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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.

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  • Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark L. Donald, Scott Mactavish
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost 25 years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable. From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the listener in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Page Turner/Great Listen/Inspiring"
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    Would you listen to Battle Ready again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to Battle Ready again. This memoir held particular interest for me because it dealt with a wartime medic. The book detailed how Mark Donald accomplished this specialty, in order to serve his comrades on the battlefield. Mark had begun his career by enlisting in the Marine Corp. He successfully completed basic training and was on his way to becoming a Marine. Mark found himself thinking, not about becoming a Marine but wanting to become a SEAL. Mark was steadfast and did not abandon his quest. He eventually transferred to begin his training toward becoming a medic in the SEALS. This book includes what it takes to become a SEAL. The men who begin training can start with a group of 220 men and women. But by the time their training is complete there may be 20 left who will graduate as a SEAL. There have been times where there were no graduates. Yes, that number was zero graduates. Surviving the excruciating ordeal of becoming a SEAL and having the honor of earning the most coveted Trident, that affirms their being a member of the SEALS, are few. When members of the military see the Trident affixed to the uniform, they step aside and many will even salute that person even though that SEAL is of lower rank.

    The memoir is well written and the narration is excellent. I would enjoy listening again because Mark Donald's journey from a young boy of 18 to becoming a distinguished member of the elite community, known as the SEALS, the best of the best, was a great listen and needs another listen. I would like to encourage my friend's to read or listen to Mark Donald's memoir, explaining to them that the book was indeed worth a second listen for me and is definitely worth the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Mark Donald. Mark struggled while growing up in a community where there were gangs, fights, guns and other disturbing attributes, that led many to being killed or living behind bars. Mark had worked very hard to avoid becoming a part of that world and realized that moving away from home and family would be the only chance that could help him to succeed. With the help of a Marine recruiter, who understood, after talking with Mark, that he was an excellent candidate for the Marine Corp. Listening to his memoir was an inspiration. I listened as Mark made a success of his life but not without determination, commitment and a lot of hard work. Listening to his journey was riveting. His courage on the battlefield was described so clearly that I felt as if I was a part of that world. His fears, accomplishments, defeats and tears made Mark evolve into the man that he is today.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Fred Berman's performance made the words come alive. The character's were well done, allowing me to distinguish one from the other. The emotions Berman was able to project were done with forethought. He made the book a very enjoyable listen.


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

    There was a moment in the book that particularly moved me. SEAL Team Six were in the mountains of Afghanistan, I believe, in the Kandahar Kush, doing reconnaissance, when their men were ambushed. Mark had to pull one of his friend's off of the battlefield dead and another friend, Mark held in his arms and held his hand, and had to watch him die.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark became a medic for SEAL Team Six, which involves more education than other military services. However, he went on to become a Physician's Assistant, which required more education and responsibilities. Mark was the man who fixed the wounds of other soldiers, helped to save the lives of other men with life saving interventions and, yes, to be there for those who died. He was also trained to hoist his gun, aim it and shoot to kill the enemy, which he had to do. While serving in the SEALS, Mark began to have nightmares, relating to his actions in the war. He would wake up drenched in sweat, sit up and try hard to bring himself back to his surroundings. Mark began to have hallucinations, reliving the war. He would go into his own world, not hearing anything or anyone. Mark would stand by a window and stare down at the parking lot. But instead of a parking lot, Mark would see the battlefield and the altercation taking place, as if in real time. He understood that he was having problems but Mark was certain that in order to be a SEAL he had to remember that SEALS do not voice that there are issues that he needs help with. No, SEALS were taught that there was nothing that a SEAL couldn't do. Therefore, Mark continued to struggle, that was until his superior's, friend's and family began to notice the changes taking place. A superior officer took him aside and discussed his awareness that Mark was having serious problems with functioning normally. After this meeting, Mark did as superior officer had suggested and sought help. He had PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a disorder that many men and women of the military suffer from. Mark required a therapist to help him to learn how to deal with PTSD.

    Mark served for 25 years as a SEAL. When he was honorably discharged from the SEALS, Mark wanted to help others who also suffered from the same disorder as he did. Mark reiterates that PTSD is not an illness but a disorder. Mark pulled together a nonprofit organization, with the help of friends and others, to assist other men and women who also had PTSD. His objective was to help those with PTSD to return to society and be able to function as normally as possible. There were those he would integrate into his organization to help them with their need for further help. There is no cure for PTSD, it is a disorder that men and women will have to learn how to survive with and not allow the disorder to overwhelm them. Hopefully, with help, they will once again begin to function in a way that may be different than before but not disable them so severely that the world that surrounds them, they cannot be a part of it because of PTSD. Mark is a caring, loving and supporting man who knows what it like to have PTSD. He struggles everyday, just like those he is helping. I don't profess to be an expert on PTSD. I only know that there is a man, Mark Donald, who wants to assist others.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (336)

    Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.

    Jen says: "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"
    "Upside Down"
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    Ryan is the 16 year old son of Pam and Jake. Ryan plays basketball and does well in school, Jake, after being laid off for a year, using his own initiative, started a Financial Adviser business that was doing very well. Pam is a judge of the state court.

    Ryan has finally realized, through therapy with Pam, that in order to get closer to Ryan, he has to start doing things with him and for him. Ryan and his mother are very close and had realized he'll be leaving for college sooner than later.

    Ryan had went to the movies with a group of friends and needed a ride home. Ryan has a learner's permit but not his license. Jake volunteered to pick Ryan up. Jake decided to take a short-cut home but the road isn't straight but has lots of curves.

    Jake and Ryan, instead of the usual quiet ride home, were talking and discussing the movie and other things. Ryan begged his dad to let him drive Ryan's sports car home. First, Ryan wasn't permitted to drive because of the time and second, it's a winding road that requires more driving experience than what Ryan had. However, Jake thought long and hard and knew the right thing to do but he chose to do the opposite. Jake pulled off of the road, got out of the driver's seat and allowed Ryan to drive.

    Jake and Ryan were talking and Ryan looked at his dad for no more than a mere second but it was too late. While driving around the most dangerous curve on the road, Jake was the first to realize that Ryan had hit something. Ryan pulled the car over and both of them went to look. Ryan had hit a woman and communication between Jake and Ryan wasn't very clear. Both of them were talking at the same time and before Ryan punched in 911, Jake had made the decision, don not punch in 911.

    The book was exciting to listen to. There was a father and son who knew what they had done was wrong. However, what was done was done. There was no going back to the scene of the accident. The tension in their household was filled with anxiety, fear and tears which made Ryan and Jake unable to function. They were looking behind them, watching for specific cars, they were a wreck. Pam doesn't understand and nobody would provide answers to her questions.

    One chapter led to another and I had no choice but to finish listening until the end. The narrator, Ron Livingston, did a great job. I thought that the ending was appropriate. The book had well developed characters. I'm pleased that I purchased, Keep Quiet, and I would encourage other's to use their credit to buy the book. I read the reviews, good and bad, but the good won out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    John S says: "Riveting Story Well Narrated"
    "One Step at a Time"
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    Dana worked as a newscaster in Minneapolis, Mn. She loved her job and dreamed of what her future held. All of her dreams were shattered when she was abducted by a serial murderer while walking to her car to drive home from work.

    The serial killer was known as, Doc Holiday, and had been abducting women in the Midwest states of the US. Dana had a number 9 carved deeply into her chest. Perhaps she was his ninth victim. However, the public thought that he had killed many more. They would never know because Dana was his only living victim. The side effects from a severe brain injury would definitely change Dana and no one could predict how much better she'd ever become.

    Her mother, Linda, brought Dana home to Indiana, after 8 long months. Dana had been a beautiful, blond haired and blue eyed woman. Now she would wear hoodies and bring the hood up over her head and with her head down, pull the sides forward to hide her face as best as she could. Still, some people would stare or gasp out loud when they saw her scarred face.

    Dana began to wonder about her best friend Casey, who had disappeared 7 years before. Maybe she had been abducted by Doc Holiday and tortured and murdered. Speculations stirred inside of Dana and she would not let it go. Since Dana had suffered her brain injury she had been unable to think before she spoke. Therefore, her thoughts about Casey were being spread throughout their surrounding neighborhood. Not realizing how bringing up the past would affect so many lives, was yet to be seen.

    The character's in this book were developed sufficiently enough that I was able to understand their personalities. Even the dog had his own special place as a character. The author wrote this novel in an attempt to help other's to begin to understand how a brain injury can change a person. People with a brain injury will have to discover her or his own best way to fit back into society. Perhaps one will benefit from therapy while another will not.

    The story was interesting and I wanted to continue to listen. There was suspense and action throughout the book. The book did open my mind and explain how brain injuries can change someone you love, from the person they once were into someone who will never be the same as before. You will not be making a mistake purchasing this book. I read the reviews and decided to try and found it to be a good listen. Give it a try and return the book if you find it not to your liking.






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  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1550)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Bobby says: "Agonizing"
    "Money is the Root of This Crime"
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    Robert Puller was convicted of treason and national security crimes. He was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Robert was in a military prison where no man had ever escaped. However, Robert did escape and set out to prove his innocence, something that he had never thought would be possible. His brother, John Puller, has a formidable investigation ahead of him. He is considered to be at the pinnacle of his career as an Army investigator. However, John would now be hunting for his own brother, who he has sworn to find and bring in.

    John Puller had been in Afghanistan at the time Robert had been charged and convicted with treason and national security crimes. It was only when John returned from being overseas did he learn of John's fate. He visited Robert often but they never discussed his guilt or innocence.

    John had only been on the case for a few days when Veronica Knox approached him. Veronica informed him that she would be working with him until the investigation was over. John didn't know what to say without expressing his disbelief that anyone would consider that he couldn't manage the investigation on his own. He had some concerns about her intentions while the investigation was in operation. Was she a spy and would she harm Robert and himself if she thought it was necessary? He was confused about this because she could be very convincing that she was on his side and then another situation would arise and he'd be questioning his trust of Veronica.

    The book, The Escape, was well written and a very good listen. The story was not a straight forward who done it mystery. There were many twists and turns that made the book quite interesting. There was suspense and action. The book involves characters of the three lettered abbreviation units of the government. The main character's were well developed but many of them were not but they were important to the story. The narrator's did a fair job. I was unable to distinguish the male character's, especially John and Robert. I would encourage other listener's to purchase this book. It took me a little time to become invested into continuing the book but once it gets going you'll want to continue listening until the end. I enjoyed the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (716)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "What a Listen"
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    I listened to this book all in one sitting. I stayed up all night and into the morning. I just couldn't stop.

    Adam is a 16 year old teenager who is in high school. He and some of his other friend's begin to frequent a club that encourages kids who are too young to bring any prescription drugs that they can find at home. Adam's father is a transplant surgeon who has prescription pads in his study.

    Spencer, a friend of Adam, commits suicide and is found on the roof of the high school. Pictures were taken while they were up on the roof. Someone, who is seen in the picture, is stopped by Spencer's mother as he leaves school.

    Tia and Mike, Adam's parents don't understand what is going on with their son. He doesn't talk, he's losing weight and stays out late on any day of the week. His parent's talk heatedly about what they can do to help Adam. There is one solution, to have someone put a spy program on his computer. Adam's dad repeats over and over that spying is an invasion of his privacy. However, his mom convinces Mike there is no other solution.

    There is a message left on the computer that disturbs Adam's parents. The message reads, there will be a party at a friend's house, who lives just a few houses down from them. Adam's parent's do not like the friend nor his father. What will Tia and Mike do? Maybe one of them will call the friend's house to speak with Adam or go to the friend's house to get Adam and bring him home.

    The book is filled with action and suspense. Hold Tight, kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book until the end. There were many character's and each with personalities that were well developed. Scott Brick, the narrator, did a great job. Brick did get a little carried away but I've listened to many of his narrations and I've heard this one before. I settled back and listened. I've read quite a few of Harlan Coben's book and this book was one of his best. Don't miss listening to this book because you'll be making a big mistake. There a many things happening but let me tell you, many of those things made me sit up in disbelief. Purchase this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper of the Light: Keeper Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina's Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman's life, Olivia realizes who she is - Annie O'Neill, the woman Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with.

    Marcia says: "Loved This Book!"
    "A Delightful Listen"
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    The book, Keeper of the Light, was quite a listen. I'd have to say that each character had his or her need to be in the book. There were quite a few and I got to know all of them and enjoyed getting to know them. Some of them were nice and other's were not but that always makes for more excitement, edge of your seat listening and suspense. I wanted to know the ending before I got there.However, I've never submitted to that desire. The book is always more suspenseful if you are able to wait.

    There is lots of love going on in the book. The most loved one is Annie. However, some loved her more than other's. The story takes place in Nags Head, South Carolina. Yes, the book travels back and forth in time but it's not at all difficult to follow. The character's were well developed and I got to know them all of them, even Annie's wicked parent's. The narrator, Arielle DeLisle, did a great job. She was able to jump from one character to the next with ease. The narrator plays an important part when listening to a book. I don't think that if you purchase this book you'll be disappointed. Although, the genre of this book is probably more to a woman's liking. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Carpenter
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Jack is an author who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near oblivion before eventually working past his demons and becoming best-selling crime novelist. Just as Jack is finishing his fourth book, the LAPD interrupts his routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem - the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

    Steve Specht says: "Scary"
    "Do Not Miss Listening to This Who Done It?"
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    Jack Rhodes found his fiance dead from suicide in his back yard. Jack doesn't know why and goes on a 15 month alcoholic binge before he is able to realize the futility of what his life has become. Jack has always wanted to be a writer. He moves to Pasadena, Ca., gets a job as a dishwasher and starts to write his first novel. OMG he thinks, while taking stock of what has happened, the first book is a success.

    Jack leaves again, moving to Featherton, Vermont. He lives alone but isn't lonely. He continues to write and has come to the final book in the series. Jack will tell his readers who the serial killer is. However, a body has been discovered buried in a shallow grave and her name is, Grace Beverly, the same character who died in a book he has already written. Who is the, Killer, the name of his final book in the series?

    The book, Killer, wasn't a long book and wasn't filled with pages of unnecessary information. The mystery moved along and I found that I didn't have to move back and forth because the mystery continued smoothly and followed the plot without interruption. The narrator, Noah Michael Levine did an excellent job with the character's voices and emotions. A good narrator makes for a better listen. There's romance included but doesn't overtake the mystery. I don't think you'll make a mistake if you purchase this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Go: The Life and times of a Decorated Member of the U.S. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Harry Constance, Randall Fuerst
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Good to Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops - from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea - that places the listener in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But Constance's extraordinary adventure goes even farther - beyond 'Nam.

    Timothy C Schewe says: "Outstanding"
    "Such a Wonderful Listen, Don't Pass This One Up"
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    The Vietnam mantra was that the body count was the measure of success, that was when Harry Constance did his first and second tour in Vietnam. Harry went back to Vietnam for his third tour but the war had become a political quagmire whereby Harry and his best friend, Gallagher, were unable to fight a war to win.

    The Tete Offensive was initiated by the NV during the most celebrated day of Vietnam, Tete which could be compared to Christmas Day in the US. There had been a truce between the NV and the SV. The truce was broken by the NV and what followed was the most fierce battles fought in Vietnam.

    The men of SEAL Team 2 had to defend the bunk house where the Navy, Army and Marines had all come together, unknowingly, for a much needed respite. The first round of 300 strong NV soldier's pounded the American Compound. Every man present fought hard and were, after 7 very long days, still in control of their designated property.


    Both Harry and Gallagher were members of SEAL Team 2. They participated in the Phoenix Program and for them it was a great success. They were able to train and work along with the VC defectors. The men were sincere and capable, when needed to participate in heated one to one combat. There was one female in the group who was the interpreter and was excellent at her job. However, during the ferocious battle she came forward and was able to prove her worth as a warrior. Her entire family had been murdered by the NV and she no longer would bow to their rule.


    Both Gallagher and Harry treated the warrior's with equality. When one of the warrior's was in the hospital due to injuries inflicted by war, Harry would give the weekly earnings of the injured to his wife. There was comradeship among the NV who fought with and beside Harry and Gallagher.

    The Phoenix Project was another political failure for the United States. Harry and Gallagher were called back and assigned other duties.

    The book, Ready to Go, was the best of all the memoir's I've listened to and there are many. I did not want to book to end. Listening to Harry Constance's remembrances of his times in Vietnam were excellent. I was able to gain much more understanding of the war in Vietnam than ever before. Harry told his story with honesty and clarity. The narrator, Todd McLaren, was excellent. I would never have enjoyed reading the memoir more if I had read it instead of listening to it. I was able to feel emotions throughout the book. I did not cry but felt anger, love, disgust and so many other's. I'm sure that I will revisit this book one day and enjoy it more than the first time. There was action, edge of the seat occurrences along with suspense. I am certainly glad that a friend, after listening to Harry's story over time, realized the importance of sharing it with the public. I'm sure if you are interested in a memoir of one of our nation's warriors, this book will be the best choice to select. I can only hope that you are able to gain the knowledge of how a man can tell his life with honesty and clarity.

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  • The St. Paul Conspiracy: McRyan Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Roger Stelljes
    • Narrated By Johnny Peppers
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Thirty-two-year-old, fourth-generation St. Paul Homicide Detective Michael “Mac” McRyan thought his day was going to be less stressful. His day would involve paper work, coffee, and maybe even an early trip to the pub. Then his cell phone tells him his day is about to change. A body has been found in a high-end condominium between Summit and Grand Avenues; and it's not just anyone.

    Heather says: "Not so fast"
    "Protecting the Innocent"
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    There is a serial killer who is strangling women with his bare hands, sexually assaulting them postmortem, leaving behind a Trojan condom and a yellow balloon with a smiley face. It isn't until Detective McRyan is given charge of the investigation, replacing Detective Riles, that a break in the case finally presents itself. The women he is murdering are unassuming, short, plain and easily manipulated by someone who is in good physical condition.

    However, concurrent with these killings, other women are being murdered. These women are different from the other's. They are self assertive women, who dress well, look attractive and have high stress jobs. Senator Mason Johnson is also murdered. These murders deviate from those being executed by the serial killer.

    The police are trying to put all of their evidence together, trying to make out what is happening in their small town. The murders taking place have been occurring in the same jurisdiction. Long hours are ahead.

    Witnesses are found by arduous, dedicated policemen. The men have to go door to door, revisiting the same people at times. The work can become tedious but must be done. Witnesses can help to solve crimes, not even being aware of what they saw was of any importance. That is the reason for sifting through the information given and if there may be a need to revisit the same witnesses more than two times. Who knows, there may be someone never talked to that may come to their attention.

    The book was interesting and I did enjoy the listen. The narrator, Johnny Peppers, did a great job with the many voices and emotions. Greed can rule some people's lives. Then there are lawbreakers who don't fit the mold until someone starts to dig deep into their lives. Criminals come from all walks of life. The book was an exciting listen. One murder or two? I think anyone who enjoys listening to a good mystery would enjoy this one. I'll purchase the second book in the series.



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  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (673)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "New Orleans and Prejudice Among Cops"
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    New Orleans is known for its policemen. The time is 1974 and the rule came down allowing women to enter the force, the policemen did not concur. There were many ways the policemen used to deter women from entering the force.

    The uniforms were too big in three ways. First, the hat fell down over the policewoman's eyes, obstructing her view, second, the shirt was so big that the emblem was almost to her elbow and third, the pants were so long that if they were not hemmed, the policewoman would trip and fall flat on her face.

    Gail had been on the force the longest. She would meet any challenge head-on. Maggie had been trained by Gail and was good at her job. Maggie had family that were also members of the same police force. Her Uncle Terry continued to bully Maggie to make her quit the force. Uncle Terry went so far as to punch her in the face, leaving quite a few bruises. This beating was done in front of her other family member's. They were definitely not supportive. Her brother, Jimmy, didn't associate with her. Then came Kate, the newbie. Yes, the first day that she arrived, she was not only tormented by the policemen but also the policewomen.

    The policewomen gave her a difficult time in the locker room before report. Initiation was the word her fellow policewomen used. They laughed at how the uniform fit. She was criticized for not having a combination lock for a locker, making it necessary for her to use a locker with someone else. They wanted to know where her notepad and pencil were that was needed to take notes that could be critical to a case. Those weren't the only hassles that Kate had to confront.

    Everyone had to show up for report, unless otherwise excused. That was a special treat for Kate. Eventually, the policewomen would ease up if she was able to prove her worth but not the policemen. Their eyes always stared at Kate above the waist, would bump into her and always take any opportunity to touch her butt and any other place on her person if she didn't smack him down with words or actions. They would find other ways to get in her face and make her feel as if she wasn't worry of the time and effort that would be needed to teach Kate. The policemen definitely did not want her in the car with them.

    There was a cop killer on the loose. He didn't have a pattern as to what cop he would be going after next. Although, the cop usually worked in the worst areas of the city. However, his killing began to escalate. He was becoming bolder and had to be stopped.

    Gail, Maggie, and Kate began to plan a strategy on how to bring the murderer to justice. While they planned at Maggie's house, the men were outside drinking beer and getting drunk They didn't want anything to do with the women. They were stupid and any and all of what they tried to discuss with the men went in one ear and out the other.

    Strategically speaking, hunting down and bringing the cop killer to justice involved quite a few stumbling blocks, that proved to be exciting. Police work jeopardizes men and women with every call they make. The police are one aspect in our society that are needed. Society can't control how they will react and act out in particular situations. Without someone to enforce and protect, people would have no rules and chaos would rule the country.


    There was quite a bit of action throughout the book. There was no love story evidenced throughout the book. The narrator, Kathleen Early, did a good job. Speed, distinction of characters and enunciation were well done. The language was a bit over the top but I've become almost immune to it. There aren't many books that I've read that don't have such language used. However, if you do have a problem with foul language, this book wouldn't be for you. There were other prejudices discussed throughout the book. The 1970's were quite a whirlwind, where prejudices were concerned. Karin Slaughter wrote a novel for the first time that didn't follow her usual type of book. I have read her serial books that I enjoy. This wasn't bad for her first try.


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  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "What a Lawyer - Dead Center and Play Dead"
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    Andy Carpenter is quite a lawyer. He has a humorous personality and is an all around good guy. When he takes on a client, Andy Carpenter will get the accused out of jail and back to living again when he knows that his client is telling him the truth.

    I totally enjoy listening to the Andy Carpenter series. I think I've gotten more laughs in his stories than in any of the other books that I've ever read. His books are a great listen because they are enjoyable and fun. The narrator, Grover Gardner, does a wonderful job. The voice I hear belongs to Andy. The mysteries are interesting and show how a good lawyer tries to find the truth. He has the same character's in each book and the reader gets to know all of them. I would highly recommend reading the series. If you want to relax and laugh, be sure to listen to these books, you won't be disappointed.





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