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Audiobook Review – What Stands in a Storm?

what-stands-in-a-stormWhat Stands in a Storm? Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley
Author: Kim Cross
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Narrator: Tracy Brunjes
Run Time: 9hrs, 46min
Narration Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Description:
April 27, 2011, marked the climax of a superstorm that saw a record 358 tornadoes rip through twenty-one states in three days, seven hours, and eighteen minutes. It was the deadliest day of the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history, which saw 348 people killed, entire neighborhoods erased, and $11 billion in damage. The biggest of the tornadoes left scars across the lan so wide they could be seen from space. But from the terrible destruction emerged everyday heroes, neighbors and strangers who rescued each other from hell on earth.

Review:
Ashley Harrison, Danielle Downs, and William Stevens are just three of the victims of the tornados that hit Alabama in 2011 – all three were college students at the University of Alabama, who died when a tree fell on the house where they were taking shelter during the storm. They are three names that are imprinted on my memory after listening to What Stands in a Storm? But over 300 people died during the storm and the author, Kim Cross gave homage to all of them through her telling of these three days – it was poignant and moving – I even ended up tearing up a few times. What Stands in a Storm was told through the eyes of the people who both survived the storm and those who perished in it – through text messages, voicemails, facebook posts; from interviews with family and friends. These memories formed the basis for a narrative that struck fear into me – I felt like I was watching the storm bear down on me – not knowing what was coming next – just waiting for it to hit.

I often find that non-fiction leaves me feeling rather detached because of how its written, but What Stands in the Storm? wasn’t like that. I was tearing up while listening to it – in fact, I had to pull over the car a few times to wipe tears away. I can remember the last book that did that to me – it was one about the Canadian Army and deaths in Afghanistan. I attribute these emotions not only to the writing style of the author, but also the narration of Tracy Brunjes. She is a new to me narrator – and from taking a quick peak at her name on audible, only had 4 books to her name. Unfortunately, while I would like to listen to more by her, those other books aren’t really my thing – but i’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for other stuff in the future.

What Stands in a Storm? is a book that will stick with me and is well deserving of the 4.5 star rating that I gave it.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Audiobook Review

 

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Review – Southern Fried Blues – Jamie Farrell

Southern Fried BluesSouthern Fried Blues
Author: Jamie Farrell

Review Copy provided by the Author

Description:
A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South
Divorced wasn’t a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she’s a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she’s squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man—especially another military man—get in the way of her career.

A Southern Gentleman Military Officer
Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn’t reckon he’s built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn’t do it right, what chance does Jackson have?

One Undeniable Attraction
These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they’re exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they’re both gonna end up with a big ol’ case of Southern Fried Blues

Review:
oh where to begin (and don’t worry, this isn’t bad in the slightest). I probably never would have gotten my hot little hands on this book without seeing my former room-mate from college talking to the author on facebook (so I blame you Jen). But the description and the cover (because admit it, the cover is gorgeous!) caught my eye and even though I typically avoid military romances, since I find they rarely live up to my experiences, I figured with the author being a military wife, it would probably be as close to an accurate representation of military life as possible. And boy was I right…

As soon as I started reading, I felt like I was transported back to one of the many military functions that I attending over the years, either formal or informal. The raucous hilarity of the inside jokes that no one outside of the military would understand, made me feel like i had gone home (for lack of a better word). There are definately times when I miss my military service (even if I am doing the weekend warrior type thing).

And at the same time, while it was hilarious in places, I think Jamie also hit on an important issue that often comes up in military relationships, the inability of military spouses to at times finish education, or get into certain career fields because of the fact that they PCS (permanent change of station) every few years. It is a concern to me and something that I think the military and employers in general need to address – but right now, I just don’t have a good idea of how to address it.

I loved her characterizations, especially Jackson. whenever he spoke, I felt my insides melt – I mean what girl doesn’t want a southern gentleman taking care of them…I don’t know many for sure…and I also liked that Anna wasn’t a complete push-over. She could have let Jackson walk all over her, but she didn’t, she was sassy without being too annoying, even if she was a Yankee…lol. I would recommend Southern Fried Blues to anyone who likes sweet, quirky, southern contemporary romance, or who want an insight into real military life. A solid 4 stars and i can’t wait to see what the author comes up with in the future.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Book Review

 

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