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A cat is sitting inside an apartments vestibule. The apartments are for those you are trying to get back onto their feet from varying difficulties. James problem is his addiction to heroin. The cat is also having a problem. He has no place where to live and needs to find that special someone who needs him and a place to live. James is the man and the cat knows this. The only problem is, the cat has to prove this to James. But don't worry because this cat whom James names Bob, is one smart cat.
Read this book and you'll be able to find out just how these two, the cat, Bob and James, came together and found out that there was a special place in each other's lives for one another. Being together fills a place in each of their hearts that needed healing.
This book is absolutely wonderful and encouraging. There are animals and people who can and are able to help and heal one another. This relationship, in the book, A Street Car Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, is exactly that. The book is a pleasure to listen too.
The narration was also great. There are times in the memoir where the reader might laugh, feel anger and maybe even want to let a tear drop. The narrator inserted these feelings in his voice very well. The characters are well developed and Bob, the cat, is one of the 2 main character's. The writing was easy to understand and the words flowed from chapter to chapter. The book maintained its plot throughout. Sit back and be ready for a one day listen, if possible. I didn't make a mistake purchasing this book and I don't think that you will either.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Nathan Bailey came to live with his Uncle Mark when he was 10 years old. His dad had been killed in a traffic accident. There were no other living relatives.
Nathan and his Uncle Mark did not like one another. His Uncle Mark was an alcoholic who was physically and mentally abusive to Nathan.
Nathan stole Mark's car in an attempt to run away. He was caught and ended up in the Juvenile Detention Center for 18 months. Uncle Mark figured that the time served would do Nathan good. He needed to learn the hard way. It may just correct his insolent behavior.
Mark was trying to make a fast buck. However, he was dealing with the mob and made some very stupid decisions.
Mark was to be paid a significant amount of money to kill Nathan. Instead of completing the job himself, he asked a guard to kill Nathan and when done, Mark would give him a substantial amount of money. The guard, feared by all of the kids, requested that Nathan come to the crisis room. Nathan feared for his life. Nathan was the smallest boy at the JDC and had been bullied from day one. His initiation was to have a broomstick shoved up his rectum over and over by the other boy's. He reported this incident to the same guard and was ignored. He continued to be bullied but never complained again.
Nathan arrived at the crisis room knowing he would be severely harmed or maybe even killed. Sure enough, the guard, drunk as usual, was waiting with the knife.
Nathan was a wiry kid and and smelling the guard's breath, knew he was drunk Nathan defended himself and was able to get the knife. Nathan stabbed the guard and didn't know what to do. He pulled the knife out and caused the wound to bleed more. He killed the guard with the knife that was supposed to kill him.
He took the keys from the guard, barefooted, dressed in the orange suit of the JDC, hanging below his ankles and ran like hell, unlocking doors as he went.
The next shift arrived and found the guard dead in the crisis room.
I read this book all in one sitting. The book caught my interest from page one. The narrator did a great job with each of the individual character's. The book was filled with suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat. There are characters that I would have liked to have gotten my hands on. The one character was taken care of by Nathan. It's a catch 22, kill or be killed. I would encourage others to listen to, Nathan's Run. I'm so glad I was able to raise my own children. However, there are still are good people in this world. There are some edgy scenes laced throughout the book. I don't think that you'll regret purchasing this book.
Charles Kelly was the man who initiated what was known as, Dust Off. The men of the 54th who flew helicopters under the auspices of Charles Kelly, were taught how to make rescue missions that no other unit ever made. Dust Off was called to fly many a mission that other units would not fly.Kelly also started having his pilots fly at night. The men of the 54th were true warriors with courage. Kelly was killed in Vietnam while flying a rescue mission. Brady continued with Dust Off and they became the best helicopter pilots in Vietnam to fly rescue missions.
Brady was a religious man and while in Vietnam, he did not lose his faith. Brady said a prayer before, during and after each mission. He would fly with his friend Garrett, who was an atheist and was always always razing Brady. This occurred quite often. However, when he was transferred, he did ask Brady if he would give him the bible he carried. Brady heard later that he had been killed while flying a mission.
There was not a mission that Brady would not fly. The pilots would fly dark most of the time when they flew at night. Kelly initiated the use of flares to help to guide him in to land. He requested that the LZ be prepared and to have one man standing. Brady was always aware of the terrain around him. When attempting to land, he would always find a way to get in and land. He would land while the area was hot. There was many a time that his plane would be shot at while landing at the rescue site or taking off from the landing site. Getting the injured out was his only priority. He would get out of the helicopter and help the grunts put the injured and at times the dead, to take out. There was also a rule that many of the men were not too happy about. The pilots were to pick up all of the injured, North Vietnames, South Vietnamese, men, women, children and even dogs, if necessary.
The weather was never a problem that Brady avoided. He would fly with his head out of the window most of the time checking out the terrain that was so crucial to a successful landing. The NV could hear all of the American's communications. The pilots would ask a grunt to throw red smoke and then just as quickly change the color. The SV had colored smoke bombs, too. Therefore, this action helped to prevent ambushes.
The 54th Dust Off pilots always flew with them a medical corp man to decrease the amount of deaths. Brady and the other pilots knew that the first hour was the most critical time in order to save the injured.
Brady and Kelly both entered the Army as grunts. They believed that knowing what the grunts were subject to when fighting, allowed them to grasp the full understanding just how important it was to get to the injured as quickly as possible.
The 54th Dust Off pilots mantra was, go for the patient first, Dead men were Angels. There was also the operational duty that the dead men be removed and flown back. There were to be no excuses, caring is the mother of Dust Off.
I encountered a problem with this memoir, there was an overload of statistics. The author could have chosen the most important statistics. However, there were so many that I suppose he considered them all important. That is why I only gave the book 3 stars.
The narrator, Jeremy Arthur, was okay. However, I believe having to read so many numbers may have interfered with his ability to read with excitement, sadness or very much emotion at all.
I do think that the Dust Off pilots have a place in history. The men definitely were heroes and exhibited quite a bit of courage. The Dust Off of the 54th lost more pilots than any other division.
Patrick Brady left Vietnam after his first tour in Vietnam without good evaluations. One of the strikes placed against him by a CO was his loyalty to the US. He had planned on making the army his career and now he wasn't too sure if he would be able to do that. However, he did receive the Medal of Honor and when he retired he was a General. I'd have to say that his CO was most assuredly wrong when he wrote his evaluation.
The SEALs were fighting in Vietnam and before leaving on any mission, they smeared their faces with a green paste so that they could blend in with the foliage around them. There were two groups of SEALs which consisted of 7 members each. These men were fighting in the Mekong Delta.
This book told the story of one of those group of 7. There is a Vietnamese SEAL that had turned and betrayed the SEALs. He became the leader of a large group of the enemy who were consistently killing American soldier's. It became the mission of Gene, a member of the SEALs, to find Colonel Win and destroy him.
My favorite character was Doc. He was the only corp man available but he had not completed the full regimen to become a SEAL. Doc had not never gone through HELL week. The men went on many missions and Doc was always the last man in the line. He complained and cursed every time that he was included in a mission. He would always end each tirade saying, "I'm not even a SEAL.
Brian was short, 5'3" and was perfect as the front man. The other SEALs were always told to follow Brian. He would find a way to maneuver through the jungles of Vietnam with a skill
that no other man would challenge. At times, Brian would stop them, using a hand signal, arm extended straight up, with a fist, stop, look, listen, and he would go ahead, find an exit and lead them through. The men all used and knew the hand signals, therefore, there was no noise.
Jim would usually be the platoon leader and Gene would follow behind him. Gene was considered to be their lucky charm. Each battle that Gene was in and the men that went with him, were not killed. Gene would tuck his bible in his shirt pocket before he left on a mission. The other members were Roland, Alex and Cruise. The SEALs all carried a pill that was to be swallowed if there was a chance of capture.
The book was filled with lots of action and suspense. The battles were described so well that you would be able to envision the battle through the author's words. The character's were well developed. The book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. The narrator, Jeff Gurner, did an excellent job. He made the book an easy listen. If you enjoy reading about Vietnam and the SEALs participation, with only 7 men against many, purchase, Men in Green Faces, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Adam is 17 and only 3 months away from his 18th birthday. Once 18, he can make his own decisions, without the interference of other parties.
Adam was diagnosed with Leukemia and belonged to the religious entity, Jehovah's Witness. The faith does not allow blood transfusions. However, Adam had received the treatments given for Leukemia and now he needed to have a blood transfusion to restore his body with the normal amount of red blood cells, which contain many of the elemental requirements for life. Among other things, the red blood cells contain oxygen, the chemical needed for breathing. Adam has started to exhibit signs of labored breathing, one of the first signs of insufficient red blood cells.
The blood transfusion would give Adam an 80 to 90 percent chance for remission to occur. However, without the blood transfusion, Adam has only a minimal chance to survive.
Jehovah's Witness believe that blood is a part of the soul which is the essence of life. Mixing someone else's blood with Adam's blood would cause contamination and pollute his soul.
The parent's decision, as well as Adam's decision, not to receive the needed blood transfusion was hastily brought to the court's attention. The case was given to Judge Fiona to make a judgment as to whether Johnathan, age 17. almost 18, was equipped with the full understanding of what it meant to his own life or death.
The book kept me reading until it was finished. I will say that it was a short listen but also a good book that I wanted to finish. The book kept me on the edge of my seat. I would encourage other's to purchase this book. The plot was well established. The character's were well developed. The book was intense but provided enough interest to say that I'm glad I chose the book.
His name is Roger Dickinson who has been preparing to return to England after a fishing trip to France.
WW11 was on the verge of rearing its ugly head and Roger left France with three children in tow, Ronald, Sheila and Rose. His objective was to get these children back to England and safety.
What an enjoyable read. Nevil Shute has been gifted with the ability to write such meaningful stories that keep the reader interested and unable to stop until reaching the end.
The story keeps the reader on the edge of his seat, wanting to hear more. There is action and intrigue. Roger is definitely a man who can get himself into a bind but who can also come out on the other side making the impossible, possible. The narrator, David Rintoul, was excellent. He adds excitement when telling the story. I would suggest this book and any of the many other books written by Nevil Shute. I've read quite a few and haven't found any I haven't enjoyed. He is the quintessential of what a writer can do with words. Purchase this book, sit back and enjoy. Shute's the man.
I've read many books where dogs are the central character. Seeing this book, inspired my interest because of the face of a beautiful dog on the cover. Once again, I was not disappointed.
Dan and Lindsay were the husband and daughter of Christine. She had died within the past year and they both missed her very much. Lindsay was 17 and in her last year of high school. Dan was 40 and worked for a micro-beer corporation. And then there was Anni, their 8 year old mixed breed dog who had been stolen. Lindsay saw her abduction happening but had no useful information that helped to find her.
The story involved many character's. The characters were well developed and worked into the plot of the book very well. Anni, the dog, was my favorite character. She stole my heart and understood how her family felt lost without her. Anni's love of people was known by everyone who entered her life. Dan and Lindsay hoped that whoever had taken Anni, loved her as much as they had.
The book was short and I was able to finish it the day that I started it. The personalities of the character's were well developed. The narrator, Dan John Miller, did a great job with male and female voices as well as their emotions. I would encourage others to listen to this book, especially if they are in need of a hug. The ability of a dog to inspire love was definitely seen. The book was an enjoyable and easy listen. Put your feet up, lean back and enjoy.
The coming of age can certainly make a boy of 13 grow up fast. Frank Drum was that boy. He definitely has a story to tell.
There are many participant's in this story and each of them have their own story to tell. These character's are very well developed. The reader will come to know each one as an individual. Listen closely because each one of them are important in contributing to the coming of age of Frank Drum.
I definitely encourage other's to purchase this book. The plot is very well developed. The characters are interesting people and the author, William Kent Krueger, wrote about them so that the listener will want to continue reading to the very last page. The narrator, Rich Orlow, is excellent. He makes the character's come alive. He makes listening to, Ordinary Grace, a pleasure and an easy listen.
The mystery of who committed the murders that summer in Breman, a small town where everyone knows everyone else, is difficult to understand. Why would anyone want to end the life of another?
Always remember that the dead are never far from us, just one single breath will take us to them.
Chuck Gross finished high school and had no plans of what he wanted to do with his life. His dad had died when Chuck was at a young age and his mom suggested the service. There, Chuck could learn a trade and go to college under the GI Bill.
Chuck joined the Army to learn how to fly helicopters in Vietnam. He left for Vietnam on May 15, 1970 for a one year deployment. Chuck might not know what the day of the week it was but he always knew how many more days he had left until he would leave Vietnam.
Chuck learned early not to fly his helicopter sitting high in his seat by a fellow flyer who went up with him in the first few helicopter rides in his early days in country. Chuck liked flying high because it gave him a better look of what was in front of him. The co-pilot explained how the enemy would be able to see him so well that he made a great target. Therefore, Chuck learned how to fly low in his chopper. Believe it or not, if he had flown high that very day, it would have been Chuck's last day.
Air assaults by helicopter were used for the first time in Vietnam. Helicopter pilot's were given orders to locate, search and destroy. Helicopter pilot's would also do insertions to get people out who were in trouble. When Chuck was called to fly, his favorite co-pilot and sometimes pilot, was Kent Garrett.
One of the troublesome memories of the Vietnam war for Chuck Gross were the MIA's who were left behind. The missing in action families would never be able to have closure for their son's. President Nixon realized the conflict in Vietnam was a war that could have gone bad.
President Nixon's plan was called Vietnamization. The American's would pull out and the North Vietnamese would take over. North Vietnam fell to the Communist's, April 30, 1975. The number of American's killed was 58,169 and the mean age of those killed was 21.23 years old.
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