Sykesville, MD | Member Since 2010
I've been listening to audio for quite some time. Although when I would read a book in between, I found that I enjoyed listening better. However, if there's an inferior narrator, by my standards, I'd read the book instead. There have been times when I cannot listen to a book when the narrator isn't good, it's impossible.
There were many friend's in this book that helped Harvath throughout this novel. I've always believed you know who your true friend's are when you need their help. His friend's were there to help in many ways. If not for his friend's the mission would not have succeeded.
George Guidall has always provided excellent performances in any book I've listened to that he was the narrator. He can't mess up his narration. When I see his name as the narrator I know that it won't be his fault if I can't finish the book. His ability to become the person who he is impersonating is an art. He narrates so many books but he can always provide me with a personality to the character. He's one of my favorite narrator's.
Scot Harvath's Fight Continues
Brad Thor has written another book that continues to help me learn more, not only about the war in Afghanistan, but in other ways that the POTUS is not all powerful. He certainly does require assistance from the members of his staff but like anyone, his choices are not always the best. However, the POTUS is our leader and patriotism can prove difficult, especially when his order's could lead to having your compatriots out to kill you. I ask at times, Assassination? Now I know it happens all too frequently. The book was so realistic that I wonder if my grandchildren will be fighting the war in the Middle East when he/she comes of age. It's frightening to realize that the US will never be safe again. Thinking about the many occurrences that were directed and carried out against the US, makes me wonder how the next generation and the one after that can survive. However, there has always been war since the beginning of time. Optimism tells me that the US will survive. I am very happy that I'm an American.
Keith Stewart has worked in the shop in his basement for years making electrical things that work. This is not his job but rather his fun time.
When Keith has to leave home and travel to Tahiti to find the boat that crashed with his brother and sister-in-law the only passengers, he takes with him the mini motor that he made while in his workshop.
During his travels, he meets up with some businessmen who are quite interested not only in the mini motor but a six volt generator and the Congreve clock. He also knows where he can find another treasure that only he is aware.
His travels bring him back to Ealing, London where his niece is staying, while her parents were on their trip. She will now live with him and his wife, with no worries for her future or even for theirs. The trip was a miracle venture for him.
Frank Muller is a wonderful narrator. The story is easy to follow a quite an easy listen. The thrust behind the story is quite clear but is also fanciful too. Go along for the journey that I'm sure you will be glad that you listened to.
Joe Kapacziewski, referred to as Kap, left high school and joined the army to become a Ranger. He would settle for no less. There were no ideas of quitting before the training began. The training continued to become more difficult as time marched on. However, Kap never once whined. He served his first tour in Afghanistan and upon coming home had a final course to complete before becoming a full fledged Ranger.
Kap was serving his third tour of duty in Northern Iraq. His tour was almost over when, on October 3, 2005, their convoy was attacked by the enemy. A grenade fell through the gunner's hatch and exploded. Kap's right leg below the knee was shattered, his right hip was damaged and his right arm had a damaged nerve and artery.
Kap refused to have his right leg, below the knee, surgically removed. He did finally agree to the amputation in March, 2007. Kap had undergone 40 surgeries prior to accepting the reality that his leg would not heal. He wanted to return to Iraq and fight alongside his men as a squad leader of his Army Ranger Regiment
One year after the surgery, he met all of the requirements needed to return to Iraq as a leader of men. Kap is the only Army Ranger returning to direct combat operations with a prosthetic limb.
Kap has received many accommodations for his many tours of duty in Iraq. On April 19, 2010, during his ninth deployment and the fifth after losing his leg, he earned an Army Accommodation Medal with V for Valor.
This memoir was an excellent listen. I listened for two days and was glad to have purchased this memoir. I don't know if Kap still deploys to Iraq or elsewhere at this time. The narrator did a very good job. The character development was well done. There are improvements being made on prosthetic limbs every day. Kap had several made for various activities. While on deployment Kap always brought an extra one. During his first deployment with an artificial leg he slid down a hill after catching his boot on a rock. Kap was sure glad that he had another one to use. Kap's aim in life so far has been to fight for his country, America.
Raisuddn Bhuiyan wanted to immigrate from Bangladesh to America. He wanted most of all, to have the freedom of a true democracy whereby you are able to make choices of your own. Raisuddn worked as an Air Force officer but truly wants to work in the field of technology. However, living in Bangladesh he had no choice in choosing his occupation.
Raisuddn settled in Texas. Raisuddn worked the night - shift in a minimart. He had a long road ahead before he realized his dream. However, he chose a path that would lead him to become successful.
After 9/11 occurred, an "American terrorist" walked into the minimart where Raisuddn worked and shot dead two customers and wounded Raisuddn. The gunman, Mark Stroman, thought that Raisuddn was also dead. However, Raisuddn played dead and though difficult, he remained still, hoping Stroman would leave. Stroman did leave allowing Raisuddn to call 911.
Mark Stroman had already killed two men at two different gas stations. He was exacting his revenge on those that looked Islamic, after the disaster of 9/11. He had lost all sense of self and was guided by hate.
Raisuddn healed from his wound and finally realized his dream by eventually finding work in the field of technology. Mark Stroman went to prison and was given the death penalty.
During his stay in prison, Mark was trying to become a better man. Raisuddn forgave Mark soon after the attack had occurred. In fact, Raisuddn took up a rigorous campaign to prevent Mark from being put to death.
The American dream was realized by Raisuddn and he did become an American citizen. Mark Stroman was born an American and gave away his opportunities of freedom.
The narrator did a good job. The true story of Raisuddn wanting and succeeding to become an American was admirable. The characters of Raisuddn and Mark were well developed. America has been a melting pot for the people of the world. There will always be a difference of how American's choose to accept immigrants or not. However, we have to remember, just because a person does not look American, they could have born in America because of the immigration of one or both of their parents.
Jon Katz had finally realized his dream and was living on a farm. His wife and daughter would visit as often as possible. Jon talked to his wife frequently. Jon's wife wanted to stay in NYC to work but was not quite ready to leave everything behind and live full time on a farm.
Jon had Rosie, a border collie, living with him when he was contacted by a friend who wanted him to come and see Izzy, also a border collie, who had been abandoned. Jon finally agreed but what he found was one filthy dog who couldn't stop running up and down a wire fence. As Jon was wont to do, he agreed to take Izzy home, clean him up and find him a home.
Jon didn't give Izzy away. He saw something in Izzy, what that something was, Jon was not sure. Jon put a lot of time into getting Izzy trained how he wanted him to be trained. He succeeded and Izzy was a great dog. Rosie herded the sheep on the farm and was always alert and she slept beside Jon's bed and Izzy slept under Jon's bed.
Jon needed something to keep him busy but he needed that something to be useful. He thought it through and decided he wanted to work with hospice. Jon took Izzy with him when he went to fill out the paperwork. Izzy laid beside him and stayed that way until Jon was finished filling out the mound of paperwork needed to become a volunteer for hospice.
There was a 6 week workshop, twice weekly, to be completed, to work with hospice patients. Again, Jon took Izzy along and he did as before. People would stop and interact with Izzy and he rather enjoyed the attention.They would leave and Izzy would lie back down.
Jon had been right when he knew that Izzy had something. Izzy loved people and when interacting with them he instinctively knew what boundaries were needed for the individual person. Jon would be taking Izzy along when he went out to make a hospice visit.
As I've noted, Jon loved dogs. A friend called and told Jon that his Labrador Retriever had just had a litter six weeks ago and if he wanted to see them, he was welcome to visit. Jon took Izzy along as was usual. Rosie was too worried about her sheep and wanted to stay at the farm, just in case she was needed. Rosie had no desire to take a ride. That's an aside, letting the reader know that Rosie had not been overlooked by Jon.
Jon reiterated again and again that he didn't want a puppy to his friend. However, Jon returned 2 weeks later and took Lenore home. From the moment she put her paws in the front door, Jon again understood that there would be an important reason for having brought Lenore home. Lenore slept IN Jon's bed.
The narrator was great. He used the voice needed for happiness, sadness and the other emotions that were expressed in this true story. The length of the book was short and I took two days to finish. I wanted the story to continue but....... The story was written with a distinct plot and was followed through to the end. Just why did Jon need dogs, sheep, a bull, cats and other animals? He definitely had lots of animals but Jon loved them all. He even knew their favorite treat because of course, each was different. I hope that this review has made you want to purchase this true story.
The novel, The Invention of Wings, occurs in the early part of the 19th century. Slavery is a part of the American culture.
Sarah Grimke, has an 11th birthday party and is given, Handful, a slave, as her gift. Sarah is appalled as Handful is stunned. Handful, who is 10, finds that being Sarah's handmaid does have its advantages, Her work load is considerable less and Sarah does something incredible, she starts to teach Handful to read. There is a law that doesn't permit slaves to learn to read.
Sarah thought that maybe one day she could become a lawyer. However, when she approached her father, he laughed and let her know that women were not allowed to do a man's job. Sarah could not even talk her parent's into sending her to college. There was that old adage, men go out and earn a living while the woman stays at home and does things that women do.
Sarah's travels take her far from her home in Charleston to try and find herself. Handful remains a slave as does her mother. However, Handful's mother does not sit back and allow the white man to rule her body and soul.
Handful's mother is a wonderful seamstress who does all of the sewing at the Grimke's home. She wants to earn money of her own and starts to sneak out at night to get sewing jobs from the community.She had once been caught stealing and bolt of satin cloth and had been severely punished. Handful's mother makes beautiful quilts, all sewn by hand. She keeps the scraps from all of the sewing she does.
Handful is shown her mother's favorite quilt. Each picture sewn marks an event that had occurred in her life. You can see where 2 pieces of black cloth are sewn throughout the quilt that represent birds flying.This is what Handful's mother wants to do most, fly far away from the life that she is leading.
The novel continues to tell the stories of Sarah, Handful and Handful's mother. The story exemplifies the struggles that slaves were experiencing during those times as well as how difficult Sarah found her way of contributing to the world at large. Oh and don't let me forget that Sarah had told Handful on the day she had become her handmaid, that one day Sarah would give Handful her freedom. Handful needed a set of those wings that her mother had sewn on the quilt of her life.
The narrator is excellent and does the voices incredibly well. I had listened to, The Life of Bees, therefore I was excited to listen to Sue Monk Kidd's new novel. The novel did not disappoint. I've suggested to other's that this novel was a good listen. I myself learned lessons about the environment surrounding the country to about the time of the Civil War. Women to this day are still treated differently than men but I don't think that will change anytime soon. I do hope that life continues to reach out and reach more of a semblance of equality. However, we all know that equality in race, sex and religion will continue to be fought forever, however long forever is.
Frank Quinn has an opportunity to regain his job at the NYPD that he had been unjustly removed from. Quinn only needs to find the man dubbed, The Night Stalker. There are no clues but there are 300 million faces in NY. Whose face might be the perpetrator of these heinous murders.
This faceless man owns the night. He only kills married couples in the middle of the night. Then he slips out unnoticed into the black of night. The serial killer can't stop himself. He has started to murder couples at a rapid rate. There hadn't been such a crime for the past two years and he has once again started to search and stalk his next victims.
The novel is expertly read by Scott Brick. He is able to bring the killer alive. The killer is frightening all that are aware of his crimes.The book keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next victims to be stalked. He is mad and can't be stopped until he is caught. You will be able to know who is speaking and feel the hate that emanates from the killer.
How does Quinn and his two partner's find and begin to investigate their first clue. Will Quinn and his partner's be able to find the killer before the hammer falls and Quinn is left go. Quinn's partner's are also walking on the edge.
What has happened to create such a person? People do not turn into serial killer's without a reason, do they? Listen to this novel and you will find all the answers. You will want to keep listening because there are answers but the less you listen, the longer you will have to wait.
I would invite all of the readers of this review to purchase this book and I'm sure you'll be glad that you did. I'm going to wait before I begin another mystery. This one has caused me to have bad dreams. Therefore, I'll have to search in my library to find a different genre of book. Happy listening. I hope that you enjoy this novel as much or more than I did.
John Parrish, at the time he received his draft notice, was in a residency program at a Michigan hospital. He had three choices. First, John could accept a military commission and spend a year behind the front lines of the Vietnam War, second, he could be a conscientious objector but too much time has already passed or three, he could leave the country that he loved and move to Canada with his wife and two children.
John served one year in Phu Bai, Vietnam. He lived in what was referred to as a hooch, with three other men. One was a surgeon, another was a psychiatrist, the other was a jeep transporter and then there was John, a young doctor who was unsure of his skills as a physician, to care for the injured soldiers fighting in Vietnam.
John learned how to be an excellent trauma doctor with baptism by fire. He learned fast and hard. John's first day in Vietnam was spent taking care of American trauma patient's. The surgeon, Bill, taught him by showing him and having him perform procedures under his tutelage. When John returned home, after having served one year in a Vietnam trauma center, he knew more than he had learned in the six years he had spent at home as an intern and a resident.
I would have given the book four stars but the ending was a bit murky. The memoir of John Parrish was worth the listen. His time spent in Vietnam as a trauma doctor was interesting and was a learning experience for me. The narrator was able to provide the different character's with distinct voices. The character development of John was well done. The other character's who lived with John were good.
The English Girl was well worth the wait. I can't seem to get enough of Daniel Silva's writing and the excellent narration of George Guidall.
Gabriel Allon needs help from the man who lives on the island of Corsica. Allon realizes that the Prime Minister of England wants no scandal. He has been having an affair with The English Girl and if she is not found and tells her story, will he lose the confidence of the voters? If she were to be found dead, as her captor's have been instructed, wouldn't that make all things easier? But who has hired these thugs and why? Gabriel will find answers.
Gabriel Allon has gotten older in mind and spirit but he does continue to enjoy the thrill of being a master spy and the art restorer. Although he says he is done with working for the Office, when called he cannot turn away from knowing his destination in life. He will always want to know the story behind the crime. Allon is a gentle man at heart but cannot quell his need to make that which is wrong to be made right and consequences be dammed.
The characters are very well developed. George Guidall has given life to the character's. The reader will know who is talking. The feeling's of that person will be well understood. Would I recommend this book to other's, absolutely.
This story revolves around the fact that people can and do make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are inconsequential while other's can be life threatening.
This family of five have all gotten up late and need to move fast. They are all rushing except 11 month old Avery.
Adam suggests that Ellen could take Avery to the babysitter. Ellen agrees while continuing to pull up her skirt. The day is extremely hot. Adam is running back inside the house and yells at Ellen, letting her know that Avery is in her van. He screams and asks if Ellen has heard him and she raises her hand, waving, which acknowledges that she has. Ellen hurriedly gets into the van, turns the key and is driving to work.
Ellen is a Social Worker whose job is to be a an advocate for children. While driving down the highway, her cell phone begins ringing. The caller is a young client who has locked herself in the bathroom because she is in danger. Her parent's are engaged in a violent fight.
Ellen is already late for the meeting at work and gets off of the highway to go and help the child. She arrives and jumps out of the van, closing the door behind her. She does not realize that Avery is with her.
Ellen's mother, Maudeen, has been very lonely since her husband's death. She works in a diner. Jenny, a 10 year old girl, has just gotten off of a bus, having traveled hundreds of miles to Cedar City, Iowa. This is where her grandmother lives. Jenny is famished and finds a place to eat. She slides into a seat and orders breakfast. Maudeen is her server. She begins to question Jenny when she serves her breakfast. Jenny hurriedly eats several bites of the pancakes, slides out of the seat putting her back pack on. She pushes the door hard and leaves the diner. Jenny realizes that her waiter has figured out that something is not quite right.
Maudeen's shift is over but when she leaves work she doesn't go home. Instead, she searches for Jenny. It doesn't take too much time, when Maudeen spots Jenny and pulls over. Maudeen has grown children of her own and knows how to persuade Jenny to get into her car after she has heard answers to her inquisitive questions and realizes that Jenny is on her own. Jenny has been taught not to get into a stranger's car. However, she is street smart and feels comfortable with Maudeen. Jenny's father is in jail and Jenny needs a place to stay until her dad is released. Her dad loves her very much but has difficulty holding down a job. Jenny's mother left when she was four years old.
This story shows how the actions of many people can bring people together who need one another. Working together, this group of older and younger people learn how to solve their problems, that at one time were unanswerable.
The narrator's, Kate Rudd and Tanya Eby give life to the book, Little Mercies. The reader wants to continue reading to see what happens next. The character's are well developed. The reader can get into their minds and understand what they are feeling. I would encourage a friend to read this book. The story moves along without un-necessary words to make the book longer. The novel touches on occurrences that are difficult for people but with help, there are answers. It was a good read. I don't think you would be disappointed if you were to purchase this book.
Nathan found the newborn infant boy, when out hunting with his dog Sadie. Sadie guided him to a small pile of leaves where Nathan could see a small foot wiggling.
Nathan had no children and his marriage was an unhappy one. Flo, Nathan's wife, had never wanted children. Nathan saw this as an opportunity to do something that he had always wanted to do, have a child. He offered to adopt the child but this was not to be. The infant had a grandmother who would raise the child.
Nathan was present when the infant was picked up from the hospital and Nathan asked what his name would be. The grandmother asked Nathan his name and said that would also be the infant's name, Nathan.
Nathan made a request that if there was ever a time that the grandmother needed something, not to hesitate and contact him. In any event, he would want to see the child that he and Sadie had saved, sometime in the future.
Nat was 15 years old and impossible to manage. His grandmother packed his belongings and took Nat to Nathan's home and presented him to Nathan. She explained that Nat was out of hand and she was no longer capable of raising him. She held Nathan to the promise that he had made 15 years ago and turned and left Nat at Nathan's door. Nathan was surprised but more than willing to raise Nat.
The story was about the coming of age for Nat. His struggles were many but Nathan did as he had promised Nat, when he had arrived. Nathan had promised Nat that he would never turn his back him.
The story was a very good listen. The character development was excellent. The book was an easy listen and did hold true with the plot. The story took place starting in the 1960's. Those years were the same years I had experienced growing up and I was able to contrast and compare my year's to Nat's. The narrator made the book even better. I could recognize the voices very easily. I would listen to another book with the same narrator, Jeff Cummings. In my estimation, Jeff Cummings, made the story come alive. His intonations were just right. I have had this book in my library for quite some time and my happy to say that I am glad that I found it while scrolling through my library. Purchase this book if you enjoy listening to stories related to the coming of age.
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