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Off the Record Audiobook

Off the Record: The Record, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It all started with a question.…

When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy.

Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell that could destroy the careers they each hold dear.

Unsatisfied with sneaking around and realizing things with Hayden might not be strictly platonic, Liz faces a difficult decision: Should she take things with Brady to the next level or call the whole thing off? They soon discover that in love, unlike politics, there’s rarely a clear winner.

©2014 K. A. Linde (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Connie S. 07-15-17
    Connie S. 07-15-17
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    "There is no ending."

    Frustrating to listen for hours and then have "to be continued" as the ending.
    Charge more and write the entire book. And it's not offered as a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kjda 06-29-17
    Kjda 06-29-17
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    "Not Awful but Don't Expect Much"
    Would you ever listen to anything by K. A. Linde again?

    Yes, but only out of sheer annoyance at not knowing what happens when this first book ended. What a crapshoot experience for the audience for the next one.


    What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s performance?

    Does the job. I wasn't overly impressed, especially since there isn't much distinction between her male characters, and her non-Southern accents aren't great, but I've heard worse.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really easy listen if you're looking for a romance that has little substance. The main characters aren't very interesting or likable, and their constant ambivalence about their relationship is often irritating and tedious. Minor characters don't add much to the plot and their presence is often ambiguous or distracting. The fact that this book ends on a complete cliffhanger is pretty heinous, so don't even bother with this one unless you are contented with not expecting much or, like me, obtained it with a massive deal. Had I paid more, I have a feeling I would have been more disenchanted by this listening experience and the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer St Louis 06-28-17
    Jennifer St Louis 06-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Harlequin Romance"

    So shallow
    This book is one of the worst I have listened to in a long time. The main character is supposed to be an extremely intelligent young woman. However, all of her thoughts are about two incredibly handsome men that she "desperately" wants. Rather than vomit, I stopped listening. Good luck if you choose this one.

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    Maryland Reader Bethesda, MD USA 06-21-17
    Maryland Reader Bethesda, MD USA 06-21-17
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    "A story of power and manipulation cut short"
    Would you try another book from K. A. Linde and/or Natalie Ross?

    No. Linde seems to think it's okay not to write a real ending to a story, and I found Ross' narration annoyingly breathy. Not everyone from North Carolina has an overdrawn Southern accent, and they just became distracting here.


    What was most disappointing about K. A. Linde’s story?

    This was a toss-up between Brady's manipulation of the younger Liz and the complete lack of an ending.


    Did Natalie Ross do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but see comment about everyone having the same accent.


    Could you see Off the Record being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The story isn't strong enough to carry a movie or TV series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Truth Seeker 06-20-17

    JourneyTru

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    "Run… Run, now !"

    I'm pretty sure this has the emotional IQ of about 13 or 14-year-old girl (no disrespect to adolescent young women intended). I bought it on sale as sort of "filler fiction" for my audible account. Not even into the second chapter and I had to delete it because it was just so painfully bad

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy PRESCOTT, AZ, United States 06-20-17
    Judy PRESCOTT, AZ, United States 06-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Trash"

    Trashy drivel poorly written / read
    Hated it & want my money back Will never buy this author again

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    Kristina 04-08-15
    Kristina 04-08-15 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "It draws you in..."

    I was strugglibg with thi s book in the beginning but it really pulled me in. Now I need to buy book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 03-23-14
    Maureen 03-23-14

    Grr-stories with many volumes, especially if you have to wait for a long time-should come with a warning. 👌to alpha male voices-Seb York!

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    "Sex and Politics - a fraught combination"
    If you could sum up Off the Record in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing, emotional, interesting,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off the Record?

    After the build up - the emotional end without doubt - then to be CONTINUED, really !


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Some of the men's voices sounded the same.


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

    I looked forward to hearing Brady's speech at the outcome of the primary election, wondering want the future would hold for Liz. In the end I felt she had been emotionally abused by the relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    Gives readers a behind the scenes look into the worlds of journalism and politics. <br/>I would recommend readers wait until the second book is out before they read book 1. It really is frustrating to be left hanging. If the second book isn't out until August 2014, I will lose the thread, some of the details and the fantastic build up to the end of book 1.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 02-19-16
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 02-19-16

    Audiobook Addict. It's all about the listen. Reviews are my unbiased opinions -popular or not- whether the book was bought or gifted

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    "Cliffhanger, or more like To Be Continued Alert!!"

    Gotta say, I absolutely HATE that crap. I started off ready to write a scathing review with ONE star for overall because the whole stretch-one-story-into-multiple-books thing SERIOUSLY pisses me off. I'm so totally OVER that trend, and I'm not going along with it peacefully anymore. So, I started writing the 3 paragraphs in my head that would end this little romance on a nicely wrapped up HEA and started to make myself a promise to never give this author another moment of my time, such is my absolute hatred for cliffhangers.

    Then, I read some other reviews and looked at the 2 remaining book descriptions and their reviews, and I changed my mind. I realized that the reason I am SO mad is that I really liked this story. I liked the pacing, I liked the characters, and I liked the performance of the narrator, Natalie Ross, who delivered a good performance. I also realized that, while this was part 1 of 3, I only paid $1.99 for it after the Kindle version was offered for free AND it was 12 hours of entertainment AND I could legitimately make up 3 paragraphs to have my HEA and call it done because it wasn't a total "cliffhanger" where you MUST get the next book to see if Lassie gets there in time to pull Timmy from the well. It was just a "Stay tuned" kind of ending, but that still lost it a star and took the overall from 4 to 3.

    SO, the trilogy will cost you about $6 for book 1 (3.99 Kindle + 1.99 Audible) or $7ish member price, $7ish for book 2 (no Whispersynch option) and the same $6-$7ish for book 3 as book 1, as the same options/prices apply. The question is, "Is this series worth $20?" My answer is "Probably, yes." However, for me, it is not worth 3 credits or paying the non-member price. Sorry, but when Kristen Ashley puts out 20+-hour masterpieces that stay with you forever for just 1 credit, it's hard to justify using 3 credits for 1 story that is just "pretty good."

    Therefore, I recommend this audiobook as a sale purchase or member price/Whispersynch purchase, with the caviat that the first book ends on a semi-cliffy so be aware of the 3-book investment before you take the plunge. Sadly, I just missed the romance sale, but that would be a good time to try these out and knock the cost of the series down to about $17.

    Sorry for the somewhat ranty review. I know I can't be the only one who is DONE with the whole "multiple books to tell one story" thing, but that is not the fault of K.A. Linde, and I am in no way blaming the author for this ridiculous trend. Though, I would like to see an end to it. I am glad to have been able to experience the author's writing and have found that, even with the frustration I experienced, I will definitely be open to more of this author's work.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 12-18-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "WOW! Just hit add to cart!"

    It's rare I find a contemporary romantic trilogy that doesn't disappoint, well Merry Christmas to me!

    I have read books 1 and 2 now and the third is downloading but I wanted to get this review in before the weekend. The witty banter, the classy writing, the lack of made up drama, the amazing characters, I just can't say enough good things about this series! It doesn't talk down to the reader, it isn't all fluff and happily ever after and everything just magically works out, these books are raw and they feel like they could happen to people you know.

    The tagline of this book should be “Even smart women can lose their heads over a man”. I found myself empathizing with this woman, she is brilliant, has the highest academic merit scholarship you can receive, she wants to be a journalist specifically for the political arena and all her planning and all her education couldn’t stop her from falling for a guy…the ultimate WRONG GUY! He’s powerful, he’s attractive, he’s in the spotlight, and he is a sitting Senator…why not just throw a vegetarian and a butcher together, they make about as much sense! She wants to be a hardnosed reporter uncovering scandal in the political arenas, she doesn’t want to BE the scandal!

    This story holds on to you from the start, can she accept being a secret, should she even want to accept being someone’s secret? She’s smart, young, attractive…so why oh why can’t she get this guy out of her head!?!?!?!

    Great book, I really liked it, even though I wanted to throw my phone out the window at a few spots…but if you ever found yourself wilting under the power of your lovers smile you will understand this book. Sometimes everything you thought you knew gets flipped all around when the guy you have fallen for simply smiles at you.

    There isn't really a cliffhanger, no one standing over someone with an axe, but you are left with the "WHAT ....was that it? What happened next? vibe....so be prepared with book 2.

    Narrator was awesome! Sexy North Carolina accent for our deep talking leading man didn't hurt either!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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