Recommended if you really want to know Brother Ray, but be prepared for his candor. He makes no excuses and offers no apologies for his choices. His was a fascinating life and he was an amazing talent. I thought I knew something about him, but how little I knew was revealed with this memoir.
As this began, I was not as enthralled as other reviewers. As the story continues and the voyagers managed one hardship after another, one might begin to ask, "could I have endured that?" Time after time they did and against tremendous odds. What astounding constitutional strength by so many! In the end, they accomplished so much more than they intended, albeit at quite a cost. By the end, it truly was gripping.
I did not realize until the notes at the end, the book was published that long ago. As others have commented, the reader does a great job. His pacing, tenor, emphasis, etc. are near perfect. He does a wonderful job projecting the emotions of the men and portraying the various characters in their voices.
After completing it today, I have already begun to listen to it again to absorb it all more fully again. Stories like this are exactly why non-fiction is so much more interesting.
I am baffled how people are rating this so high. It is a rambling, discontinuous stream of conscious kind of work. I have purchased approximately 40 books on Audible and this is the first one that simply did not warrant finishing. At 2/3rds of the way, I surrendered---no more. I, too, am in a medical field and so was particularly attracted to this about getting better in practice and teaching. Nothing in this collection of anecdotes provides a basis for self-study insights toward improvement. The narrator is fine. In fact, he has my admiration for doing his job on this one.
First, all the bluster about revealing operational secrets, etc.---it is not there. Nothing I heard in this narrative was particularly a surprise. If any adversary could gain some type of tactical advantage from this, they obviously have not done their homework elsewhere. I suspect some of that bluster is because the author is not particularly complimentary of Obama and his willingness to take credit for the operation. The author does not drone on about this, but simply makes an observation and moves on with the rest of the story.
To learn the inside story of what actually happened with the mission is very interesting, particularly how close it came to going horribly wrong. This book is mostly about the men who train relentlessly becoming professional operators and the work that goes on to allow them to succeed. If you have an interest in current events and like to know the intricacies of how this event actually occurred, this is recommended.
This one is, indeed, a must for blues fans. Buddy Guy's story is compelling--from working in cotton as a child to being a world-wide acclaimed guitarist. The history he tells of other blues musicians over the decades, however, is priceless. After listening to this, you will probably be a greater fan of Buddy's and you will have loved all the stories he told along the way.
If you are a fan of the ABB, you will love the story of how the band was formed. The group's struggles are well documented, but you will likely learn a few things along the way. Any discussion of the ABB invariably includes "what ifs" and we are again left to wonder what music could have been created had Duane lived longer. Gregg's personal account appears to hold nothing back. I confess to being a fan and have worn out multiple vinyl copies of Fillmore East before finally switching to CDs. It is still one of the finest sets every produced. The story behind the cover photos was interesting--and probably not what you might have imagined. This is but one of many nuggets along the way. Will Patton's reading is spot on. He seems to capture Allman's soulful expression from the text to match what Allman delivers in performance. Patton's delivery adds tremendously to the story, giving it great realism. I would have given this an overall of 4.5 had that option been available.
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