I had trouble getting into this book... and didn't finish.
I have listened to several of John Krakauer and loved them... but not this book.
Excellent book about a completely unselfish patriot. Very disappointing how his fellow Rangers and mostly officers contributed to his death and dishonored him and his wishes. Just another example of how jacked up Shrub, Dick, and Rummy were in calling for the most unjust war in our country's history.
Say something about yourself!
This might have been a very interesting book if Krakauer stayed with the story of Pat Tillman, a truly unique and inspiring individual. Unfortunately however, Krakauer exploits his legacy as an opportunity to numb the reader with a 13-hour anti-republican rant. So far removed from the early brilliance of Krakauer's "Into Thin Air," this was a serious disappointment. Save your audible credits for something entertaining or enlightening.
I have enjoyed books by this author in the past and looked forward to the subject. Pat Tillman was a great American who should be honored. The criticism of the Army after his death seemed justified, but since he allowed his one-sided political opinions to permeat the last three quarters of the book you began to wonder if he tailored the book to match his political views. He chose to only offer one side of the debate and at times his sarcasm was hard to listen to. He definitely detracted from the story. I wish the review would have indicated this was a political missive that used Pat Tillman as a vehicle for the authors political views. Very disappointing choice.
I was expecting more of an in-depth investigative piece focused on Tillman's death and the government's cover-up. What I got instead was a fairly entertaining biography of Pat Tillman, which I enjoyed as a fellow ASU graduate, coupled with Krakauer's take on the Bush administration's handling of Iraq and Afghanistan. The narration was not ideal. Tillman was an intelligent but typical college-age guy, yet the narrator reads like a melodramatic Shakesperean. This is especially awkward when he's quoting from Tillman's profanity-laced diary. Overall, a good read.
If you're looking for the story of Pat Tillman, do not choose this book. Pat Tillman's story here is just the medium with which Krakauer attacks President Bush and his administration. This is the first audio book that I will not finish. About five hours in I could no longer stomach his unbelievable bias against President Bush. President Clinton's lack of action in the war against terrorism (garage bomb in the Twin Towers, 1998 embassy attacks in Africa, the USS Cole attack, etc.) are glossed over as minor incidents that hardly require mentioning. If he had credited Clinton with any of the responsibility I might have been able to continue. However, the Keith Olbermann-like insane rantings soon obscured the Tillman story. Hopefully there is another less maniacally bent version of the heroic Pat Tillman story available in the Audible database for those interested in this great American.