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The Brutal Truth

Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Great read, loved the characters

I laughed at the Aussie accent. Good voice . Lee it’s a great read and I couldn’t put it down. Thank you for the roller coaster ride with these two women.

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Cringeworthy

The Australian accent In the narration is so bad ... so bad ... so bad... so embarrassingly, insultingly bad... so much so that it’s cringeworthy. The story is okay, but so difficult to listen to.

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Engaging

Great story. Slow burn. Laugh out loud moments. I love Angela Dawe’s narrations. She put in a good with effort on both the Aussie and French accents but hopefully they’ll both improve over time. The Crocodile Dundee accent was painful at the beginning but got better and less pronounced as the book proceeded. For a fluent speaker, the French pronunciation and diction need work but they’re unlikely to be noticeable for monolingual anglophones. Her ‘Elena’ voice is one of my favourites 💦 Can wait to read/listen again.

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Always good

liked the story but a bit repeative with some of the information and the Australian accent was terrible.

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  • Tracey
  • 19-05-2018

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-2018

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
  • 19-05-2018

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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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  • MissLynn
  • 17-03-2020

Utter perfection!

Lee Winter + narrator Angela Dawe = Perfection. Having listened to a gazillion (actual number) audiobooks over the last year I can say without question that this is one of the best in the genre. From the writing - which is exquisite - to the fabulous characters to the performance of the material by Angela Dawe... you just can't ask for more than this. It's one of those that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning because you just can't bear to stop listening. The humor.... Elena's bite.... Maddie's backbone... Dawe's numerous voices and accents (especially the incredibly sexy low registered voice of Elena??) O....M....G. WHY aren't more lesbian authors hiring this woman to narrate!? I've listened to all of hers in the genre more than once and need more! So much more! She and Abby Craden - the absolute best there is. *sigh*

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  • Margaret
  • 13-05-2018

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
  • 11-05-2018

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
  • 07-12-2019

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
  • 07-01-2019

Compelling Romance Novel

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

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  • Michelle
  • 12-10-2020

I wish I had the words to tell you HOW GOOD it is

If it weren’t so late at night where I am I could probably write six sonnets about this audiobook. I first read “The Brutal Truth” on kindle and fell head over heels in stalker-like love with it. I mean, I literally read through the entire night, gave up 8 hours of precious sleep on a WORK night, because I could not put it down. It is now one of my all time favorite books. Elena and Maddie are electric. The push and pull of their relationship is the smartest, sexiest, funnest, slowest-of-the-slow-burns cat and mouse game you’ll ever see. Add a cast of fantastic secondary characters, all built into a fast-moving, sexy world of fashion journalism that is glamorous and indulgent without being overdone or silly. Lord. Literally what more do you want? DAWE. You want Angela Dawe. She is the one thing that could take such an exceptional lesfic and make it perfect, and she did. Her performance is flawless. This whole audiobook is divine. Buy it, then prepare to listen to it over and over again, because you’ll want to.

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 05-10-2020

The Fashion less Australian

Maddie Gray won the green card lottery and was in New York City lost like the name of her blog, “Alien in The City.” Working the night shift at a newspaper as an obit writer and crime reporter was not keeping her spirits elevated. Then Elena Bartell buys the paper and gives them six weeks to turn the paper around. A harmless bet leads to catastrophic consequences. Now both are heartbroken and there may be no way back. A terrific performance and story of love. Recommend

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  • Caroline
  • 26-01-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-2020

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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  • Rachel
  • 02-07-2020

I love this audio book

Wow this is such an amazing book it has a very Devil wears Prada vibe and for people who are fans of the “mirandy” fanfic this is a must read/listen. I loved how you could feel what the 2 main characters were feeling even tho It wasn’t always put into words. This is the second book by this author I’ve read/listened to and I’ll definitely be seeking more I’ll also be listening to this again

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  • Sarah
  • 15-06-2020

Just Brutal.... I guess the clue's in the title 🤔

Firstly the narration is great, and kept me listening and Lee Winter can write. I clearly seem to be alone in disliking this book, but I thought I'd try to offer a different view, since I feel strongly about books which feature a couple with a huge power imbalance, like this. This is not a safe world for women at the wrong end of those, so... This was only my 3rd ever Lesfic book on Audible a couple of years ago and I've learned a LOT since then. One of those things is that the Ice Queen trope only works for me if the ice queeniness is not actual ice, just a misreading by the other protagonist (eg Who'd have thought by G Benson, X Ingredient by Roslyn Sinclair, both of which I love) or, if the Ice melts considerably. If the Ice Queen is actually pretty horrible throughout then I'm just not impressed... I can't suspend my disbelief and my dislike enough to want them to get the nice girl... The Ice Queen in this book is so unpleasant and immature, that I didn't like her at any point in the story, even by the end - she doesn't soften enough... In the real world she would be best avoided. I couldn't see the attraction. I found the sex scene at the end to be... loveless, which I'm sure was not the point! 🙄 I just... was unmoved... And a bit annoyed by the injustice of it all. Not my cup of tea... 😒

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  • Nilay Dervish
  • 11-06-2020

It should become a movie!

Very well crafted story, you actually feel how the characters develop. Great, flowing narration too.

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  • Amanda
  • 28-02-2020

slow but worth the wait

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

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  • Emma
  • 10-07-2019

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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  • EJM
  • 05-05-2019

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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  • Weescratchy61.
  • 22-02-2019

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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  • SVC
  • 01-12-2018

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