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  • Do You Take This Woman?

  • By: R. M. Johnson
  • Narrated by: R. D. Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Carla married Pete after her former fiancé, Wayne - Pete's best friend since childhood - cheated on her. Lately, she's begun meeting Wayne as a friend, but she's also been gauging her smoldering attraction to him. Then Pete lays a shocking secret on Carla and asks for her forgiveness: he's been unfaithful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but unbelievably twisted

  • By N. Hall on 05-15-08

BORING...AND RIDICULOUS

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-13

It was all I could do to get to the end of the first part of the book. The more I listened, the more ridiculous it became. Pete's request of Wayne....???? This story, while well told, was boring, far fetched and just plain ridiculous. Where's the love, faith, and trust? You either forgive or you don't.

My suggestion is to wait for more reviews before purchasing. The five reviews that were there for me were all good. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but nothing near anything I can relate to or refer to in real life.

I would not recommend this book.

  • God Ain't Blind

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Patricia Floyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe continues the adventures of lifelong friends Annette Goode Davis and Rhoda O'Toole in this riveting novel.

Sensing her husband drifting away, Annette gets a full makeover to recapture his attention. But instead, she catches the eye of another man. Soon Annette is in a full-blown affair - and even Rhoda may not be able to fix things this time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible!

  • By N. Hall on 10-31-09

ANOTHER LISTENING PLEASURE

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-13

I enjoy this series because it passes time for me at work without getting too distracted; however, the book is extremely descriptive and repetitive at times.

Additionally, I was a little disappointed with this story because I felt that the personalities of the main character and her husband was opposite of that in the previous book. It just seemed unlikely to me. I liked that they were in love with each other. In one book they are one way, and then totally opposite in the next. Perhaps if there were a story leading up to the events, the transition would have been easier. I don't want to spoil the ending so I won't say too much except that whatever happened to love and trust and faith?

Overall, still a great listen. I will be getting the next book.

Hope this helps.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God Don't Like Ugly

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Denise Burse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

In God Don't Like Ugly, she weaves a powerful tale of devastating abuse, the strength of friendship, and the burden of terrible secrets. Shy, overweight Annette Goode is only seven years old when Mr. Boatwright, a boarder in her house, begins sexually abusing her. She keeps this information to herself for years, until gorgeous, self-assured Rhoda Nelson becomes her new friend. Annette confides in Rhoda and finds the strength and courage to survive to adulthood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Tamela on 12-29-12

Wonderful series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-13

I really love this series. While the abuse written in the story is not a happy story, the character is a wonderful strong black woman. I will be sad when the series ends. (At the time of this review, I'm on book four). Worth the chip! I also love the friendship she has with her BFF. Just a nice series overall.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trouble Man

  • By: Travis Hunter
  • Narrated by: Marc Damon Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

An Essence best-selling author, Travis Hunter is acclaimed for the way he honestly confronts the issues facing African-American men. Jermaine Banks is a pot dealer in Philadelphia, father to a three-year-old boy, and committed partner to his pregnant girlfriend. As he approaches his 30th birthday and suffers the loss of a close friend to gang violence, he realizes it's time for some changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Nicole on 06-28-12

WONDERFUL INSPIRING STORY

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-13

I really enjoyed the story, characters and narrator. Family is important and being able to change for the better is so inspiring. Sometimes the characters seem so real. This is definitely one worth listening to.

  • The Upper Room

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Nationally best-selling author Mary Monroe createsan unforgettable cast of characters in The Upper Room. Mama Ruby stole her best friend's baby girl, ran off to Florida, and raised her as her own. Maureen is the center of Mama Ruby's world, and she will do anything to protect her and their life together. Now Maureen wants to know what the rest of the world is like. She is determined to find out, but escaping Mama Ruby won't be easy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but..................

  • By Ebony on 09-26-16

ANOTHER GREAT LISTEN

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

What can I say except that it was great all around. Mama Ruby was awesome too as well as the narration. Thanks for the entertainment, Ms. Monroe.

  • Do Not Go Gently

  • By: Judith Smith-Levin
  • Narrated by: Marc Damon Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Starletta Duvall is an exceptional police lieutenant: tough and professional. But when a serial killer begins targeting successful young black women, the victims’ resemblance to Starletta begins to haunt her. These women are smart and independent - how could the killer gain their trust so quickly? In frustration, Starletta decides to become the bait, hoping the suspect will strike. What she can’t predict, though, is the powerful reaction she will feel. Not for the faint of heart, Do Not Go Gently is a gripping mystery....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT LISTEN! WORTH THE CHIP...EVEN TWO!

  • By Stella on 02-25-13

GREAT LISTEN! WORTH THE CHIP...EVEN TWO!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

I absolutely loved this story, particularly because it was simply a detective book read by a great narrator. Nothing ghetto fab or anything like that. Just pure detective skills. It was just a change from what I usually listen to. I would LOVE to see urban fiction narrators branch out to different stories written by some of the greats that aren't necessarily urban fiction related. While I may like some of the non-urban fiction stories out there, I find most of the narrators to be extremely boring. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOK!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Taking Care of Business

  • By: Lutishia Lovely
  • Narrated by: Corey Allen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In Taking Care of Business, the Livingstons are enjoying plenty of success - Toussaint is a Food Network star, Malcolm’s BBQ Soul Smoker is the toast of QVC, and Bianca’s Taste of Soul Tapas Style restaurant is a hit. In fact, only Jefferson has yet to make a name for himself - a problem he blames on his cousin, Toussaint. But when a stranger threatens the Livingstons’ legacy, Jefferson must put his damaged ego aside and help his family fight to stay in business.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • story was slow

  • By Percell on 05-28-15

NOT GOOD FOR ME

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

What happened, Corey Allen? You usually narrate stories so well. Twice I've tried listening to this book and twice I simply couldn't get past the first few chapters. I attribute much of this to the narrator. As I said in my description, if the narrator doesn't cut it, then I simply can't listen to the story. That's too bad because there are many good stories that pique my interest but lose me on their choice of narrator. Oh well...I should have asked for my chip back.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Borrow Trouble

  • By: Mary Monroe, Victor McGlothin
  • Narrated by: Erza Knight
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Comprising two distinct short novels - Monroe's Nightmare in Paradise and Bad Luck Shadow from critically acclaimed Victor McGlothin - Borrow Trouble is a hot double-feature that perfectly showcases each author's unique style.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Lacreshia on 11-19-07

VERY GOOD READ

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

It's been a while, but I do recall this book. It was a great listen. Worth the chip and recommended. I don't like to get into specifics for fear of being a spoiler so I won't say much except that I enjoyed the story.

  • God Still Don't Like Ugly

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Patricia Floyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Annette Goode has finally found a man who loves her. But at a pre-wedding ceremony, her ugly past is revealed, and her world falls apart. When she reunites with her childhood sweetheart, it seems like everything might be fine - until her long-absent friend, who hides a deadly secret, comes back into Annette's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • undecided

  • By Davine Hopkins on 01-10-15

ENJOYING THE SERIES

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Worth the chip. Enjoying the story. Fun easy listening to while at work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God Don't Play

  • By: Mary Monroe
  • Narrated by: Patricia Floyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

In God Don't Play, trouble comes a woman's way just when she thinks she's finally got it all figured out. Annette Goode couldn't be happier with where she is in life. She has a good job, a comfortable home, and a wonderful husband and daughter. But tough times lie ahead. Out of the blue, Annette begins receiving anonymous hate mail and threatening phone calls. It seems her life isn't as settled as she thought, and demons from her past surface in unexpected ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward Pauses

  • By Shereé on 08-25-17

FUN EASY LISTENING

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

I'm loving the series. Narrator is great, as ususal. Easy listening while at work. Definitely worth the chip.