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    Judith McNaught(Author),Susan Denaker(Narrator)

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EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE will not disappoint McNaught's legions of fans. We have the usual tall, dark, handsome, rich, emotionally damaged hero who falls in love with a lovely, compassionate, determined girl. Throw in murder, suspicion, kidnapping, and lavish settings, not to mention sizzling sex, and you have a "can't fail" formula. Susan Denaker employs her dramatic talents to good effect, bringing these characters to life and making them seem genuine and likable. She has an expert ability to match her voice to the age of each character, and she handles men's voices better than many other female narrators. The writing, smooth and polished, is appreciably improved by Denaker's fluid presentation. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • By Jana L.Perskie on December 31, 2005

    Although reading "Every Breath You Take" is not a total waste of time as it does provide a few hours of mindless entertainment, it is certainly not Judith McNaught at her best, nor even her second best! Ms. McNaught is probably my favorite romance writer. I have read every single novel she has published. Her three dimensional characters, complex, original plots and intelligently written narratives make her work stand out for sheer excellence. However, the characters in "Every Breath You Take" are as flat as cardboard and totally predictable. The storyline is so cliché I am sure I have read numerous versions of same many times over. (Probably on airplanes). This is billed as a romantic suspense (riveting?) novel. There is no suspense whatsoever here. The murder suspect is so obviously the wrong man it is ludicrous that he was even brought in for questioning.Mitchell Wyatt is a self-made man...sort of...with a lot of help from his anonymous friends. He was brought up to believe that a wealthy American "patron" took an interest in an orphaned baby, (him), and so sent the infant boy to live with a family in Italy when he was just a few months old - room, board and loving care paid for in advance. He was also sent to the best schools and wound up a wealthy hunk of an Alpha male that women of all ages drool over across five continents. Imagine his surprise when William Wyatt, blue-blooded grandson of philanthropist Cecil Wyatt, pays him a visit. It seems that William and Mitchell are half brothers. Just when they are getting acquainted their mutual father takes a dive out the window. Then William disappears. Thus Mitchell stands closer in line to the family fortune. Foul play is suspected - obviously. Ta-da. So yes, Mitchell is a murder suspect, but the police don't have enough evidence to bring him in.Therefore he goes off on vacation to a tropical island paradise...where else? And he meets gorgeous, intelligent, savvy but humble Kate Donovan, titian-haired dynamo from Chicago - the Wyatt family hometown. She is also on vacation. Sparks fly. Did you doubt? There's lots of witty repartee. And after that things get really hot! But, unfortunately, complications arise. Etc. Etc..Don't waste you money on the hardcover as I did. I would lend you my copy but I am passing it along to a friend who is another Judith McNaught addict. Wait for it to come out in paper, because I know you're as desperate to read "Every Breath You Take" as I was. It's not a bad book - just not up to McNaught standards. Anyway...who pays attention to reviewers?JANA

  • By RowliRowl on August 9, 2006

    Summary: If you are an intelligent, reasonable, or sensible person who can't abide really stupid mistakes as a basis for plot in either books or movies, give this one a miss.This book reads a bit like a saga:Cecil Wyatt, an octogenarian, has a son, presumably with a wife of whom we read nothing, called Edward, who has a son, with an unnamed wife, called William, who with his wife Carolina, has a son called Eddy. Cecil Wyatt also has an older sister called Olivia Hebert, who is two years older than him. It is unknown whether or not Olivia had any children, the implication is that she did not.Mitchell Wyatt was the product of Edward's affair with his unnamed secretary while Edward's unnamed wife dies with cancer. The secretary eventually signs an agreement that she gives up all contact and rights to the child who will go to the best schools and benefit from the Wyatt's social contacts. Cecil sticks to the letter of the agreement and not the spirit.This meant for Mitchell that he lived with an Italian family until the age of five, at which time he was sent to various boarding schools. Fast forward to the immediate past, William somehow managed to discover that he has a younger half-brother (this is never explained). He attempted to come into contact with Mitchell who ignored William's pleas. William took his wife and child over to London to meet with Mitchell, and both brothers formed a bond.Between that time and the present, Edward has fallen off a balcony, William has disappeared and Cecil has regretted his treatment of Mitchell and is attempting to persuade Mitchell to forgive him, as is Olivia.The book opens at Cecil's 80th birthday party, where Cecil is introducing Mitchell to his social network. At this event, Mitchell meets Evan Bartlett, who aspires to be Kate Donovan's fiance. He tells Mitchell all about his holiday plans in Anguilla with Kate. Coincidently, Mitchell is planning to be in Anguilla at the same time to oversee the building of his house.While he does that, he bumps into Kate at the top resort on the island. Evan has returned to Chicago to try a case, leaving Kate all alone. Kate feels more alone than ever because her father has just died in a random drive-by shooting in what seems to be an upmarket area, that the police just seem to shrug off (and is never resolved). While Kate is alone on the island, dealing with her grief and trying to determine what she should do with her father's restaurant, she decides to dump Evan.The main characters then meet, have a torrid affair and decide to have a relationship. Evan is returning to the island, and so the pair decide that Kate should pack her bags before Evan's arrival and dump Evan as he comes through the door. Kate and Mitchell agree to meet at 4 o'clock on the wharf.Evan is a bit aggrieved about this and persuades her to stay. Kate becomes distressed and attempts to call Mitchell, who has checked out of the other 'top' resort on the island. She then decides that Mitchell never meant to meet her at the wharf, agrees to become engaged to Evan, and leaves with him for Chicago.Mitchell waits for her at the wharf for over an hour and a half.This is where my enjoyment of the book not only died, it turned into a rampaging zombie. Any reasonable, sensible woman, despite distress, would keep her appointments as agreed upon, even if that means she does not think the other party will be there. This applies more strongly to Kate's case as she has already decided she does not want to marry Evan (so she should be dumping him anyway regardless of the outcome of her relationship with Mitchell). I lost all respect for this stupid woman, and it's all downhill from here in the book. Cliché is a very apt term for this work. This book is filled with unnamed characters, loose ends and acts of stupidity. Stupidity is not a good basis for a plot. Give this one a miss.

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