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Publisher's Summary

This deliciously scandalous novel tells us the secrets of the reigning queens of television talk shows, Deanna Reynolds and Angela Perkins.

Their high-staked rivalry, fought with public smiles and private betrayals, is more than a ratings competition. It becomes an off-screen war when Deanna replaces Angela both on the air and behind the scenes with Angela's former lover after Angela moves to the big time in New York.

Angela's anger at her former protégé escalates from bitterness to vengeance. And an anonymous fan's admiration crosses the line into obsession. Only one woman will emerge with her life in this battle of ego and passion.

©2003 Nora Roberts (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Poor Narration

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

No. The narrator simply reads the book instead of reading a story.

What other book might you compare Private Scandals to and why?

Any Nora Roberts book has the same story style. The story is great, and classically Nora. I enjoy the print version.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounds like she is either reading an instruction manual or reading a children's novel.

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

I enjoyed the story, but could not lose myself in the story due to the narrator never delivering the words as a story.

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I have come across a narrator on this site that I will actively avoid. I will not purchase and other audio books narrated by Julie Finneran.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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decent story a terrible narrator

I've listened to a lot of audio books and this was the worst narrator I've ever heard. It was painful to try to get to the end of the story. my advice would be to read this one, don't listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Reader

How could the performance have been better?

She made the main character whiny and weak. Everytime she read Deana I cringed; wimpy, weak, high pitched and whiny. The Deana I read in book is stoic, solid, a fighter and strong. She ruined the character. She put inflections in the wrong place, said words in a tone that didn't match the description of how it was said in the book, and I could go on. Not to mention the accents, OH MAN! What was she trying to do. If you can't do accents DON'T DO THEM. Fran? wow, it was horrible. That is NOT a Chicago accent.I am dissapointed in the director. Why didn't they redo it when they saw that the "NO' she read was supposed to be a whisper, in shock and instead read as a whine and a plea? Fault to go around in this production.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Brenda
  • Charlestown, IN, United States
  • 11-10-09

Very Good 5 Stars

Long yes, very good read though. I will never look at news or talk shows the same again. I thought the writer wrote very good characters and great plot lines. I was never bored with this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Charleston, WV, United States
  • 02-15-11

Ugh! Narrator Sucks!

I have never stopped listening to a book before now. I wanted to throw something at the speakers. She was nails-on-the-chalkboard annoying.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

enjoyable

I enjoyed this book, but it did drag in some places. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the narrator was able to differentiate more between the characters. At times, I couldn't remember who was talking. Otherwise, it was a fun "listen".

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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excellent story

loved it. I've listened to this story several times. Nora at her best. Great narrator.

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  • University
  • Williamsport, IN, United States
  • 11-28-17

Private Scandals

Great, enjoyable, listening to going back and forth to work every week day. Would listen to again.

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Are there more than 2 characters??

What did you like best about Private Scandals? What did you like least?

I like the story line. I hated the narration. You couldn't tell one character from another except for Fran. You can't can't tell male from female characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julie Finneran?

One of my favorites is Sandra Burr. But I think anyone would have been better.

Any additional comments?

I don't normally do this. I had a hard time finishing the book.

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Nora Roberts is the best

This book is romance, mystery, humor and fun. I will listen again and recommend to new and old friends. It was written in 1994 so it isn't anew book. And