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Playing The Game

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  704 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Barbara Taylor Bradford, the blockbuster New York Times bestselling author of A Woman of Substance and The Ravenscar Dynasty, has writtenan explosive newnovel about one woman’s remarkable journey to success.



Annette Remmington is a London art consultant and private dealer. With a roster of wealthy clients who trust her good eye and judgment, she is at the top of her game. A
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jaidis Shaw
I recently won Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford in a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. This is the first book that I have read of Ms. Bradford’s and I was excited to be peeking in the world of an author that I am not familiar with. Playing the Game is centered around the life of Annette Remmington, a rising star in the art world, and her struggles to succeed in not only her art consultant business but in her personal life as well. Married to the controlling, manipulative Marius, Annette’s ...more
Diane
I can vividly remember reading Barbara Taylor Bradford's first novel, A Woman of Substance, back when I was in high school. Her heroine, Emma Harte, was a brave, strong protagonist, a woman who could overcome anything and run a huge department store, while navigating the tricky waters of romance.

I read many of Bradford's subsequent books, but I haven't read one in awhile. Bradford has been a successful author for over 30 years, mostly by sticking to her formula of strong female characters overco
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Kate
Generally I really enjoy Bradford’s novels. The Emma Harte series was great even though it did get a little predictable towards the end. They’re a nice light read and I never expect anything in-depth, however when I learned Playing the Game was about someone involved in the art world, I had high hopes. I minored in art history in college and enjoy reading fiction books about artwork and artists. Most of the books I have read are well written and you can tell that the author took the time to res ...more
Shannon
Annette Remmington is an art consultant and an art dealer. She can tell the difference between a fake and a true piece of art. She can also help auction valuable paintings and sculptures. Annette's career is taking off, but she has a secret to hide and a domineering husband who is helping her hide it.

Marius, the husband, didn't seem as evil and manipulative as he was supposed to be until the very end. At the end, Annette becomes a detective?

I was a bit disappointed when I found out what Annette'
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Leah
Ugh! The only reason I finished this book was because I found it slightly more interesting than my grocery list. There will be spoilers to follow but if you are still reading this review the odds of you reading the book are low anyway so here goes...... All of the characters are unbelievably boring except for Marius who is just an ass. The only part that was remotely interesting was about 3/4 way into the book where the BIG plot twist was discovered. REALLY!!! REALLY????? That was the best you c ...more
Irene McHugh
I've never read Barbara Taylor Bradford and a friend thought I might like her books. This was an okay read. I liked the characters enough, in particular Annette and Jack. However, for most of the book the events seemed rather slow. I kept reading because I did like some of the details about artists, auctions, paintings that are wrong, and the general art background. After immersing the reader in this art world, the author rushes through her big reveal ending where we learn who the true bad guys ...more
Hillary
I couldn't get into this book. So much so that I couldn't finish reading it. I enjoyed the part about the art, but I felt like I was reading a book on art and nothing else during most points of the story. The author went into so much depth that I found it distracting and began to skim through paragraphs, which is something I hate doing. If a story is good enough, each piece deserves to be read.

Another thing that annoyed me is the author head-hopped, a LOT. To the point where I'd have to go back
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Sidna
Recently I was going on a 5-hour car trip by myself so, of course, I had to get an audio book to listen to in the car. I enjoy Barbara Taylor Bradford's books, although they are light romance novels, perfect for a car trip where you don't have to listen too intently.

In her books all of the main female characters are extremely beautiful and have great taste in clothes and furnishings--and usually plenty of money to indulge their tastes. Of course, the men are incredibly handsome and intelligent.
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Andrea
I have not read a book by this author in 30 plus years. This was enjoyable read, though fairly disjointed.

The subject is art. The lead character, Annette, is a consultant to collectors, buyers and sellers in London. She is married to a man 20 years her senior who had recently sold his gallery. He dictates what she can do and not do in her life.

She works with her sister who specializes in certain French painters.

The book opens when Annette is working with a young man that has inherited his uncle
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Natashya KitchenPuppies
Wow, this was hard to finish. I likely would have put it aside if it wasn't a review book. Too many "darlings", not enough intrigue or content to hold my interest and the end just sort of rushes out an explanation.
Robin Ripley
Trite. Predictable. Dull. The book was lucky to get 2 stars from me. (I might be cranky.) The only interesting parts were about the art world and forgeries and that was thin gruel.
Nancy Keller
Don't bother. I kept expecting it to get better and it never did. In fact it got worse.
Kari
How did this book get published? It breaks so many writing best practices. Stiff, stilted, and unnecessarily lengthy dialogue. "Tells" instead of "shows." Repetition, repetition, repetition - how many times do we have to hear that Charles is the 6th Earl of Mowbry or that the Swans are loyal to the Inghams or that the Inghams have beautiful blue eyes? Feels like BTB is beating us over the head with inane details. Also, there's no plot - who is the main character? What's the main point of conflic ...more
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

Barbara Taylor Bradford is my mother's favorite author, and I am slowly growing to be her fan, too. Although a slow starter, and a bit too predictable, the story gives a few delightful twists towards the end. A lovely weekend beach read, which it was for me. Although, wait.... I did not read on the beach - because I talked. And I did not read during the wonderful drives to the desert - because I talked... when did I read?? Oh, yessss, during the week-days, skipping on my writing and other obliga
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Julie F.
I won this on GoodReads. Thank you to Goodrads and Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Annette Remmington is an art dealer and consultant in England. She is married to Marius, 20 years her senior and very manipulative. They keep repeating how smart and independent Annette is, yet she allows her overbearing husband to micromanage her entire life. Why?

We later find out that Marius's "control" over Annette has something to do with a horrible secret from her past/youth. It's pretty easy to guess what the secret
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Monkeyface
Listened toPlaying the Gameby Barbara Taylor Bradford. Annette is married to her mentor and personal champion, the much older Marius Remmington. For twenty years, Marius has groomed her into the international art star that she has become, not to mention saving her from a dark and gritty past. She is his pride and joy, and as her best advisor, it’s with great care that he hand picks only the best journalist possible to do a profile on his beloved wife in a popular London Sunday newspaper. Jack Ch ...more
Alee
The book is about a woman who is just reaching the top of her field, art dealer/advisor. As she starts to look for her "next big sale", she starts to discover "wrong" paintings (fakes). At the same time, she is being interviewed by a journalist who begins to uncover things about her past.
What is interesting about the book is that it interleaves real information about the art world within the fictional story. This gets repetitive at times but still lends more credibility to the telling. The flas
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Eileen
This was a typical Barbara Taylor Bradford book, the main character being a strong woman who has chosen the wrong man. I didn't think Playing the Game was as good as some of her earlier books (A Woman of Substance, Voice of the Heart, Hold the Dream) which I loved and highly recommend. Although I do recommend this one too if you like sweet love stories. It was an interesting storyline and I enjoyed reading about a subject I didn't know a lot about- Fine Art and forgery. I do have one complaint j ...more
Leanne Hunt
I have a problem with this type of novel in that it seems very superficial, paying too much attention to the luxurious appearance of furnishings, clothes and, in this case, artworks, and not enough attention to the subtle nuances of facial expressions, gestures and remarks. It is not as if the story lacks depth, yet the author often resorts to simply telling the reader what a character is like instead of showing evidence of it. This surprised me as Barbara Taylor Bradford is obviously an accompl ...more
Nathalie S
Annette Remminton is a London art consultant and dealer who has just sold an old masters painting at an auction for her client. Her life seems enchanted--she is beautiful, rich and a seemingly wonderful husband. But under the surface larks deep secrets and a terribly abusive childhood. Her husband has a hold on her and she knows she could never leave him for fear of having her past revealed. Annette makes peace with her life for twenty years, until she meets Jack Chalmers, a young good looking j ...more
Phyllis Sommers
Although the story, itself, was entertaining enough to keep me interested, the quality of the writing was not up to the Taylor Bradford standard, as far as I'm concerned. The dialog was quite stilted and plodding and even has me questioning whether Bradford may have had someone else write and put this novel together.

Annette Remmington, the protagonist, is an art historian who lives in London and, thanks to the training of her considerably older Svengali-like husband, Marius, has begun representi
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Hollie Robb
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Carol  MacInnis
Annette Remington is a beautiful and very talented London Art Consultant to private clients. Annett's husband, Marius is also in the business and has been mentoring her for their twenty years of marriage. Although Annette has her own Gallery and Marius is now freelance, this works for Annette as her husband is very jealous, manipulative and controlling and this has caused her much pain and anxiety over their many years together. Annette has an art exhibit where she hopes to sell some very famous ...more
Dinallissima
I enjoyed every bit if this book in fact if I haven't had many things on my plate at the moment I would have read it much sooner. I just loved the characters and the way they developed and mingled through out the story. In fact it was the end of the story events that got me talking to my self and going back and forth the same paragraph, what I am trying to say here it got me on edge and surprise that I had to read some of it out loud and repeat it. Enjoyed the bits about the art world and all th ...more
Sharlene
ok, I love btb books, but the amount of coincidences in this book was ridiculous. You'd think these people were the only people on planet earth. I had no trouble getting through it, but an episode of 24 would be more realistic. enjoyed it, but it was almost as if she was in a rush to finish the book so tied up all the loose ends as quickly as possible by creating a LOT of unrealistic 'twists'...
Cindy Meilink
I received this book as an Early Reviewers copy.

Annette Remmington is a woman with a secret. Married to Marius, a successful but controlling gallery owner, Annette learns the business and becomes successful in her own right as an art consultant.

When Annette takes on Christopher Delaware as a client and holds an auction that brings in twenty million pounds for his Rembrandt, it sets into motion a series of events that changes Annette's life forever.

When Jack Chalmers comes to interview her on he
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Judi R.
I have been a long time follower of Barbara Taylor Bradford. I must admit that my favorites are her earlier books, but I still enjoy her writing. She always includes factual history within the story. This time it is Art history and I found it fascinating. She spends much time researching and I appreciate the knowledge that she includes. She weaves these facts intricately through the pages so that it is far from textbook like. This story, based on art collectors is a great read. Love, deceit, mys ...more
Trisha
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Tiffany
I won this as a Goodreads First Reads. I don't know how it was possible that I had never heard of this author before this book since she has published many books before this, but it is true. I am not going to recap the book because Goodreads already has the description, so I will just comment on my thoughts of the book:

I found Playing the Game quite an easy read considering it's length. I had a hard time connecting with Annette, the main character. I'm not sure why that was. I liked reading abou
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Melissa
Can't wait to receive this book as a winner of the First Reads book reviews!

It has taken me weeks to write this review. Once I finished the book, I just wanted to forget about it. I have never read anything by Barbra Taylor Bradford before and I won't in the future. This book sounded really good but turned out predictable, boring dialogue, and was only worth the last couple chapters. This book read like a Lifetime movie, so if you like that sorta thing then this is your book. In addition the at
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Wom ...more
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