Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009
This is book number four in the Cork O'Connor series, and so far they have all been excellent. My husband and I have listened to all four together, so they are definitely for both men and women. The twists and turns in this one are REALLY unpredictable . . . we were guessing until the very end . . . The story begins with the murder of a beautiful young high school girl . . . You will find yourself wanting to learn more and more about her and her family . . . and you will grab all that is close to you and treasure it, fear for it, and wonder, "what, who is out there that would hurt a kid?" Some of the reviewers are critical of this book, saying it is overly "religious" . . . I did not find that to be true at all. In fact, since the beginning of the series, ex-sheriff, Cork O'Connor has been pretty much open and honest about his "crisis of faith" since leaving the Catholic church, where he grew up, went to school, and even served as an altar boy. If readers were paying attention, this theme of "examining the heart" has been there all along. The story line has included the church, priests, and a very faithful and grounded sister-in-law, Rose, who lives in the house with Cork and Jo and helps to raise their three kids. The moral compass which has been Cork's guide from day one has been from God . . . a God that is plenty big enough to allow Cork to question His existence . . . I love the inclusion of the spiritual stories of the Indians, who know God on a very personal level . . . so whatever you call God . . . even when you deny His existence, He always brings you around . . . This book in no way "preaches" to anyone. It leaves readers to their own conclusions. It isn't "goody goody" or even full of theology. So if anyone is offended, maybe they should check to see who that voice is that is speaking to them . . . These books are mysteries/thrillers which include all areas of the lives of their characters. To exclude this one area would just be dicing up the story. Can't wait for book five!!!
This is the second in this series that combines murder mysteries with the goings on of a needlework shop, Crewel World and all those in the small town of Excelsior, Minnesota. I've grown to love the funny, experienced, as well as the fearful "I will never be able to do this" needle crafters, which by the way, include the shop's owner, Betsy, who inherited the shop from her sister. This audio book focuses on an old murder from 1949 when a boat sank in the harbor, and when they pull it up, a skeleton is found. The twists and turns in solving this very COLD CASE, are quirky, and will absolutely keep you listening and entertained. I didn't suspect who the murderer was until the very end. I will be listening to the next book in the series.
Few people know the inside story of what Navy Seals do, day in and day out for our country; even fewer have an inkling of the concept of what it takes for these men to put the mission FIRST, above their own safety, and even above their families. The tight brotherhood of the seal team is a bond that is like no other, sacred to the men on the team, understood and shared only by them. My husband (a retired army SGM) and I listened to this audio book together while driving to visit our son who works at the Ordnance School at Fort Lee, Virginia. Having two sons who served in the Iraqi war, and one now in Afghanistan, we are both very in tune to what goes on behind the scenes in defense of our country. Yet we cannot imagine being parents of a Navy seal . . . yes, we would be proud . . . but wartime service is hard enough for families . . . constant covert missions would be a nightmare. Thank God for these men, and their families who also sign on for whatever the MISSION brings.
When the book first started off, I wasn't sure I was going to like it as much as the first one, but oh, as it went on, I did, I SURE did! Some of the tale is a little far fetched, but hey, who's to say it couldn't happen in the south . . . As for old Moon Pie, there's plenty of redneck, criminals running around down here, all hyped up on drugs, alcohol and their own puffed up image of themselves. And thank God, there are plenty of the good guys, too . . . the good old Bible belt . . . this is a thriller, but also a really GOOD listen with an ending worth the wait . . . and this southern, country gal LOVES an ending she can sink her teeth into.
Our Sunday School classes is doing this study. It is eye-opening. As a Christian, I have been aware that Israel is God's chosen people, and that God is, indeed in control of the sun, stars, and moon that he set into motion. But this in depth study of God's timing and the four blood moons, really helped me to see that we are to be watching for the signs that the Lord sends to us. God does not "forget" his promises or his people. No one knows the time, not even the Son who sits at the right hand of God, but we are commanded to watch and wait. If you are serious about watching for the signs, and loving God's chosen people, the Jewish nation of Israel, you will gain much from this audio book. I would suggest buying the kindle book and audio book together for an additional savings.
This book has been compared to "The Help" by other readers/listeners. There IS NO comparison. It is a well written story and I liked it just fine. There is no discrimination, no abuse of blacks, and I found that refreshing. Abigail grew up playing with and loving the children that her grandfather had with Margaret, a black woman that he lived with after his wife died. Not only did she love the three children, she loved Margaret. The story of Margaret is one of grace and kindness, and the selfless choices that she made for her three children out of love are the best parts of the book. William Howland, Abigail's grandfather, was a simple and good man, wealthy beyond anything that Abigail could have imagined. Overall, the book is low key. The narration is reflective, not passionate. And when it is all said and done, there's no revelation or tying up of loose ends at the conclusion of the book. The ending of a book is a big deal to me, and this one just didn't quite END, it just stopped.
There's no writer quite like Bryce Courtenay . . . his stories of Australia are all so different, so crazy different, I can't even begin to tell you . . . and this one, about a drunk, a boy and a cat . . . First off, I don't even like cats . . . so you know, for me to choose and listen to this one, means that I gotta trust in the writing of Bryce Courtenay . . . My dad, whom I loved with all my heart was an alcoholic . . . and not unlike Billy, my dad was kind . . . and he was broken . . . and he couldn't stand to see anybody mistreated . . . I definitely went on a "journey" with this book . . . a sad, beautiful, longing journey, into my own past and into the tale of a much loved cat named Trim, who did much to heal Billy and a little boy . . . you will NOT regret listening to this book . . .
A dad taking his nine year old daughter on a hunting trip in Alabama . . . the girl wears camo . . . loves her daddy . . . high school sweetheart out in the boonies parking and necking before heading home . . . and a bunch of crazy doped up redneck drug dealers . . . well it makes for a mess . . . the sheriff's department in the podunk town has it's share of glory seeking deputies, all good hearted country boys, some akin to Barney Fife . . . This book is all about what us southerners like, hunting, fishing, family, defending what's ours. I couldn't stop listening. I was a little irked by the narration in some places, just not pure southern to me, a little strained . . . sure didn't keep me from loving the writing . . . can't wait to listen to the next one.
Absolutely gripping from the start . . . the scene in Afghanistan with Maggie and Pete . . . it tore at me like a saw into raw meat . . . Then as the story continued in LA when Maggie was donated to the police department and began working with Scott, the two wounded warriors began a journey that I couldn't stop listening to . . . both struggling against deep physical and emotional injuries so devastating that most folks have given up on them. As they team up together though, dog and police officer, you can't help but start rooting for them. There's a lot of mystery and suspense, and the deck is stacked against Scott and Maggie. This is a great listen!
I'm a child of the '50s, but here in the US, not in London, post WWII, a time of great uncertainty for many people. I'm usually drawn to historical fiction, but this audio book with true stories of the convent and midwives who served the poor and impoverished citizens is excellent. It's funny, touching, sad, and gives us a glimpse into a profession and lifestyle that most of us would never have the opportunity to know or understand otherwise. The faith of the catholic nuns, which Jennifer at first found to be strange and meaningless, was one of the sweetest and most profound parts of the story, as Jennifer learned first hand the power of a God that heals . . . a God that HEARS. This book is not preachy, it's very understated on the subject of religion, yet very real. Midwives riding bikes through snow and storms to deliver babies, give insulin shots, care for the elderly. Nuns who are as tough as nails, and as kind as Jesus. I purposely have not yet watched the tv series. I'm ready to see it now. I'm sure it won't hold a candle to the book.
I finished this audio book a couple of days ago, and I'm still thinking about it. This book was a simple one,really, a story that I would have written totally differently . . . but it wasn't mine to write . . . when Nathan found the tiny baby abandoned in the woods, and wanted to adopt him, my heart ached for the grandmother to allow the boy to be adopted by Nathan and his wife. I was secretly angered at every incident when Nat's grandma refused to tell him the truth, when she failed to "hear" him, to really share her life with him. When she told him that every kid has a man that finds them in the woods . . . Even at my age, a grandmother myself, I still ache as a child aches . . . going back to my own early years, a time when I, too, had no control over decisions that were made . . . decisions that, for good or bad, impact me to this day . . . To get the full benefit of this story, one must listen with their heart. You must sit back and take the story as it comes, as it is written and read . . . and then, it's full beauty comes full circle. Nathan said from day one that he wanted the boy he found in the woods. He meant it. Let that sink in and LISTEN. If only every child had a Nathan . . .
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