Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
"The Finish." is an informative though not especially exciting account of the Bin Laden raid. Bowden is a more mature writer than the author of "No Easy Day," but if you've read or listened to the latter there isn't much more to be learned from the former.
I didn't like the narration by James Lurie. He comes off like he's over-selling the machismo angle of the whole enterprise or sounding like the narrator from that TV show "City Confidential." And his voice is low and gruff and not easily heard over background noises if you're listening while exercising.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
It's such a compelling story, and I think the author did an awesome job of telling the story as it happened. He is an evenhanded, fair and rational narrator and earns a ton of credibility from treating everyone objectively.
The blow-by-blow description of the operation to get Bin Laden was riveting.
The whole thing is a moving story about people working hard and taking chances and putting themselves in a position to accomplish something incredibly difficult. It's a really moving book that makes you proud to be an American.
Highly recommended. It's one of those books that I had to listen to in small doses because I didn't want it to end.
It was detailed while bing intertaining.
When they actually shot him.
That we really did not know a lot about this from news reports.
The only thing I picked up in this book that bothered me a little bit was how Barack Oboma was made to look like he is a great president. He did his job I would have expected any president to have done this.
More information about the warriors who planned and executed the attack and less time spent pumping up President Obama.
Another verson of killing Bin Ladin.
Happy Bin Ladin was killed but disapointed about this verson of the events.
I would not reccomend this verson of the the story.
A great story ruined by a sycophantic obsession with making President Obama out as the great hero. This came out too near the election for me to believe that this was a coincidence. There were a lot of dedicated and brave people involved in getting Osama, not just the President!
Give the credit to the people that did the hard work
not slobber all ove Obama
Their wear a lot of good Americans that died getting us to the point, that made it possible to kill bin Laden.
there was a good story that could have been told but they preferred to make it political
I downloaded this book, because it said, if you liked No Easy Day, then you'll like The Finish, or something like that. But I didn't find the two books alike at all. No Easy Day focused on the operators, the preparations, and the mission. The Finish seemed like it had more of a political agenda, and focused more on the politicians....just in time for the elections too.
Bowden has done his usual good job researching the history and bureaucratic politics surrounding the years of search for OBL. His insights into the intrigue in both Washington and Kabul are outstanding. He, unfortunately, seems to want to make political points in favor of Obama and in opposition to President Bush and Candidate Romney. Irrespective of one's political point of view, this detracts from his writing, and partially renders a dispassionate analysis of the search and finish of OBL into a political polemic. Too bad that Bowden was seduced by the opportunity he had for an Oval Office interview.
There was absolutely no ethical dimension to the story. The subject matter is highly complex and emotional. It deals with the symbolic "victory" of the US against terrorism. Yet there is no real analysis of what the action of killing Bin Laden has done for the Middle East, the United States, Christianity, Islam, etc. Instead, Bowden conveys this complex real-world, real-implications story using the frame of Hollywood patriotism. It reminded me of video game. Disgusting.
That being said, it did seem like there was decent investigative journalism there. But I can't even say that for sure.
But if you're into a shallow account of the US occupation of Afghanistan, a glorification of Navy Seals warriors, CIA bureaucrats, and a hawkish President Obama, then you'll like this book. It is entertaining if you can get past all the bull.
As for the narration, Lurie only made the Hollywood candy nature of it even more pronounced. Made me want to throw up a little.