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Pamela Dale Foster

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  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (218)
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    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
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    This novel's narrator was excellent. She had many accents to speak as well as male and female voices to interrupt and she jumped from one to the other with ease.

    The novel is all about a wedding dress. The wedding dress was designed and sewn by a "colored woman," in 1912. The people in the wealthy South in the year 1912 had no contact with the colored. To wear such a dress was unthinkable. Society would be appalled if a bride should walk down the aisle wearing a dress sewn by a black woman. Emily was the bride and she did not conform with the righteous discrimination meted out to the black population. Therefore, Emily went into the colored part of the city and had Taffy design and sew her gorgeous gown.

    There was a mystery which revolved around the question of just where did the gown originate. There were friendships made throughout the book. The book was a smooth and easy read. I had been reading some intense novels and memoirs and I needed a break. This book hit the spot. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Breach of Promise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Perri O'Shaughnessy
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
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    At glitzy Lake Tahoe, couples break up every day, but none quite so glamorous or successful as Lindy and Mike Markov. The scenario starts off in the standard way: Mike's met a younger woman and wants out. The problem? Mike and Lindy built a $200-million business together and Mike claims he doesn't owe Lindy a dime since they never married. Ready to fight, Lindy hires Nina Reilly to represent her in her palimony suit.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
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    Story
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    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

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    Marilyn and James met when James taught the college course, The American Cowboy. Marilyn was taking the course but quit when they became lovers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









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  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (209)
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    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2994)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1878)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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  • Mama Ruby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • First Degree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

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

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

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

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

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



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  • Brothers and Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Hankins
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
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    Overall
    (47)
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    Story
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    Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one.

    Meggin says: "Held my interest from beginning to end"
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    Charlie Beckham was an up and rising attorney who, on this very day, would be the lead prosecutor who would send a high ranking member of the mob away for life. However, there was a homeless man on the sidewalk who called him, Wiley, as he passed by him on his way to the subway. Charlie stopped and was unable to move.

    Jake was Charlie's older brother by 11 years. Jake raised Charlie after their parents were killed in an accident. Jake was the only person who had ever called him, Wiley. Charlie had to find and stop this man.

    Jake was a journalist who had fallen off the face of the earth 13 years ago. He had been working on an important story and had left that morning, never be seen or heard from again.

    The street man was Bones but liked to be called Bons. Charlie was able to meet Bons when he left home to go to work and Bons was standing in front of Charlie's house.

    Bons and Charlie were just starting on a long and dangerous search for Jake. The journey would lead them them them through the most wretched and evil places of the city. However, Charlie would never quit until he found Jake.

    Brothers and Bones was an edge of the seat listen. There was always suspense, action and surprise throughout the book. It showed me parts of the world that I never knew existed. The characters were very well developed and the narrator was an excellent reader, bringing all of the characters alive. I don't know how long it took me to finish the book. I kept reading until the end. Waiting for the ending made me anxious because I knew the book might end and may not end the way that I thought it should. Therefore, the book held my interest until I listened to the very last page. I experienced feelings of rage and impotence
    at some of the characters in this book. The book was intriguing to say the least. I think that if you do purchase this book you won't be disappointed. What was ironic was the fact that just prior to this book I had listened to the book, Timbuktu, whose main character was, Mr. Bones.

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  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    (156)
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    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "Man and Dog, Heart and Soul"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Timbuktu. The book told the story of Willy and Mr. Bones which was happy and sad. Willy went to an animal shelter and chose a dog who he trusted to grow up and become his protection. Mr. Bones was just a puppy when chosen by Willy and he grew to become much more to Willy then just his protector.

    Willy would go home to Brooklyn at times, to visit his mother but never stayed too long. The winter was a special time to go home because of the cold. Otherwise, he lived mostly on the streets of Brooklyn. There was a time he had to go to Baltimore, Maryland but he would need to get back to his home after he accomplished one task.

    Willy wasn't feeling too well and the other homeless people started to beat him up, take his belongings and his money. That was when he thought about getting Mr. Bones. I love the name that Willy chose for his dog. Mr. Bones tells the story, Timbuktu. That's because Willy would never stop talking and Mr. Bones knew everything about him.

    He told Mr. Bones about an English teacher who believed in him so very much. Her name was, Bea Meadows. She encouraged Willy to express himself through his writing. Willy had never had anyone who took an interest in him like Bea Meadows did.

    Willy earned a full scholarship to attend a college in California. His major was writing and poetry. Poetry was always his favorite.Unfortunately, in Willy's junior year, his thoughts and actions pointed to a mental breakdown. His mom was called.

    Willie went back home and his mom did get Willy help. He had schizophrenia which became evident when he talked to people who were not there, he would have delusions, hear voices and start getting angry and upset for no reason at all. Willy would take his medications sometimes and other times not.

    Willy's mom and dad escaped from Poland during WW11. They were so happy when Willy was born. They had great hopes for Willy. When Willy's dad passed away, his mom never lost hope for her Willy, never. She just could never figure out if Willy was better when on his medication or off.

    Sometimes, when Willy would begin to have a breakthrough of his schizophrenic behavior, Mr. Bones would patiently wait until he would finally slump against the building and he would cuddle up very close to Willy and put his head on his leg so that Willy would begin to stroke him and this would help to calm Willy. Mr. Bones loved to be stroked by Willy too. They loved each other so much, that Mr. Bones never left Willy's side and Willy would always watch out for Mr. Bones. He was Willy's best friend, like a marriage, when a couple would declare, until death do us part.

    The book Timbuktu, has left an imprint on my heart. I do enjoy reading about how animals can and do change someone's life. What would have happened to Mr. Bones if Willy had not went to the shelter that housed many other dogs too? The day Willy took Mr. Bones to his forever home, would have been Mr. Bones last day at the shelter. The narrator did a great job. The book was an easy listen and a short book. I was able to listen to it in one sitting. I would encourage other's to read Timbuktu. Timbuktu is actually a special place for Willy and Mr. Bones. There were many facets of life that evolved with the reading of, Timbuktu. The plot remained consistent throughout the book. However, be sure that this is your type of story you would be interested in before purchasing.


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  • Shock Factor: American Snipers in the War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jack Coughlin, John R. Bruning
    • Narrated By Tony Ward
    Overall
    (12)
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    Retired Marine sniper Jack Coughlin and John Bruning pull back the curtain of secrecy to take an insider's look at the dark and misunderstood world of America's sniper force. Long considered the redheaded stepchildren of the infantry, snipers have been loathed by their fellow warriors, called "ten cent killers" by our media, and portrayed as unbalanced psychopaths by Hollywood.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Snipers are Needed"
    "Snipers are Needed"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shock Factor to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the book before. However, the audio edition is definitely graphic when being descriptive. The narrator definitely makes the reader feel the emotions, fear, pain and despair of the people who the Iraqi's give no value. Life is cheap and I could hear them laughing while the tortured men and women had their skin whipped from their backs, arms and legs. Evil, evil. evil. Maybe I should have read this book instead of listening to it. I can't change that now but if I ever recommend this book to another I would encourage they read instead of listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this memoir is how descriptive the authors were about when, where and why sniper's are needed. Sniper's have been used since 1815, during the Battle of New Orleans. Sniper's are also known as the messenger's of death. Sniper's could initiate the retreat of the insurgent's. The basic skills of the sniper are still the same since 1815. The continuation of maintaining training of sniper's didn't occur until after the Vietnam War. Therefore, if a conflict was on the horizon, sniper's will be prepared to go to war.


    What does Tony Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tony Ward was an asset to the book, Shock Factor. He was able to keep my interest peeked while I listened. There are switches of voices during the book but the character's are usually of short duration. However, he was able to provide the listener with the variations which narrator's of this kind of book tend to maintain a constant voice throughout the book.That kind of narration can make listening a bet rough.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have moments in this book that kept my interest but I can't use the word moved, to describe the moments. Sniper's from SEAL Teams 1, 3 and 5 fought a very tough battle in Ramadi against the Iraqi's. Knowing that there is no man left behind makes me say, thank you to all of the men and women who are fighting to maintain America's freedom.There is no draft making these men and women serve their country.

    The police of Iraq were seen torturing detainees who were dropped off in Iraq. They gave lessons to those men who had never tortured a person before. Rubber hoses, spreader bars, hands and feet tied and their eyes are covered. Evil, evil, evil


    Any additional comments?

    The American's learned that the Iraqi's were well trained. Towards the end of the battle the Iraqi's had to call in a small team of Afghan fighters. The sniper's from both sides were sniper shooting from building to building. However, while fighting, if the American's caused any destruction, the bills are sent to Uncle Sam to be paid. We wonder why taxes are so high and yet we still can't wipe the debt clean. The Iraqi's and Afghan's hate American's. Why don't we go home. They don't want us over there.

    While the fight in Ramadi, which lasted approximately 4 days, continued, the Iraqi's refused to be intimidated. They continued to harass our sniper's. However, there were 2 SEALs who remained on the top on one of the buildings roof and continued to kill Iraqi's avenging the killing of their brother's. There was payback that needed to be meted out. The sniper's found Mohammed, who might have been the next leader of Iraq, with 2 other insurgent's who had killed 2 sniper SEALs. There was also another fight where 2 SEALs were injured and 1 SEAL was captured. The SEALs found their brother in 3 days. He had been tortured by the insurgents. The SEALs found the Iraqi's and wrought their pay back on them. They were, "dead men walking."

    Three well known sniper's fought in the battle, Chris Kyle, Lutrell and Tyson. Their bullets flew. The American's know Kyle as, The Legend and the Iraqi's know him as, The Devil.The Rules of Engagement wrought anger among the US sniper's. A sniper had to call his CO and report the situation as to why someone was to be shot and there were times that a sniper would be told to, "stand down." The War on Terror has its own set of rules.The Iraqi's know how to use those rules to their advantage. Men, from the age of 18 and up are fighting this dam war, yet they can't make their own decisions. The CO's aren't on the battlefield, they are not aware of what's occurring.

    The American's had to drop a maverick bomb, which doesn't cause too much destruction on a building which contained the last small group of insurgent's. The few that remained after the battle of Ramadi, faded into the background. Finally, the American's could leave Iraq because the Iraqi's were able to maintain their own government. I'll bet you ten bucks how long this government would last. How many believe that the Iraqi's would be able to remain stable? Yup, what's happening in Iraq as I write this review?

    Hey brother, don't worry, we'll get them another day. Slow is smooth and smooth is slow.

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