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Summary

In a stunning twist of events, Addison Riley is launched from the halls of academia to the spotlight of Supreme Court nomination. She's not entirely sure she wants the job, but the opportunity to make history ultimately trumps the trouble of having every aspect of her life examined by friends and enemies alike. Committed to the process, she's determined not to let her attraction to a beautiful woman or the threats on her life deter her from becoming the first female Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Campaign advisor Julia Scott has spent her entire life working to make other people successful, and her pinnacle achievement was the recent presidential election. Now she's in charge of making sure the president's first Supreme Court appointment sails through the Senate. She's faced tough challenges before, but nothing like those posed by the infuriatingly focused Addison Riley, a woman who challenges her mind and awakens her heart.

©2014 Carsen Taite (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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The best mystery/romance novel in ages

This audiobook is at first very jarring, very rapid narration, with deep and very thoroughly researched detail, so initially my reaction was to not proceed, sort of stressful rather than relaxing which I prefer, but after a few listenings to the first 5 chapters, each time needing to begin again, but I finally adjusted to the speed reading and accustomed to the American legal and political jargon, after which I was very intrigued by the mystery, really had to keep listening from chapter to chapter. Highly recommend this book in any format.

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Lesbian west wing

I loved it. The narrator and writing jar a bit. But it's definitely a lesbian west wing story. Can't wait to listen again in a few months. Romantic

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  • Shai
  • Newcastle, Australia
  • 08-08-16

A very disappointing audio performance...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love Carsen Taite and everything she writes. This is a great story and a wonderful book to read!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Unfortunately, this is the worst narration ever! Amanda Goodyear does not do this book justice at all, nor does she bring the characters to life. Sadly, her voice was quite bland and monotone. There's no feeling in what she's reading. I'm so disappointed in this narration that I regret buying it. Don't waste your money, read it for yourself!

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  • Jessica G
  • 21-10-16

Narrator made the story difficult at some points.

The story itself was enjoyable but the narration was bad. the voice actor made all of the women sound snobby and mixed up accents. She sounded like she was telling or speed reading. If I was the author I would demand a new narrator, one that does her writing justice.

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  • Monsters
  • 14-09-16

Good story, dreadful narration.

The plot was interesting, the story engaging but the narrator was mechanical and did the characters no favors.

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  • Dina
  • 13-09-16

No sparks here

Why does the narrator sound like Sheldon from the big band theory?!?! Totally ruined it.

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  • RH007
  • 13-09-16

Narrator ruined it for me

I loved the story. But, I couldn't feel the sexiness, the chemistry between the characters. The narrator did not change her tone, it was like the 2 main characters were rough with one another when having a conversation; and they were too aggressive with one another that at times I thought they were fighting when they were actually not. And narrator made them sound as if men 's voices. There was no finesse of a woman's voice. And some of the men sounded too soft. It was irritating and annoying. I finally bought the book and finished reading it. Really bad because the story is really good. Get the book and not the audio!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-16

if the story hadn't captivated me there would have

been no way I would have listened to this book. it was the worst narration I have ever heard and only managed to get through it as I was a captive audience on a transatlantic flight. I have subscribed to audible for the last 14 years or since it was established and this is the worst produced book I have heard. it seemed to not have been edited, the sound quality was horrible and harsh, the reader limited in the number of voices she could manage. It appears that nobody was interested in the sound balance or the speed of narration - producing a tinny pitched production that was read miles to fast by somebody who sounded like an agitated mouse from a Disney cartoon movie. This was an Audible production and the author Carsen Taite, the her publisher should be horrified by the final product of a good book. I will never read another book narrated by Amanda Goodyear ever.

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  • Rugged Ascent
  • 28-08-16

Couldn't finish it in audio. . going back to print

I tried. . I really tried to listen to this book all the way through. . but I just couldn't do it. That's no reflection on the story itself (I'm going to buy it for my kindle instead) but I can't emphasize how much I disliked the narrator. Simply awful.

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  • Caitlin
  • 26-08-16

Sarcasm abounds

The narration was dripping with sarcasm throughout the book. A few times I thought I heard 'I can't believe I'm doing this' in the narrator's tone. The story was a bit flimsy and now I almost wonder if the whole thing was written just for the pun in the title. It would make sense given the gratuitous snark and sarcasm, only most of which was the narrator's doing.

It's not really awful. It just needed more polish.

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  • Jargon
  • 25-08-16

Fine story. horrible narrator.

I've read the story on my Kindle and only bought the audible version because it was 2 dollars and I wanted something to listen to at work. the story isnt my favorite but it is interesting in its own way.
The narrator however took an okay story and made it unbearable. Her Addison voice was emotionless in every aspect of the story. the few times she got excited abiut the story it sounded like barmitzma boy jacob from snl. By far the worst, however, was the sex scene because I was torn between ramming my head into something solid and laughing hysterically. Her tone was so nutral through the scene and when she exclaimed, "Oh god, I'm cumming." in that flat tone it was just... wow.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-16

Bad performance hurts the overall enjoyment

The story is OK. but I got the sense that some of the episodes are taken from a movie or TV show that I've seen before. The story progressed in a good pace and the legal debates over issues is interesting and well depicted. The dialog was amusing st points and written in a realistic way.

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  • Kim
  • 05-01-18

Wait for a sale on this one or just don't.

Ill start with the performance because i think it's the thing that keeps this from being a decent story. The narrator is very tone def to the characters and the situations there in. essentially bad acting not help by what sounds like moments of bad editing.
If they could rerecord this with a better voice actor it would benefit the story as well. Sometimes it was hard to tell if a seen was badly written or the narrator was so bad that it distorted what was going on. The love seen Sucked because of this.