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Vickie Oakley

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andalusia, al | Member Since 2011

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  • 44 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 159 titles in library
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  • The Fear of the Lord: Discover the Key to Intimately Knowing God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Bevere
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Many Christians have never understood the fear of the Lord, which builds passion and intimacy into their relationship with god and makes their lives real and pure. In this rerelease of his book, John Bevere dispels the false understanding of god. Understanding why and how to fear god is the beginning of knowing Him as He yearns to be known. In his lovingly confrontational style, Bevere challenges believers to reverence God anew in their worship, prayers, and daily living.

    Darrell says: "well done"
    "As stated earlier, should be required reading!"
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    Other than the Bible John Bevere's books should be required reading for every Christian and certainly for anyone who is in the ministry full time. His insight into scripture is phenomenal and the truth he speaks through God's Holy Word touches you to the core of your soul. I recommend this book to all believers who are looking to go deeper in their relationship with God.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Ghost Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Keith McCafferty
    • Narrated By Rick Holmes
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    With this follow-up to The Royal Wulff Murders, acclaimed author Keith McCafferty brings back fly-fishing PI Sean Stranahan for a second quirky adventure. When two graves are found on the mysterious Sphinx Mountain, the local sheriff suspects murder and calls on Stranahan to join the case. Then a vintage Gray Ghost lure from a riverside cabin disappears, and Stranahan begins to suspect that a deeper mystery is lurking just beneath the surface.

    Vickie Oakley says: "Pure Enjoyment!"
    "Pure Enjoyment!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good storyline
    Good narration
    Good characterization
    What else can I say.... ah yes, I would recommend to someone else and I can't wait for another book by Keith McCafferty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gray Ghost Murders?

    The fact that someone can develop a story line around fishing lures is memorable to me!


    What does Rick Holmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the sound of his voice as Shanahan


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I could not "put it down". Had to listen to it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting to hear more from Keith.......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Wings of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Marcia Hyde, Larry Robinson, Ralph Williams, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (195)

    When two of his American employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: American businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared.

    Tammy says: "Was the narrator in a hurry?"
    "Little Known Historical Account"
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    What did you love best about On Wings of Eagles?

    I enjoyed listening to this novel once I got past the change in narrators. This is a little known piece of American History. I remember when Ross Perot announced he was going to run for the Presidency......I admire the way he handled this situation. This is a good book and I would recommend all Americans read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Bull" Simons. He lived as he was. I believe this is the one of the reasons that Perot chose him to head up the mission to get his imprisoned employees out.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they were reunited with their families.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. Carson Black
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (111)

    Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks. The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "Survivor's club barely surviving"
    "Narration performance is terrible."
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    What disappointed you about The Survivors Club?

    The book, the story line would be reasonably good if the narration was not so distracting. I have to keep hitting replay in order to connect the story line because the narrator tries to use different voices for the characters. I can appreciate this method from an experienced narrator or one that is good, but I'm sorry for this book it is very distracting,


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have not completed the book and I do not know if I will.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joyce Bean’s performances?

    Not at this point.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Practice of the Presence of God & As a Man Thinketh

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Brother Lawrence, James Allen
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Brother Lawrence decided that he needed to concentrate on a simple idea: loving God in whatever he did. The Practice of the Presence of God is a record of the conversations and letters exchanged between Brother Lawrence and people in his community, who came to him for advice once they noticed his passionate living for God.

    Rod Morgan says: "Awkward interpretation of a Christian classic"
    "Better to read as a book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a short book. Good thing.....this book is one that is better read instead of listening to it. The narrator read the book as if he was in a hurry; without giving much thought as to how or what he was reading.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edward Lewis?

    Edward Lewis would have been fine as the narrator if he would have slowed down and give some thought as to what was being read.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Full Is Your Bucket?: Positive Strategies for Work and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton
    • Narrated By Tom Rath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    In this brief but significant book, the authors, a grandfather-grandson team, explore how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton (coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) and Rath suggest that we all have a bucket within us that needs to be filled with positive experiences, such as recognition or praise. When we're negative toward others, we use a dipper to remove from their buckets and diminish their positive outlook.

    Robyn says: "Simple , yet Brilliant~"
    "Good reference for positive psychology"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How Full Is Your Bucket? to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. You can not underline passages in the audio version, but if you are strapped for time it is good to listen to the book before you purchase it as a reference.


    What other book might you compare How Full Is Your Bucket? to and why?

    Now Discover Your Strengths. Recommended reading for anyone in management.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Courtship

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (133)

    After less than a year, young Barry Laverty, M.B., is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner in the practice. He's looking forward to becoming a fixture in the community, until an unexpected romantic reversal gives him second thoughts. Will he truly be happy tending to routine coughs and colds for the rest of his career? After all, even when a more challenging case comes along, like a rare tropical disease, all he can do is pass it on to a qualified specialist or big-city hospital. Is running a humble GP's shop all he wants out of life?

    Angelyn says: "My favorite book series"
    "Love this series"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Irish Country Courtship the most enjoyable?

    The characters, it is always about the characters and I love the characters of Bally Buckle Bow!


    What other book might you compare An Irish Country Courtship to and why?

    This series is just good reading.....to compare them to any other series does them an injustice. Good clean reading.


    Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Keating is the perfect narrator for this series of books.


    If you could rename An Irish Country Courtship, what would you call it?

    Why in Heaven's name would I want to rename the book. The title is perfect as it is, ah so...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    The Great Isaiah Scroll: does it hold the secrets to changing your life? In Jerusalem, within the Shrine of the Book Museum, resides the Great Isaiah Scroll - the most precious artifact of the Dead Sea Scrolls. So valuable is this scripture that extraordinary measures have been taken to safeguard it against any natural disaster or act of war. Gregg Braden investigates this ancient Essene scripture - to reveal a set of inner tools capable of altering the destiny of human civilization.

    Alicia says: "Lost understandings finally surface"
    "Something Missing"
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    What did you love best about The Isaiah Effect?

    I had thought this book was about the Book of Isaiah from the Old Testament. The writings of Isaiah the Prophet. If is was based on Isaiah's writings, I missed something while listening.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gregg Braden before, how does this one compare?

    I will have to go back and listen to this one again before I listen to another of Mr. Braden's books.


    What about Gregg Braden’s performance did you like?

    He is a good reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I am not certain.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I would recommend this book to someone else. Confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Fancy: A Sean Stranahan Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keith McCafferty
    • Narrated By Rick Holmes
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Wolves howl as a riderless horse returns at sunset to the Culpepper Dude Ranch in the Madison Valley. The missing woman, Nanika Martinelli, is better known as the Fly Fishing Venus, a red-haired river guide who lures clients the way dry flies draw trout. As Sheriff Martha Ettinger follows hoof tracks in the snow, she finds one of the men who has fallen under the temptress' spell impaled on the antler tine of a giant bull elk, a kill that' s been claimed by a wolf pack. An accident? If not, is the killer human or animal?

    Vickie Oakley says: "Good Book"
    "Good Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is spell binding-good mystery.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    it kept me interested. Always wanted to know more.


    Have you listened to any of Rick Holmes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Finally when Martha and Stranahan quit dancing around each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (609)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "Another Great Book for Walt and Craig"
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    If you could sum up Any Other Name in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, funny, and interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Walt is a cowboy who is willing to give the benefit of the doubt, accept people for who they are, but yet he still lives by the law.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I love George Guidall's performance. He is a male voice, but he performs Vic and Ruby with finesse.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, Yes, Yes,......


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Walt Longmire books and I do watch the television series; however the television series cannot, does not hold a candle to the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Toni Anderson
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Investigating the discovery of the body, Sergeant Holly Rudd knows she’s an unwelcome presence in the close-knit community of Bamfield. But she doesn’t expect the residents to be spooked by the mere sight of her. What rattles Holly even more, though, is her overwhelming desire for diver and former Special Forces soldier Finn Carver. Finn has no doubt that the corpse he found while diving was a victim of foul play - just as there’s no doubt that he wants Holly.

    Vickie Oakley says: "Very poor performance and immature writing style"
    "Very poor performance and immature writing style"
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    What would have made Dangerous Waters better?

    I would like to say a different narrator, but the story is a very immature story line.


    What was most disappointing about Toni Anderson’s story?

    Very immature writing style; the story line seemed to be more about the sexual innuendos then solving of the murders.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It is very obvious the narrator is attempting to impersonate a male voice. However, it is poorly done and very distracting when you are trying to listen to the reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dangerous Waters?

    I would definitely do away with the sexual undertones and innuendos, the curse words especially the f word. The use of these gimmicks to make a story more interesting is in very poor taste and leaves the writing talent questionable.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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