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The Waiting Hours

Written by: Shandi Mitchell
Narrated by: Marcia Johnson
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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When you spend your life saving others...who will be there to save you?

When tragedy erupts on a stifling summer night, three ordinary people, with the extraordinary jobs of rescuing strangers, are connected to one another in ways both explicit and invisible. Each is deeply devoted to what they do, but they are all beginning to crack under the immense pressures of their work. 

Tough-as-nails Kate, when she's not working with her beloved search-and-rescue dog, Zeus, is a trauma nurse who spends her off-duty hours trying to forget what she has seen. Estranged from her troubled family, she must confront the fact that resolution may elude her forever. Respected police officer Mike is on the edge of burnout and sets himself on a downward spiral that may be impossible to break, fraying the bonds of love that hold his family together. Tamara, an agoraphobic 911 dispatcher, who is trying her hardest to remain as calm and emotionless as an automated message, is propelled into the middle of a story that she can't avoid and must enter the world to find out how it ends. 

With a city prickling under a heat wave and a hurricane threatening to make landfall, these responders will be forced to make fateful choices that will alter lives. A storm is coming, and nobody is prepared.

©2019 Shandi Mitchell (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

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Boring diary

My family work in police and emergency hospital care, so I thought this might give me good insight into their world.
I am not sure if it’s the narrator or the story, but after 10 of 50 chapters I kept skipping ahead hoping for a thread of purpose to the story. It’s really more of a diary of various emergency experiences. No real goal or purpose.
Maybe some would enjoy that but not me. Sorry.

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When will it ever end?

This book tells the individual stories of characters whose lives intersect. Several are first responders - a police officer, a 911 operator, a nurse/search and rescue technician, her brother, a cab driver. The story starts with the shooting of a young boy, and then carries on, telling the life story of each of the characters. You know that at some point some incident will happen that will bring them all back together. But in the meantime, the individual stories go on, and on, and on. The stories are mildly interesting, and the narrator held my interest. I would put it on while driving the car. While listening I kept asking - WHERE is this going? WHEN will it ever end? As it does get close to the end a storm is about to break, so you think that the final event is related to the storm, but it isn't. Someone gets shot and all of a sudden the book is over, leaving threads of the story dangling. I wanted to know what happened to Tamara? What happened to Hassan?