I read this for the Just For Fun Challenge which encourages reading one book that has been on the TBR shelf for a long time and without doing a revie...more I read this for the Just For Fun Challenge which encourages reading one book that has been on the TBR shelf for a long time and without doing a review. I still rated this book though and I loved it.(less)
Hearing Deep Down Dark (audio version) by Hector Tobar is amazing emotional experience. It runs through almost all emotions that man can experience. Y...moreHearing Deep Down Dark (audio version) by Hector Tobar is amazing emotional experience. It runs through almost all emotions that man can experience. You are afraid with the miners, despondent, exhilarated, lighthearted, fearing, surprised, impressed, and inspired. This is the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped by a collapse of the San Jose Mine for 69 days. It would seem like a miracle if any of them survived but all 33 did.
The author takes us from the morning of when the men from different towns in Chili to close the time that their account was written. This is a very dangerous occupation of course, why did they go down to the depths? It was also the highest paying job in the area. The miners work as deep as 2,000 feet underground. They only come up briefly for lunch and so they see darkness for most of the day. On this particular day, the mountain was making strange noises, the miners called it “weeping”. Then a sound like thunder moves through the mountain while they are below. Previously in 2007, a geologist met his death in the same mine. Measures were supposed to have been taken to make this very old mine safer. But that would have been expensive for the owners and the miners were gambling their lives for money for their families to survive, for their children to have an education, for food and shelter. On this day, the noises were different. Something ominous was about to happen.
Hector Tomar tells us about the individual miners about them, their wives, children and lovers. By the end of this audio experience, you feel that you know each of them. You know about their family problems, their fears, their ambitions and their reactions to the collapse and to the experience wanted and unwanted fame. The names stick in your mind. The language add a depth of richness. When you learn the Spanish terms for the miners’ lingo, it often sounds like poetry so you want to play certain parts over and over again.
I invite you to listen to the audio version of Deep Down Dark and I guarantee that you will never forget what these miners went through. This is an important document in the human experience of emotional trauma, triumph, PTSD, and extreme hunger and adjustment to everyday life. If you can only listen to one audio book, make it this one!
I received this book from the publishers as a win from FirstReads and that had no effect on my thoughts or feelings in my review.
This is the second time that I have read a book in the Pet Rescue Mystery Series. I wasn't disappointed and hope to read more. Lauren Vancouver is sti...moreThis is the second time that I have read a book in the Pet Rescue Mystery Series. I wasn't disappointed and hope to read more. Lauren Vancouver is still the manager of Hot Rescues in the San Fernando Valley. There is no problem with reading this series out of as the Linda OI knew from the cover of this book that I had to read it because I would love to have a small dog myself. Johnston neatly ties in the past with the present Teacup Turbulence.
Nayla Faylor and her husband Tom are at the rescue center wanting to adopt a mini pinscher and an elderly woman wants the same dog. Tom is the new owner of Hot Pets Bling and has a campaign featuring jeweled dog collars for small dogs. Dante DeFransico, the generous owner of both Hot Rescues and Hot Pets Bling has already vouched for the Faylors. Lauren doesn’t like to do one day adoptions but goes ahead with it. The collars create a storm of desire for people wanting small dogs and there just aren’t many small dogs left. So Lauren searches and finds that many “teacup” dogs have been turned over from a puppy mill in the Midwest. Nayla and Tom already have a plane so they agree to do the last leg of flying the small dogs in. The pilots are volunteers who work towards moving animals to places where they have a better chance of being adopted.
One of the rescue workers in Missouri, Teresa Kantum demands to come with the dogs. She doesn’t have a good opinion of Los Angeles, aka La La Land. A party is thrown at the rescue center to celebrate the success of teacup operation. But when Lauren walks into the quarantine area of the center, she finds Teresa sprawled on the floor and dead.
With each cozy, the author educates the public. This time is was about volunteer groups who connect together to fly adoptable animals to places where they are more likely to be adopted. She also writes a great mystery and does a great job on developing the characters in the story.
I highly recommend this story to all cozy mystery readers and to all who love dogs. (less)