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Both Heartwarming & Heartbreaking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-13

I first saw Chrissy Metz in the true inspiring film Breakthrough. I absolutely loved her performance so much that I bought the movie. At first I was not as keen with the opening chapter of this book. However, it didn’t take long before I couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was along with her - feeling her pain and rooting for her. The book ended far too quickly. I have just watched the pilot episode of This Is Us and I can’t wait to watch more!. What a treasure Chrissy is ! While I don’t agree with all of her spiritual philosophies she presents them in a non -
obnoxious way. Her book contains humour as well as heartache and joy. She is a real source of inspiration to those of us who have had or have difficult life journeys. Thanks Chrissy for the gift of yourself and work ! God Bless You!

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  • In Harm's Way
  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • Written by: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett

An Absolute Must Read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-10

I must confess I was initially interested in this book as I am a huge fan of the movie Jaws. However, the true story of the sinking of The Indianapolis and her crew was a story which will haunt me for years to come. The heroics of Captain McVay and his crew were examples of honour and courage in the face of tragedy amid the horrors of surviving the sinking of their ship. The sharks were only one aspect of their fight to survive. In spite of helping his men to survive the Captain was made a scapegoat for the Navy and the government’s political purposes. Although the Navy ‘s ineptitude resulted in a staggering death toll, the response of cowardly officials contrasts greatly with the great dignity of the captain. The world lost a truly great man to the expense of political and selfish ambitions. It is about time that Captain Charles Butler McVay III’s record be totally expunged. I read a minimum of 125 books per year and this is the best book I have read in years. I will definitely reread it. It educates and exposes historical facts using first hand accounts. Everyone should read this book- it will change you.

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A Powerful Stimulus to Appreciate Police Officers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-20

Although we know that cops have a difficult job to do, as citizens we tend to take them for granted. This book gives a better appreciation of the sacrifice that policing requires and the toll that it takes on the individuals who are brave enough to protect and serve our society. It should be required reading for all high school students to promote more respect for law enforcement for a job well done. The author presents a balanced and honest portrayal of what it is like to be a cop. The narrator does a fantastic job. Definitely one if the best audiobooks I have listened to! A must “read”.

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One of My Faves!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-22

This book is one that the more you read it , the more it grows on you. I work in a high school where the grade twelves read it as part of the required reading. Initially, this was the reason that I chose to read it. However, it has become a favourite and I had read it several times before the audio version was available. I love the characters and the way the author visits the difficulties of their lives without it being depressing.
The narrator does a great job, with the nuances of the Indian accent and the pronunciation of the names and places in India. However, I was disappointed that it was not narrated by the author herself as She did for her novel Tamarind Mem.
This book is not a page turner, rather one that encourages reflection and begs to be read more than once. After reading it, It becomes obvious why it was one of the books that was a strong contender for a previous year in the Canada Reads contest.