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Reviewed By Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite
I loved Listening to Ghosts by Bob Stockton. But here’s the thing. I’m not quite sure why. I hope I can pinpoint some of the reasons why I like it by saying a little about what I usually read. In truth that would be just about everything. My mom was a librarian and I practically grew up in her library. I read everything, but there is a decided bias towards action adventure and science fiction. Listening to Ghosts is definitely not science fiction or action adventure. It is a memoir about a family that is extraordinarily ordinary. I think the major attraction of Listening to Ghosts must be the writing. The people described are ordinary and commonly found. I know many people like them, even though I’m from a different part of America. But the only thing ordinary people need in order to be extraordinary and let their true character shine is good writing. There is plenty of that in Listening to Ghosts.
Listening to Ghosts captures a particular moment in space and time. That is just about all a writer can do when he sits down to write about his life. I am a world traveler, but occasionally when I visit home, I’m painfully aware that it is not really the home of my heart and mind. Things change. Things change dramatically, and sometimes home can deliver more culture shock than a foreign country. The best you can do is make a record of your time, and your place, and what it means to you. If and when I decide to do that, I hope I can do it half as well as Bob Stockton. That would make it pretty damn good. Listening to Ghosts flows smoothly…like an athlete in the zone.
Reviewed By Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite
In a poignant and interesting memoir by author Bob Stockton, Listening to Ghosts is a book that will keep readers engrossed from the very first pages all the way through until the very end. Recounting the author’s life from his upbringing in a Northeastern working class neighborhood to the time he served with the US Navy, the story of Bob’s life is described in precise, authentic, and fascinating detail. Not always most politically correct, but certainly honestly written and full of truth, Listening to Ghosts will make readers smile and chuckle as well as experience heartfelt feelings of concern throughout. Pulled from what is likely the actual diaries kept by the author as a Navy man, the work smacks of authenticity, and readers will feel as if they are with Bob on his many adventures through life.
I very much enjoyed Listening to Ghosts. Author Bob Stockton has done a wonderful job in telling the tale of his life, and in ways that readers of all types will find something that they can relate to and connect with. With a focus on a very influential point in the author’s life, his time serving with the Navy, this memoir will have special meaning for anyone who has an interest in the military or military history and likes to read real “tell it like it is” types of narratives. I am pleased to be able to recommend Listening to Ghosts and will certainly look for more work in the future from the highly entertaining author, Bob Stockton!