Audio: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown @SandraBrown_NYT @HachetteAudio @GrandCentralPub

Posted February 13, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 7 Comments

Audio: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown @SandraBrown_NYT @HachetteAudio @GrandCentralPubMean Streak by Sandra Brown
Narrator: Jonathon Davis
Published by Hachette Audio on August 8, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 51 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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From number one New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a heart-pounding story of survival, that takes the age-old question, "Does the end justify the means?" and turns it on its head.

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can't turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.

As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead - and from heartbreak.

Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best loved authors, Mean Streak is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive.

I discovered Mean Streak because it was an audible daily deal. I promptly went to Goodreads to see if I was interested. A romantic suspense tale which is set in North Carolina. I wanted it, so next to the library to see if I could get it there – yes- so I ordered it  I am in a mood these days wanting mystery, suspense, action and some romance and humor. That’s the mix I always prefer but don’t always get it. I’m especially focused on escaping into a new world where I can get lost in the mystery, feel love and laugh.

Jonathan Davis was a new to me narrator and I enjoyed this very much at 1.25 speed. I liked the voices and styles he gave the characters making them individuals and sharing their attitudes and feelings very well.

All the feels were available here. I love the way the characters were built with a range of good, bad and various feelings. I felt frightened, angry, upset, worried, lust and hope at times. I did root for the possible romance. The mystery was twisty and suspenseful. I didn’t figure things out until they unfolded.

There was one main concept of one character which makes the story work and is rather unbelievable. Communication failure causes SO much trouble! Even so, I loved this. It captivated my imagination and took my heart on a wild ride.  I’ll have to investigate if this author has more books in this genre. Highly recommended.


Giggle-worthy quote:

“What happened at the Floyd’s house? ”

“Norman and Will were on the lookout for me in front, forgot to cover their back. They’re mean but not too astute.”

“Lisa and Pauline?”

“Safe. I got there before the brothers carried out their wretched threat, which was probably an empty one. They wanted me, not Lisa. ”

“Are they in custody?”

“They probably are by now. The mountain is crawling with cops of all varieties. I left Norman and Will easy to find, chained to the tree where they used to keep the dog.”

“Poetic justice.”

“I thought so.” She touched the fresh bruises on his face. He gave her a wry smile. “They didn’t go for the idea at first.”


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About Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

In 2009 Brown detoured from romantic suspense to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving historical fiction story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Posted February 13, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 7 Comments

7 responses to “Audio: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

  1. I usually really enjoy her novels, they are great but it’s been a while since I haven’t read one and I think I should try this one too!

  2. This is something I picked up somewhere over the years. I have yet to read a Sandra Brown book but I have a few of them. But this looks like something I could enjoy.

    • I really enjoyed it. I’m going to get more from the library plus I just bought one in the audible 2-1 sale which wasn’t at the library.

    • I like the mystery and my heart seems to like the suspense. But it is creepy. I love romantic suspense, or even just mystery, thriller or suspense.