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  • Written by: Lee Winter
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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The Brutal Truth

Written by: Lee Winter
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
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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
  • Series: Truth, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ2S+

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superb read

This was one of if not the best book I've ever read. Probably will read it again.

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Don't miss out.

Loved this book. listened to it 3 times in a row... I know who has the time and thank you Covid.... About the book, Not sure what really pulled me in and The powerhouse boss or the unrelenting employee. However so many great aspects from new friendships to love it is a great book.

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Incredible performance

Loved this story and the writing so much. Laughed so hard and really enjoyed the characters. The reading is phenomenal, too! Worth listening to just for that.

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what an excellent book

i must say this was the best story i have ever listened to besides the other lee winters book that i listened to before this one. she is a great writer, storyteller and have enjoyed them immensely.

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Great story

Loved it. Great characters and an entertaining story. The reader dealt well the variety of accents.

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Wonderful in Every Way

The best narration I’ve heard yet in an audio book, Angela Dawe is clearly a master of her craft. Her ability to effortlessly take on a specific identity for each character made for an extremely enjoyable listen.

The story itself is equally as impressive, deep character development that makes you feel the deep emotions throughout. Lee Winter had me craving for more, having to know what happens next.

This one is a must read, don’t pass it up.

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Wonderful story and Narration

Wonderful narration and such a great love story. Can’t wait to listen to more books from Lee Winter

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Great story!

I’ll admit that I didn’t have any interest in this book for a while. Something about the cover art gave me preconceived notions that this story wasn’t up my alley, so to speak. But I was so wrong!

I loved this story. I loved all the characters. Even the characters that seemed annoying at first, wormed their way into my heart. An older-ish, stubborn ice Queen that maybe isn’t as cold hearted as she’d like everyone to think and a genuine, pure hearted millenial that wears her heart on her sleeve and can’t help but be herself at all times even under the intense scrutiny of said “ice queen” and manages to be the only person that sees right through her hardened exterior.

Yes, a trope that’s been done a thousand times and usually not my cup of tea but Lee Winter manages to make it unique with her incredible story telling, well developed characters and a perfect balance of the story being told from both MC’s point of view.

I listened to the entire thing pretty much in one shot, I couldn’t turn it off. It made me laugh out loud at several points and I’ll give a heap of that credit to the top notch narration. Angela Dawe brings the characters to life and her interpretation of the rapport and banter between the MC’s and even the secondary characters was everything. She covered such a wide range of characters including an Australian accent, French accents, the snooty high society manner of speaking that held the slightest hint of a mid western accent when the character was angry and let it slip, as well as several male characters and it was all done absolutely perfect. Every voice was unique, believable, fit the personality of each character perfectly and there was never any doubt or confusion about who said what or who was speaking to who. (Which I appreciate whole heartedly). She was 100% consistent with each voice throughout the entire story. Angela Dawe really is an amazing narrator (in my top 3) and did every unique character justice in their own way.

Despite my initial faux pas of literally judging this book by its cover…I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who has ears and even if you don’t have ears, I would say you should still give it a try.

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Amazing!!

That was a whole experience! Just wow! The last paragraph was my favorite part. 🥰

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Just the right amount of cheesey w fluid story

honestly had VERY low expectations starting this but once I started was totally hooked! 💯

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  • Tracey
  • 2018-05-19

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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  • Anita
  • 2018-05-19

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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
  • 2018-05-11

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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  • dreamer
  • 2018-05-11

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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  • MissLynn
  • 2020-03-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-16

Best Book I’ve ever listened to.

This book is like a warm hug. A romantic movie, romantic comedy all of the things. I know about nothing about fashion, but this book doesn’t beat you over the head with it. There’s no stereotypical (at least in most LesFics) breakup that makes absolutely no sense besides lengthening the book. I hate those. Lee winter usually strays from that nonsense. This is a slow burn through and through with excellent side characters. Angela Dawe’s French, American, Australian accents were perfect as well. Lee Winter made the absolute perfect choice in narrator. I am glad I listened to this instead of read, Dawe is that fantastic. She brightens the story.

Seriously, this book will ruin lesfics for you. Lee Winter will. There is no match to her story telling. It spans continents and time. The only book that can follow this one in my opinion is Requiem, also by Winter.

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  • Margaret
  • 2018-05-13

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-07

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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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 2021-03-21

Great audiobook to listen on repeat

I love this book so much. The author constructed the story in such a way that there is never a boring moment. The main characters interactions are so good and it just such a beautiful way of developing the relationship. I really love Elena's need to keep the her moral grounds it's so good seeing characters with this level of commitment to who they are.

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  • Steph M
  • 2021-03-20

LOVE LOVE LOVE

This is the 3rd time (yes 3rd) reading this book. I love the characters, the touch of humor and the slow burn. Angela Dawe MADE this one come to life.

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  • So
  • 2020-03-04

Absolutey brilliant!

First, let it be said that Angela Dawe is an amazing narrator (one of the best out there) and boy did she do that book justice.

Now the story itself was brilliantly written, the characters, all of them, are just amazing and well rounded. That, in my opinion, is one of the strengths of the book. Lee Winter does make us care about each one of them, be it the main ones or secondary, she makes us care about their stories, about their flaws, about their growth; not a single character is one dimensional, they have layers and it is pure delight to watch them unfold little by little.

I also liked that the romance was underlying. It was slowly and properly built, to be omnipresent but never quite the center of attention. That allowed to focus on the characters and their stories making the whole book even more compelling.

An amazing read I strongly recommand, it's funny, dark at times, profoundly human and I dare you not to fall for the characters or enjoy Winter's brilliant writing.

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