The Ideal Man

A Novel
Narrated by: Christina Traister
Series: Nick Buchanan, Book 9
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,392 ratings)

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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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Not up to her usual level

I am a huge Julie Garwood fan and i was so excited to hear she was coming out with another book. BUT this was not up to her past levels. I felt like she took two or three sections from some of her books and just put them together and then called it a new book.

I wouldn't buy this, but if you have an extra credit, it might be worth it.

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Maybe if I was 16

I downloaded this book because the ratings were so high. Usually that is a decent indicator. Not this time. This story is predictable, and written with little imagination - very superficial. The good characters are near perfect humans. The bad have little of interest in their flaws. All of which makes for a fantasy story that most do not relate to.

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Phoning It in

I've never thought Julie Garwood was a great writer, or even a particularly good one. But some of her books had interesting plots and enough suspense to keep me guessing. This one was blah. Just kind of dull. I finished it, but out of a sense of obligation - I paid for it - rather than out of any curiosity about the ending. I cannot recommend this. It has probably soured me on her books for good.

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  • 08-13-11

JULIE GARWOOD???

Ugh. I wanted to warn others who, like me, want a story-driven plot, not hour after hour of the characters' emotional angst. I don't know which was worse, the boring plot that was riddled with tons of mundane details and went in too many unnecessary directions, the boring characters who were almost immature in their existence and spent all their time in emotional distress instead of actually doing anything, or the boring monotonous narrator who's characters' voices sounded terribly similar. Really cannot believe this was a Julie Garwood story.

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An ok experience...

This story is just ok. I felt like the author wanted to write a long book and started going on and on describing every thing, place and feeling and then she got tired and wrote a sudden ending. The narrator was just ok also. It was very difficult to differentiate the characters since she used the same tone for all.

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Garwood, Find a great reader and stay with it

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Garwood has talent, but readers are killing her work.

Would you be willing to try another book from Julie Garwood? Why or why not?

I like her work, always have. Yes, will continue to buy.

What three words best describe Christina Traister’s voice?

Not the not best. Her pace is not consistant, a better reader may have pulled this one out of the fire

Was The Ideal Man worth the listening time?

got this on the 5.95 sale, so Ok,but not worth a full credit

Any additional comments?

Ms Garwood, needs to find a good reader and stop skipping around. Natalie Ross could do it.

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I live Garwood!

Great book and a nice read. Very interesting and entertaining on a slow boring day.

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interesting to listen to..

although the end seemed rushed and chopped up..still an interesting story line..narration was very good..

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Wraps up nicely

I enjoy this story very much. It is a stand alone novel with a good mix of action and passion. The narrator does a good job and I would listen other titles narrated by her.

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Really good story

I thiught this was a great story and will purchase more of her books. I was not sure would like it but the story kept me thinking

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