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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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  • 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
    (613)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (548)

    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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  • Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the hands of a serial killer, and lived to tell about it. Her dad, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz, wants Kristi to stay in New Orleans and out of danger. But if anything, Kristi's experiences have made her even more fascinated by the mind of the serial killer.

    Peggy says: "WOW"
    "Vampire Tactics Used to Kill"
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    Christie had been staying with her father, Rick Bence, a police officer and her stepmother, Olivia, while she recuperated from being attacked twice. Her attacker had never been identified. She felt it was time to move on and be on her own once again. They all were aware that there had been unsolved murders at All Saint's College. Christie had once been enrolled at the college but did not finish.

    Christie left for All Saint's College, located in Baton Rouge, La. She wanted to be a crime writer. She had her stories published in other arenas but had never written a book. Christie was registered in a class that would be taught by a past boyfriend. He saw her name on his list of students who would be in the class that he would be teaching. Teaching was not his full time job. He was to teach a course about crime.

    There is a killer on campus who selects girls who are loners. These young women don't have boyfriends. They are insecure, have a lack of self esteem and stand out as easy prey for the killer.

    The killer taught at the college. He would select his next victim before he would strike. The student would know who he was and considered him to be an okay person. I've heard it said that the victim usually knows their murderer.

    The book was an easy mystery to listen to. I've heard Joyce Bean narrate before and I was pleased with her narration. I've read other books by Lisa Jackson but did not find Lost Souls to be as enjoyable as Left to Die, another book by her that I have just finished. Lost Souls is the first novel I've read with a vampire as the protagonist and I've learned what I have thought about vampires, not my kind of book. I don't want to deter other reader's from reading this novel, especially if they enjoy vampire novels. I had to finish the book and hear the end.




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  • No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. Lee Warren
    • Narrated By Henry Arnold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    Story
    (10)

    A War Zone of the Soul: Dr. W. Lee Warren's life as a neurosurgeon in a trauma center began to unravel long before he shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. When he traded a comfortable if demanding practice in San Antonio, Texas, for a ride on a C-130 into the combat zone, he was already reeling from months of personal struggle. At the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Warren realized his experience with trauma was just beginning.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Neurosuregon in Iraq"
    "Neurosuregon in Iraq"
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    Dr. W. Lee Warren reported to 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq from a successful practice in San Antonio, Texas. He had joined the Air Force to pay for his education and he had to go to Iraq to pay a part of his debt to the US Government.

    Lee had absolutely no idea of what lay ahead of him. Pete, also a neurosurgeon, became his mentor for a couple of weeks before his return stateside. The hospital consisted of quite a few tents whereby some of the casualties of war were taken for treatment. Many of these men required a neurosurgeon's skill.

    The group of doctor's, technician's, nurse's and other personnel would be leaving Iraq soon and Lee would become thier mentor. He wished for a different scenario but wasn't given a choice. The change to teach others the ropes took time but all began to run smoothly after a short time.

    Lee's first surgery was a reality check for him. He stood for a few moments before asking for a knife, he bent down and after the first cut, his mind was focused on the operation he had to perform.

    The Iraqi insurgents, Iraqi civilians and any nationality who appeared, that required the attention of a physician or surgeon, were given care. Lee had to have time to accept this fact. His own understanding was that he would be treating American soldier's. However, he did learn that when the insurgent's were ready to be discharged, they would be transported to jail. This fact did quell some of his anxiety. However, over time, Lee saw all that came to be seen were people who required medical treatment and not nationalities.

    Lee had left San Antonio, leaving behind unsolved issues of importance of his own and now he had a whole lot of other concerns, the most important one of all, was being able to return home intact. He realized, after time, that he would forever be a different man than the one who had disembarked from a C-130 to begin serving his required four months in Iraq.

    The Balad Hospital came under fire frequently, with mortars and bombs. This scared Lee but he learned to live with it, as the other's had done. He did wear his safety shield and helmet most of the time, even when performing surgery. The operating rooms were better constructed than the other parts of the hospital.

    There was the sand and mud after it rained, throughout the hospital. Lee couldn't quite grasp the fact that infections didn't abound. The doctor's again had adjusted and treated the patient's with extreme care to prevent infection. Lee lived with sand on his face, in his eyes, on his clothes, in his mouth and anywhere else sand could attach itself.

    To help Lee maintain his sanity while in Iraq, he consistently emailed home to many people who had provided him with their email addresses. He saved these on a thumb drive to take home. He emails were going to 20,000 by the time his tour of duty was over. There were also pictures of Iraq, surgeries and many other things that Lee did not share with others.

    Lee possessed a deep faith. He would go to Chaplain W or Chaplain W would see his distress and approach him. The wisdom he shared with was, pray more, worry less and let God do the rest. However, as Lee's departure neared he knew that the first thing he would have to deal with was a divorce that his wife had requested before he had left Iraq. His three girl's were also a worry. Being a part of their lives was an absolute necessity.

    His last day had arrived and Lee boarded the C - 130, starting his journey back home. He had said his good-byes, gathered his suitcases and was ready for liftoff.

    No Place to Hide, is an intense, true story of W. Lee Warren's time in Iraq. The scenes are vivid and no details are left to your imagination. I've already started to reread it for the second time. There are emotions expressed by the narrator, Henry Arnold, that can be intense and quite appropriate for all the emotions that we feel. There were scenes where I became tearful.

    I would suggest that other's listen to this well written, true story. The characters are very well developed. Listening can to rough at times but Lee surely does describe his part in Iraq with truth. I was left with knowledge of what happens to our men and women in battle that I didn't want to hear about. But listening, brought the reality of what this war in Iraq is doing to physically and mentally crush our fellow American's. The courage, valor and desire to fight to maintain our freedom, was splashed before my eyes, forcing me see what war can and does to some but not all, while in the fight and what they can face when brought home. There is also what is done to those at home who receive that dreaded phone call. Your credit and time will we be well worth it.

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  • Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America's Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chuck Larson
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Over one million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past four years, but fewer than 500 from this group have earned a Silver Star, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, or the Medal of Honor. Those who have been awarded these distinguished honors all demonstrated an extraordinary courage under fire in the worst of circumstances.

    A User says: "Wow!"
    "Men/Women Fighting for USA"
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    This is a true account of a few of the men and women who fought in and some who continue to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. The book also tells us about the acts of valor that our warriors did for the freedom of their country, the USA. Many interviews were conducted with the receivers of these medals themselves, their loved ones and the men who served with them. There were two Medal of Honor recipients who were killed in action.

    America's heroes usually do not think that any actions taken during a particular battle should have honored them with a medal of valor. They'll say that all of the men who fought this battle with me deserve the medals. Because without them, the battle could never have been won. The men and women who fight together consider themselves brothers. There is nothing they would not do to save one another.

    One Medal of Honor victim threw himself on top of a grenade to save his men. Yes, they experience fear but I've read so many times that when these men enter a battle the fear disappears and they concentrate on fighting the enemy. However, if they see a comrade in trouble, these same warriors will protect a brother, resulting in his own injury or his own death.

    These accounts will give you just a small taste of what the war was like for a handful of men and women. They tell the interviewer what occurred. The narrator did a great job making the book an easier listen. Each remembrance explains some parts of the battles they fought and how they definitely are potentially facing their own death each and every time they faced the enemy. I think I would like to read this book again to give myself the opportunity to once again hear about and understand what the member's of our military do to keep us safe and free. I say Thank You to our military.

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  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1349)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Difficulty Moving On"
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    He worked for a high powered law firm. He had recently made partner. He and his wife had finally planned a vacation. His wife and daughter would drive down first and he'd follow in a couple of days. However, the first day on vacation, someone ran a red light and his wife and daughter were killed.

    He was unable to forgive himself and continued to stay home and has been drinking and going to bed drunk. There were sufficient funds in the bank.

    A female attorney approached him and implored his help in a criminal trial where her client is being charged with first degree murder, the brutal murder of his girlfriend, a high profile pop singer. Her client declared his innocence and she believes that he is innocent. Her client was a talented rap artist. She explained that someone had informed her that he would be the guy to go to but he was no longer working.

    This did not deter her. She went to his apartment and with much encouragement he agreed to help her. This was the ultimate opportunity for him to learn if he'd be up to the task. He became more involved as each day passed.

    He continued to work and started to question the other attorney, who has now moved in with him. He knew that he had to follow through with his theories even if what he was thinking proved to be right. He hoped for the best.

    The narrator, Kevin T. Collins, did a great job. The many voices were well done as were the emotions expressed by them. I enjoyed the quality of the mystery. The characters were well developed and believable. The book held my interest throughout. I read his first thriller,
    A Conflict of Interest, and enjoyed it too. There was action and suspense which kept me wanting to continue listening. I think that if you're interested in mysteries, this was a good one.


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  • Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Story of Disaster and Survival at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Tougias
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Fatal Forecast chronicles a dramatic fight for survival aboard two small fishing boats that were ambushed by a horrific surprise storm just southeast of Cape Cod. Soon after the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever reached the fishing ground at Georges Bank, they were hit with hurricane-force winds and massive 90-foot waves that battered the boats for hours. The direction of the wind made it impossible to turn back.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Waves as High as a Three Story House"
    "Waves as High as a Three Story House"
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    This is the true story of two small fishing boats, the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever The fishing boats had finally reached their destination, at Georges Bank just southeast of Cape Cod. The month was November and there would be no more fishing until next year.

    The weather forecast at 11pm the night before was good. However, soon after the fishermen arrived they were hit with a hurricane. The waves were absolutely unbelievable, reaching as high as 90 feet. The wind was blowing extremely hard and in the wrong direction. Therefore, the fishing boats were unable to turn and head for home.

    The Fair Wind did not survive the storm, it capsized. There was only one survivor, the captain of Fair Wind, Ernie Hazard. He was determined not to fall into the ravaging waters and die. Ernie saw a miracle, there was a lifeboat tethered to the Fair Wind but it was different from all other lifeboats. He was able to reach it and was amazed because it resembled a tent. Ernie spent three days in that lifeboat before he was rescued. The weather was cold and Ernie was wearing jeans, a tee shirt and shoes.

    The Sea Fever made it through the hurricane but did lose one of their men. They were able to alert rescuers where the Fair Wind was. Everyone was exhausted but knowing that there was a boat that had capsized but may have men that survived they could not consciously leave anyone who may be alive. The plane lifted off and began the search for Ernie.

    The book gives the listener an accurate account of what happened at George Bank, on that fateful day. The action and suspense was written in such a way that you were looking up and trying to envision a 90 ft. wave. I was so engrossed while listening, that I finished listening to the book in one day.

    I think that the book was the special for the day. I wasn't convinced by reading the summary but I did put it in the cart. I came back later and purchased the book and I am certainly glad that I did. Purchase the book and listen how dangerous it is when you are in the midst of a hurricane and on a small fishing boat out on the sea. What an adventure. The narrator, was great and told the story so well that I was amazed. The Fatal Forecast is worth purchasing.

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  • Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Owen - known to his family as "little buddy" or "Little B" - has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi - an adorable Anatolian Shepherd puppy - was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But kind-hearted Will and Colleen Howkins, Little B's father and step-mother, decided to introduce the big dog and the little boy to each other, and an unbelievable bond was formed that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways.

    Carl says: "Cute and Heart Warming But Too Long"
    "They Needed One Another"
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    Haatchi had been abandoned on a railroad track. He was a survivor and an oncoming train did sever his back leg but he was able to lay low enough so that each succeeding train missed him.

    A watchman did report him and he was picked up by what we, in America, refer to as the SPCA, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Haatchi had surgery and his hind leg was removed as well as his tail. Although it was thought that Haatchi had lost his complete tail, the doctor was wrong. He had a small stump of a tail that could waggle as fast as any long tail could.

    Little B, a boy born with a rare disease, was confined mostly to a wheelchair. He was sullen, unhappy and had no friends. Little B isolated himself from people and when outside or in school, he would keep his head lowered as much as possible. He did not want to see all of the people who stared at him.

    Little B's father and stepmother did visit the pound where there was this a puppy, an Anatolian Shepard, who continued to have difficulty recovering from his injuries. He had been abused and was still trying to adapt to walking on three instead of four legs. Haatchi needed a forever home.

    Little B, when introduced to Haatchi, was absolutely ecstatic and wanted to bring the puppy home. Haatchi and Little B formed a especially unbelievable bond with one another.

    The narrator, Gabrielle Glaister, was excellent. She made the book quite an enjoyable listen. I did listen to this true story all in one sitting. I did cry occasionally. I have to promote this book to others. I don't think you will be disappointed if you purchase this book. Remember, there is a boy who will be forever short and then there is this dog who is one of the largest dog's around who come together and restore each other's happiness.

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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
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    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Difficult Diagnosis"
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    Susannah Cahalan worked as a newspaper reporter who had been experiencing symptoms that mimicked mental illness. She was in the midst of a psychotic episode. Susannah was paranoid, delusional, hearing voices, having hallucinations and thinking that people were talking about her. She had no prelude to this illness. Susannah woke up one morning and out of no where, exhibited highly irrational behavior. Her biggest fear was that she would be placed in a nursing home or even worse, a psychiatric facility.

    Susannah would have combative episodes and awoke to find herself strapped to a bed unable to move or speak and most alarming, she was being watched by a guard. She realized that she was in a hospital but had no memory why.

    Susannah would go in and out of these symptoms without any recollection of the events. Susannah, friends, boyfriend of only 3 months, and family were, at this time, quite distraught. Susannah was given anti-pyschotic medications to try and help her to remain stable. Her personality before had been vibrant, very social, her working skills were excellent and she had been living in an apartment in New York City on her own. However, when the illness reached its apex, Susannah became angry, avoided people and friends, could no longer concentrate, had to leave her job and move in with her mother and step-father. Her mother realized that Susannah needed to be hospialtlized.

    There were many doctors who attempted to help Susannah. To everyone's dismay each doctor would discontinue seeing her and send another doctor to evaluate Susannah, hoping to find the correct diagnosis. It became apparent the doctor's zeroed in or her psychotic episodes and concluded that Susannah needed psychiatric intervention.

    Miraculously, it seemed, after spending 30 days in a hospital, with no definite diagnosis, there was a doctor who had knowledge of why Susannah's brain was, "on fire." The doctor performed more testing and the PET scan, which illuminated the brain with such clarity, showed that Susannah had fluid on her brain.

    There are at least 100 autoimmune diseases and Susannah also had an autoimmune disease that had only recently been discovered. Unlike other autoimmune diseases, Susannah could possibly have a complete reversal or at least 90%. Luckily, Susannah received treatment before any severe damage had occurred to her brain.

    Susannah left the hospital and had out patient treatments for the IV medication termed, IVG. Her other medications could be taken at home.

    Susannah wrote her memoir to tell reader's about her struggles and how she survived. The book was well written and proved to be a great listen. Heather Henson did an excellent job of narration. She did the voices well and emulated the emotions of all the character's with recognition and feeling. I would recommend to other's to purchase this book.

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  • Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, Edward 'Babe' Heffron, Robyn Post
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army - members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden.

    danny lawrence says: "An instant favorite"
    "Together for Life"
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    Wild Bill and Babe came together after the fight for Normandy Beach was won. They were members of the elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Bill and Babe were among the first paratroopers of the US Army.

    The 101st Airborne were considered the toughest, most physically fit, and tight-knit group of any army unit. Wherever the toughest fight was raging, Easy Company was there in the fight.

    Easy Company fought in all of the high-risk battles of WW11, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle Nest in Berchtesgaden. Wild Bill and Babe fought side by side until Bill was seriously injured in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent back state side. Bill lost a leg but that injury never interfered with his life after the war. He married, had children, worked in various jobs to support his family and totally enjoyed living.

    Babe and Bill were both from Philadelphia and both grew up poor. They knew what it was to go hungry for a couple of days but by then there would be food on the table. Babe was the youngest of 10 children. He was known to play craps, poker and three handed pinnacle on the neighborhood streets where he grew up, in order to make money. The money that Babe won would be given to his mother for the household finances. Bill also helped to support his family but in more legitimate ways.

    When the war was over Babe went and knocked on the door of Bill, who only lived a few blocks away. That first visit cemented a life-long friendship that continues to this day. They talk on the phone everyday. They have visited the many sites in Europe where they fought as soldier's in the 101st Airborne Division. Both men are uncles to their children. They are indeed brothers of the truest order.

    Babe thought it to be a good idea to remain in touch with his other comrades. He and his wife have held reunions for the past 50 years. Babe doesn't know how much longer he'll be able to continue because he is getting older now, being in his 80's.

    Dick Hill did an excellent job as narrator. I've read many books narrated by Dick Hill and at times I'll wonder if I'll continue to listen. However, his interpretation of Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends was read with clarity. The story, as best as Bill and Babe can remember, was told by them.

    Tom Hanks told the story on an HBO mini-series, Band of Brothers. The television series was highly successful. The story was about the two inseparable friends and soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division.

    The book proved to be an enjoyable listen. I don't regret having used a credit to purchase the book. Think hard and I don't think that you'll be disappointed if you purchase this book. Good Luck listening to Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends.

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  • Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philip Keith
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
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    In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to overrun FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "The Most of Courageous Soldier's"
    "The Most of Courageous Soldier's"
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    The North Vietnamese attacked and the American infantry fought valiantly but still lost too many men. However, when it was communicated to HQ, the men were not given permission to leave. They were to maintain their readiness to fight and be ready for another confrontation with the NV.

    The NV had named the FSB, Fire Base Illingworth, after one of the first American soldier's to die there. It was common to name an FSB after someone who had died and fought courageously. This courage was definitely evident when Illingworth had attempted to place the missile inside the tube so that the other operator would be able to fire the missile. While attempting to ensure its accuracy the missile exploded and Illingworth was killed.

    There was yet another battle conducted at Illingworth but it was still deemed by those in command not to allow them to move to another site. The NV knew where the men had their fox holes, where a stockpile of unwanted ammunition had been delivered via hilo. Ammunition was sorely needed but not the kind that was now stockpiled in that one spot. In fact, the NV knew where everything was located at the base. The cafeteria was hit and still the men had to stay. What would it take to allow this beleaguered group of men to move to another site?

    The commander who gave the orders to remain at Illingworth was reported to his superior when the soldier's who had not been killed returned to their relief post after the harrowing battles that were allowed to take place at Illingworth.

    The true story of Fire Base Illingworth was filled with action, suspense and edge of my seat listening. The book filled me with disbelief, anger, frustration and the inability to understand why those men had been made to stay and fight a losing battle. The soldier's were being picked off by the sharp shooters. While the men hurried to their fox holes they were shot. Why? Because the NV had the site mapped out and knew where each and every fox hole was located. They begged and I do mean begged to leave the site. However, the men would not disobey their commander's orders. Therefore, more soldier's continued to meet their deaths un-necessairly.

    Purchase the book, listen and hear the truth of what took place at Fire Base Illingworth. My soul still aches for those men who did not have to die. I don't think I would be able to listen to the book a second time. Fire Base Illingworth would only make me more upset. There were four-hundred North Vietnamese against forty men, tops. Use you imagination and then be sure and listen to a battle that the higher ups wanted to pretend did not happen.




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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3233)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
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    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Saving a Life, Your Own"
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    Cheryl Strayed's mother died when she was only 45 years old from cancer. She did not linger very long and Cheryl did not have enough time to spend with her mother. There were still so many unanswered questions. Cheryl was only 22 years old at the time and she needed her mother to be alive.

    Cheryl made the attempt to keep her family together but she failed. The first Thanksgiving after her mother's death, she invited her brother and sister to dinner. However, they never came. Cheryl understood at that time that she was on her own.

    Cheryl married, worked and appeared to be happy. Actually, Cheryl herself considered herself to be happy. However, her thoughts began to swirl inside her brain and would not stop. Cheryl's conclusion was that she needed to get away by herself but before she left there was something that she had to do and that was to divorce her husband.

    The divorce took up so much precious time. The divorce was finally a fact and now Cheryl was free to follow her most impulsive dream ever, to hike the Pacific Trail alone. She needed the time alone to sort out her life that had come undone. Yes, Cheryl decided to hike 1100 miles of a terrain that she knew by only reading a book about the Pacific Trail. She had never hiked such a long distance before. Therefore, she had no experience.

    The day she laced up her boots and started to hike was Cheryl's only way to piece her life back together. At trails end, after facing black bears, rattle snakes, record snow falls and much more, would Cheryl be renewed and ready to face a new life?

    This memoir is powerful. It is told with an honesty that will keep you riveted to your ear-plugs. I listened and did not stop until the end. There is action, suspense and at times nail biting scenes.

    The narrator, Bernadette Dunne, was excellent. The story was read as if you were living the experience with Cheryl. I felt her pain, joy, fear and so many more emotions. I never realized that one person could feel so much.

    I would surely recommend this book to everyone. Allow yourself to follow Cheryl on her journey, in boots that hurt her feet to no end, and reach the end with her. She is definitely one courageous woman who found a way to save herself.

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