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Forest Park Audiobook

Forest Park: The Logan Series, Book 2

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Critical choices made in the drama and chaos of the last days of the Vietnam War reach across the Pacific to modern-day Portland, Oregon, threatening to destroy the lives of those who managed to cheat death in 1975. When a violent explosion takes a woman's life just steps away from Logan McKenna's downtown hotel, the police suspect all the wrong people, including a homeless vet and two of Logan's new friends; but are any of them completely innocent?

While unraveling the tangle of half-truths and secrets to help her friends, Logan's personal life suffers an explosion of its own. Each character must decide not only whom to trust, but at what cost.

©2015 Valerie Davisson (P)2016 Valerie Davisson

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    mani 05-12-16
    mani 05-12-16
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    "Book 2"
    Any additional comments?

    I have the print copy of the 1st book and I found out that I enjoy the book better in audio. The story was great and so with the narrator. Good audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 05-28-16
    Teresa 05-28-16

    It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.

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    "An Excellent Thriller and Promising Series"

    Forest Park was a great listen. I thought the prose was poetic and very nicely done. The author, Valerie Davisson did a nice job on this book. I'd like to see where this series goes and hear book 1 in audio. The characters were good. I especially liked Logan and the timeline with alternating chapters. The setting was so good, I could almost smell the food and see the sights.

    Another aspect of this story that made it good was the narration by Leonor A. Woodworth. I love the way she approached the story with some trepidation which kept the listener engaged, wondering what would happen next. She's an excellent voice actor and I hope she reads the rest of the series. She was perfect for it.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Markworth 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Took too long"
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    Took too long for the story to come together. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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    bec/audiothing Australia 06-25-16
    bec/audiothing Australia 06-25-16

    I review books, mostly audiobooks, mostly mystery. That's about it!

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    "from Vietnam to America: A Murder Mystery"


    This is the second book in the Logan series. Logan McKenna is well on the way to getting her life
    back together after a traumatic series of events had left her beaten down. Her husband had died and
    Logan had also lost her job. Now, she has a new home that she is renovating and is tentatively committing to a new relationship.

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    There are at least two parallel main storylines along with some flashbacks to when a family managed to escape their war torn home in Vietnam to live in America. Now, in present times, they have a successful food business but their mentor has died, his business has been taken over by his more ruthless family.

    Logan has been travelling, researching school curriculums and cutting edge teaching methods; at a forward thinking school she meets educators and staff, one of whom is linked to the family who run a food van that Logan had come across.
    Before returning home, Logan is booked into an hotel for the weekend, she is expecting her new man to join her, this is to be the first time they spend the night together. For Logan, this is a huge deal and when he postpones his arrival she is very upset.

    Her attention is soon diverted by a nearby explosion, the food van. The body of a woman is found ....
    Because she had bought food from the van and, had also met a relative of the dead woman, Logan feels some sort of connection to the family and so she determines to help them untangle the many threads of this mystery. She becomes more deeply involved than she could ever have imagined.

    Despite (in my opinion) a slow and slightly confusing start I thought this was an interesting listen, the cultural and social comment served to make it a little bit different. I must admit to finding Logan a tad dull, she isn't much of a one for witty repartee. I would have liked her to have had a more memorable character.

    Narrated by Leonor A. Woodworth who is new to me. I thought she carried the story along well, she kept me interested and engaged.
    I'm not too familiar with the specifics of the accents that Leonor had to cope with but they sounded pretty good to me. She also does a pretty convincing "chilling" and "threatening" voice too - male and female. I hope Leonor continues to narrate this series.

    Audiobook provided by the producer, author or narrator in return for an unbiased review

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    Delia.C 05-30-16
    Delia.C 05-30-16 Member Since 2016

    love books

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    "Good story, lacking narrative"

    this would had been a really intense book to listen to, if it wasn't for the drawn out narrative. very mono toned. ruined it for me.


    this Audi book given to me for a honest review.

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    Amazon Customer Indiana 05-17-16
    Amazon Customer Indiana 05-17-16

    Im a 40 yr old male that's a husband for 20 yrs, father of 3 teenage sons, a H.S. Soccer Coach and a machinist working in aerospace field.

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    "Slow moving"
    Would you try another book from Valerie Davisson and/or Leonor A Woodworth?

    I will always give an author a second try.


    What was most disappointing about Valerie Davisson’s story?

    It is just slow to develop and the action is limited.


    Did Leonor A Woodworth do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the inflection to his tone helps differentiate the characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forest Park?

    I wouldn't edit scenes I would add some more action and excitement to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 05-14-16
    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 05-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Forest Park: The Logan Series, Book 2"

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."


    This book started off slowly, but when it got going there was plenty of action and mystery to hold my attention! This is book 2 in the series and I am now intrigued to go back to the beginning book 1, before the next installment is available.





    The narration was well done, the characters were well portrayed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    espanolish 05-12-16
    espanolish 05-12-16 Member Since 2015

    "It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"

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    "Nice Slice of West Coast Pie"

    Valerie Davisson gives a third-person view of several multicultural lives of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds/experiences, Although some stories originate elsewhere, Forest Park primarily takes place on the West Coast (California and Oregon). The primary protagonists take us on their respective journeys as they connect with people in their families and communities, and make the most of the odds set against them. The mix of friendships, familial ties, colleagues, romance, music, life-passions, food, pets, and conscientious community-mindedness work with and/or against apathy, betrayal, crime, neglected (e.g. homeless) members of society and a slew of other ills in the mosaic of everyday living. It’s a great slice of West Coast Americanism, a nice ode to social responsibility, and an overall nice piece of entertainment.

    Leonor A Woolworth's narration was really good. It would have been nice to have stronger/more authentic accents of some of the many varied national, regional, cultural and/or subcultural personalities characterized in the story.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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