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One-Star Review: Bonus Edition

Narrated by: Stephanie Pilavin
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Would they do anything to be successful?

Lana Brooks is a prolific and best-selling author who seemingly has it all: money, fame, and a dream apartment overlooking the Manhattan skyline. What could possibly be wrong in her life?

Confident in her writing abilities, Lana is shocked when a reader shreds her reputation while reviewing her latest release. Distracted by the review to the point where it affects her writing, Lana takes matters into her own hands, not realizing she is going to get way more than she bargained for.

Check out the bonus story, "Becoming Karen Carter", included!

Jessica Nichols wanted the one thing that eluded her - the distinction of becoming a best-selling author. The only thing standing in her way was a stack of rejection letters. Unable to get her foot in the door, she finds herself destined to spend her life working dead-end jobs.

Desperate to make it, and rapidly running out of options, Jessica crosses a line she can never come back from.

©2018 R. E. Sargent (P)2019 R. E. Sargent

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No one star here!

This book starts off crazy stays crazy and continues to be crazy. It is funny so many laugh out loud moments so no I’m not giving it a one star rating stay away from me. I gave it five stars and recommend it to anyone who likes silly funny situational comedy. This is a Larry us! It was just so funny in the novel that was a bonus then I read it was great. I have nothing negative to say about this book it’s awesome!

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Good Read

One-Star Review: Bonus Edition was a good quick read by R.E. Sargent. This book included; One-Star Review and Becoming Karen Carter. One-Star Review followed Lana who is a bestselling author who has seemed to have it all. She has money, the fame around being a bestselling author, and her dream apartment. She is very confident in her writing ability until she comes across a reader who destroyed her latest release with a bad review. Lana decides to take matters in her own hands and crosses a line that will change her forever. Becoming Karen Carter follows Jessica who wants to become a bestselling author even though that is the one thing that has seemed to elude her. Unfortunately for her she has a large stack of rejection letters. She has been running out of options and crosses a line that she will never be able to come back from. I enjoyed reading this quick read that tells the story of how Jessica became Karen. Stephanie Pilavin did a great job of narrating the book as to where you are enthralled in what happens with the characters.

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Fantastic story!

Wow, what a great story! The writing and narration are both impeccable. Thanks for the entertainment!

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Nice Listen

Great diversion. Enjoyed the character and her craziness lol. Well worth the listen. Give it a try!

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More than 1 star

After reading this I may never leave another one star review! The story was good and having both perspectives was something new to me. The narration was light and fun for such a serious subject but it worked. I received this book at no charge in my review is my own.

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captivating novella!

Now I'm really scared to ever leave a one-star review...lol.
Totally enjoyed this quick which gives you two stories...one of an author who takes exception to a one-star review; the other of a would-be-author who assumes said author's identity. Both stories are captivating...I sat in a parking lot for 45 minutes to get to the end! Worth the read/listen.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This audio book is a very entertaining listen from beginning to end. It is short enough to finish the audio in one sitting.

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Totally Not A 1 Star Book

1 Star Review. What a book! I love the premise of the book. It really gets the reader thinking about what may be happening behind the scenes (somebody plotting your murder, for instance). It is one of the few books I've read this year that I truly thought about for more than five minutes after completion. This novella is thought provoking and unique as far as I've read.

I'm glad this book doesn't warrant a 1 star rating because I don't have a death wish tonight lol. No katanas in my future!

I received this audiobook from the author/publisher/narrator in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom.

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I like the idea, not the execution.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased. Well I like the idea behind it but I just don't feel like it was executed very well.

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Yes!

The author of this story beautifully made the struggles of an unknown and known writer very real. Both stories ask the question What would you do to make your dreams come true? For both women, they find they have no limits to be the best authors they can be. As an author myself, the struggle can be real. Especially when it comes to one-star reviews.

Relatable, intriguing, and funny, this short listen is a must read.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Brianna Belbin
  • 10-31-19

Original & Twisted

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This book really makes you think of what goes on in some author’s minds. I’ve always been the type of person to give honest reviews, and I always leave some positives with the bad, but sometimes it’s scary to leave a low rating and review for reasons/ bizare scenarios like this.
Lana writes under her pen name Karen Carter and has worked her ass off to become a best selling author. How does she take care of reviews that attack her and her career? She murders the reviewer, moves on, and repeats religiously. This was an interesting outlook on how far someone will go to protect their reputation and income. I thought it was awesome that she helped someone back on their feet and gave them a second chance at life even though it was for a darker ulterior motive. The ending left me thinking one thing happened even though I was confused, but it seemed normal for the character in all honesty. I was wrong.

Becoming Karen
Jessica has had a tough few years after being raped by a former employer and then assaulted at her current job (even if she provoked her coworker). She’s been trying to make it as a writer, but no publisher or agent will take her on. Karen Carter is her writer inspiration and idol, but when she discovers who she truly is everything changes. She doesn’t believe Lana deserves her fortune, her publisher, or her fans. She decides to change that one night and ends up fighting for her life... and becomes Karen Carter/ Lana. I thought it was super shady that a reputable company would sell a virus so they could spy on someone else through their laptop. This really makes me double think opening images and files through email or messaging (not that I go around doing what Lana does).

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I thought these two stories were unique and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything with this plot before. It was a refreshing original duo that was a quick read and kept me entertained until the end (of both).
Stephanie did a really good job with this narration! She used different voices for each character and brought each MC’s emotions to life. Her performance was very realistic, sometimes a little over-emphasized for dramatic flair, and I really enjoyed the flow of her voice.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-03-19

She was rich, she was famous, she was Karen Carter

Two short stories which coincide, by author R.E.Sargent. Karen is the pen name of a successful fiction author, A workaholic, basking in the adoration of her reviewers, but without close friends. When she receives a one star review on Amazon which attacks not only her book but her, personally, her mind turns murderous. Jessica is also a writer, but unpublished, though she's tried really hard to find an agent to take her and her completed novels on board. She loves Karen's books, has been told that she even writes a little like her. But she doesn't have the game and riches that Karen has achieved.

Both stories are complementary. Both are dark, psychological thrillers and short in length but packed with interest. The writing style is somewhat unsophisticated, but conveys all that is needed, and characterisation is only superficial but, again, quite sufficient (Like co!lurch cartoons) to convey the emotions of anger and envy and a right to be treated with respect. Narration is by Stephanie Pilavin, whose naive sounding voice perfectly conveys the story, complete with emotional state, of both of the main protagonists. Her reading is clear and easy to hear.

My thanks to the rights holder of One Star Review, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. This was a really fun book, with a surprise ending for the first of the stories. It did make me pause to consider the level of personal violence which seemed endemic in the lives of these people - do some really love with this level of aggression in their daily dealings? -but, returning to the cartoon concept for the characters, this was fine. Not really an horror story but still dark and thrilling: recommended to all who enjoy quick, quirky plots with unexpected endings.

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  • Helen
  • 08-22-19

good book

Lana Brooks is a prolific and best-selling author who seemingly has it all: money, fame, and a dream apartment overlooking the Manhattan skyline. What could possibly be wrong in her life?
good book

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  • Sian Plummer
  • 07-31-19

fast paced story

This story was sold to me as a horror, and I definitely think it has been mislabeled, it is more of a thriller than a horror!

Overall, a fairly quick read that amused me; I was incredibly skeptical about it due to the title and content matter of this book. Does it feel like a dig to reviewers that honestly reflect their opinions of books? Kind of, but more so if you're getting personal, which I guess is fair. I did LOL at the One Star review that was written in here though.

My advise to Lana would have been, "reviews are for readers, not for authors".

I listened to this at speed 1.6x

I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review