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Pamela Dale Foster

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  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (952)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "Not the best of the Scott Harvath series"
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    George Guidall was a wonderful narrator. I was going to not finish Blowback but because of Guidall, I decided not to give up. The novel was okay but I felt that there were too many cooks in the kitchen. There were too many minor characters that not only did not need to be included but took away from the plot of the novel. I became confused at times because the novel was jumping back and forth so often that I had to stop and think, where does this fit into the plot. Who are these people and how do they relate to to the part I've just finished and what is their role?

    The prior novels were full of action and suspense. However, the Scott Harvath in Blowback was running in circles and surely did need a vacation. I don't think he knew what he was doing or where he was supposed to be.

    I was able to put this novel down and occupy my time doing other things and would return later and start to listen again. I didn't want to miss listening to Blowback due to the fact that I had read all of the previous ones. Hoping Scott Harvath is given a better operation in the next novel in the series.


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  • Saving Private Sarbi: The True Story of Australia's Canine War Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sandra Lee
    • Narrated By Peter Byrne
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Lost for 13 months in the wilds of Afghanistan, this is the dramatic, heart-warming and truly amazing story of Sarbi, the Army's most famous explosives detection dog - the miracle dog of Tarin Kot. Powerful, dramatic, heartwarming, this is the true story of Sarbi, the scruffy black Labrador-cross trained by the Australian Army as an explosives detection dog for the most dangerous combat mission imaginable. Thirteen months after Australia's most famous canine warrior went missing in action in 2008, she was found by an American Special Forces officer patrolling a village....

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    Sarbi is a Labrador/Newfoundland mixed breed. She became Private Sarbi when her owner had to move and she was adopted by the military. The military will go to rescue center's to choose specific mixed breeds that could possibly prove to be the next dog going to Afghanistan or any war zone where needed.

    Sarbi had been trained and given the green light for deployment to any war zone. Sergeant D had joined the army in 1995 at the age of 19 to become a military dog soldier. However, he was not selected and had to fulfill his duty wherever he was deployed to. But this was his lucky day. Sergeant D was chosen to train for deployment to Afghanistan with Sabri. His training session was shorter than required. He absolutely loved dogs and had all of his life.

    Dogs do wear life saving armor. Sabri sees her world through her nose. A dog breathes in and out at the same time. There are side slits that allows a dog to smell even more scents. A dog has millions of receptor sites. A dog is able to detect ovarian cancer in women by smelling her breath.

    One of the most important evaluations, to know if a dog could become a military dog is how much she likes to retrieve a tennis ball. Sabri associated the scent of the tennis ball to her cage. When she did a good job her, while out in the field or at the base, her reward was for Sergeant D to throw the tennis ball for Sarbi to retrieve. She never tired of this game.

    Military dogs have to be taught that man is the top dog. A K9 dog and human compliment one another and of course, man and dog need to love one another.

    Sabri has excellent skills in seeking out and finding IED's. Dogs are still considered to be the best identifier of an IED, they are 80 to 90% effective. Sabri and Sergeant D go ahead to insure clearance of the area for the soldier's behind to be safe.

    Sabri and the Australian soldier's were battling beside the American's during one of the worst encounters with the enemy, operation Anaconda.Sergeant D had Sabri hooked on the leash that keeps her beside him but unfortunately the snap opened and Sabri was gone. She had moved away and was in an open space with no cover. She attempted many times to pass through but there were too many bullets flying all around her. Sergeant D and his fellow soldier's, tried to find Sabri but she was gone. The soldier's sent out viable information about Sabri and her picture. This information circulates throughout the many FOB's throughout the area, which extends wherever soldier's are. Their hope was to get her back safe. The Middle East does not have any respect or love for dogs. I have read that they hate them. Sometimes dogs are used for fighting one another but not to live with one.

    The book was a good listen. The book does not provide a lot of information on how to find Sarbi but more on how to train a dog, what a dog's duties are and the types of things a military dog is good at finding. The narrator was good and made the listen better. This book illustrates nationality makes no difference where brother's are concerned. There are many initials used throughout the book. I'm becoming familiar with some but not all. Sabri is one awesome dog who deserves all the love he receives and more. Sabri has a well of love inside of her.


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  • All I Love and Know

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Judith Frank
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
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    For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel’s twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed. In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple’s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the heart of their relationship.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Loving Two Dad's"
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    Daniel and Joe are identical twins. They grew up in a Jewish suburb of Chicago. Daniel now lived in Northampton, Massachusetts and Joe was married and lived in Israel.

    Daniel met Matt at a gay bar in NYC. While there, Dan and Matt met and talked for a short time. Dan gave Matt his phone number and he stuffed the slip of paper in his coat pocket.

    Shortly thereafter, Matt's best friend, Jay, died of aids. The world seemed to be crashing down on him. He needed to get away from NYC for a couple of days. away from the drugs, and the people he thought were his friend's. He remember that he had Daniel's phone number in his coat pocket. He was a little anxious but decided, why not, all he can say is no. Matt pushed the buttons, talked with Daniel and plans were made that he would visit with Daniel on the weekend.

    Their relationship grew and Matt moved to Northampton to live with Dan. They were opposites in many ways but had grown together and made the relationship work. Matt and Dan were living a quiet domestic life in Northampton when Daniel received a phone call that his twin brother had been killed in Jerusalem, along with his wife, while drinking a latte at a small cafe. Their two children, Gal, six and the baby, 11 month old Noam, were now without parents and David and Matt's lives were suddenly transformed.

    The funeral preparations were in place and ready to occur after Daniel arrived in Israel and was able to make a positive identification of his brother, Joe. Jewish law wants any deceased person buried soon after death. Joe and his wife, Allena, were buried that same evening.

    The will needed to be read because of the two children. There were two sets of grandparents, one living in Israel and the other in Chicago. Daniel, when he had visited his brother and Allena last yearhad agreed to raise the two children, along with Matt, if both of them were to die.

    Allena's parents protested that the children would be taken away from their place of birth. Daniel's mother could not understand the thought of the children being left with "queers."
    Daniel knew that "the gay card" would eventually be thrown in the midst of things. Daniel, once again, explained how both Joe and Allena had absolutely no issues that he, being gay, would be a problem. Their other request was that the children be raised in America. They were taking Gal and Noam back to Northampton to be raised by himself and Matt. That was what his brother and sister-in-law wanted and he would honor their request.

    This book was emotional at times. The issues about gay men raising children was an integral part of this novel. Love and trust in others was also a theme of, All I Know and Love. I read the first chapter and knew that I wanted to listen to every chapter. The narrator, Peter Berkrot, was great. He added truth and feelings while reading this book for the listener. The novel also dealt with today's issues, not those of 1981. The character development was deep. I came to know everyone. I don't even remember the length of time it took to finish this book. I only know that every chance available, I listened. Learning about Jewish people, a small fraction of Israel, David's view about who should be living on the land that Palestine say belongs to them, the Jewish ritual of burial and many other things. This book has peaked my interest to learn more about the Jewish people. I will read this book again sometime in the future. I hope that this review has given you enough information to want to read this book. If not, read it anyway. The credit you use will be well worth it.







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  • Afraid to Die: A Selena Alvarez & Reagan Pescol Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    The town of Grizzly Falls is on edge in the wake of a serial killer, and Detective Selena Alvarez is no exception. That case was solved, but a new nightmare is about to unfold. There are two victims so far - their bodies were frozen solid and deliberately displayed. Both are women she knew. And each wears a piece of Selena’s jewelry…. Selena’s partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, and the entire department are on the case, as is P.I. Dylan O’Keefe - a man Selena got too close to once before.

    Roselia says: "WOW!!!! I loved it sooo much!!!"
    "Another Christmas Serial Murderer"
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    Grizzly Falls is a small town in Montana. There is a serial murderer who kidnaps young women, whose hair is coloring is brunette and all of the women are pretty. He and his wife attend the same church as some of the women. The killer has intruded into their private lives. He's aware of their movements, where they'll be at a particular time and plays the role of someone who needs help.

    The serial killer preys on women who are good and well meaning people. He'll be pulled over to the side of the road, snow falling hard from the sky. with his head under the hood of his truck, looking at the engine. A woman stops and goes to see if she can help the gentleman out. That is one of the ways he's used to pull the women into his truck and initiates fear tactics that are cruel and meant to frighten them. Some of the women know him from church and feel okay when they recognize him, which can prove fatal.

    The women are then taken to his chamber of death, where he wastes no time. He puts them into a cell like structure that prevents their escape. He then begins to drip icy cold water on them in preparation for his art sculpting.

    The time is Christmas and he tries to find places that are related to the season. When the frozen, sculpted women are placed, he derives great pleasure when the person who finds it becomes agitated, scared, screams and gets the attention of other's. Sometimes, he'll be in the crowd with other's at the scene. He gains a certain perverseness watching the people around him. He's disguised so that anyone taking pictures will not pick him out of the burdening crowd.

    The reader will also learn some very important facts about Selena Alvarez's personal life. I've read the books in order and I have been patiently waiting for some answers to my questions.

    There is also Reagan Pescoli, who does provide the reader with some laughs. I think I know what would make her life easier, such as moving in with her steady boyfriend of long standing. He has asked her many times to move in with him and to bring her son and daughter with her. He would like to see if her life could become more structured and if her children could learn how to live a normal life within a structured environment. Reagan has to decrease her stress, which hurts her ability to create what could be considered a normal, whatever normal is, home life, that would give her what she wants, a relationship with her children and respect, less screaming and more hugs.

    Pescoli and Alvarez do work well together as detectives. They are always there for one another. Their ability to be detectives, while working with one another, has been proven to solve many crimes. The sheriff's department personnel seem to work as a unit. There are times when there are disagreements that cause tension but all things usually work their way clear by the end of the day. However, as we all know, not all people like one another but as long as it causes no problems at the office, things will be good.

    I've enjoyed reading the series. Reading them in order has been good for me. The narrator, Natalie Ross, does a good job with the characterization of anger, sadness and many other feelings. I know which character is speaking. The characters continue to develop with each book that I read. Trying to get into the mind of a serial killer continues to prove quite difficult for me. Their minds are definitely twisted. The story is exciting to read. The plot is definitely on track. The book is an easy listen and enjoyable.

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  • Breach of Promise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Perri O'Shaughnessy
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    At glitzy Lake Tahoe, couples break up every day, but none quite so glamorous or successful as Lindy and Mike Markov. The scenario starts off in the standard way: Mike's met a younger woman and wants out. The problem? Mike and Lindy built a $200-million business together and Mike claims he doesn't owe Lindy a dime since they never married. Ready to fight, Lindy hires Nina Reilly to represent her in her palimony suit.

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    Lindy Markov appears at the law office of Nina Reilly, requesting her representation. She needed legal representation to protect her interest in Markov Enterprises. The Markov Enterprises was worth approximately $200,000,000. Mike Markov had a lawyer, Jeffrey Reasoner, who had told Lindy, that Markov Enterprises, belonged to Mike Markov and she was not entitled to any compensation.

    The fact that Lindy Markov was not married to Mike Markov came as a jolting revelation of which Nina was not aware. Nina turned toward Lindy and as calmly as possible wanted to know why she had not given Nina this most vital information. Nina explained that California law stated that when couples married and for some reason needed to get divorced, the proceeds of their estates were divided down the middle. However, since Lindy and Mike had never been married, she was not entitled to any monetary compensation.

    Lindy was referred to as Mrs. Markov, signed her name, Mrs. Lindy Markov and was, in all intents and purposes, Mrs. Markov. She and Mike had lived together for 20 years. Mike had always signed all needed signatures himself. Lindy was assured that he and Lindy would get married. Mike had been married once and had been cheated out of the share of his money. Therefore, this time he was insuring that he would definitely be in control and not lose anything. Supposedly, Lindy believed Mike when he promised marriage and besides that, she said that she loved him.

    Lindy, in order to inspire Nina to represent her, was offered 10% of the money rewarded to Lindy. Money, being the great motivator, pushed Nina forward and she accepted the challenge. There would be a lot of money required to even start an investigation. The main thread that would go into the defense for Lindy would be the many contributions she had instituted in order to boost Mike's success. Lindy knew how to increase the intake of money towards the business by having thought up and followed through with new ideas. Lindy was the brains behind, Markov Enterprises. She knew all about Markov Enterprises, from start to finish.

    There were quite a few positions that needed to be filled which would help Lindy to win. These people would also benefit from the amount of money won.

    I did not figure out the mystery until the end of the book. The book was an easy listen and moved along without dragging. The narrator did a good job which always helps to move a story along. I don't think I'd want to read this book a second time. There were no special moments that made me want to laugh or cry. I would have to say that the book was a good mystery. The plot was consistent. There was no real depth to any of the characters. I don't know when I purchased this book. Therefore, I don't know what I paid for it. I did finish the book on my first try and I wasn't disappointed.


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  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Life Gives Hard Punches"
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    Marilyn and James met when James taught the college course, The American Cowboy. Marilyn was taking the course but quit when they became lovers.

    Marilyn had graduated from Radcliffe and was a very personable woman. She blended in wherever she went. This was one reason why James loved her.

    However, things were different for James. James's parent's immigrated during the McCarthy era. They met challenges getting into the United States because at that time, the immigration laws disallowed the Chinese from entering America. It wasn't until the end of WWII that the laws were changed.

    James was born in the United States but always stayed in the background. He was taunted, bullied and called names because of his Chinese heritage. James did well and graduated from Harvard after seven years. He was hoping to teach at Harvard but he was passed over and taught at a small college in Ohio. James was tenured after time and continued to teach. Even as an adult, James didn't matriculate well with his peers.

    When James and Marilyn married, Marilyn had never told her mother that the man she was marrying was Chinese. The fact was, Marilyn had never told her mother that she was dating. They were getting married at the court house and that was when her mother saw James, standing on the sidewalk, in front of the court house. When Marilyn had called to invite her to the wedding, her mother just knew that she would be marrying the perfect man that she had always dreamed Marilyn would marry one day. Her mother was devastated. Prior to getting married, her mother took her into the ladies room and expressed her displeasure. She made the statement, that if James and Marilyn married and had children, there would be problems. Marilyn never saw her mother again. Marilyn and James, not liking to talk about the past, allowed the past to dissolve in the wind. Their children knew nothing.

    Their first child was a boy, Ben. Then came Lydia, the love of their life.

    Marilyn left her family without telling them where she was going. Marilyn had decided that she had to leave or she would never go and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Marilyn had some money that she could use. Her mother had passed away and the money was available for her to use. She eventually would call home but never spoke. James and the children knew who was on the phone but they truly wished that their mother would talk to them. They wanted to know for positive, for sure, that the dead air had their mother holding the phone.

    Ben and Lydia blamed themselves for their mother leaving. James assured them that is was not their fault. However, when Ben and Lydia were alone, they both blamed themselves. Lydia kept making a promise to herself. If her mother would come home, she would do everything that her mother asked her to do. She would always say yes to everything and anything that her mother wanted of her.

    Marilyn started college and was taking chemistry. The first test would be soon and she and the other's would huddle together and share information. Marilyn enjoyed the interaction with others. Even though she was older, no one ever said anything about her age. The fact was, Lydia was enjoying herself.

    Marilyn had two fainting episodes. The first was at her apartment, without any consequences. However, the second one occurred in the parking lot at the grocery store. She had glass in her shopping bag and when Marilyn fell she cut the palm of her hand. She had to go to the hospital and get a few stitches.

    The fainting episodes and periodical vomiting caused Marilyn to stop and think. Finally, she realized, that if she was going to be honest with herself, she also knew that she had not had a period for almost three months.

    While at the hospital, Marilyn requested a pregnancy exam. The female doctor assured her, she was pregnant. Marilyn had come to the hospital alone. The physician asked for her telephone number to call her husband. Without thinking, Marilyn gave her home telephone and James was coming to pick her up.

    Marilyn, unfortunately, had to accept the fact that she would never reach her dream. Hannah was born and became the forgotten child. No one ever gave her any attention. She would huddle under the table but no one ever missed her. Hannah knew that this was true and tried to understand. However, she continued as the child who was real to herself but not seen by anyone, therefore she wasn't real to those she loved.

    The story kept me on the edge of my seat. The book was reality. Life never stops throwing you curve balls. Sometimes, when things happen, the only thing you can do is take it in stride and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Life has to go on. Time will not stop and let you get off. The clock keeps ticking.

    The narrator did an excellent job. The first three words of this novel were overwhelming. When I heard them, it was like, is this for real. Let me go back and listen again. However, the three words were the same as the first time I listened.

    Purchase this book if you want to see the realities of life because the words could tell a part of your life or someone else that you know. It's a book, that if read, will not be forgotten. The book is an excellent listen if you're willing to listen.









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  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
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    Will Jennings will fly himself to a convention where he will be the keynote speaker. This convention takes place every year. Will's wife, Karen, has stayed home this year because of a prior commitment.

    Will returns to his room to see the woman who had been directing her sexual flirting in the audience to Will, standing by his room. She asks Will if could help her with her key card because it would not work. Will inserts his card into his door, wanting to lay down the many things that he has been carrying, in order to help the woman.

    When Will opens the door the woman pushes by him into his room. He is unable to comprehend what has just happened. However, when he turns to see a gun pointing at him, Will slowly closes the door and turns to face the woman, whose first name is Cheryl.

    Karen and Abbey have a surprise waiting at home for them. Karen opens the door and she lets Abbey know that she'll fix them a tall glass of iced tea with a slice of lemon. Abbey, who is a juvenile diabetic, begs to have oreo cookies but her mom won't concede and accepts saltine crackers instead.

    Abbey goes down the hall to the bathroom while Karen is fixing their snack. Abbey stops to look into her bedroom after leaving the bathroom, making sure that all of her dolls are okay.

    Someone picks her up and places a cloth over her face and Abbey will remember later that it really smelled bad. She fights, kicking her feet and flailing her arms, until she stops and her head hangs down.

    Joey hands Abbey out of the bedroom window where Huey is standing to take her. Joey asks Huey if he remembers what to do next. Huey, who is a cousin of Joey's, does have learning disabilities and is extremely insecure. Huey is also a tall man, big, weighing in at 350 pounds and his looks are scary to others. He relies on Joey for everything. Whatever Joey asks him to do, Huey will do it.

    Huey takes Abbey to his beat up, green truck. He remembers how to remove the truck from behind the playhouse, where the truck had been hidden. Huey doesn't turn the engine over until he's about to the end of the road.

    Karen, sitting in the kitchen hears the engine, thinking that's it's odd to hear it because the house is a distance away from other homes. She calls Abbey several times to come and eat her snack until she becomes alarmed and starts towards the bathroom. Karen stops dead in her tracks. Joey is in the hallway, staring at her. She begins to scream.

    Karen is told about Abbey as she is led back down the hallway to the kitchen. Joey explains the rules. Abbey is now with Huey and he will take very good care of her until Joey receives $200,000. When the money is given to him, he will let Abbey go and everything will be, " the same as before."

    Karen starts coming unglued and begins to tell Joey about Abbey's juvenile diabetes and how horrible things could become if Abbey needed her insulin and didn't receive it. Abbey would die without her insulin. Karen begs Joey to let her get the supplies together and take them to Abbey.

    Cheryl has already explained the rules to Will. Will asserts that there will be no problem getting the money and he'll give her more if she wants it. His main concern is about his wife and daughter.

    The rules are much more convoluted then what I have described above. However, Joey has done the same scheme for the past five years and there have never been any problems. The reason being, the parents want their child returned to them and the ransom is low for the people who have so very much money. So, Joey tells Karen, follow the rules and Abbey will come home just as she was when she had left.

    There are scenes that do keep you listening closely. The narrator, Dick Hill, was okay. He could have made the listening experience better. There are times when Dick Hill is excellent but then there are times when he's not too good. I think, if he had read the story with more conviction, concern and empathy, I would have given the book at least 4 stars. There were parts of the story that were repetitious and weren't needed. There are scenes laced with excitement, others that are suspenseful and then there are endearing scenes. Abbey is a 5 1/2 year old child who would rather be 6. She's not aware of what is happening outside her child's world at this time but will she ever be able to forget? However, she's written about lovingly. I did enjoy the book and glad that I did buy and listen to it.

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  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Overall
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    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

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    Harry Bosch works in the Hollywood Division of Homicide. He has solved more homicides than any of the other detectives in the unit in the past year. Harry had been out of work for three months of that year, recuperating from being shot in the shoulder, received from the previous murder that he had solved.

    One of the homicide detectives, Porter, has given notice that he'll be retiring for health reasons. Bosch's boss, Pounds, calls him into the office and informs Harry that in order to solve at least 50% of the past year's murders, they only require one more case solved. Porter drops eight unsolved murder books at Harry's feet. Harry looks down and wants to know what all of this is about? He is informed that these are the unsolved cases of Porter and they are now Harry's cases.

    Bosch returns to his desk overwhelmed. The other men in the room look at Bosch but do not offer him any help. Bosch takes the murder books and retreats to a quiet place with no people or noise to bother him. He needs to review the murder books in order to decide which would be the best one to start an investigation, hoping to solve the murder before the end of the year.

    Bosch chooses to begin with the murder of Juan Doe # 67. He was found dead outside of a diner by the trash bins. No one in the diner, workers or diners, have any information to help Harry start the investigation.

    Bosch calls Lou Porter wanting information about any of his unsolved murders. Lou is known to be an alcoholic. He is already drunk when Harry calls and is unable to garner any useful information from Porter.

    However, Bosch tries to tie any of the jumbled information given to him by Porter and comes up with the name, Cal Moore, the head of the narcotics division. He meets with Moore and learns about the new drug on the streets, Black Ice.

    Black Ice was being made in Hawaii and transported to other places. Hawaii had problems with distribution because of the strict rules that had to be followed in the US. Therefore, when Black Ice started be made in Mexico, where getting across the border into the US was very easy, all that was needed was a front to transport the drug into the US. The front was the transport of sterilized fruit flies into California. Fruit flies were too plentiful in California and were destroying the fruit. Therefore, the discovery of how to sterilize the fruit flies, being made in Mexico, they had to be transported from Mexico to the US and the drug, Black Ice, began its transport to the US along with the enclosed crates of fruit flies.

    Black Ice contained three drugs, heroin, cocaine and a small amount of pcp to enhance the high. Hawaii charged higher prices due to the difficulty of transporting the drug. Mexico was able to transport Black Ice easily, therefore distribution was not a problem and the drug cost to its buyers was much cheaper.

    Harry Bosch has found one murder to solve that just might contain a few more murders and if so, the 50% would increase. Pounds would be dancing in the halls and Harry hoped that he would be left alone for awhile.

    The book was very interesting and ingenious. There was action and suspense throughout the book. The conclusion is a good one. I have discovered another series that I like enough that I'll be purchasing, The Concrete Blond, next.

    The narrator, Dick Hill, did a great job. The differentiation of voices and emotions were done very well. The characters were well developed. Black Ice was an enjoyable listen. I would think that other listener's would enjoy the book. Purchase the book and enjoy.



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  • Mama Ruby

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Monroe
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
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    In this stirring prequel, New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe returns to the “cold-blooded yet fascinating” (Publishers Weekly) character from her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Ruby is a wild youth, with a thirst for boys and booze by the age of 15. When she discovers she’s pregnant, the only person she can confide in is her best friend Othella. But Othella talks Ruby into giving up the child, leaving Ruby emotionally shattered and adamant that Othella is to blame for her loss.

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    Othella and Ruby grew up not too far away from one another. Othella's mother was a prostitute and Ruby's father was a preacher and her mother was a housewife and mother.

    Ruby had been told over and over not to associate with Othella. She had never disobeyed her father before but Ruby became tired of the restrictions. Ruby was the youngest of seven girl's. She had heard about a birthday being given on July 4th for Othella. All of her older sister's were married and not longer lived at home. Therefore, on the night of July 4th, Ruby sneaked out of her bedroom window and went to Othell's party after she was sure that her parent's were sleeping.

    Ruby had entered a whole new world. Othella's mother had not set any rules pertaining to her children. Ruby, at 15, found that she enjoyed being over at Othella's house. She learned to enjoy the taste of beer. Ruby had never had sexual intercourse but had her first experience with Othello's brother.

    Ruby drank beer and had sex with many boys after that first night. Eventually, Ruby became pregnant and hid the pregnancy from everyone. She continued to drink and engage in sexual activity, until the birth of her baby girl, born the following year on July 4th. Othella and Simone, Othella's mother, pressured Ruby until she finally conceded to give her baby girl away to an "asylum," run by the nuns. Ruby never forgave her best friend, Othella.

    The time of these occurrences began to occur prior to the start of WWII. Ruby and Othella were black and the laws of segregation were strictly enforced.

    Ruby and Othella left home and went to live in New Orleans, not too far from their home. However, being black became quite a challenge for the two young teens to overcome. Events occurred that forced Ruby and Othella to move to Florida. Both of them sure hoped that their past stayed in New Orleans.

    Eventually the girls ended up living in a brothel, run by Maureen, a white woman. Ruby and Othella were the first black girl's to live at the brothel. The other black worker's lived elsewhere.

    Othella became a prostitute, following in her mother's footsteps. This fact truly upset Ruby but there was no other work to be found in New Orleans and she did not want to go back home.

    Ruby wasn't as slim and as pretty as Othella. Therefore, Maureen worked as cook and took care of another white prostitute's three children. The boys were 8 and 9 but there was also a baby girl. Ruby showered her love on the baby girl and kept the two boys in line.

    The language and words used through out the book were crude. That's the best word I can think of to describe the way the characters talked. The segregation that occurred during this era was very descriptive and true. Survival was the intent and struggle that these young girl's faced, having left home at such a young age. Othella always wrote to her mother but Ruby never did. Othella would always include a few lines about Ruby and Simone would pass this information on to Ruby's parents.

    The plot was easy to follow and if you are able to listen to the language used through out the book, you will come away with a definite knowledge of the struggles of what being black at that time was like.

    The characters were well developed. The narrator, Kevin R. Free, was truly excellent. His interpretation of the many voices was stunning. I gave the story only 3 stars because of the language. The language gives a reader no need to interpret what is meant.

    I don't believe I'll forget the story I listened to until I depart from this world. That is the proof that this book was a struggle to listen to, not so much because of the language, but because of the truth of the words.

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  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
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    (480)
    Story
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    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

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    The Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt were very enjoyable to listen to. There is always a mystery whereby Andy and his team search for the answers. They were, Open and Shut, First Degree and Bury the Lead.

    Laurie is the most beautiful woman in the world and the love of Andy's life. She also works as Andy's PI.

    Steve was an attorney and now runs a lawyer-mat. He was unable to be a defense lawyer because he was afraid of letting a guilty client get away with a crime. Also, he couldn't be a prosecutor because he might send an innocent person to jail. Therefore, he offered free advice to his customers.

    Laurie suggested that he come and join Andy in his law firm. After an interview both men felt comfortable and Steve began working with both Andy and Laurie.

    Steve would do most of the paper work involved in a court case such as the briefs. This gave Andy more time to work on the case itself.

    Edna, arrived at work an hour late everyday at 10am. She was the best person Andy had ever known to do crossword puzzles so fast and have all the answers correct. Edna could also do the Times newspaper crossword puzzle in 20 minutes. Sometimes, she might even answer the telephone.

    Tara, the most beautiful and smart golden retriever, is also a part of the team and lives with Andy. She was rescued by Andy at the SPCA. Andy gave Tara her forever home.

    The books are interlaced with a lot of humor which is another reason why I like to listen to these books. The books aren't long and I can usually listen to them in one day. Grover Gardener is the narrator and is just right for these books. The characters are emulated by Gardener perfectly. I'm sure if you purchase these books you will find them to be a pleasant listen.

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  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Overall
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    Performance
    (3264)
    Story
    (3266)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

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    Bosch had talked with William Meadows about a year ago. He had told Bosch that he wanted to kick his heroin addiction. Meadows wanted to know if there were any good rehabilitation centers in California where he could go to get himself clean. Bosch gave him a few names and had not heard from Meadows since that time.

    Bosch and Meadows had both been tunnel rats while in Vietnam together. Bosch felt fear and would be sweaty from head to toe when it was his turn to search a tunnel. However, Meadows thoroughly enjoyed going into the tunnels.

    The police had received a 911 call, in the early morning hours, reporting a dead body in a pipe. The caller had been identified as being young. That fact helped Bosch to start his search. Directions were given by the caller and then he hung up. The call went out and Bosch went out to the crime scene.

    The man had not been dead for long. The police also determined that the victim had been killed elsewhere. The body was pulled out of the tunnel and Bosch thought that his name was Meadows. He checked his body for a tattoo that Bosch could identify. Everything pointed to Michael Meadows but until the autopsy and finger prints were done there would be no positive identification.

    What follows is an absolutely intriguing mystery. I enjoyed the first book, The Black Echo, by Michael Connelly. He definitely knows how to write an interesting mystery that wasn't easily figured out. There was a great plot and it did deal with a variety of character's. Dick Hill's narration was great. He used his magic to create definable character's and great emotional interpretations. The plot was well defined. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys listening to mysteries. There is action and suspense throughout the book. I hope to purchase the second in the series, Black Ice, soon. Enjoy.



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