I absolutely loved this book, not much more to say. The stories about great historic figures and the explanations of the takeaway and life lesson provided by the stories are tight and super interesting. In the end, it provides great advice and insight on how to live a fruitful life. Narrator was top notch as well.
If you are into the idea of taking care of yourself and your family first, if you are a conservative, you like fox news, and generally agree that the democrats have it wrong, you will like this series a lot. If you believe Democrat philosophy includes (1) trying to take "care" of everyone on earth (not possible), (2) favor unreaonable environment protection and fringe group rights over jobs and majority rights, (3) implement social programs regardless of whether they work and whether those they "help" generally deserve it, (3) dems' social programs often keep lower class citizens dependent on govt and usually reduce their incentive to better themselves, and (4) tend to garner popular vote majorities through social programs regardless of whether we can afford it, then ... you will like this series.
I liked the down to earth description of the action. Somewhat simplisitc writing style, but when I'm driving and listening, I like that because its easy to stay up on what is happening and I'm not into long boring descriptions of scene, constant switching of context and dangling cliffhangers (the unexpected shot rang out in the battle...suddenly the scene switches to some boring crap about some other story thread -- it never happens here).
All but the last book were excellent, but yes, expensive to listen to them all. The last book in the series was not my favorite, for sure. It was a total switch from timeline story telling to a long speech ceremony honoring the heroes. It was interesting for a bit but grew tiresome.
This series is for conservatives and plain reasonable people that work for a living, are not looking for handouts, do give to charities, but also hate most social programs beause they are not effective and too expensive. It's for people that love their country (as dems do to I think) but also believe we are going in the wrong direction. LIberals will of course hate it. It characterizes almost all of them as greedy, lazy, naive, and on the govt dole.
I will say the dem/repub pigeon holing was a bit too black and white. Not all Democrats are as unreasonable as this series casts them, and there are conservatives that ARE too extreme as well. But it did serve to clearly illustrate the different philosophies of left vs. right politics, how dem policies could truly lead to a disaster, and graphically exposes how each side can be unreasonalbe in their judjements of the the other.
Summary: narration great, story great, overall good - splitting the series into so many parts was uh, perhaps greedy?
After an hour of listening, I found myself copying the narrator's HEAVILY enunciated words in a half mocking, half joking tone. But then the chance to make fun came on more and more frequently, and the joking tone left... I couldn't focus on the story, instead I kept hoping he would stop. If anything though, it is getting worse. When I looked and saw I still had 9 plus hours to go, I briefly thought I would not be able to finish it. That's just me though, you be the judge, narrators are a taste thing, I believe, not a firm "good" or "bad" reality for everyone. I think the story is interesting so far, I like the characters and it is drawing me in. But the narration is tough. I'm going to ignore the way the words are v-er-eee care-full-eee s-p-o-k-en, and listen to the story line instead.
Barry Eisler does a good job narrating his own books, I prefer his versions over the others. Rain is a fun hero character, and the stories are always exciting. It's easy to get tired of a series if you keep listening to the same one book after book, so I take breaks and go elsewhere, then return. This series is as entertaining as Mike Connelly, Vince Flynn or Brad Thor material, great authors but I can also tire of them. It's like anything else I guess. This idea targets a review that said Eisler's series was same old, same old. They all are after a while. Anyway, glad I found John Rain! If you like thrillers, give this a whirl, you won't be disappointed!
Hooray for John Acuff, I believe this book is more original, honest, and inspiring than most new motivational books out there currently. His book Quitter was also good, but this one was even better, I think he has grown wiser since then, since his message was a little more upbeat and delivered with more conviction, I feel. It helped me a lot, thanks John! BTW, I'm pretty sure he reads these reviews, based on his comments about them in the book! :-)
I listened to the first 3 Drizzt books, And now I am glad to find this new series that carries on his adventures with other heroic characters. I ignored these books back when I used to actually read scifi/fantasy, now I wish I hadn't, excellent yarns. And by far, Bevine is the best narrator for the genre, not a fault can be found -- clear, good tone, his voice adds enthusiasm and excitement during exciting scenes, he does enough voice imitation for different characters to make it clear who is talking, but not corny either. And of course, the story was very good, else I wouldn't give it 5 stars. Highly recommended!
I only realized this was the American Seal that was murdered on Feb. 2012, AFTER I had bought and listened to about 2 hours of it. It changed the listening experience in a major way, making it feel much more personal and...surreal I would say. It is an engrossing book, ultra patriotic, very funny, often sad, never boring, and educational, all rolled into one. I found myself wishing I had joined the military as a kid, and had such adventures in my life as well. When I realized who he was and what had happened at that ranch, it really made me think about my own mortality, you just never know how long you have on this earth. After living through so much in war, to be shot while trying to help others is just a huge tragedy.
The narration was dead on, I don't know what Chris Kyle really sounded like, but I don't think you could have found a better voice. The narrator even choked up at places in the book, and I think it was genuine emotion, because I choked up a bit as well. One of the best books I've ever listened to.
And I have to say it here, Thanks to Chris and all the others in the military that have given so much for our country!
I took a chance on this, the preview sounded good so I went for it. I usually don't buy something with ZERO reviews, but I was looking for something new. I was NOT let down at all. Engrossing story line, never boring, and a powerful delivery by Michael Kramer, who played evil characters particularly well. It even had some thought provoking ideas about good, evil, willpower, fear, and the soul, if you pay attention. I loved it, and am looking forward to the next one. I highly recommend this book.
I love John Corey the hero, and Scott Brick the narrator is the best. I sincerely hope DeMille continues writing for the series, keep John alive!
I took a chance buying this since it is a new book with few reviews. It is a refreshing break from the "passion" based literature that is popular now. It teaches what has become uncommon sense these days - you get out of life what you put into it. Its backed by some research and good anecdotes, and gives needed perspective if you start thinking that you have to "find your calling". Few people find it without investing time, effort, an open mind, and patience, first. Saying that, I still find lots of motivating and helpful ideas in the passion based approach, so its not all black and white to me, but still this book adds a refreshing perspective.
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