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vicki

Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16015)
    Performance
    (13291)
    Story
    (13918)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Trash"
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    Trash. Poor grammar. Poor plot. Trash. Did I say trash? I am no prude, but this was a sad piece of literary work. Unfortunately the hype intrigues many. One word if you are intrigued.....Library. I want a refund.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seduced in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (291)

    Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood. The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it's all coming to an end. Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance? Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

    Katheryne says: "Heart-pounding and intense"
    "Just porn 2"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one I know.......


    What could CJ Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not tried to make a love story out of porn?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    Probably not.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this based on others' reviews. Did not work out too well for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (414)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "Just porn"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What can I say? This book is just porn. Nothing of interest here. Shallow story that never really gets any better.


    What was most disappointing about CJ Roberts’s story?

    Besides the fact that it was just porn, you only get half a book. Thinking that it might pan out in the end, you reluctantly buy the other half of the book, only to realize, it too is just ridiculous porn. I really don't mind adult themes, if there's an interesting story to go with it.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Durante’s performance?

    The men's voices just aren't that great read by a woman trying to make it sound husky.


    What character would you cut from Captive in the Dark?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    The author was very clever splitting the book in half to sell you 2 books. The first book has no real focal point, no conclusion. You have to buy the 2nd half to "finish" the story.......and even then, it's so anticlimactic......just dumb, dumb, dumb. I don't know maybe you need to buy a 3rd book to get anything out of it......not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (1854)
    Story
    (1847)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Failure to meet expectations"
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    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Tamara Lovatt-Smith?

    This was my second book by Liane Moriarity. The first was a nice read entitled THE HUSBAND'S SECRET. I liked the story and loved the epilogue. A very nice change of pace. However, this book was droll. All through the book I waited on the A-HA moment that would turn it from humdrum into "Boy I never saw that coming!" It never happened. It reminded me of ORDINARY PEOPLE. The story was just ordinary.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Liane Moriarty again?

    Perhaps


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't recall anything that stood out.


    Any additional comments?

    So many of the narrator's words sounded like she was saying something different. Madison=Medicine......etc. This happened a lot. It was noticeable to friends and family as well. I would like my credit back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When She Woke

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (238)

    Hannah Payne awakens to a nightmare. She is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home. She is now a convicted criminal, and her skin color has been genetically altered. Her crime, according to the State of Texas: the murder of her unborn child, whose father she refuses to name. Her color: red. The color of newly shed blood.

    Amy says: "A Thoughtful Dystopia"
    "love, Love LOVE this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of When She Woke to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When She Woke?

    When she experienced her parents reactions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The second awakening.


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

    It was compelling, but I enjoyed piece mealing it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky Spot

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Beth Henley
    • Narrated By Jack Black, Brandon Maggart, Jim McLure, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, and 15-year-old Cassidy Smith is very pregnant with the child of 40ish Reed Hooker. Cassidy is desperate to marry Reed, Reed is desperate to open Louisiana’s hottest new taxi-dancing emporium and neither are prepared for the arrival of Reed’s wife, Sue Jack Hooker, a dangerous beauty who has just been let out of the penitentiary.

    Teri says: "Just what is needed on a cold winter day"
    "Interesting"
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    At first I had a hard time getting into the story. But once I accepted it for the old timey radio broadcast it was performed as, I kind of enjoyed it. After all, at $3.95, the price was right!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10457)
    Performance
    (5354)
    Story
    (5392)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Horrible Book"
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    One of the most drawn out, uninteresting, vulgar pieces of trash ever written. What a waste of time and money. A very ludicrous story line. When his wife and daughter-in-law said the book needed trimmed down a lot, they were not kidding. So many characters that had so much detail that never meant anything in the book. A ridiculous story with an unbelievable journey to nowhere. Could hardly force myself to finish this book, and yet I kept rereading parts to try to understand. There really is no understanding. If you liked the Lost TV series, you might like this nonsense. It is not even a reasonable allegory to anything. I hope I can get a refund. I cannot believe there is so much difference that I actually prefer the TV series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Witch & Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
    • Narrated By Spencer Locke, Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (428)

    The world is changing - the government has seized control of almost everything and kids are disappearing. For 15 year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend, except that the new government is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    Jason says: "Quick listen, but seems quickly written."
    "Where is Patterson?"
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    What is missing from this story is any semblance of Patterson's writing. It reads like a 13 year old girl composed it. The entire story seems to be missing something. Maybe a book for 10 yr olds, if they can handle the subject matter???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (832)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Falls short"
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    Of course Stephen King has a great voice and reading style, but this essay falls very short of being complete. He mentions several things early on that he fails to follow through on. He is misleading in that he draws the reader in by leadng you to believe that it just might be an unbiased essay. It could not be further from the truth. Before you reach the end he shows a very mouthy liberal bias. His essay becomes very foul mouthed and then it becomes hard to really listen to it. Yes, Mr. King, you should stick to your fiction books.......and clean up your potty mouth. The essay was almost worth the 69 cents I paid for it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • This Present Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (466)

    A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

    Kimberly says: "The one that started Peretti"
    "Terrible sound"
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    Very "tinny". Sounds like you are down in a can listening. Jack Sondricker's voice is great, bordering on a Paul Harvey type commentary. However the recording is at a very poor bit rate......Why?
    Is it that hard to get a good recording in this day and age? Or was it cheaply done? I was very excited to see this book now done unabridged on Audible, but I am so disappointed in the sound. There is some improvement on the pc over the Android phone or Kindle.
    Come on Audible, we are on your format now because of failing eyesight. The sound is everything!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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