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CJ's mom, Lori Duron, started a blog after many years of trying to understand her son, CJ. Lori needed information, so when she finally started the blog, Raising My Rainbow, numerous answers to her many queries were forthcoming.
CJ did not conform to being a boy as he was born or as a girl who he emulated, with clothes, toys and friends. CJ wore boy clothes when outside his home but loved to dress up in frilly dresses, high heeled shoes, polished finger nails and carrying a princess doll from the Disney series, one in each hand.
Lori and her husband had not criticized CJ because of him being different and tried to assimilate his wants and needs as best they could. Lori, who was told by another blogger that CJ would fit into a category known as, gender nonconforming. He wasn't all pink or blue.
Lori learned this on the blog that she had created on the internet, Raising My Rainbow. CJ is loved for who he is by his dad and brother, Chase, who is all boy.
The book was an eye-opener for me. I had never believed that men or women chose their sexuality but were born just the way they are. They are unable to change who they are just as I can't change who I am. The book contains some sobering moments but there are also some very funny parts.
The author, Lori Duron, did a great job narrating the book and gave depth to the character's development. CJ is still young and Lori and her husband will raise their rainbow son who is full of different colors, just for who he is. Lori continues to write on her blog, still having much participation from new and old people to the blog.
The English Girl was well worth the wait. I can't seem to get enough of Daniel Silva's writing and the excellent narration of George Guidall.
Gabriel Allon needs help from the man who lives on the island of Corsica. Allon realizes that the Prime Minister of England wants no scandal. He has been having an affair with The English Girl and if she is not found and tells her story, will he lose the confidence of the voters? If she were to be found dead, as her captor's have been instructed, wouldn't that make all things easier? But who has hired these thugs and why? Gabriel will find answers.
Gabriel Allon has gotten older in mind and spirit but he does continue to enjoy the thrill of being a master spy and the art restorer. Although he says he is done with working for the Office, when called he cannot turn away from knowing his destination in life. He will always want to know the story behind the crime. Allon is a gentle man at heart but cannot quell his need to make that which is wrong to be made right and consequences be dammed.
The characters are very well developed. George Guidall has given life to the character's. The reader will know who is talking. The feeling's of that person will be well understood. Would I recommend this book to other's, absolutely.
This story revolves around the fact that people can and do make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are inconsequential while other's can be life threatening.
This family of five have all gotten up late and need to move fast. They are all rushing except 11 month old Avery.
Adam suggests that Ellen could take Avery to the babysitter. Ellen agrees while continuing to pull up her skirt. The day is extremely hot. Adam is running back inside the house and yells at Ellen, letting her know that Avery is in her van. He screams and asks if Ellen has heard him and she raises her hand, waving, which acknowledges that she has. Ellen hurriedly gets into the van, turns the key and is driving to work.
Ellen is a Social Worker whose job is to be a an advocate for children. While driving down the highway, her cell phone begins ringing. The caller is a young client who has locked herself in the bathroom because she is in danger. Her parent's are engaged in a violent fight.
Ellen is already late for the meeting at work and gets off of the highway to go and help the child. She arrives and jumps out of the van, closing the door behind her. She does not realize that Avery is with her.
Ellen's mother, Maudeen, has been very lonely since her husband's death. She works in a diner. Jenny, a 10 year old girl, has just gotten off of a bus, having traveled hundreds of miles to Cedar City, Iowa. This is where her grandmother lives. Jenny is famished and finds a place to eat. She slides into a seat and orders breakfast. Maudeen is her server. She begins to question Jenny when she serves her breakfast. Jenny hurriedly eats several bites of the pancakes, slides out of the seat putting her back pack on. She pushes the door hard and leaves the diner. Jenny realizes that her waiter has figured out that something is not quite right.
Maudeen's shift is over but when she leaves work she doesn't go home. Instead, she searches for Jenny. It doesn't take too much time, when Maudeen spots Jenny and pulls over. Maudeen has grown children of her own and knows how to persuade Jenny to get into her car after she has heard answers to her inquisitive questions and realizes that Jenny is on her own. Jenny has been taught not to get into a stranger's car. However, she is street smart and feels comfortable with Maudeen. Jenny's father is in jail and Jenny needs a place to stay until her dad is released. Her dad loves her very much but has difficulty holding down a job. Jenny's mother left when she was four years old.
This story shows how the actions of many people can bring people together who need one another. Working together, this group of older and younger people learn how to solve their problems, that at one time were unanswerable.
The narrator's, Kate Rudd and Tanya Eby give life to the book, Little Mercies. The reader wants to continue reading to see what happens next. The character's are well developed. The reader can get into their minds and understand what they are feeling. I would encourage a friend to read this book. The story moves along without un-necessary words to make the book longer. The novel touches on occurrences that are difficult for people but with help, there are answers. It was a good read. I don't think you would be disappointed if you were to purchase this book.
Nathan found the newborn infant boy, when out hunting with his dog Sadie. Sadie guided him to a small pile of leaves where Nathan could see a small foot wiggling.
Nathan had no children and his marriage was an unhappy one. Flo, Nathan's wife, had never wanted children. Nathan saw this as an opportunity to do something that he had always wanted to do, have a child. He offered to adopt the child but this was not to be. The infant had a grandmother who would raise the child.
Nathan was present when the infant was picked up from the hospital and Nathan asked what his name would be. The grandmother asked Nathan his name and said that would also be the infant's name, Nathan.
Nathan made a request that if there was ever a time that the grandmother needed something, not to hesitate and contact him. In any event, he would want to see the child that he and Sadie had saved, sometime in the future.
Nat was 15 years old and impossible to manage. His grandmother packed his belongings and took Nat to Nathan's home and presented him to Nathan. She explained that Nat was out of hand and she was no longer capable of raising him. She held Nathan to the promise that he had made 15 years ago and turned and left Nat at Nathan's door. Nathan was surprised but more than willing to raise Nat.
The story was about the coming of age for Nat. His struggles were many but Nathan did as he had promised Nat, when he had arrived. Nathan had promised Nat that he would never turn his back him.
The story was a very good listen. The character development was excellent. The book was an easy listen and did hold true with the plot. The story took place starting in the 1960's. Those years were the same years I had experienced growing up and I was able to contrast and compare my year's to Nat's. The narrator made the book even better. I could recognize the voices very easily. I would listen to another book with the same narrator, Jeff Cummings. In my estimation, Jeff Cummings, made the story come alive. His intonations were just right. I have had this book in my library for quite some time and my happy to say that I am glad that I found it while scrolling through my library. Purchase this book if you enjoy listening to stories related to the coming of age.
John C. McManus gives the reader an in depth account of what occurred on D-Day on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach. This was where the First Infantry Division had been commanded to attack. The men who had engaged in many battles for the past year felt that they should have been allowed to go home. However, the brass had a different idea. Their division was known to get the job done, Therefore, they sent the First.
The invasion was harrowing, to say the very least. Men were shot dead in the water, which continued to get deeper. The packs the men carried made it almost impossible to tread through the deep water, let alone trudge up the sandy beach.
The beach was inundated with bombs that continued to explode, taking the soldiers with them. Those that made it to the beach had to find cover so as not to be killed or wounded. However, there was hardly any cover to be found. Trenches were dug, cliffs were found but nothing would keep the German's from firing.
The First Infantry Division were not cowards and the medals that some won and the death of too many proved that this was so.
The book was researched in depth. The author used names of the men that were too many to remember. He bared wide open the description of how the men struggled. What happened to the men when the bombs exploded beneath them. All of the gory details were in the words spoken by the narrator, Dan Hagen. He did a very good job. The character's that spoke left no idea of who it was because their sentences were short but their fighting was not.
I found this book provided me with the best description of what occurred on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The men faded into the darkness, both American and German. Tomorrow would come with the sun. Some men slept, yet other's laid awake. Both sides patrolled throughout the night.
The words, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, were not used, instead the words, Battle Fatigue. The words were and are one and the same.
Purchase, The Dead and Those About to Die, and you will be sure to listen and know just what Omaha Beach was then and remembered now and forever. The hallowed ground where American's fought and died to preserve world peace will maintain its memories forever, never to be forgotten.
Charlie was in Amsterdam to write a new book. He traveled around the globe to write novels. However, Charlie found himself involved with something he does very well to augment his salary, burglary that has a tidy profit for him when it's finished.
Victoria, Charlie's editor had never met but they did talk on the phone. Victoria needed to stay in touch with Charlie this time to try and help him to the correct the ending of his latest mystery novel. She also wanted to hear more about his latest caper.
The character's were not very developed but then the book did not require in depth characterization of individual's. The novel moved fast and it was an easy listen, There were quite a few twists and turns throughout the book that kept me guessing. There was only a minimum amount of violence. Charlie had never had a need to carry until recently. That was a clue that told Charlie volumes about his newest caper.
The book was a good change from the other kind of books that I read. I sat down, relaxed and listened.
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.
Charlie Company was once again being used as a name for a group of soldier's who grew to become a very tight community of young men who went to fight the war in Vietnam. The first group of Charlie Company fought together in WWII. There has not been another Charlie Company since Vietnam.
The members of Charlie Company were very young, 19 to 23 years old, when they first arrived in Vietnam. Some were drafted. They would receive their draft papers in the mail and were told when and where to report. Most in Charlie Company were draftee's but some had enlisted.
Without consciously realizing what was happening, the men paired off and became such enduring friends, that they became closer than brothers. They waited impatiently for their first conflict to occur.
The first conflict happened and Charlie Company was baptized in the blood of war. They were no longer young. These MEN were now warrior's who now understood the words, what to kill or be killed truly meant. As there buddies were killed or maimed by enemy fire it became impossible for them to form another close relationship. When the replacements arrived, who took the place of those brother's who were no longer a part of Charlie Company, the original member's tolerated them but did not become their friend's.
One of the men of Charlie Company was a conscientious objector and agreed to be drafted but only as a medic who would never carry a gun. He would be killed but not kill. He did survive his tour of duty, never to have the scourge of PTSD present itself.
This was not so for quite a few of the other 29 men who made it home out of the 130 of the original men of Charlie Company. Some were able to struggle through life as a contributor to society. They were able to hold down a job, marry and have children but continued to suffer through PTSD.
However, there were other survivors who functioned poorly in society or were unable to deal with real life at all. Some of these men became what we refer to as the"homeless."
Some of the survivor's who suffered from PTSD did not like crowds. They would scan their surroundings looking for any enemies. When hearing the back fire of a car they would fall to the ground, looking for cover so as to protect themselves from death. Their dreams were as real as if they were actually fighting in a previous battle.
I found the true story, The Boys of "67: Charlie's Company War in Vietnam, very sobering. The story made we see just what happened when the men fighting in a war had to raise a gun and shoot another man. They were given permission to kill. They learned too quickly what the cruelty of war really was.
There was depth and true feelings written into the words of the author, Andrew West. If you do read this book you will understand what the war in Vietnam was like. These men fought hard for their country, our country, the USA. Many of these men died or were maimed for life. It would take time but PTSD was finally realized for what it was, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although the men did survive the war some of these men had minds that did not survive the war.
Why the Vietnam War became a war that wanted to be forgotten, I'll never understand. These men answered the call of their nation. When their country needed men to protect their country, the men who went to Vietnam and fought as hard as any man in any war of the past. Give these men the honor that they deserve.
The narrator made the book come alive. I was able to feel the fear, see the bunkers, get into the mind of a man who did not want to kill but had no other choice but to die himself and understand why these men still cannot leave the war behind after 30 years.
There have also been medical problems that these men have taken home with them when the jungles were sprayed with "agent orange." Agent orange was used to kill the vegetation so prevalent in the jungles of Vietnam. Some suffer from skin problems that never will go away, there are others that have had varied types of cancer appear and the newest finding is that agent orange also can cause diabetes.
Read this book and realize that the Vietnam War is a war to remember.
Brigid Quinn was an (ex) FBI agent had quit a job that she thoroughly enjoyed. However, when her protege, Jessica, was murdered by someone she felt had been out there killing a woman per year for the last 6 years, she blamed herself. The 5 other victims had been found along the highway. However, Jessica had never been found.
The time of year when another killing was to take place, Brigid couldn't help being interested. She kept in contact with her old comrades and therefore, she had the inside scoop.
Laura Coleman was a new member of the FBI force. Brigid was introduced to her and when a gentleman, Floyd, comes forward and turns himself in for the murder of Jessica, Laura feels that he is not the right man. The male agents have decided that Floyd is their man. He knows information that had never been made public. Laura phones Brigid and asks for her help.
Brigid finds herself anxious to help because there had been a few incidences in the recent past that alert her to the fact that Laura is on the right track.
Brigid and Laura, along with 2 male FBI agents, have decided as a team what they will do to catch the killer. I sure hope that Laura is not found dead because she is walking along the highway, attempting to be picked up, not as a prostitute but as someone who has "lost her way."
The mystery was an easy listen. There was good narration. The narrator was good with male or female voices as well as foreign accents. The character's were given their own personality. The story has a romantic theme to it as well. Enjoy the listen.
Jason Redman had wanted to become a SEAL from a very early age. He made that dream come true. However, he had never internalized what it meant to be a leader. Redman did not respond well to criticism. He pretended to listen to other's but never considered that they might have good ideas. Instead, he did it the Redman way.
Redman's fellow team member's raised their hands high when asked if they considered Redman as a bad leader of men. Each man in turn refused to be a member of his squad. He had been reported to have put himself and the member's of his team in danger. There was no trust.
Redman's commander had no recourse but to hold a council meeting to decide if the coveted Trident that he wore should be taken away. There was one man participating in the council meeting who had worked with Redman who was adamant that he should be made to turn his Trident in.
A scathing letter had been written by the council's leader. Redman was shaken to his core after reading the report. He was told that the only way that letter could stay out of his permanent file was if Redman agreed to go to Ranger School to learn leadership skills. Redman was quite angry and did not concede that his leadership skills were lacking. However, he agreed to attend Ranger School because he did not want to give up his military career.
There were a few men who watched him closely during Ranger training. He had been taken aside and told that he needed to change his attitude and start putting all of his effort forward in order to survive. The Ranger's were the best when it came to leadership.
Redman continued with his bad attitude when he began his time with the Rangers. He requested to leave the Ranger's. His request was accepted and he would be taken back to his SEAL team in a few days. The letter that had been written would now become a permanent file in Redman's record and he would have to leave the SEALS.
Redman had an epiphany while trying to get to sleep. He realized, that instead of taking responsibility for his own actions, he always blamed his short comings on someone else. He withdrew his request to leave the Ranger's and made a commitment to himself that he could do his best and not allow that letter to be put into his permanent file. Redman wanted to stay a SEAL.
This memoir was very well written. I was reluctant to purchase this book because I had already read many books about the SEALS. However, I was wrong. The story of Jason Redman was a great listen. The narrator made listening enjoyable. This memoir only touches lightly on the rigors it takes to become a SEAL. The reader will know Jason Redman when he or she finishes this book. The character's are well developed and there is suspense and action. I don't think you will regret purchasing this book.
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