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.
I haven't read the print version, but I suspect that the audiobook would be far better because all of the cast and crew from the movie personally talking through their contributions. Also, though he tried to keep it in check, you can really hear how emotional Cary Elwes became as the book started to reach its close.
The story the Soldier told to Cary Elwes.
25 years on, and I could still hear the fun and enthusiasm from the cast and crew as they recount this movie and the process of making it. Also, Cary Elwes does some very good imitations of people throughout.
When I first started listening to this book, I thought it was just a bunch of sunshine pumping by the author. But as the book went on, I realized that it was really a genuine and strong affection for the people and events he talks about. And when I realized that, the sharing of this story suddenly became really fun and rewarding. Overall, this book is very warm and heartfelt.
Many times, the middle story of a trilogy seems to be a little watered down as it serves its purpose of setting up the next and final story. This is not the case, here. Having listened to all three books, I can say that this book is just as rich and exciting as either of the other two. If you've listened to Hard Magic and are considering this next volume, get it! I had a lot of fun reconnecting with the established Grimnoir characters and meeting new ones. And the bad guy is a REALLY bad guy.
Bronson Pinchot continues his outstanding reading for the series, bringing to life each individual character with an amazing array of voices.
I didn't rate this five stars based on literary value. It has next to none. I rated five stars based on sheer enjoyment. This book is just plain fun! Based against a sci-fi backdrop, you'll find fantasy, noir, crime, comedy, and a light smattering of romance.
And the narrator was about as perfect as could be for the voice of Hank. But he didn't slack off on the other voices, either. Male, female, species, race, and life station: This guy represented each one independently and entertainingly.
This book will not change my life, but it did help me enjoy it a lot more.
As an intermediate book, I really enjoyed it as much as any other intermediate book I've read or listened to. It starts a little slow as it establishes its connections to the first book and builds steam as it launches towards book 3. Old characters are brought back and expanded on, and new characters are introduced and fleshed out nicely.
I've read other reviews that did not like the multiple points of view. But I found that fascinating in this book. I really liked the expansion of characters that were relatively minor in the first book but that had potential (even if I didn't see that potential in the first book).
Again, Steven Brand treats commas as if they were periods. He suddenly stops in the middle of a sentence, pauses, and then finishes. He's also not much of a character narrator. But all in all, the story was so good that this didn't diminish it.
Be ready for a book that it peppered with some minor commentary on some social issues. Some good episodes in the book deal with morality. Extremely conservative listeners could be offended by some of the minor mention of sexuality issues or examples of religious intolerance. These things are not really thrown in the listener's face, but they are there.
I actually did listen to it a second time. Book 2 of the series made some references to this book that I wanted to check out. I really glad I did. Not only did I fully enjoy the second listening as much as I did the first, but I also confirmed the connections to book 2 that I was looking for and had more jump out at me. Fully satisfying!
I can't nail it down to one thing. I really enjoyed the journey of the main characters rom boys to men. But I was also really pulled in by the emerging story of a virtuous man constantly struggling against the schemes of greedy or ambitious people who for one reason or another have sway over his destiny.
The narrator wasn't terrible. But throughout much of the story, he treated commas like periods. The sentence would suddenly stop, pause, and then continue as if a new sentence. At first it was a little confusing. But once I got used to it, I stopped being surprised and losing my mental flow.
Yes it was. It is a very well paced story with relatable characters
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.
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