Kitchen Privileges – Mary Higgins Clark
Reviewed by Beth Featherly
Company driver,Schneider National
Listening Time: 5 hours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Plot: Mary Higgins Clark tells of her early childhood growing up in the Bronx, N.Y., and some of her hardships as a young child during the Depression years. Then she tells of being a stewardess and of her marriage to Warren Clark. She had to raise five small children by herself because her husband died young of a heart condition. She struggled and finally triumphed as a writer of mysteries. She gives a lot of insights into how she writes her stories and why.
What was your favorite moment/scene in the book? When she told about getting her first story sold.
Which character was your favorite? Why? Mary’s mother. She had several different sayings and was a typical mother.
Did the book have a message or a theme that stood out to you? If you have friends and family that believe in you, you will succeed.
What did you like about the book? Dislike? The story line was in order and didn’t jump around. It told what the author is doing right up to modern day.
Would you recommend?: Yes, especially if you like Mary Higgins Clark’s stories. It’s good to learn more about the author’s early life.
Narrator’s style: She has a nice voice, easy to listen to.
How would you grade the book? A
The Kingslayer: Seven Steps to the Arbiter – L. Ron Hubbard
Reviewed by Dan Deming
Listening Time: 2.5 hours
Publisher: Bridge Publications
Genre: Science fiction
Plot: The story opens in the year 3975 with the abrupt expulsion of Kit Kellan from the School of Engineering of the prestigious Terra University in Washington, D.C., for engaging in original thought. As he is led from the school, Kit is abducted by an organization dedicated to vanquishing the dark tyranny of the mysterious Arbiter, who is said to control the fate of every living thing. Relentlessly swept up by the revolutionary forces, Kit embarks on an immense and perilous mission to salvage the galaxy – with the destiny of all mankind at stake.
What did you like about the book? Dislike? It’s really intriguing – with a huge galactic adventure and plot twists that make Star Wars pale and Twilight Zone-like surprises. I listened to the story five times in a row!
Would you recommend?: If you liked Star Wars, you’re going to love this story.
How would you grade the book? A+
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour – James D. Hornfischer
Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering World War II battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge. It takes us into the heart and mind of an iron-willed, self-made executive officer leading his men through a sea of carnage and two hellish days and nights clinging to survival amid oil, blood, sharks and madness. And it dramatizes how the overmatched U.S. force, enduring the loss of five gallant ships and nearly 1,000 brave men, turned a certain, crushing defeat into a momentous victory.
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