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Pamela Dale Foster

I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

Sykesville, MD | Member Since 2010

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  • Cimarron Rose: A Billy Bob Holland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (110)

    Texas attorney and former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland has many secrets. Among them is Vernon Smother's son, Lucas, a now-teenaged boy about whom few know the truth - Lucas is really Billy Bob's illegitimate son. When Lucas is arrested for murder, Billy Bob must confront the past and serve as the boy's criminal attorney. Billy Bob knows the propensity of the town, Deaf Smith, Texas, to make scapegoats out of the innocent and to exploit and sexually use the powerless.

    Think about this says: "Don't miss out on this story"
    "Slow Moving, Uninteresting"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps someone more interested in western novels.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Lee Burke again?

    I don't think that I would. I read a few reviews that seemed promising but I should have read more. I didn't read the word western in the short description provided, either. I've found that author's tend to write novels of the same genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Stechschulte?

    I don't listen to or read western novels. Therefore, I don't think I'd be qualified to suggest a narrator who reads western novels.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cimarron Rose?

    The scenes that included Mary Beth, a DEA agent. Her character wasn't developed enough to certify her as having any career.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel did not interest me, I wouldn't be interested in listening to the second novel in the series, when and if it's ever written.

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  • Little Mercies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined.

    CarSho says: "Couldn't stop listening!"
    "People Can and Do Make Mistakes"
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    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.



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  • When I Found You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

    Zabie says: "Love comes from many places"
    "Baby in the Woods"
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    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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  • The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John C. McManus
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
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    A white-knuckle account of the First Infantry Division’s harrowing D-Day assault on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach - acclaimed historian John C. McManus has written a gripping history that will stand as the last word on this titanic battle. Nicknamed the Big Red One, First Division had fought from North Africa to Sicily, earning a reputation as stalwart warriors on the front lines and rabble-rousers in the rear. Yet on D-Day, these jaded combat veterans melded with fresh-faced replacements to accomplish one of the most challenging and deadly missions ever.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Detailed Account of D-Day"
    "Detailed Account of D-Day"
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    John C. McManus gives the reader an in depth account of what occurred on D-Day on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach. This was where the First Infantry Division had been commanded to attack. The men who had engaged in many battles for the past year felt that they should have been allowed to go home. However, the brass had a different idea. Their division was known to get the job done, Therefore, they sent the First.

    The invasion was harrowing, to say the very least. Men were shot dead in the water, which continued to get deeper. The packs the men carried made it almost impossible to tread through the deep water, let alone trudge up the sandy beach.

    The beach was inundated with bombs that continued to explode, taking the soldiers with them. Those that made it to the beach had to find cover so as not to be killed or wounded. However, there was hardly any cover to be found. Trenches were dug, cliffs were found but nothing would keep the German's from firing.

    The First Infantry Division were not cowards and the medals that some won and the death of too many proved that this was so.

    The book was researched in depth. The author used names of the men that were too many to remember. He bared wide open the description of how the men struggled. What happened to the men when the bombs exploded beneath them. All of the gory details were in the words spoken by the narrator, Dan Hagen. He did a very good job. The character's that spoke left no idea of who it was because their sentences were short but their fighting was not.

    I found this book provided me with the best description of what occurred on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The men faded into the darkness, both American and German. Tomorrow would come with the sun. Some men slept, yet other's laid awake. Both sides patrolled throughout the night.

    The words, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, were not used, instead the words, Battle Fatigue. The words were and are one and the same.

    Purchase, The Dead and Those About to Die, and you will be sure to listen and know just what Omaha Beach was then and remembered now and forever. The hallowed ground where American's fought and died to preserve world peace will maintain its memories forever, never to be forgotten.

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  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
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    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Amsterdam, Look Out"
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    Charlie was in Amsterdam to write a new book. He traveled around the globe to write novels. However, Charlie found himself involved with something he does very well to augment his salary, burglary that has a tidy profit for him when it's finished.



    Victoria, Charlie's editor had never met but they did talk on the phone. Victoria needed to stay in touch with Charlie this time to try and help him to the correct the ending of his latest mystery novel. She also wanted to hear more about his latest caper.

    The character's were not very developed but then the book did not require in depth characterization of individual's. The novel moved fast and it was an easy listen, There were quite a few twists and turns throughout the book that kept me guessing. There was only a minimum amount of violence. Charlie had never had a need to carry until recently. That was a clue that told Charlie volumes about his newest caper.

    The book was a good change from the other kind of books that I read. I sat down, relaxed and listened.



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  • A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Bowen
    • Narrated By Kristopher Milnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself - the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet, James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent, but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, never imagining that he would see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

    Gillian says: "Three Cheers for Bob and James!"
    "Man and Cat in Need of One Another"
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    A cat is sitting inside an apartments vestibule. The apartments are for those you are trying to get back onto their feet from varying difficulties. James problem is his addiction to heroin. The cat is also having a problem. He has no place where to live and needs to find that special someone who needs him and a place to live. James is the man and the cat knows this. The only problem is, the cat has to prove this to James. But don't worry because this cat whom James names Bob, is one smart cat.

    Read this book and you'll be able to find out just how these two, the cat, Bob and James, came together and found out that there was a special place in each other's lives for one another. Being together fills a place in each of their hearts that needed healing.

    This book is absolutely wonderful and encouraging. There are animals and people who can and are able to help and heal one another. This relationship, in the book, A Street Car Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, is exactly that. The book is a pleasure to listen too.

    The narration was also great. There are times in the memoir where the reader might laugh, feel anger and maybe even want to let a tear drop. The narrator inserted these feelings in his voice very well. The characters are well developed and Bob, the cat, is one of the 2 main character's. The writing was easy to understand and the words flowed from chapter to chapter. The book maintained its plot throughout. Sit back and be ready for a one day listen, if possible. I didn't make a mistake purchasing this book and I don't think that you will either.

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  • The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Andrew Wiest
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    When the 160 men of Charlie Company were drafted by the US Army in May 1966, they were part of the wave of conscription that would swell the American military to eighty thousand combat troops in Vietnam by the height of the war in 1968. In the spring of 1966 the war was still popular, and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a rite of passage. But by December 1967, when the company returned home, only thirty men were not casualties.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Excitement to Reality"
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    Charlie Company was once again being used as a name for a group of soldier's who grew to become a very tight community of young men who went to fight the war in Vietnam. The first group of Charlie Company fought together in WWII. There has not been another Charlie Company since Vietnam.

    The members of Charlie Company were very young, 19 to 23 years old, when they first arrived in Vietnam. Some were drafted. They would receive their draft papers in the mail and were told when and where to report. Most in Charlie Company were draftee's but some had enlisted.

    Without consciously realizing what was happening, the men paired off and became such enduring friends, that they became closer than brothers. They waited impatiently for their first conflict to occur.

    The first conflict happened and Charlie Company was baptized in the blood of war. They were no longer young. These MEN were now warrior's who now understood the words, what to kill or be killed truly meant. As there buddies were killed or maimed by enemy fire it became impossible for them to form another close relationship. When the replacements arrived, who took the place of those brother's who were no longer a part of Charlie Company, the original member's tolerated them but did not become their friend's.

    One of the men of Charlie Company was a conscientious objector and agreed to be drafted but only as a medic who would never carry a gun. He would be killed but not kill. He did survive his tour of duty, never to have the scourge of PTSD present itself.

    This was not so for quite a few of the other 29 men who made it home out of the 130 of the original men of Charlie Company. Some were able to struggle through life as a contributor to society. They were able to hold down a job, marry and have children but continued to suffer through PTSD.

    However, there were other survivors who functioned poorly in society or were unable to deal with real life at all. Some of these men became what we refer to as the"homeless."

    Some of the survivor's who suffered from PTSD did not like crowds. They would scan their surroundings looking for any enemies. When hearing the back fire of a car they would fall to the ground, looking for cover so as to protect themselves from death. Their dreams were as real as if they were actually fighting in a previous battle.

    I found the true story, The Boys of "67: Charlie's Company War in Vietnam, very sobering. The story made we see just what happened when the men fighting in a war had to raise a gun and shoot another man. They were given permission to kill. They learned too quickly what the cruelty of war really was.

    There was depth and true feelings written into the words of the author, Andrew West. If you do read this book you will understand what the war in Vietnam was like. These men fought hard for their country, our country, the USA. Many of these men died or were maimed for life. It would take time but PTSD was finally realized for what it was, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although the men did survive the war some of these men had minds that did not survive the war.

    Why the Vietnam War became a war that wanted to be forgotten, I'll never understand. These men answered the call of their nation. When their country needed men to protect their country, the men who went to Vietnam and fought as hard as any man in any war of the past. Give these men the honor that they deserve.

    The narrator made the book come alive. I was able to feel the fear, see the bunkers, get into the mind of a man who did not want to kill but had no other choice but to die himself and understand why these men still cannot leave the war behind after 30 years.

    There have also been medical problems that these men have taken home with them when the jungles were sprayed with "agent orange." Agent orange was used to kill the vegetation so prevalent in the jungles of Vietnam. Some suffer from skin problems that never will go away, there are others that have had varied types of cancer appear and the newest finding is that agent orange also can cause diabetes.

    Read this book and realize that the Vietnam War is a war to remember.

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  • Rage Against the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Becky Masterman
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn Brigid’s career - the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all.

    Janice says: "I hope there are more of these on the way!"
    "Finding the Once-a-Year Murderer"
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    Brigid Quinn was an (ex) FBI agent had quit a job that she thoroughly enjoyed. However, when her protege, Jessica, was murdered by someone she felt had been out there killing a woman per year for the last 6 years, she blamed herself. The 5 other victims had been found along the highway. However, Jessica had never been found.

    The time of year when another killing was to take place, Brigid couldn't help being interested. She kept in contact with her old comrades and therefore, she had the inside scoop.

    Laura Coleman was a new member of the FBI force. Brigid was introduced to her and when a gentleman, Floyd, comes forward and turns himself in for the murder of Jessica, Laura feels that he is not the right man. The male agents have decided that Floyd is their man. He knows information that had never been made public. Laura phones Brigid and asks for her help.

    Brigid finds herself anxious to help because there had been a few incidences in the recent past that alert her to the fact that Laura is on the right track.

    Brigid and Laura, along with 2 male FBI agents, have decided as a team what they will do to catch the killer. I sure hope that Laura is not found dead because she is walking along the highway, attempting to be picked up, not as a prostitute but as someone who has "lost her way."

    The mystery was an easy listen. There was good narration. The narrator was good with male or female voices as well as foreign accents. The character's were given their own personality. The story has a romantic theme to it as well. Enjoy the listen.


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  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jason Redman, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds."

    Richard says: "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    "SEALS and Leadership"
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    Jason Redman had wanted to become a SEAL from a very early age. He made that dream come true. However, he had never internalized what it meant to be a leader. Redman did not respond well to criticism. He pretended to listen to other's but never considered that they might have good ideas. Instead, he did it the Redman way.

    Redman's fellow team member's raised their hands high when asked if they considered Redman as a bad leader of men. Each man in turn refused to be a member of his squad. He had been reported to have put himself and the member's of his team in danger. There was no trust.

    Redman's commander had no recourse but to hold a council meeting to decide if the coveted Trident that he wore should be taken away. There was one man participating in the council meeting who had worked with Redman who was adamant that he should be made to turn his Trident in.

    A scathing letter had been written by the council's leader. Redman was shaken to his core after reading the report. He was told that the only way that letter could stay out of his permanent file was if Redman agreed to go to Ranger School to learn leadership skills. Redman was quite angry and did not concede that his leadership skills were lacking. However, he agreed to attend Ranger School because he did not want to give up his military career.

    There were a few men who watched him closely during Ranger training. He had been taken aside and told that he needed to change his attitude and start putting all of his effort forward in order to survive. The Ranger's were the best when it came to leadership.

    Redman continued with his bad attitude when he began his time with the Rangers. He requested to leave the Ranger's. His request was accepted and he would be taken back to his SEAL team in a few days. The letter that had been written would now become a permanent file in Redman's record and he would have to leave the SEALS.


    Redman had an epiphany while trying to get to sleep. He realized, that instead of taking responsibility for his own actions, he always blamed his short comings on someone else. He withdrew his request to leave the Ranger's and made a commitment to himself that he could do his best and not allow that letter to be put into his permanent file. Redman wanted to stay a SEAL.

    This memoir was very well written. I was reluctant to purchase this book because I had already read many books about the SEALS. However, I was wrong. The story of Jason Redman was a great listen. The narrator made listening enjoyable. This memoir only touches lightly on the rigors it takes to become a SEAL. The reader will know Jason Redman when he or she finishes this book. The character's are well developed and there is suspense and action. I don't think you will regret purchasing this book.

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  • Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lori Duron
    • Narrated By Lori Duron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (25)
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    Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi".

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Loving CJ"
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    CJ's mom, Lori Duron, started a blog after many years of trying to understand her son, CJ. Lori needed information, so when she finally started the blog, Raising My Rainbow, numerous answers to her many queries were forthcoming.

    CJ did not conform to being a boy as he was born or as a girl who he emulated, with clothes, toys and friends. CJ wore boy clothes when outside his home but loved to dress up in frilly dresses, high heeled shoes, polished finger nails and carrying a princess doll from the Disney series, one in each hand.

    Lori and her husband had not criticized CJ because of him being different and tried to assimilate his wants and needs as best they could. Lori, who was told by another blogger that CJ would fit into a category known as, gender nonconforming. He wasn't all pink or blue.

    Lori learned this on the blog that she had created on the internet, Raising My Rainbow. CJ is loved for who he is by his dad and brother, Chase, who is all boy.

    The book was an eye-opener for me. I had never believed that men or women chose their sexuality but were born just the way they are. They are unable to change who they are just as I can't change who I am. The book contains some sobering moments but there are also some very funny parts.

    The author, Lori Duron, did a great job narrating the book and gave depth to the character's development. CJ is still young and Lori and her husband will raise their rainbow son who is full of different colors, just for who he is. Lori continues to write on her blog, still having much participation from new and old people to the blog.

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  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
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    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Understanding Truth from Brainwashing"
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    Jenna Miscavige grew up from a very young age, living in a compound of the Church of Scientology - "religion." She believed all that was being taught to her. However, she was not learning like other children going to public schools. She was taught the Scientology way.

    The very young worked hard and long hours on the restructure of a building that was in a deplorable state. The children were told what to do by a "teacher" who stood in the foreground and instructed them. This lesson could be described as teaching children the skills of carpentry, landscaping and the true meaning of exhaustion. Their punishment for not obeying their leader was severe. This was Jenna's first " lesson" when she left the children's compound.

    As a member of Scientology, you were not given choices but learned instead, to do as you were told. To me, Scientology is not a religion but more of what I think of as a commune. Leaving Scientology was mightily discouraged. Those that tried had to escape and try not to get caught because severe punishment would be their penance.

    The book, Beyond Belief, is very informative and a true learning experience of just what Scientology is all about. This book is well written and easy to understand. The story revolves around the Miscavige's. Jenna is the niece of the leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige.

    The book is not written in a dialogue format. The reader learns about the struggles, fears and punishments that make Scientology work like a well oiled machine. However, Scientologist's do not want the world at large to know what their "religion" actually is. This is why Jenna Miscavige Hill wrote this true story. She needed to tell her story. However, she and her husband to be had to formulate their own plan of escape in order to leave the Church of Scientology.

    The narrator made the book an easy listen. The descriptions of how the Church of Scientology functions were scary. If any reader has ever wondered what Scientology is all about, read this book. You will not have to wonder anymore.



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