I have a 2 hour one way commute to work and really enjoy Griffin's books (which I read years ago). The one thing that exasperates me is the narrator's inability to pronounce words properly, and his desire to read E-V-E-R-Y letter out when reading US Army orders - as in P-R-O for promoted or D-E-T for detached. ye gods it slows the story down! So, would I listen to it again? Hmm... I'm not sure.
This time through the story, I've been struck by the cruel and dismissive use of Craig Lowell by the US Army. It is not until he meets Sandy Felter that he runs into an officer who wants to lead/help him instead of using him and then throwing him away, in contempt and/or in hatred. I'm not naive (I'm a vet of 7plus years in the USMC), but it is shocking. That said, the story really begins to thrive once we get to Greece.
Well, if I want to read more of this series, I'll grit my teeth and try to ignore the mispronounciations... but I'd not be interested in anything else he's done. The guy who did the Corps series was much better, imo.
What I really like is the way in which you end one of this series, and immediately want to know more about what happens next? Where will Mac be? What happens to Lowell? What about the Felters? Griffin has a gift for characterization that minimizes other things.
Griffin's stories rise above the short-comings of the narrator. If you have a goodly commute, I cannot recommend a better series to help the time move along!
Mystery and Fantasy Lover
The story is well-written with a clear understanding of the times. The reader is very good! Highly enjoyable read!
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
If you have not read Griffin, you may think these are war stories. This is my fourth book, mostly due to liking the first book and then a sale that came out. Very little of the books have to do with war. They are mostly military soap operas. This starts out at the very end of World War 2. There is also some action that takes place in Greece afterwards.
I did enjoy this book, mostly due to the characters. I also learned more about why we had a cold war. It seems Russia may have taken Americans prisoner and may have killed on purpose some Americans. It was all kept hush hush. We on the other hand killed some Russians. The Russians are depicted as doing a lot of raping of the Germans and torturing, etc. Course we are getting our side of the story and I am pretty sure the Russians have some atrocities to report.
I also didn't know about the civil war in Greece, where the communists tried to take over the country and we sent in advisors, of which some were killed. Those who fought in Greece did not get the benefits or acknowledgements that the WWII soldiers got since it was a police action.
There was a lot about the politics in the Army and the caste system.
The two books I enjoyed were written in the 80's and the two I did not enjoy were written in 2008. I don't know if that had something to do with it. This does have some lovable characters.
Griffin does a good job of capturing the nuances of life in the US Army in the late 40s in this book. His use of detail communicates the realities of garrison duty quite effectively and the action sequences work well.
Unfortunately, the narrator of this book, which is set in great measure in Germany and with important German characters, seems entirely incapable of understanding how to pronounce the German words used by Griffin. Note that this is not a matter of accent; some sounds in German are difficult for most English-speakers to hear, much less pronounce. But pronouncing "Leutnant" as if the first vowel were "ew" (for example) is jarring enough to break my immersion.
That said, Dove's pacing, emphasis, and ability to handle American accents are more credible.
If you can ignore the failings I found problematic, the story is involving enough to capture the attention and sustain interest.
The description led me to believe this was set during WWII, but it takes place primarily afterwards. It's a masculine soap opera set in the post-war Army, which is not what I wanted. I stayed with the story until the end, and all the character threads were tied up very neatly, but it felt like the end of a mellow-drama. The reading performance was good enough, but there should have been a way to paraphrase the reading of the orders. The admin/message formatting only makes sense when you have the visual reference. I don't expect to listen to anymore WEB Griffin stuff now that I know what kind of story he is telling. I gave it two stars vice one star because I was able to care about most of the characters, but the outcomes were predictable.
I thought the story while starting a bit slow brought you in with interesting characters, historically accurate plot lines and action that would make even the most cynical of the war genre happy.
I found the plotline remarkable. I wanted to know not only how these amazing people where doing what they were doing, but why. Griffin never disappointed.
Mr. Dove is a talent! His character's were real. I found his accents remarkable and loved how he was able to capture not only the mood of the character, but their backstory with just an accent.
The Lieutenants: A brotherhood of honor
Let start by admitting that I am a naval officer, albeit of a nation other than the US.
For me, the characters of this story displayed an elitism and arrogance that was disturbing. These traits, coupled with racism and a sense of entitlement paint a disturbing picture of the US officer corps in late WWII and the decade afterword. I'm hoping that, as a work of fiction, the author has it wrong, but knowing human nature, he is probably right on the mark.
The story itself is well crafted and held my interest. The characters are interesting, but I don't think there's a single one I would like to personally know. They are too self serving.
For those seeking an action oriented novel, look elsewhere. This book is about the politics and social structure of the officer corps. It is a good read though, and I will continue the series.
Great Historical Fiction without getting bogged down with to much detail. Griffin does a great job balancing a glimpse into WWII and characters you get immersed in. The book reminded me of the Band of Brothers series. I loved this story and the narration was top notch!
The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.
W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.
The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.