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High Stakes

By: Danielle Steel
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
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Publisher's Summary

In this captivating novel from number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel, four successful women play for high stakes in their careers at a boutique literary and talent agency.  

Jane Addison is an ambitious young woman with big dreams of owning her own company someday. At 28, she arrives in New York to start a job at Fletcher and Benson, a prestigious talent agency. Eager to impress her new colleagues, Jane jumps right in as an assistant to Hailey West, one of the agents in the literary department.  

Hailey is dedicated to the authors she represents, but her home life is chaotic and challenging. After her husband's tragic and untimely death, she was left widowed with three children to raise on her own.  

Then there's Francine Rivers, the stern and accomplished head of the literary department. Also a single mom after her husband's affair with the nanny, she has overcome the resulting financial hardships, but only with unbearable sacrifice.  

Compared to Hailey and Francine, drama agent Allie Moore's life seems much more carefree and uncomplicated. She relishes her success and loves working with the talented actors they represent - until a passionate relationship with one of her rising star clients threatens to derail her career.  

Merriwether Jones is the CFO for the agency. She appears to have it all - beauty, success, and a perfect marriage until her husband's jealousy over her career threatens to blow everything up.  

Even though she's a newcomer, Jane quickly realizes that there are damaging secrets hidden behind the doors of Fletcher and Benson. As one of the youngest employees, she has the least power but is also the least willing to accept things as they have been for years. When she puts everything on the line to right these wrongs, the consequences will leave no one unscathed.  

In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of a group of remarkable women navigating the challenges of balancing their families, their personal lives, and the high stakes of ambition at the top of their game.

©2022 Danielle Steel (P)2022 Recorded Books

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A book about editors that needed an editor

I find it incredibly ironic that a book about editing / publishing was so clearly lacking an editor! I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t bother to even red Danielle Steel’s books before publishing them anymore or what but this one seriously needed someone to at least READ IT. You could eliminate about 50% of this book that just repeats the same lines / plot over and over and you would still tell the whole story. Nothing happens. There are way too many characters and none of them are given any depth. I kept listening waiting for the point of the whole thing but it never came. The best thing about the whole book is that it was over fairly quickly! And the narrator was great but when you’re selecting a narrator for a book about 4+ women and their “me too” lives, you can’t tell me the right choice for narrator was a man?!? There weren’t any women you found more appropriate?? Complete waste of time and credit. Skip this one!!

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Struggled to finish
the plot was not believable the chactctors were portrayed in negitave light at all times did not like poor me situations no joy at anytime


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Very slow, no plot

Where was the plot? I kept waiting for it. Disappointing. I did listen until the end, thinking it was just around the corner.

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Just okay…

I’m s huge DS fan and have gotten used to some of her writing quirks like repetitive sentences so while I’m not fond of that, I don’t downgrade a book because of it. For this one the issue is that the story never really comes together. Too many characters and their ‘stories’ were too thin for me to ever really feel invested in them. She tried to force the ‘me too’ story line into this book and it just never developed.

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Confusing characters

Was hard to keep track of 5 women and their current partners, new loves and old flames. I kept getting confused as to who was who.

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Even DS has a book that isn’t 4 stars

I enjoy DS books. This one didn’t get going till the final chapters. The content is relevant to todays news so appreciated reading but Repeated many statements.

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Just Rewards

Good storyline. As a woman that worked in a corporate environment, I can tell you, this story hit the nail on the head. He got his just Rewards in the end.

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A let down

I loved loved Danielle Steele books over the years. But this one was humdrum and just up to par.

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Excellent Read

I so enjoyed every moment of this book. The author was wonderful. This book had a story which was realistic and showed the real consequences of bad choices. I honesty enjoyed every moment. The characters were explained so well. You felt like you personally knew them. You will not be disappointed

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