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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Canedy Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a two-hundred-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. Charles King, forty-eight, was killed on October 14, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated under his Humvee on an isolated road near Baghdad. His son, Jordan, was seven months old.

A father figure to the soldiers under his command, Charles moved naturally into writing to his son. He counseled him on everything from how to withstand disappointment and deal with adversaries to how to behave on a date. He finished the journal two months before his death while home on a two-week leave, so intoxicated with love for his infant son that he barely slept. This is also the story of Dana Canedy and Charles together–two seemingly mismatched souls who loved each other deeply. In this audiobook, we relive with Dana the slow unfolding of their love and the birth of their son. 

A Journal for Jordan is a tender introduction, a loving good-bye, a reporter’s inquiry into her soldier’s life, and a heartrending reminder of the human cost of war.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Claire | 2/20/2014

    " This is an amazing love story. You know the tragic ending from the outset, which makes reading about the incredible love that the author shared with Master Sargeant Charles King before he was killed in Iraq all the more heart-wrenching. Ultimately, though, I was buoyed by Dana Canedy's amazing courage and by the knowledge that she has a beautiful baby boy to remind her of the love that she and Charles experienced for 10 unforgettable years. As an editor for the NY Times, Canedy definitely knows how to write. Despite the heaviness of the story, I found the book hard to put down and I read right through every page of notes and acknowledgements because I didn't want the book to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/18/2014

    " What a heartbreakingly honest and thought provoking memoir in honor of Canedy's late fiance. A Journal for Jordan tells the story of a love that came to be, a father you'd never get to know and a family that wouldn't ever be quite whole again. Canedy is a New York Times editor whose fiance was a first sergant and was over on his last tour of duty in Iraq when his convoy was blown up with an IED and he was killed. She had his son Jordan, whom he only got to meet for two weeks when on leave. Prior to his son's birth, First Sergant King wrote a journal for his son, explaining how to be a man and teaching him invaluable lessons that he will forever cherish in place of the man he will never be able to hug again. Canedy is brave enough to share her story and excerpts of King's Journal to Jordan in this story that will make you appreciate your loved one's and think twice before you take anything, including your freedom and presence of family/friends, for granted again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellie Revert | 2/17/2014

    " This came highly recommended, and I would agree with that. These wars are wreaking such havoc in so many lives. The author shows why one should grab wonderful opportunities in the toughest of times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sammi Elliott | 2/10/2014

    " This was an ok book. Took a bit to keep going in it. It really makes you think about what the men and women who defend our country sacrifice to do that job well and ensure our safety. My heart breaks for all the children who will grow up without mothers or fathers. I am glad the mother and author of this book did not put the whole journal that Jordan's dad wrote for him into the book. That would have just taken away from the fact it was something from father to son. This was a book by a mother telling her son about his father. "

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