-11
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    "good book"

    I enjoyed this book.

    I was slightly confused about the lead character's sister story with the Navy Seal as the timing of how long he was deployed, no contact with the sister, etc. Other than that I enjoyed the story.

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    Lydia Metairie 11-02-11
    Lydia Metairie 11-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Save your money! Not worth it"

    This is not a good book - would not have thought that Julie Garwood wrote this book. I was really disappointed. Normally, I can't put down a Garwood novel and read it cover to cover. The conversations were choppy and the amount of detail detracted from the story because it just didn't flow. It was also such a contrived and convoluted plot that had elements that were not essential to the story and should have been left out. I wasn't able to really lose myself in the book and then it wrapped up with a few quick lines.
    Oh and another horrible southern accent - narrator should have forgone that attempt.

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