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Vicki Ficklen

Vicki

McDonough, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 7 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 193 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sicilian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    Michael Corleone is returning to the U.S. after the two-year exile to Sicily in which listeners left him in The Godfather. But he is ordered to bring with him the young Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Guiliano, who is the unofficial ruler of northwestern Sicily. In his fight "to make Sicilians free people", the young folk hero, based on the real-life Giuliano of the 1940s, has made both the police and the Mafia his enemies.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A side story"
    "Really bad."
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    What disappointed you about The Sicilian?

    Ok , I thought this was the second Godfather. It obviously isn't. The narrator talks so fast I could hardly keep up. Just a very frustrating audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9681)
    Performance
    (5715)
    Story
    (5761)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Just couldn't get into it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe a better narrator. Maybe not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance?

    Just finished listening to all of Brandon Sanderson books and this series was recommended based on the other books. This sounded like a bad western. I just couldn't get past the narration and the accents to enjoy the book. Too bad. I was looking forward to a long series to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roman Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    In Rome, 80 B.C., on a warm spring morning, Gordianus the Finder receives a summons to the house of a then-unknown young advocate and orator, Cicero. Ambitious and brilliant, the 26-year-old Cicero is about to argue his first important case. His client is a wealthy farmer, one Sextus Roscius of the town of Ameria, who stands accused of the most unforgivable act in Ancient Rome: the murder of his father.

    Greg says: "good read/listen"
    "Hard to get past the reader."
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    Would you try another book from Steven Saylor and/or Scott Harrison?

    Scott Harrison - definitely not. His voice was grating and he hollered a lot to get his point across. It was almost painful to listen to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Saylor again?

    He would have to have a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He sounded like he was reading to children. He shouldn't try to read anything else.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love the time period that the book was written about. That's about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eva Stachniak
    • Narrated By Beata Pozniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

    Cookie says: "Not a bodice ripper!"
    "Just boring"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Winter Palace better?

    I read a lot of this genre and this book was just plain boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eva Stachniak again?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2244)
    Performance
    (1893)
    Story
    (1876)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Terri says: "Don't buy this."
    "Couldn't get into it"
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    What would have made What Every BODY Is Saying better?

    I had a hard time getting into this book. Maybe, for me anyway, this would be better if I had read it instead of listened to it. Things were hard to visualize and I found myself wandering and looking for things to do while I was listening, and I don't normally do that.


    What could Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1089)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Just as bad as Wolf Hall"
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    Would you try another book from Hilary Mantel and/or Simon Vance?

    No


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

    I thought Simon Vance was very good. He brought a lot to the characters. He just didn't have a decent story to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can think of.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2106)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1365)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "Not what I expected"
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    What would have made Wolf Hall better?

    After reading nothing but great reviews for this series, and loving this period, I bought both books. I thought they were both so boring that I was having a hard time staying attentive. And then the endings were just there. Not the least bit satisfying. Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hilary Mantel again?

    No


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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