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Billie Morgan | [Joolz Denby]

Billie Morgan

Billie is in her forties, running a little jewelry shop in Bradford, trying to live a quiet life, trying to forget the past. Because Billie has a lot of past to forget. She was a biker chick, one of the Devil's Own, the speed- and acid-fueled road demons. Her life was hurtling out of control, and it ended in murder. Now, years later, she has to face the consequences.
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Publisher's Summary

Billie is in her forties, running a little jewelry shop in Bradford, trying to live a quiet life, trying to forget the past. Because Billie has a lot of past to forget. She was a biker chick, one of the Devil's Own, the speed- and acid-fueled road demons. Her life was hurtling out of control, and it ended in murder. Now, years later, she has to face the consequences.

©2004 Joolz Denby; (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"It's a shame every bad girl can't plead for redemption with the swashbuckling verve of the aging biker babe Billie Morgan....She's got enough personality to carry the novel." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Serena Narre Warren NorthAustralia 08-22-06
    Serena Narre Warren NorthAustralia 08-22-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Whew... not for the faint hearted"

    This book is remarkably well written and fantastically narrated by the author. Billy Morgan is a humourous, intelligent, straight talking character, who you warm to immediately. As her life unfolds, you gain insight into a dark and cruel world, that only Billy's strength of character, resilience and humour allows her to survive (albeit, not entirely intact).

    This remarkably brave writing has the ring of truth and authenticity that can only come from real life experience. I enjoyed reading this book very much, but must caution that it is no light tale and if you are looking for an airy, feel good story - this book it not for you.

    However, if you are brave enough to face our society's reality at its worst, if you are ready to laugh and cry, if you want to read a moving and remarkably well told story - Give Billy Morgan a try.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Martinez, CA, United States 01-18-13
    Pat Martinez, CA, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Outstanding! More from Joolz Denby PLEASE!"
    What did you love best about Billie Morgan?

    Don't be fooled into thinking this is a book about a biker chick. It's about a messed up woman who has had a rough life from the time her father abandoned her. It's a Cinderella tale without the fairy godmother - well, except when she becomes the fairy godmother for another character in the book.


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

    I actually began this book and put it aside when the going got a little too disturbing. I finally forged forward when I ran out of new listens and am so glad I did. This has to be one of the best I have heard since I finished the Dragon Tattoo series. I only wish Audible would offer more of Ms Denby's novels. The plot meanders a bit, but with perseverance and patience, you will be rewarded with an incredible accounting of the life of Billie and the cast of characters that make up her world.


    What about Joolz Denby’s performance did you like?

    I have found novels narrated by the author's to be the best so far. I love good narrators and won't finish a book by a bad one. This one is an absolute must. You are watching real life in your mind as this book progresses. The characters in the book all have a life and sound of their own. At no time during this did I think "I wish she would sound more like a guy or an older woman." I was lost in the world of Billie Morgan!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction to this book causing me to quit the book. Kind of like how I felt at the end of the first season of "Breaking Bad." I don't go in for violence for violence's sake. I don't know why, now that I have gone back and finished the book. It was not as bad as I thought at the time. I am so glad I went back to listen to it and so very much appreciate the way that Joolz Denby narrated this. The book is done mostly in first person and it was like I was in a room with Billie listening to her life story.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's unfair to file this book under "Biker Chick Gone Wild". This is a fantastic story of a wronged child who grows up trying constantly to find someone who will love her and not abandon her. I feel strangely protective of this character. If only I could defend her from her "Mum" and let her know that she has worth. Strange that I felt this way by the end of the book. Wonderful tale, great job Joolz Denby!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh A McCullough 04-13-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Billie"

    I loved this novel and look forward to more by Ms Denby

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 01-20-07
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 01-20-07
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    "A Definite Must"

    Let me just say that you will not waste your credit. Fact I was completely done with part one; but my husband and I were on a 90min roadtrip. I purposly
    started the book over. That so he could enjoy with me. He did but more I thorougly loved this listen even more the 2nd time around.
    I wish that Audible would get more my Joolz Denby.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gilbert San Antonio, TX, United States 07-20-08
    Gilbert San Antonio, TX, United States 07-20-08 Member Since 2006

    Sentient Being, Planet Earth

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    "Billie Morgan - Not what is seems"

    Disappointment. I forced myself to lisen to the first half. While the story had promise, the heavyness of the British accent got old, fast. The story perseverated on one event...I kept saying, "get over it".

    Save your credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark
    Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom
    11/4/06
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    "Enjoyable from start to finish."

    Having grown up in Billies time I found this book most enjoyable. The characters are true to the era and wholly believable.
    Very well written and narrated by the author who made the characters come alive and I had to keep reminding myself that this was a work of fiction. This is the first Joolz Denby I have listened to but will search her out for more delightful listening/reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    10/6/10
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    "Powerful, poetic and brutal"

    Wonderful book, brilliant reading. Brutal, shocking and very adult in its themes, but uplifting, gripping and rewarding. A breathtaking piece of story telling, which is better than most Booker Prize winners I've read. There is plenty of swearing, violence and tragedy, but the style is poetic and the persective always uplifting.
    It's hard to describe the story, but it certainly isn't a crime thriller; it's the self confession of Billie Morgan, who narrates her tale (an autobiographical account of a tragic incident in the past, and its implications)through tears of defiance. Wavering beween self hatered and a belief that she is worth more than life has thrown at her; there is emotion, empathy and compassion. Billie's story is fascinating and horrible; but we love her for her perspective on it.
    A great listen, my mother loved this book, even though she never swears!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Clay
    UK
    1/7/14
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    "Good listen"

    Good listen! I enjoyed this book,I was hoping for more of a biker gang tail, however the direction the story took was still very enthralling.

    P.S. Bradford is awful,don't let her hood wink you haha.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Ellon, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Not as advertised but still pretty good"
    Would you try another book written by Joolz Denby or narrated by Joolz Denby?

    Probably


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joolz Denby? Why or why not?

    Pretty good narration, and put feeling into it, and a pretty decent story


    Which character – as performed by Joolz Denby – was your favourite?

    The main character Billy


    Did Billie Morgan inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Not really a "biker" story but kind of incidental to her "life story" but found it to be very addictive listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LJ
    Walsall, United Kingdom
    7/1/13
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    "The twists & turns of a genuine ex-biker girl"

    Excellent and refreshing work. Great storyline and well read by author.
    On edge of seat until final few words. A great read! Will definitely be listening to more of Joolz Denby's work in future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    Llanwrtyd Wells, powy, United Kingdom
    6/15/08
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    "Thought provoking and enthralling"

    I loved this book, I could not stop listening to it, I made my self late for meetings and stayed up far later than I should have done, because I could not wait to hear the next part. I have never read any Joolz Denby previously but I will certainly try more if this is typical of the quality of work to be expected. The characters came alive with the fantastic prose, the fact that Joolz herself narrated the story, I feel, made sure that emphasis was placed on the words that the author had meant to stand out. Quite an exceptional book, that has kept me thinking long long after I finished. A triumph (no pun intended)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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