Don't Look Down

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jennifer Crusie , Bob Mayer
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Genres: Romance, Comedy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: April 2006
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Overview

Lucy Armstrong is a director of television commercials who's just been recruited to finish a four-day action-movie shoot. But she arrives on the set to discover that the directing staff has quit, the makeup artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an adviser a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.
Green Beret captain J. T. Wilder had thought that hiring on as a military consultant for a movie star was a good deal: easy money and easier starlets. Instead, he has to babysit a bumbling comedian, dodge low-flying helicopters, and resist his attraction to a director who bears a distracting resemblance to Wonder Woman. Then the CIA calls, and he realizes that somebody is taking "shooting a movie" much too literally.
Full of suspense and humor, nonstop action and fast-paced dialogue, Don't Look Down is the perfect blend of male and female, adventure and romance, Mayer and Crusie.

Reviews (6)

Harlequin Romance on Steroids

Written by Brina Lightfoot from Raleigh, NC on March 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed listening to this book very much but it did feel more like a Harlequin Romance on steroids to me than a typical drama. The characters were well defined and JT Wilder and his leading lady definitely heated things up! A good fast listen for those boring car rides!

Excellent Read!

Written by Amanda on June 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I LOVED this book. Excellent dialog and writing and I loved the characters. I would definitely recommend it!

Fun

Written by Dee in LA on March 27th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Fun story but predictable in spots and far fetched in others. Good company on my commute.

Tribute

Written by Anonymous on March 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I only made it to CD 2, this book was so badly read I couldn't get past it.

oh so bad

Written by Anonymous on October 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 0/5

It's so bad I can only make it thru the 1st 2 cds....I tried ... hoping that it would get better, but it's so bad. Boring story, too many characters to keep track of and the readers enactment of Pepper, the little girl, is absolutely annoying. Sorry - it's so bad.

Great

Written by Caroline W on January 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very Cute and really entertaining. The characters were wonderful. It was a really fun listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Crusie, Jennifer

Jenny Crusie was born in Wapakoneta, a small Ohio town on the banks of the Auglaize River. She graduated from Wapakoneta High School and earned her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Art Education. She married in 1971 and lived briefly in Wichita Falls, Texas, until her air force husband was transferred to Dayton, Ohio.

Mollie as a babyJenny taught pre-school until her daughter, Mollie, was born. When she returned to work, she taught in the Beavercreek public school system for ten years as an elementary and junior high art teacher while earning a master's degree from Wright State University in Professional Writing and Women's Literature; her master's thesis was titled “A Spirit More Capable of Looking Up To Him: Women's Roles in Mystery Fiction 1841-1920.”

She took a leave of absence from Beavercreek in 1986 to complete her Ph.D. coursework at Ohio State University in feminist criticism and nineteenth century British and American literature. She returned to teach high school English (American and British literature surveys, mythology, the Bible in literature, and college composition) for another five years, and during this time she also directed theater tech crews (sets and costumes) for the Beavercreek Drama Department.

In the summer of 1991, she began to research her dissertation on the impact of gender on narrative strategies, searching out the differences in the way men and women tell stories. As part of the research, she planned to read one hundred romance novels and one hundred men's adventure novels. The romance novels turned out to be so feminist and so absorbing, that she never got to the men's adventure fiction and decided to try writing fiction instead, quitting her job the following spring to devote herself full time to writing and to finishing the Ph.D., one of her riskier moves since she didn't sell her first book until August of '92.

The sale was to Silhouette, a novella titled Sizzle, that Jenny now refers to as “really lousy.” Silhouette delayed its publication so that it became the second book published under the Crusie pseudonym, Jenny's maternal grandmother's family name. Although Silhouette rejected Jenny's next novel, Harlequin accepted it and published it in 1993 as Manhunting in their Temptation line. Five more Harlequins followed, including Getting Rid of Bradley which won the RWA Rita Award for Best Short Contemporary, Strange Bedpersons, What the Lady Wants, Charlie All Night, and Anyone But You. She also wrote two category novels for Bantam's Loveswept line, The Cinderella Deal and Trust Me On This. During this time she put the PhD on hold to earn an MFA in fiction from OSU; her thesis was titled, Just Wanted You To Know, and consisted of several short stories and the proposal for a mainstream novel titled Crazy For You. During this time she also wrote a book of literary criticism on Anne Rice, published under the name Jennifer Smith.

Jenny todayIn the fall of 1995, Jenny began to write single title novels for St. Martin's Press where she very happily remains to this day. She is especially delighted to be working with her editor, Jennifer Enderlin, her agent Meg Ruley, and her daughter/business partner, Mollie Smith.

Today, in many ways, Jenny has come full circle. She collaborates with Bob Mayer on romantic adventure novels, putting into practice everything she studied about the differences in the way men and women write fiction in that long ago PhD dissertation, and she is once again living on the banks of an Ohio river. Her solo novels continue to explore women's journeys, especially issues dealing with relationships, friendships, community, and creativity, and her collaborations with Bob and others give her the opportunity to explore those same things in real life. She is a very fortunate woman, and she knows it.

Mayer, Bob

Mayer is a West Point graduate, Special Forces veteran. He also writes under the pen name Robert Doherty.