Friday, September 30, 2011

ARE YOU LISTENING? FRIDAY: GODDESS OF VENGEANCE - A JACKIE COLLINS AUDIO BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
 GIVEAWAY ENDED
GODDESS OF VENGEANCE
  BY JACKIE COLLINS

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Jackie Collins’ fierce and wildly beautiful heroine Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance—in a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clan—and, as always, Lucky comes out on top.

Lucky runs a high profile casino and hotel complex, The Keys in Vegas.

Lennie, her movie star husband, is still writing and directing successful independent movies, while Max, her stubborn and gorgeous teenage daughter is about to celebrate her 18th birthday, and her son, Bobby, owns a string of hot clubs. Lucky has everything. Family. Love. Life.

And everything is exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is 
determined to take from her one way or the other.

Born a Prince in the small but affluent Middle Eastern country of Akramshar, Armand comes to America with his American mother at an early age, and rises to become a real estate business titan. Armand regards women as nothing more than breeding mares or sexual playthings, so when his people inform him that the one property he covets more than anything, The Keys, is not for sale, he is shocked. That a mere woman would dare to turn down his offer to buy The Keys is unthinkable, and Armand vows to force Lucky’s hand whatever it takes. And so the battle for power begins . . .

Meanwhile Bobby is dealing with shady Russian investors, while his girlfriend—smart and independent Denver Jones—is becoming a Deputy D.A. in the L.A. drug unit.

And Max, Bobby’s seventeen year old sister, is busy embarking on a forbidden affair with a sexy young movie star. An affair they have to keep on the down-low lest Lucky finds out.
The word is that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” and what happens in Goddess of Vengeance will blow your mind! 

PRAISE FOR GODDESS OF VENGEANCE:
"No one paints a more tawdry -- and delicious -- portrait of Hollywood than prolific novelist Jackie Collins." 
New York Post

“When is an audio book so very, very much more than another audio book? When it’s read by Jackie Collins, Sidney Poitier and a cast of can’t-stop-listening-to characters. Of course, Collins’s inimitable voice is the headliner but blended with Poitier’s rich, deep voice – well, folks, that’s topnotch listening.”
Beauty by the Books



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of power brokers—Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.
        
Jackie Collins has been called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 400 million copies of her books sold in more than forty countries, and with some twenty-seven New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world’s top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivalled insider’s knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous. “I write about real people in disguise,” she says. “If anything, my characters are toned down—the truth is much more bizarre.”
        
Visit Jackie’s website www.jackiecollins.com, and follow her on Twitter at JackieJCollins and Facebook at www.facebook.com/jackiecollins.

MY REVIEW/THOUGHTS:
There was a time when I was first in line for the next Jackie Collins book, but as my horizons broadened, there just wasn’t time for every book I wanted to read (and still isn’t!). And so, what a treat when I was approached to review Jackie Collins’ newest book, GODDESS OF VENGEANCE! Add to that the fact that I was able to listen to the always well done Macmillan Audio Book version, and I easily slipped into my old guilty pleasure and the sounds of Jackie herself along with Sidney Poitier reading the book. How much pleasure can one person stand at once?  AND THEN, it IS a Lucky Santangelo mob linked book and set in Las Vegas (that I refer to as “the happiest place on earth…for adults”), and well, I was in Collins' heaven! Let me tell you that it is impossible to not get a kick out of this audio book if for no other reason then to hear Jackie and Sydney read. Also, you don’t have to have read all the other Lucky books in order to get the plot as it pretty much stands alone very well.

In GODDESS OF VENGEANCE, Lucky is almost a minor character (were she not such a strong presence) as she throws an 18th birthday party for Max, her daughter, at The Keys Hotel in Las Vegas that Lucky owns. For those who follow these books, Max is as annoying as ever but it is also part of her charm. Lennie, Lucky’s husband is still a movie director, while Denver and Bobby, Lucky’s son, are still together. This in itself is hard to believe but also what makes the match so intriguing. Enter Armand who is a Prince and thinks he is all that and more. He has no respect for women and when he sets his mind to having The Keys Hotel, he thinks nothing can stop him. Obviously, as we know from Lucky, this is not going to be a harmonious business deal and smooth journey.

With all this as the backdrop and major plot line, how can you not go into this looking for sheer delightful pleasure? Jackie Collins gives readers the strong woman in Lucky and one that for some reason can grab readers and fans as soon as they get to know her. In GODDESS OF VENGEANCE, it is no different. I loved the book if for no other reason than it was such a lot of fun! I think a trip down memory lane reading a favorite author like this was great therapy and also super entertainment!
 
 GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO ESTHER AND FRIENDS AT
MACMILLAN AUDIO BOOKS, I HAVE TWO
COPIES OF JACKIE COLLINS' NEW AUDIO
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY TO TWO LUCKY READERS
 
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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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GOOD LUCK!
  

120 comments:

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It looks like this audiobook has a great story. I would really like to hear jackie collins read it. I bet she really reads it well.
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GREAT review and I like the fact that this one sounds like a fun read. I like the comment “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” ... and I would also add that the money you take to Vegas stays in Vegas. Ok a little off topic, but wanted to give my nickle commentary. Thanks for opportunity.

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I would love to listen to this audiobook. The story sounds really interesting and since it is read by Jackie Collins and Sidney Poitier I'm sure the reading of the audiobook is well done.
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A story set in a high profile casino and hotel complex in Vegas must be full of excitement!
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rbooth43 said...

I have loved reading Jackie Collins books for at least twenty years, and I would love to hear her read GODDESS OF VENGEANCE!
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