What the Lady Wants

Narrated by: Lola Holiday
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (528 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If he’s Cary Grant, where’s his Girl Friday?

Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was nothing like the movies. He’d envisioned a world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames. Instead he saw case after case of cheating husbands, suspicious wives and unsuspecting mistresses…until she walked through the door.

Right down to her stilettos, Mae Sullivan was a knockout with a lethal body—and a lethal family to go with it. There was something not quite on the up-and-up about her, but she came with a case he couldn’t afford to refuse…and left him with a case of lust he hadn’t had since high school. It didn’t take long for him to fall for her, hook, line and sinker. But was Mae interested only in catching the double-crossing crooks who murdered her uncle…or did the lady want to catch him?

©2010 Jennifer Crusie (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Wonderful, fresh, funny, tender, outrageous…Crusie is one of a kind.” ( Booklist)
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Story cute, narrator...so-so

The story was really interesting, I liked the characters and there was a lot of humor. The romance between the 2 main characters was good but the "who done it" part kept me wanting to listen. The narrator wasn't the best and at times her voice distracted from the story. She was not able to make difference voices for different characters so sometimes you didn't know who was speaking (they all sounded the same.)

I really like Jennifer Crusie's writing and the story was great and I would have given it 5 stars but felt I had to drop it back to 4 because of the narrator.

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Entertaining

What made the experience of listening to What the Lady Wants the most enjoyable?

Jennifer Cruisie is the best laugh-out-loud writer I have found. I think it is chick lit and I am a guy, not a chick, but I LOVE her stuff. Starting a book and knowing that it will have a lovable and much-loved dog and lots of laugh-out-loud scenes is always a joy.

What other book might you compare What the Lady Wants to and why?

Jennifer Cruisie's other books. Light romantic plot with some adventure and a dog tossed in and lots of entertainment.

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

Not that I recall.

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

I laughed a lot.

Any additional comments?

Having said all of that, I actually like a couple of her earlier books better -- just got a copy of Welcome to Temptation to give to my hair stylist (female), who likes chick lit and likes laughing -- my book on tape version of that was shared with so many people that it long ago disappeared. .

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what is wrong with this narrator

It's a classic, fun Jennifer Cruise...but the narrator gives a frankly bizarre and annoying performance. I would say 80% of the sentences that she read during this book were not pronounced the way that any normal human would pronounce them. I want to offer the people who made this audiobook to read it for free so that they can have a new recording and no one has to listen to this woman ever again

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love crusie

so far I haven't read a book of hers which I haven't liked and the three she coauthors with Bob Meyer are if anything even better. for some reason though she has stopped writing. I keep hoping for a new book though!

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Had The Right Premise

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Well I wanted to listen to all the Jennifer Cruise A.Escape offered, and so far Trust Me On This is the only 5 star story. I have purchased that book as It is worth re listening to feel good.. Ms Angela Dawe narrates 3 books of Ms Cruise and I own all of them. She made the humor and story jump to life.
I have start stoped 2 other Cruise books and even at a fast speed, it does not help the story!!! Well I do know that a great narrator can make a good book wonderful and can even pull it out of the fire so to speak. I can only hope this reader has an AKA name, but this narration was so bad. High voice and tinny sounding, Absolutely no male tone at all. Shame on Ms Cruise for not getting better narrators. This was a good tale, so read it if you liked Agnes and the Hitman.
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It's a fun spoof!

Decided to reread this take-off on the classic private eye story and was so giggled that I did!

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Love her books

There funny she can make you laugh cry and really feel for her characters. I’m addicted

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Not the Best Narrator

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The story was cute and the characters where interesting and funny. I bought the book becuase of the PI aspect, since I loved Fast Women by Jennifer Cruise. And maybe if there was a different narrator, like say Sandra Burr who did Fast Women and Agnus and the Hitman, I would have enjoyed the story more. There was no inflection or emotion and it was hard to hear who was talking because Lola Holiday's voice didn't change to match the character.

I did finish the story because I wanted to know how the relationship between Mae and Mitch would develop through the story, especially since neither seemed even remotely interested in the other at the beginning of their association. And I wanted to know who did it, if in fact someone did do it.

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Happy pill !

I love this book. I first bought it in print then later as an audiobook,I like it that much, it has become a good remedy for winter blues. The characters are likable even the villains. The dialogue is snappy and amusing,the plot interesting.
These early books of Jennifer Crusie put out by Harlequin are timeless and will continue to amuse and entertain for years to come.
I would suggest you also try Getting Rid of Bradley,you won't regret it.

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Don’t bother

Crusie has written some good books. This is not be of them. Guy is set up as a jerk, develops a heart of gold. Weak mafia characters. Just doesn’t work.