Sykesville, MD | Member Since 2010
This novel, from beginning to end, had me wanting to read without stopping.
My favorite character was Ben. He was a young boy who exuded character. His father, Griff, worked on the pipeline in Alaska and was away from home for long stretches at a time. However, he was a mean alcoholic who was prone to anger. His family was always on guard because when he exploded, Griff was physically and mentally abusive to his wife,Toni and his children, Ben and Callie. Ben would distract his father when he was abusing Callie and would have his father take his unwarranted anger out on him. He didn't allow the taunts and jeers from his peers, relating to the the fact concerning the amount of time he spent with his, "retarded," sister, to make him fearful or ashamed. However, one time, while in the classroom, trying to solve a math problem at the blackboard, without success, he heard the jeers and turned and threw a stick of chalk that hit his nemesis squarely between the eyes. Ben was protective of Callie and enjoyed spending time with her, even though he was 5 years older than his sister who had not spoken for three years. The doctor's diagnosed Callie with the term, selective mutism, which began when she witnessed a tragedy and blamed herself. Ben proved time and time again that he would stand tall and become a young man with strength and character.
My favorite scene occurred on the school playground that Callie attended. Her best friend, Petra, joined a group of girls playing jump rope. The girl's had to sing a jingle and invite another girl to jump in while the other jumped out. Callie, who was a selective mute, joined the girl's but when it was time to sing a jingle, she wouldn't speak. Petra came forward and sang the jingle for Callie and everyone was satisfied and continued to play jump rope.
Yes and I did listen to the book all in one sitting. I'm an insomniac, therefore, I was up until 5am and I finished listening to the book.
The novel, from the first page until the last page, held my interest. There wasn't that long and sometimes boring laying down the quilt work for the rest of the book. Although the subject matter of the novel proved disheartening, it proved a learning experience for me. The two main thrusts of the novel were an abusive husband and a pedophile. The tension throughout the novel kept me on my toes. The writing was smooth and easy to understand. The individual character's were well developed and I was able to follow the progress of the novel without difficulty. The narrator's did a 4 star performance, which contributed to the novel's clarity. The narrator can make or break a novel and these narrators were excellent. This novel used several narrator's for different character's instead of just one. Ben's voice did sound a bit older for a child of 12 but I definitely no difficulty picking out Ben's voice. There was very little use of foul language, which added substance to the story. I felt like a spider on the wall who listened and saw all of the action but was never seen. I will add this novel to my list of books to be reread. I encourage other audible listeners to choose this novel. The money used to purchase is well spent.
These two books are the start of a new John Rain series when he has grown older but not too much wiser.
John Rain learned to kill when he served in Vietnam. He was chosen to run recon operations and did them well. He found that after his first kill in Vietnam, although he didn't enjoy killing the man, he had no remorse. John did not have the nightmares and PTSD that can follow the men home from war. John never grew to love killing as a sport but as a profession, murder for hire fit him perfectly.
He had a Japanese father and an American mother. Until John's father's death he had lived in Japan. He was the kid bullied because of his mixed heritage. Upon moving to America soon after the death of his father, John once again became the odd kid out and the bullying started again.
John started becoming involved kin the martial arts at a young age and learned to defend himself. He was no longer the kid who could be used as a punching bag. He turned around and fought only when someone tried to fight him. The boys started to leave him alone because of the new skills he was learning.
John's mother died while he was in Vietnam and he went back to Tokyo instead of the states to live after serving his time.
The first two books are centered around murder for hire and his inability to having an extended relationship due to his job. There are ideas that run around in his brain once in awhile and John considers retiring. However, when the last job is finished there is always someone else who needs his services.
The stories are full of action and suspense. I don't think that there are good or bad guys. Maybe it's bad and badder guys. I've read the books in the original series and enjoyed all of them. I actually like John Rain and even feel bad for him at times. Although he does put himself in a jam in, A Clean Kill in Tokyo.
The books are an easy listen and go fast. The characters in this series have been well developed from the original series. There are always new characters are they are well developed. The book does bring a new listener up to date throughout the book about what took place in John's earlier life and beyond.
Lawrence Anthony is the proprietor of a game reserve in Zululand, Africa. The name of the game reserve is Thula Thula. He is asked to take a herd of wild elephants who have been causing numerous problems at another reserve. What determines his decision is the fact that if he doesn't "rescue" them, they will all be put down. He also likes the thought of a challenge.
Lawrence had a way with all animals and he was counting on this to save the elephants from certain death. He knew he had to give it a try.
This is the memoir of a man who loved all animals and was taught by the elephants to become a listener. Lawrence worked long and gently with the elephants and was rewarded with a shared kindness.
This memoir is a good and gentle read. I thought the narrator, Simon Vance, did a great job and made the story flow. The characters were well developed and that included some of the animals. There is humor, warmth and sadness. Listening to the book was a pleasant one. I don't think you would be disappointed if you were to purchase this memoir.
The listener is also provided with some education about Africa, its people and its land. I think the words, do unto others as you would have others do unto you would explain Lawrence Anthony's memoir. Enjoy a great listen.
Black Fridays was an excellent listen.The characters were well developed. Listening to the book made the characters come alive. There was a sense of deep love and caring.
Jason left prison after two years and had to report to his disgruntled patrol officer on a regular basis. If Jason did not appear he was assured that he'd be back in jail He was not able to leave New York at anytime.
His son, who had been named Jason, would become quite upset when anyone used that name. Jason preferred to be called, "The Kid." Jason was Jason to the kid and not dad.
The kid was three when Jason went to jail. Jason broke his parole soon after his release to go to North Carolina to bring his son back to New York. The kid lived with his grandmother and was locked in one room at all times because of his uncontrollable behavior. His mother visited him once a week but often failed to appear. Jason was horrified and he was not stopped when he put the kid in his rented car to leave for the airport. The grandmother accepted that the kid needed to live differently. She did not argue with Jason when they talked. Her and Jason did have a good relationship and she was accepted the kid leaving with Jason. She stood on a step to watch them leave.
The kid had not been given a diagnosis after consulting many doctors before Jason left for prison. Jason took him to another doctor when back in New York. The kid was autistic. That was all Jason had wanted to know. The doctor was able to explain just what autism was. The doctor also talked to Jason about the care that the kid would need.
Black Fridays was when the kid wore black to school. Each day, the kid picked out the color of clothes that he would wear that day. His clothes were arranged in the closet in perfect order by color.. Jason gave the kid a life.
He found a school for special need kids and found that the kid loved going to school. Jason was overjoyed to have the kid with him. No more locks and being shut away from the world That was until his mother came and snatched him and took him back to North Carolina.
I encourage you to read, Black Fridays, because it such a memorable book. You will be educated on autism and how someone with autism needs to be treated in order to become a part of society. Autism was difficult for Jason but he was happy to learn how to know and manage the kid in a way that enhanced the kid's walk through life. When all is said and done Jason's love for his son was paramount. Jason needed his kid to live a life that was complete. Jason couldn't survive without the kid.
There is a man who grew up having committed his first murder at 15. He continues to murder because it's easy, enjoyable and pays well. I believe he could defined a sociopath of the worst kind.
John goes on like this for years. The police do not investigate thoroughly because they do not see any connection or pattern to the murders. However, there are two parents who want to know who killed their daughter. They realize only after their daughter is killed that she had been lying to them about her job since she graduated from college. She's not ashamed but knows that others will not think highly of her profession. She's an independent call girl, drives a Mercedes, wears expensive clothing and is extremely good looking.
John Till, a retired detective is now a Private Investigator. He has a partner, who has to step in from time to time and bring John back to the resting state. They will meet and review their evidence and plan the next step. John Till is hired and begins a long and arduous job to find a murderer.
The characters are not difficult to define. Their personalities are provided as the story develops. The mystery is a good one. I read it in a couple of days. The narrator made listening a good experience. I was able to envision the crimes as well as the challenges that the PI's were facing in order to capture a man who possessed no value on life.
I enjoyed listening to this book very much. The information was quite informative.
I am not someone who knows a lot about the mechanics of war. I have started becoming involved with learning about wars within the past year. Since then I have listened to quite a few books, both fiction and nonfiction. My interest continues.
Absorbing the information given about Blackwater by Erik Prince provided answers to quite a few questions I had that had no answers. Learning how private sources intervene and insert themselves into areas around the world where conflict is occurring and what these men and women are asked to do and do it, was fascinating to me.
Erik Prince's involvement with wars through his company known as Blackwater, was well worth my listen. I realize that Prince was not blameless in all of his men's interactions while in Iraq and Afghanistan or any other place they may have been involeded but the services Blackwater did provide would have been done whether by Blackwater or another such organization.
People do react differently when they believe that there is a threat to himself and his men. Participants who join these private companies have their own reasons for participating. Their jobs are required and if what needs to be accomplished by private companies not fighting in the war itself and it's the US government wanting their services, payment comes from whom required their services, which was, at times, the US government itself.
Understand that these facts provided in the book were quite new to me and I listened with rapt attention. The book about Blackwater has opened my mind to see inside the kaleidoscope of war.
The narrator was excellent. I'm sure that he was a critical part of why I was able to listen to this book. Even when he was providing statistics, I listened. The credit I used to purchase this book was well worth it. Listen to this book and come away with your own evaluation of its truth or untruths. Either way, it's a well worth read.
I've listened to very many of the books in the Dismas Hardy series. I've enjoyed all of them and Dead Irish, too.The first book in the series sets the scene for those that follow.
The author, John Lescroart's novels are an easy listen. The narrator, David Colacci, has just the right inflections that identify each character so that you can distinguish their voices. He remains the narrator throughout the series and you're able to continue to distinguish who is who.
Dismas works in a bar, Little Shamrock, owned by Moses, Dismas's friend. When Moses's son-in-law, Eddie Cochran, is found dead he asks Dismas to investigate his death. Dismas has left being a policeman and a lawyer behind. He works part-time at Little Shamrock but Moses has a difficult time getting Dismas to accept. However, when Moses offers Dismas a 1/4 ownership in Little Shamrock, Dismas is ready to solve the mystery of Eddie Cochran's death. Moses wants to know if Eddie was murdered or committed suicide, as the police have determined.
The mystery is an easy listen and the books that follow continue to increase the development of the characters. I'm quite sure after reading, Dead Irish, you'll want to purchase the next book in the series. Maybe you'll become a fan of Dismas like I have. Enjoy!
The Lululemon is an upscale yoga clothing store located in the upper class area of Montgomery County, MD.
This true story revolves around the vicious murder of a 26 year old woman working at night with only two employees instead of the usual three. One woman had covered herself by getting some else to work for her. However, her replacement was not able to work. Their supervisor, after called, agreed to keep the store open even though their staff was down by one.
The shop was located next to a Verizon outlet. An employee, while investigating a noise she was hearing through the thin walls at the back of the store, asked another employee to listen and evaluate as to whether the noise was something out of the ordinary. They both listened and thought that what they heard were unusual sounds but when the noise stopped they went back to finish their work without placing a call to the police or 911.
The book was filled with many repetitive descriptions that were unnecessary. The book should have been reduced in length and could have been a much better listen. Getting through the first third of the book was difficult.
The narrator was okay. The book was short and I did want to know the outcome. I'm not one to skip ahead so as to get through quicker. I always think that I might miss something important.
I feel that the parents needed to have the murder publicized to ease their pain. Therefore, an author was chosen and the book was published. I can only hope that this book has helped them to move ahead.
Eleven years have past since the co-ed serial killer had taken the lives of nine students on the Oregon State University Campus.
Another serial killer has surfaced and he is murdering the people who had assisted in some way to make sure that the previous slayer had been convicted and sent to jail. He has died while in prison and a different killer has got to be found and stopped.
Lacey Campbell is able to identify the bones and teeth that have been recently discovered under an apartment building, by an elderly man walking his dog. There was a hole in the concrete under the apartment.
Lacey identifies the body of her best friend Suzanne at the scene when she finds a necklace and gold spacers from her teeth that she knows belonged to her friend. Lacey is a forensic odontologist who examines and identifies bones and teeth. Lacey is able to make a positive ID after she performs the odontologist's examination back at the morgue.
The owner of the apartment building, ex-cop Jack Harper becomes involved with Lacey. He has to protect her because the killer wants her next. She had been an eye witness to the first killer when she had been attacked by him but was able to get away. However, he did kill her best friend, Suzanne.
The mystery is an easy listen. Kate Rudd does a great job with character recognition. She does use appropriate inflections accordingly. The characters are not developed in depth. There is romance included in the story but isn't the main focus of the story. The romance adds a tinge of spice for the reader.
This is the first book in the series and I've bought the second one. I want to find out if the story continues to develop as a continuance from the first novel.
The carnage that took place when the insurgents of Sadr, Iraq took up their weapons of war and ambushed the US soldier's who were patrolling the designated streets mapped out by their commander, proved a devastating blow to the men of the 1st Calvary Division. The casualties were high on both sides. The Iraqi's out numbered the American's.
The US places a high value on the lives of men, women and children who are the bystanders in this attack but the Iraqi's have no such concerns. This makes it doubly hard for the US soldiers because women shoot AK47's at the American's, Iraqi men have their weapons held at their sides ready to shoot and young Iraqi boys and girls toss handmade bombs made in coke cans into the humvee's driven by American soldiers. These men aren't able to distinguish who to aim and fire at. What to do? The US soldier's are given a command from their leader to shoot.
The vehicles the soldiers are driving are not the kind built to fight the insurgents. The roofs of some are made of canvas. There are no doors on others. There are truck loads of men who have no shielding at all. They sit on benches with no roofs or siding. This is an open invitation for the insurgents to kill easy targets, which thrills them mightily.
The true account is written in this book, The Long Road Home. Purchase this book, listen and become aware of what kind of war our soldier's are fighting. This account of the 48 hour battle that took place in Sadr, Iraq is written with clarity and truth.
Theo, the son of Sona Laghari, learned that his mother and fellow passengers who were traveling by bus to a conference on peace, had been captured by several jihadists of Pakistan.
Theo did not remember his mother because other family members did not agree with her political or religious beliefs. She had been forced to flee and did so with the help of an old man. She dressed to emulate a boy and made it to freedom after a long and arduous journey. She became a pro and able to slip in and out of countries without problems. However, Sona knew that Pakistan was where she wanted to be.
Theo's father was living in the United States and it was while Theo lived with him that he found out the truth of why his mother had not been able to raise him. Therefore, when he became aware that his mother was now a Pakistani prisoner, Theo had to try and rescue her and the other's.
Theo was an ex-Delta soldier and was familiar with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Theo was able to learn where they were being held because of his familiarity and ties with Delta force.
The novel was quite a thriller. The narrator, Neil Shah, was excellent. His characterizations were very well done. He made you able to become a part of the story. The author, Michael Gruber, provided the reader with such descriptive language that you were able to visualize and encapsulate what you read.
You will not be disappointed if you decide to purchase this book. The Good Son was a great listen. The characters played their roles well. There was never a dull moment.
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