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The Brutal Truth

Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Australian crime reporter Maddie Grey is out of her depth in New York, miserable, and secretly drawn to her powerful, twice-married media mogul boss, Elena Bartell, who eats failing newspapers for breakfast. As work takes them to Australia, Maddie is goaded into a brief, seemingly harmless bet with her enigmatic boss - where they have to tell the complete truth to each other. It backfires catastrophically.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Lee Winter (P)2018 Tantor

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Good, but not great.

I liked this book. However, if I had listened to Lee Winters other book on Audible, The Red Files, I wouldn't have touched this!
Loved the narrator - she brought everything nicely together with her broad spectrum of voices. The story is ok, although somewhat dubious that things would have really happened like this in the real world as it's all a bit 'Hollywood', but hey, it's chick-lit, so no real surprises there.

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delicious

Has a very 'Devil Wears Prada' vibe, set against the backdrop of an iconic style magazine (and if Meryl was in her 40s and Anne was into her). Finished it in a day. The synopsis doesn't do it justice, there's so much more to this story and the characters.
Narrator was ace, all the accents for all the people. especially for the infamous 'Tiger Shark'. Superb.

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slow but worth the wait

loved it, great build up. little slow to start but it made up for itself

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Loved it!

I really loved the story and the build up and explosion of passion towards the end made it worth the wait... I couldn't stop listening, making sure I had enough time to get through multiple chapters everyday. The narrator was great, could definetly listen to her again, makes the story that much more enjoyable!

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Loved it

I love Lee Winter, some of my favourite Lesfic is from her. This one was was no different, the right amount of slow burn beautiful romance she does so well.
I would absolutely recommend this as a book and audio book. The narrater told the story beautifully.

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Great Read.

Lovely book , great characters.Believable story. Loved every heart wrenching moment. Would love a another book about how the future pans out.

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loved it!

great writing, didn't want it to end! ... made me look forward to the drive into work just so I could listen to the next chapter

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Worth the gamble

Not having read any Lee Winters previously I was unsure what to expect but this was a great story that was hard to pause! Easy to listen to, amusing, poignant, and loved the strong, well rounded characters.

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loved it!!!

Funny and sharp, Maddie is a strong lead with wit and couldn't stop listening...
Well writen and performed the characters came out clearly with their personalities projected well.

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LOVED this book! I want more more more 😁

I found this story original and very well written....Angela Dawe executes each character superbly. I was eager to find the time each day to listen.

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  • Tracey
  • 19-05-18

Very surprising!

A lot of other reviewers said it is like The Devil Wears Prada, but in only context of the fashion industry. I really enjoyed the book and the narrator did a good job with the different voices and accents. It was also nice to have a romantic novel without the sex scenes every other page. It’s has also a good message of how truthfulness can be a hinderance or allowing for further dialogue. I do hope I can more of the author’s work on Audible. I literally couldn’t put down my headphones.

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  • 11-05-18

An outstanding book

I absolutely loved the book when I read it. I loved the interaction between the two main characters and how hints at Elena's character were revealed. It was fun reading about their interactions and Elena's reluctant toleration of Maddie growing to an appreciation and a need. This harkens back to old black and white movies with witty banter between the two main characters.

But Ms Dawe turns out to vastly enhance the book, which i didn't think possible. She perfectly conveys Maddie's emotions and provides a really humanizing portrayal of Maddie, especially her shock and embarrasment, which happens a lot in this book. She makes Maddie completely adorable and wonderful.

She also makes Felicity just borderline awful, but just the right side of awfully high strung.

This is one of my favorite audiobooks.

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  • Anita
  • 19-05-18

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This has to be one of my all time favorites. The narration is the BEST I've heard and I've heard over a hundred books. I can't recommend this book enough. Great characters, great story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-05-18

Excellent Audio!

I loved The Brutal Truth. It's a cross between an Ice Queen romance and a falling for your boss workplace romance. I thought both main characters were very relatable. Angela Dawe does an excellent job with the narration.

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  • dreamer
  • 11-05-18

Very entertaining

I haven't read The Brutal Truth before listening to this audiobook, so this was the first time I met the story.
It's clearly based on The Devil Wears Prada, but it's very well written and very entertaining.
And the narrator Angela Dawe was amazing with all the different accents and voices, but also with story telling - an absolute delight and this story lets her show her talent. Brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-19

Quite enjoyable

Snappy and fun dialogue, not only between the leads, but the supporting cast too. My favorite Lee Winter book is Breaking Character. Actually, it’s one of my all time favorite books by any author. The Brutal Truth doesn’t live up to BC, however it’s still a really great book. The narration is fantastic!

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  • Michael
  • 07-01-19

Compelling Romance Novel

I really enjoyed the lead characters in this story and the journey the took towards each other.

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  • bluescat99
  • 24-05-20

Enjoyed this perfect combination of Story and Storyteller

I have never listened to an audio book over and over again. I do not know if it was just so flawless a reading of hopeful thoughts. Or, maybe it was an experience so flawlessly rendered of fictional love that Ms. Dawe made it beautifully believable.
I guess I’ll have to listen again to know...

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  • wynona foster
  • 25-03-20

Great reading of a great story

I Loved it! Humorous and well written. Angela Dawe was fantastic, perfect for the story.

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  • wsm
  • 25-03-20

one of my favorites

I absolutely love the humor and pacing of this book oh, and the narrator Nails it! a fun sexy read for anyone