The Peacekeeper

  • by Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by David W. Dietz
  • 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Raising four boys alone is not an easy task. Widower Joe Slagel tries, he really does. He works hard, provides a stable home with lots of love and just the right amount of discipline. But Joe Slagel also provides his sons with something else: disposable stepmothers. He never intends for them to be disposable, however, the mischievous doings of his four children make it impossible for him to keep a wife, and them a stepmother, for very long.
Boys will be boys. But when the final straw is snapped and the fifth stepmother packs up and leaves without notice, Joe realizes it is time to bring in a professional.
Tough, strong, tender, not afraid to run a tight ship, and equipped with the ability to not easily be frightened. Those were the qualifications Joe sought. In comes Sergeant Ethel Pletcher. Not only does she tower over the boys in size, but her huge heart takes over the house and their lives, as well. Sgt. Pletcher proves that the Slagel boys aren't really all that bad, they just need someone that understands them and, at times, a peacekeeper.
A story for ages nine through adult to enjoy.


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who needs kids!!!

Read in August, 2014

Poor Joe Slagel struggles to raise his boys alone and to work, keep house and keep the peace, of course, he fails. His solution to the problem is to provide stepmothers, this also fails! The last in the line of stepmothers is done with it, she can't put up with the disrespect and bad behaviour.
Then there is Sergeant Pletcher, somehow this lady sorts everything out, and to me, therein lay the story.
The book is written for youngsters, maybe 8 - 12 year olds, hopefully the story would be an enjoyable way for them to learn a few life lessons.

The narration of David Dietz helped me stay with the book, let's face it, it's not always easy to read and rave over a child's story. The narrator made it easy for me to recognise all of the characters, he sounded as believable playing the enthusiastic younger child as he did the sometimes bored, know-it-all older boy.
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What did you like best about The Peacekeeper? What did you like least?

I enjoyed narrator David Dietz. He really makes the book with his differentiated voices for all the characters. I loved his voice for the "sergeant".
I was very early put off by the characterization of the 4 boys, and that soured the rest of the story for me. Their antics were over the top, and pretty unrealistic.

Would you recommend The Peacekeeper to your friends? Why or why not?

Sure! It was a fun read after skimming over the first 1/3 with the boys' antics.

Have you listened to any of David W. Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

In general, I enjoy David Dietz's performances. This one was not as enjoyable as I did not like the boy characters.

Did The Peacekeeper inspire you to do anything?

It did give me a few parenting tips!

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- Trish

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2013
  • Publisher: Jacqueline Druga