Mark Bowden is by far my favorite contemporary author! This book contains many interesting facts that I would never have expected to learn. This book is one of his best! The subject matter is obviously captivating but there is a so much more than the description of the mission. This book actually made me reconsider my view of president Obama. I never thought that would happen!
The story was three times too long for the content. The narration was too slow, even on 1.25x speed. It was surprisingly political in parts. It covered the special operations team too sparingly.
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Well worth the time. Riveting in parts that overcome the sluggishness of the praising of President Obama and a not quite objective characterization of President Bush. I almost bailed during the early parts of what I saw as an over emphasis of President Obama's role which recurred in parts. I feel that this account excessively minimized the efforts of President Bush. But I left with a better understanding of the dynamics that President Obama balanced and his leadership in foreign policy. I learned. I appreciate. well done. I wish the reader used a little less inflection in certain parts. A good "read."
Removal of Mr Bowden's apparent (to me) political biases.
Y'all can mark me down as 'former' fan of Mr Bowden (e.g., 'Blackhawk Down' and 'Guests of the Ayatollah'). While his hagiograhical portrayal of President Barack H Obama pushed the envelope a bit of what would be should have been considered to be a dispassionate recounting of the tale ... his gratuitous cheap shots at President George W Bush simply went beyond the pale.
You should only purchase this book, if you are looking for a rah, rah cheerleading of President Obama's hand in the killing of UBL, that and a typical liberal's bashing of 43. The only item the author left out was how 44 kicked in the door and took out UBL himself.
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.
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.