Narrated by Robertson Dean, he did great justice to the story bringing his usual expert retelling of aerial combat to life.This book did just one thing I hadn't expected, and that is to really tell me more about what the bombing of Germany was like from the ground and how much I really never learned about Switzerland (so called neutral) and other countries. A fine read, excellent detail, great narration. So much so that I'm now delving into more historical detail of where the war got started and how it really came to an end. Enjoy!
I highly recommend this book for many different reasons. The most significant however is the way multiple stories are told throughout the listener's journey along with Louis. Each story is compelling in its own right; the fact that each one occurred to one person - Louis Zamperini, is amazing. At the beginning I couldn't imagine how the book summary would keep me interested for the entire time, by the end I didn't want it to end. It's rare that I would feel that way, and I hope that whomever else listens to this book feels the same way too.
I won't repeat the story here. I won't provide any spoilers. I will say....
You will absolutely want this book in your library for many, many reasons. Get it and find out why.
D&G is a series of tales that are most amazing by the sincerity of their truth. Gladwell breaks down complex ideas, adds the human spirit to them, and brings ideas to life. An excellent book. Excellent title.
Anything you think you already know about this story won't prepare you for the magnitude of what happened on the ice and across the Antarctic Sea. Compelling, terrifying, encouraging. It is a masterpiece that is told with equal strength. Truly a must read.
The story of Robin Olds had to be told! And told it was, masterfully. Treated to the full force of a compelling storyteller the listener gets to hear it as it was. So rarely do we get to know the men or women who fought to keep our country free, this is a real treat. Thanks really have to go to Christina Olds, for without her insistence in discovering her father's stories and preparing this book after his death, we would have lost an amazing story. Instead, today we can sit a spell and hear the tales of flying in WWII and Vietnam almost from the mouth of the man who lived so much larger than life. Robin, sir I didn't know you, but I knew others who flew with you. I wish I could have met you too. But thankfully Ms. Olds brought him to my great pleasure.
This book is not suitable for children as it....well, it tells it like it was! And there ain't no sugar coating the language or events of a fighter pilot. That, my friends, was exactly who Robin Olds was: A fighter pilot; and I think that is exactly the way he'd like to be remembered.
Go ahead, get this one. It is so much more than worth it! Good Listening! JP
This is one that is best heard. His voice brings out the story as you might hear it over a fire burning long into the night. You won't get tired and will want to hear every event.
The fighter pilot. It may not be pretty, but we'll sure as H*** get it done if you'll let us!
Get it now!
Goods: The narrater did a fine job presenting a rather neurotic unlikable character.
The rest: This book illustrates clearly why the movie was so terrible. It lacks a likable character, it is the ramblings of a pathetic head case, and is absolutely nothing like the movie. Since the review is about the book, and not the movie, I won't continue the comparison (though I'd avoid the film too.)
The characters are flat, uninteresting, and the quirky likability you seek won't be found in the text. At the end, you are rewarded with it finally, well, ending. Recommend most anything else.
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