I would definitely listen to this again. The heroic and heartbreaking story of these brave and determined Soldiers is gripping and emotional and reminds me that the US Soldier is the most capable, flexible, and resilient Soldier in the world. I was in Jalalabad, working for the brigade 3-61 CAV fell under when all this went down, and I can tell you that the story treated all of the Officers and Enlisted men of the Brigade/Squadron/Troops/Platoon very fairly.
The history behind the creation of the outpost is compelling, as are the men and women who were involved. I was fascinated as the local dynamics shifted with each new unit. Then, when the final battle was told, I found myself sitting in my driveway for long periods of time with this book on the radio. I just couldn't tear myself away.
I cannot point out one single person as my favorite in the story. So many of the Soldiers were distinctive, with functions and personalities that were fascinating.
Overall, Rob Shapiro was uninspired in his reading. Much of the time, he either sounded tired or bored. If the story wasn't so very gripping, I'd have had to put the book aside.
For the story, yes. For the reader, no.
Watch out as this book is laced with a thinly disguised political agenda, so much so that it is distracting from the actual story of the Heroes. I'm not one who likes to have the story of Soldiers used for personal agenda - using their words out of context for political motives. But get by that and the story is incredible, and well told.
This book may have been the best of the series, and that is saying a lot! The constant intensity of the story asked me wondering HOW IN THE WORLD the villain was going to be defeated. But Jonathan Maberry led to the story to a resolution that was hugely exciting, while maintaining its sensibility. Another thing that I really liked about this story was that we got a couple of glimpses of Joe Ledger as seen through the eyes of other characters. Though I had a good picture in my mind of who the Joe Ledger character is, this view helped round out that picture.
I'm really glad that Ray Porter stayed on for the entirety of this series. His representation of Joe Ledger is key to the picture I've formed in my head, and the way he adds emotion to the entire reading really nails the story's ideas into my head. At no time does Ray Porter become bland or seem disinterested. He reads with energy and emotion the whole way through.
Yeah. This book had several moments where I found myself on the edge of my seat, the rest of the world tuned out, and my only focus on the story. Also, some of the interactions towards the end of the book between Junie and Joe, and between Rudy and Joe were very deep and emotional.
I loved pretty much everything about the book. The development of all of the characters that needed a backstory was excellent. The story arc was enjoyable. And the historic premise worked well. This book was over before I knew it.
No extreme reaction. This isn't really that kind of book. I just had a really good time being carried by the story
Nothing about this story really stands out as a "best". It is squarely okay through and through. I was looking for something clever and mysterious about discovery and intrigue, but instead this book was little more than a watery shoot-em-up. Now don't get me wrong... I love a good shoot-em-up book, but this one wasn't too good at that, either. The story just seemed to lose itself while it tried to figure out what it wanted to be.
I have not and probably will avoid doing so in the future.
I found the narrator bland, almost to the point of irritation. To me, that pretty much matched the story, pace and all.
Had I a better idea of this book's content, I would have not purchased it. About half-way through, I found myself struggling to keep going. So I suppose I would have to say, "No."
Larry Correia is an excellent storyteller, so this book was time well-spent. However, I didn't find this book as outstanding as MHI or Grimnoir. To me, a large part of Correia's talent and enjoyability lies in developing cohesive teams out of his characters. This book did indeed have teams, but they weren't necessarily very cohesive. But it was a fair enough action story.
Kind of tired
From the moment the story started, I was captured by the main character, Watney (who was perfectly portrayed by R. C. Bray). The issues that he would either identify or that would befall him and the way he developed solutions to them were fascinating. Also, Watney's outlook on his situation and his ways of dealing with things made him a very likeable hero. I enjoyed how Andy Weir wrote the technical details that were so very central to the story without either bogging down the story or leaving the listener behind. I came into this book wondering how this story was going to fill 11 hours, but all of a sudden, those 11 hours were gone. This book is plain old good storytelling.
I was trying to work in my woodshop with this playing in the background. More than once, I caught myself standing there and listening instead of working. Also, yeah, the book had two moments that made me tear up a little. I also laughed out loud several times.
I listened to this book in two days. I carried my iPad with me everywhere I went to keep the story going on the Audible app. I almost listened to it in one day, but I had to grudgingly go to bed.
This central murder mystery of this book is unexpectedly complex. We follow the plot down one logic path, just to have one or two suddenly spring up. But it all connects well, making sense in the overall story. I did feel the resolution was kind of rushed, because,all of a sudden, the murder is resolved. Then the author launches into lessons about how to be a good christian like suppressing ambition, turning away from revenge, forgiving the worst violations against you, and going to church to get over life's worst tragedies. The main character even kicks out a very personable and helpful liberally minded guy from the rental apartment they own in favor of a christian couple and all is portrayed as being better that way.
Bottom line: I REALLY enjoyed the murder mystery. But after being preached to so heavily at the close of the story, I wanted to throw my iPad across the shop I was working in.
By the way, the narration is typical Mel Foster. I like his reading style. So I enjoyed that aspect.
I really liked the dark and gritty feel of this book. It had an attitude like a '40s detective story, but set in modern times. Unlike many modern vampire stories, this one does not revolve around cliched sexuality. Instead, it paints the picture of an underground where power players (both natural and unnatural) bend the life of a cynical lone operator.
The main character, Joe, was my favorite. I really enjoyed the portrayal of him as the reluctant good guy, someone almost mad at himself for not aligning with the more sinister elements.
I'm not normally a big Scott Brick fan, but his work on this book is genius. He portrays each character so perfectly that I can easily visualize whoever he is voicing at the time. And his style in this book is appropriately hard nosed.
I would recommend this to a friend who likes stories of cunning and intrigue over stories heavy with action and slick one-liners.
My favorite character was the Egyptian double-agent. I found his motivations fascinating. And I was very interested as he took actions that looked evil on the surface, but turned out to be necessary.
My favorite character to hate was the Egyptian spy who was working with the Russians. I found his character to be realistic and evil. The realism of him was enhanced in how I found his motivations to be completely unreasonable in my American mind, but to also be in complete agreement with many of the Middle Easterners that I have encountered in my life.
An Australian accent to a Cockney Englishman.
Yes it was. I was listening to it while I was in my workshop woodworking. When I was done, I continued to listen to it as I made and ate dinner. When I wasn't listening to the audiobook, I was thinking about it's twists and turns.
I'm not really sure. The character development and interaction is very enjoyable. The general overall story is also enjoyable. But it is laced with a fairly pronounced anti-military slant. And he relates hit attacks against the military like someone who watched the wars on TV and doesn't really have any first-hand knowledge. The attacks are tiresome and unoriginal, and they really aren't necessary in the telling of an otherwise very enjoyable story.
Christopher Farnsworth is a very talented storyteller. I came into this book fearing that characters from the previous book were going to be shallow rehashes. But the reality is that this story started with characters that were developed well by the events that took place between books, and I really enjoyed the main collection of people.
I followed Bronson Pinchot over to this series from another series that he did. He is incredibly talented in building the characters as he voices them. And that talent carries into this book. I can almost picture the characters as he is voicing them. I'd never guess they all came from the same person if I didn't know better.
I nearly did. As I mentioned previously, once I adjusted my mind to ignore the obvious agenda, I found the story to be very enjoyable.
If you are in the Marines or the Army and are considering this story, be ready for uninformed and repetitive mention of uncaring military shooting children and torturing prisoners, and hints that terrorists are justified. And be ready for them to be obvious attacks outside the content of the overall story. But if you can ignore this content, you may find that the rest of the story is a lot of fun.
I enjoyed the change of having Joe Pike as the central character. We actually experienced the story with him, as opposed to having him just pop into the story from time to time. This was a really refreshing change that furthered my understanding of Joe Pike's personality.
Crais readers have spent plenty of time seeing the world from Elvis Cole's point of view, so I have a good bead on how he sees himself. In this book, I really enjoyed seeing Elvis Cole from the point of view of others.
I actually almost did. While listening to this book, I took a wrong turn in the back roads of the Colorado mountains. So I decided to go exploring. This book made an outstanding companion for that time on the road.
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