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W.E.B. Griffin would have you believe that nothing ever happened in the history of the Corps without the inclusion of a good humping. This may be his fantasy of the Corps but it demeans and belittles the men and women who have served with distinction. As a Marine in a family of Marines, I wanted this to be good. The first few chapters killed that hope. The glory of the Corps in WWII will never fade away. This book should and has.
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Super Marine and trash language. If you want to be offended and are just about comic book level of reading this book may be for you. Closest I can describe is Marine Soft Porn. I have nothing against the Military I am proud of our military and their dedication, but this is just the gutter level disgraceful portrayal of our veterans. Negative and depressing.
Narrator is the only positive I really like Dick Hill's narration and he's the only reason I decided to try the book.
Yeah don't listen with any children around.
Typical Griffin story. I must admit I am a sucker for a Griffin / Hill audiobook. Irritated by the authors obvious lack of interest in completing the story in the same vein as he started it.
Sadly, does not compare favorably with his other books. It starts off nicely and held my attention. However, it seemed as if he was tiring and lost interest in the work. The denouement arrives unexpectedly with lots of loose ends. He even ignores one of the main characters.I am not at all sure that I will read another if this is a trend.
Top notch writing from a master story teller. I have had this in paper back for years and practically wore the ink off of the pages; it's great stuff.
Considering the above, I admit that i had my own character voices pretty well set in my head- that happens a lot when you have more books than all other households items added together
. I can stretch to other adaptations most of the time, but not here. I just never conceived of a bunch of marines sounding like a pack of particularly nebbishy Brooklynites. sigh...
Apart from the character dissonance, Mr. Hill is Ok... Good diction, good pacing, consistent voices and well able to handle military jargon and foreign place names smoothly. He had maybe a slight over-pronunciation that clinked against my ear on some occasions, but all in all, a good reader... just not the one for this book.
I didn't want it to end. The story was easy to follow. The character development was excellent. I really enjoyed the detailed description of the Marine Corp life.
Yikes! I sat down to listen to a rousing story about life in the core. What I got was a preponderance of profanity and a gratuitous number of sex scenes and references. My five year old walked into the room during the scene when the main character was fervently trying to stare up the dress of the gay pastor's wife. Guess I should have been glad he didn't walk in while he was talking about 14 year old prostitutes or having a prolonged, vivid sexual encounter with said pastor's wife.
I haven't read a Griffin book in years and I've never tried a Griffin audiobook. I'm now hooked. Time to download Book 2 of this great series.
For whatever reason, I thought this was non-fiction/history when I bought it. I probably jumped at an audible daily special without reading the full description. Despite a little initial surprise, I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is great historical fiction in the vein of Michael Shaara (and later, his son Jeff), and I'm glad there are 9 more books in the series to follow.