The Switch

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sandra Brown
Narrator: Jan Maxwell
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: July 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

It isn't the first time that identical twins Gillian and Melina Lloyd have switched identities. Melina, the more impetuous twin, proposes that her circumspect sister take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut and national hero Colonel Christopher "Chief" Heart. Although it's an enticing offer, Gillian declines for a very personal reason. Besides, she warns Melina, such a switch could have unexpected consequences.

Media-savvy Chief turns out to be an easy assignment for Melina. But the following morning, police arrive at Melina's door with the worst possible news: her beloved twin has been murdered, and on the walls, scrawled in blood, are obscenities directed at Gillian, along with insults that indisputably link Chief to the crime.

Dissatisfied with the official police investigation, Chief and Melina form a grudging alliance. Striking out on their own, they uncover more questions than answers, and are eventually led to the threshold of an inner sanctum, where a megalomaniac lies in wait for Gillian's replacement, her identical twin -- Melina.

A story that reveals the powerful, almost mystical bond between twins -- bond that compels a woman to go to impossible lengths to avenge her sister, The Switch defies every prediction.

Reviews (10)

Written by Chris C on October 4th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Sandra write with an interesting approach to this story. A thriller all the way

Written by Meghan S on May 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I absolutely love Sandra Brown but this is my least favorite of her books so far. I don't know if it was because the narrator was a woman, but I didn't connect with Chief or any of the characters like I usually do. I didn't get the chemistry build up between Gillian and Chief.

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Written by franimaldoc on April 30th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I've tried. On the recommendation of a friend, I've listened to two of Brown's books, but that's all I can tolerate. Her characterizations are shallow and trite, her plots uninteresting and certainly unchallenging, and her oh-so-hot-and-steamy sex scenes, even fast-forwarding through the majority of them, nauseating. I went through my Barbara Cartland romance-novel-a-day phase when I was twelve. Maybe I would have found these fun then. Now I can't stomach them even while doing tasks taking up most of my attention, much less when they have my full consideration. The rest of the Brown novels in my queue are getting flushed, and I'm looking askance at the friend who recommended them. Yuk.

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Written by Leann on April 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really liked this book and this is the second time I listen to it.

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Written by Sharon Deaves on July 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was not one of Sandra Brown's better efforts in my mind. I was able to figure out the twist very early in the story, so it left no surprises for me. In addition, in my opinion, it had far too much romance and description of love scenes. I think that the book should almost should be viewed as a romance rather than a mystery.

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Written by LaLa on June 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was a good book, but I figured the ending long before it came up.

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Written by Nanette on October 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this story. Sandra Brown is a great storyteller. I didn't see the twist until it was revealed. Was worth the listen.

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Written by Van from Hampton, VA on October 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

In reading the synopsis I couldn't wait to get this one. When I finally listened to it, I found it to be anti-climatic at best. It was very disappointing. In my opinion, it tried too hard to be suspensful...a thriller. The story barely scratches the surface of the characters, the build-up to the situation at hand. If you prefer Cliff's notes, then maybe you'll like this one. For myself, I like when the author takes time to build well-rounded characters and situations. I haven't read the book, and maybe it's because this was the abridged version. If it came in an unabridged version I would give it another try...maybe it goes beyond just the surface.

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Written by Beth Paquette on August 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Sandra Brown is one of my favorites. I love the way she can draw you into a character and hold your attention. And there's always a little surprise. Keep them coming!!!!!!!!!

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Written by Debby Vaughn on July 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Enjoyed the book, however, I figured the twist out too soon. I'm glad I read it, but it's not one of Brown's best.

Author Details

Author Details

Brown, Sandra

Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-six New York Times bestsellers, including PLAY DIRTY, which was released in August 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Her other recent bestsellers include Ricochet (2006), Chill Factor (2005), White Hot (2004), Hello, Darkness (2003), The Crush (2002), Envy (2001), The Switch (2000), The Alibi (1999), Unspeakable (1998) and Fat Tuesday (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published seventy novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when Mirror Image made The New York Times bestseller list, each subsequent novel, including reprints of earlier books, have become Times bestsellers. In 1992 her novel French Silk was made into an ABC-TV movie. Brown now has seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.” She is much in demand as a speaker and has appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX, as well as charity functions throughout the year. Court TV also sought Brown to host the 2007 premier of its popular series “Murder by the Book.”

Awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, the A.C. Greene Award and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sandra has also been named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. In addition, Sandra is a member of Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Literacy Partners, and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.

Sandra and her husband Michael Brown live in Arlington, Texas.