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Vivid

Narrated by: Robin Eller
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (458 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

It's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all-black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan, she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca knows all about fighting for her rights. But she may need more than determination to face down the distractingly handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove's bull-headed mayor.

Nate Grayson goes to the train station expecting Dr. V. Lancaster to be a man. But when the lovely, dark-skinned Viveca introduces herself, he is at first speechless, then orders her back on the train and out of his town! It's 1876 and women aren't supposed to be doctors, men are. However, Nate isn't prepared for this extraordinary beauty's stubbornness and fire, nor for the vivid way she heals - then steals - his heart. Contains mature themes.

©1995, 2000 Beverly E. Jenkins (P)2014 Tantor
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Great Story, Not the best narrator :(

Vivid is one of my favorite books of all time. So maybe it's due to the fact that I've read the book several times and I have an idea of how I think it should be read, or perhaps it's because I listen to books all the time...but this reader was not the best. She has a great voice but she's "reading the book" and not performing if that makes any sense. Her extra breaths where a breath doesn't fit is just wearing me OUT! I love Beverly Jenkins and Im not sad that I bought the book. Please give it a try and excuse my frustration. #teambeverlyjenkins...

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Yay Vivids on audible"

I have read this book many times. Strong independent brilliant woman bound to follow her dream and practice medicine during this time. Loved the story, enjoyed watching Nate fall in love with Vivica. History love and action all bound together. Great listen. Keep adding Beverly Jenkins books to a Audible and I'll keep listening. :). Would love to hear Thomas Penny voice again. Robin Eller is okay but the male voices are so similar to the female voices I sometimes have to figure out who's talking. Narration could be better. Sorry. Absolutely love Beverly Jenkins historical romances. Own them all would love to be able to listen to them all as well.

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Great Story

Beverly Jenkins books are the greatest except the narrator with this book was plain didn't bring out any character voices made it sound boring and slow. Please have more readings by Thomas Penny and Kim Stauton.

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Historicals Are Enjoyable

Would you listen to Vivid again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to Vivid again because I am a fan of Beverly Jenkins' African American Historical novels. Strong women and even stronger men who lived during very perilous times for Blacks , and made a difference in their own way for the Race is the central theme of her novels. The historical facts interwoven with the romantic fiction is the reason I read this genre. I learn and I enjoy the story at the same time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vivid?

Nate & Vivid's Romantic episodes.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was ok. However my personal preference would have called for 2 narrators, one male and one female. I didn't dislike the narrator's performance, but I think the characterization could have been enhanced if a male narrator could have performed the male dialogue.

If you could rename Vivid, what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename it.

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Great book / Horrible Audio

I've read the book 3 times and loved it each time. Had I heard the audio version There's a chance I would never read anything by Ms. Jenkins (and she is an AWESOME woman and author). The person who did the audio on this sounded emotionless. I still think she was a robot.

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Great Love 💘

I absolutely loved this book. A fairy tale like story from wayyyy back in the day. At first I thought it was going to be a rated-G love story but was pleasantly surprised at gracefully spoken erotica. I truly enjoyed this book and will continue to read more from Beverly Jenkins. 1800 love may just be my new favorite.

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Rollicking western

This is obviously one of Ms Jenkins earlier books, the history isn’t integrated as smoothly into the story as in her later books, but it’s still a great read. Vivid is the new doctor in a remote Michigan town, where she initially butts heads with the mayor, Nate Grayson, who has his doubts about a lady doctor, but romance eventually blooms as Vivid proves her capabilities. Vivid is a wonderfully feisty and intelligent heroine and Nate, who is a committed single dad as well as mayor, is a great hero. There are lots of well developed secondary characters and a fair amount of adventure.

The narrator was just ok.

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Performance is rather dull- not going to keep you awake if you're tired. I enjoyed the opening, the setting, the characters, but it fell really flat about halfway through. The end was nice, with the hawk and the kidnapped girls rescue, but I finished it more because of boredom than a burning desire to experience the conclusion

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Not the right narrator?

I can’t tell if the adopted over enunciation was this narrator’s effort at period appropriate diction, or just an effort to be clear and give the a neutral narrator voice. It tends towards uncomfortable and robotic, and took away from the seriously spicy story. Also, male voices weren’t deep enough to distinguish from female in some conversations... it really added a dimension of confusion I’m unfamiliar with as a seasoned listener.

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Good

This book had all the things I love about this author!i did not care for the narrator but I was able to finish the story.