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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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  • Little Mercies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined.

    Carla says: "Couldn't stop listening!"
    "People Can and Do Make Mistakes"
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    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.



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  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3359)
    Performance
    (3115)
    Story
    (3109)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Unique"
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    Owen Quine, an author, had been missing for ten days. His wife showed up without an appointment at Cameron Strike's PI agency. Owen had been missing before but for only for a few days at a time. This was a behavior that was accepted by his wife. Strike listened and decided to investigate. He believed something sinister had happened.

    The days continued to pass and Owen remained missing. The manuscript that he had written was presented by him to his agent before he disappeared. The manuscript told scathing stories about the many people he knew and if the the manuscript were published it would ruin many reputations.

    The manuscript was given to a few of the author's and publisher's that Owen knew. The manuscript was shared with those who had not received one. No one knew who had placed the manuscript through the slots in their doors but assumed that it had to have been Owen. Therefore, Strike surmised that he was investigating a murder and not a missing person. Owen had made many enemies who were his friends before they read the manuscript.

    The book was very well written and was a great listen. There were parts of the story that kept me on the edge of my seat. There were many character's but they were very well developed. Wait until you find out just what a silkworm is.The title fits the mystery. I would definitely tell friends to take time to read or listen to this book. Go ahead and use your credit because you can return the book without any problems. That is a great incentive to at least give the book a chance. The book doesn't start out slow. I'd hire Strike as a PI anytime, if I needed one. He can be tough but he also can be kind and caring. The narrator was very good. I would listen to another book narrated by Robert Glenister.













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  • Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Judy Fridono, Judy Pfaltz
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Ride the wave of hope with Ricochet - the only dog in the world who surfs with wounded warriors, people with disabilities, and children with special needs as an assistive aid and SURFice dog. This tears-to-triumph story takes listeners behind the TV and video sensation and shares the true journey that went from promise to disappointment before ultimately finding life's purpose. The gorgeous golden retriever Ricochet seemed destined to be a service dog from the moment she was born.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Catching Your Wave"
    "Catching Your Wave"
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    Judy grew up in Chicago and lived where crime was a way of life. She had two failed marriages and was still insecure and always afraid that when she opened the door someone would attack her.

    Judy stayed in Chicago and chose a different kind of profession. She would bring a dog home for eighteen months and train the dog to become a service animal to help those with seen as well as unseen disabilities. Her first dog was was female and she named her, Rena. Judy took Rena back after the eighteen months and found it difficult because she had formed a bond with Rena.

    Judy made a momentous decision and moved to California where a school taught student's how to start a business for service animal's. The first litter of ten puppies were ready for placement and Judy kept a female, Ricochet. Ricochet showed a definite ability for her first eight weeks. However, after the first eight weeks, Ricochet stopped learning, she refused. The only thing different she learned was of her own choice, to chase birds while at the beach.

    To Judy's amazement, through sheer luck, Ricochet found her calling. While at the beach Judy and Ricochet met a woman and her son, who was paralyzed from his waist down.
    (The book calls the child a quadriplegic, someone who is paralyzed from the neck down. The people described, who have paralysis as a diagnosis, have paralysis from the waist down.) He enjoyed surfing, while laying down on a surf board and using his hands, would catch a wave and glide in with his mother at his side, in case of a wipe out.

    Ricochet took his lead and followed them into the water. He jumped on the surf board, keeping it stable so that Michael would not fall off. The time passed and more heard about the dog that surfed. They came to the beach and Ricochet began to surf with other disabled people. Judy found a purpose in her life and finally was able to relax and smile.

    The book kept me interested from the first page until the last page. I have always wondered how it was that dogs can be so intuitive. I recently watched a segment on TV where the scientist's are now doing MRI's and other testing to understand just how it is that a dog's brain works. They are learning that dogs can love, express feelings and so many other things that are incredibly insightful into the inner workings of a dog.

    The narrator was excellent. The character's voices were distinguishable one from the other. The character's were also well developed and that includes the dogs. Ricochet touched many lives and I hope will continue to touch many more. I would definitely encourage a friend to purchase this book. The book was a two day listen for me and I hated to have it end. The plot was well developed and interesting. The book was an enjoyable as well as an easy listen. If someone would like to learn just how smart dogs can be read the book about Ricochet and you will believe.




















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  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Matthew Iden
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (372)

    In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

    guttersnipe says: "At Last - a Voice for Marty!"
    "Finding Purpose"
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    Marty Singer sat in the courtroom and heard the verdict of not guilty being read. He knew that a murderer was being set free. The whole department knew that he had murdered the young woman and now her 10 year old daughter would be left without a mother.

    Twelve years later, the daughter approaches Marty and asks if he would help her. The man who had killed her mother was now stalking her.

    Marty had retired as a detective from the police department because of a diagnosis of cancer. He had nothing to keep himself busy and being a detective again was just what he needed. He would get out of the house and the job would keep him busy.

    The book turned out to be an enjoyable listen. The narrator, Lloyd Sherr, did a good job. He created a the voices of the character's with recognition. Sherr was able to create the emotions required, anger, happiness, fear, etc., appropriately. I would suggest that someone who enjoys a good mystery that is creative in its style, would enjoy, A Reason to Live.




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Souls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. Lee Warren
    • Narrated By Henry Arnold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chuck Larson
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

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

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

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

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

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1360)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Tougias
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1111)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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