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Summary

With a heart full of dreams, Sallie Coleman leaves Texas and heads west, determined to get as far as possible from the squalor of her dirt-poor beginnings. With its shifting sands, smoky saloons, and bingo palaces, Las Vegas seems like a paradise - a paradise where an extraordinary twist of fate makes Sallie the most powerful businesswoman in Nevada.

Suddenly she is rich. With the help of Philip Thornton, the handsome Bostonian, Sallie is transformed into Vegas' most elegant first lady. Philip gives her two sons, Simon and Ash. One will bring her great joy, the other, heartbreak.

Enter Fanny Logan...the small-town beauty from Pennsylvania who finds her destiny in Las Vegas, where she creates a multi-million dollar clothing empire and finds happiness and heartbreak as the wife of Ash Thornton, and the daughter Sallie never had.

Complications abound: Ash Thornton's life centers around his greatest triumph - Babylon, the magnificent casino that will lead to his downfall. Simon Thornton's search for meaning takes him to the battlefields of World War II to the trading rooms of Wall Street, and finally back to Nevada where he falls in love with the wife of his rival.

©2008 Fern Michaels (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Great story of a family

Where does Vegas Rich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

really enjoyed listening to this, a bit predictable in places but still a pleasure to listen to

What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

just a little quiet in places (but that might be might be my device?) love the sound effects when talking to the dead etc

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Superb!

Am truly enthralled by all of Fern Michael's works. Keep up the good work Fern!

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Waltons meetings Ewings via Bonanza!!

The first in the Vegas series, introducing Sally Coleman and her family. Sally is a singer in a bingo hall in Las Vegas circa early 1900s. She is left a ridiculous amount of gold and money and it remains a curse rather than a joy. She marries her teacher out of convenience rather than love and the rest of the story follows this decision as her sons grow and become pilots in the war, and her husband becomes more bitter and detached. Who will succeed the empire and will they continue in Sally's philanthropic vein?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-10

Get this booK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though I don't read many books by Fern Michaels, I am so glad I didn't miss this one. I laughed, I cheered, I cried, I got angry, I wanted to get in the pages and interact with the characters. I came to know each one personally and they are difficult to forget.

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  • Bo
  • 24-08-08

stupid romance novel

I thought this book was ridiculous and the reader's voice thoroughly irritating.

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  • marisha
  • 15-09-15

Vegas rich

Quite an excellent read.I was able to connect and form a fondness for each of the characters. Now on to the second book in this series!

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  • Dactulwench
  • 22-08-12

Hope you have some antidepressants handy!

It's been a few months now since I've listened to this novel, but I can clearly recall how painful it was to continue listening to it. Not wanting to waste an Audible credit in vain, though, I managed to trudge through it.

CONS: First of all, the classification as "historical romance" is a little misleading. The timeline is much later than my usual preference, although it's still history I suppose. It begins in the very late 1800's or early 1900's (can't remember exactly) and extends quickly into the 40's then 60's. The heroine shifts about halfway through the story, after a miserable outcome with the first. The men are all, well....jerks, except for one, and he gets, rather, the short end of the stick in terms of everlasting love with the first heroine.

The main plot - if there really is one - is just so all over the place it's hard to keep track; I wouldn't really consider there to be any bona fide sub-plots either that would perhaps excuse this serious case of literary ADHD. It's long, dreary, and utterly depressing. The characters are so hateful, ignorant, stubborn, naive, and miserable that I don't see why this is even classified as romance. There is no happy ending to this; it's just a family dealing with one overly superficial "problem" after another until it dies an awful death, leaving you wondering why you just wasted so many hours of your life.

PROS: On a positive note, the author did a great job portraying WWII Dogfights. I'm a Navy vet (former Airdale), so I love anything dealing with naval aviation. Some of her war scenes were very engrossing and believable...before the story reverted back to the soap opera that it is, though. Maybe the author is in the wrong genre; she should write military dramas.

I've always been under the impression that people who read/listen to books classified in the historical romance genre want some drama, mystery, tension, a little heartbreak, turmoil - all that good stuff - but ultimately want two people to fall in love, or die in love...whatever, as long as they're in love, a resolution of love, if you will. We may also just want a break from modern life; we want to be part of a time in history that we "romanticize" (even though we know we're wrong) as being simpler - whether it was or not. This book does not have any of those characteristics, and I sincerely think it should be taken off of the historical romance classification.

I am definitely not interested in reading any of her other Vegas Rich or Texas novels, and I'm from Texas so that's pretty sad.

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  • Jai
  • 18-05-13

Depressing...

Would you try another book from Fern Michaels and/or Laural Merlington?

Laurel Merlington was great. I Will read another book from Fern Michaels, but not anytime soon.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something upbeat!

What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Definitely helped keep the characters straight. There are quite a few.

Do you think Vegas Rich needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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Written well. Great narration. Super depressing story line. Just when you think there is a little light, hope, or even fight coming into the plot, it gets more depressing.

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  • Kathryn Walker
  • 01-02-11

Good for mindless listening -- a girl type novel.

The beginning of this novel is awful! The Narrator really makes the main character seem like a dumb blonde. However, as the novel moves on, it has enough interest that I could stay with it when I didn't feel like listening to anything challenging.

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  • Reading Grandma
  • 22-07-22

No family could be this dysfunctional

I have always enjoyed Fern Michaels’ books and to some degree I did this one as well. However, I was appalled at the total disregard for anything resembling common sense between the ears of any one of these family members. Disappointing, unbelievable and frankly sad. Too bad.

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  • azcatlvr
  • 24-05-20

Love her novels

When I read her older novels, it makes me wonder why she wrote “the vigilante” books exclusively for SOooo long! The first vigilante books were good, but enough is enough. These books are so much better, and why I fell in love with Fern Michaels books!

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  • Rhonda Crass
  • 15-10-17

Great Series

It's one of the best saga series there is on the market. I would highly recommend this one.

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  • Linda
  • 19-05-16

Reminds me of Molly Brown in a way.

I absolutely loved Vegas Rich! I enjoyed the entire series but this one was the hook that got me. Vegas Rich is earthy, well written, and choked full of the ups and downs of this amazing woman's life. The story takes the main character from dirt poor to somewhat scandalous and then evolves her into a humbled yet bright, courageous woman who faces things down and stares them in the eye! I was a cheerleader all through this book. It's a fun listen with great narration. I'd compare it to a blend of Dallas in early days and the unsinkable Molly Brown. Heck, I may go back and listen again!