This book read less as an overall story of Valkyrie than it did as an autobiography of Philipp von Boeselager. While the book did have some interesting information, the focus of much of the book surrounded the author and his brother, another German officer involved in the plot. If you want an interesting story of a former German soldier, this is it. If you want an in depth overall view of Valkyrie, I would not recommend this.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ender's Game and decided to give Speaker a chance. However, it was nothing like Ender's Game in that it lacked the suspense, likeability of characters and ultimately the continuous movement that kept me interested in Ender's Game.
I was skeptical when I purchased this book because there was only one review written, albeit a positive one. Now, having heard the book, I know why the praise (and five star rating) was there. The characters are well developed, the scientific basis upon which the book is written is both factual (as to current technology) and forseeable (as to future technology) and the story is very well written. The book takes hold quickly and doesn't let you go until the end. I hope more people find this gem and give it a chance, you won't be disappointed.
While parts of the book get lost in abstract principles, the overall experience is entertaining. The jokes are not always funny (at least not to me), but very few books with a lighter side are going to hit every time. As for the read, I can't imagine reading the book in hardcover or having somebody else read Carlin but himself. If you enjoy him and his delivery, give this book a shot.
I found many key points of the story to be predictable, while I found the climax to be anticlimatic. At times the story seemed to rely too much on long narative speeches which made me feel like I was back in school listening to a lecture rather than ready (listening to) a book which I anticipated would have some degree of action. Lastly, as for the reader, I'm glad to read other people's comments about stomach noises and verbal ticks ... I thought I had a problem with my I-pod.
The book features a cast of well developed character and does a great job of establishing the period in which it is set. The reader was excellent and made listening a pleasure. Similarly, the story was easy to listen to and had a nice flow to it. I wouldn't recommend it for a first time listener because of its length, but if you're used to the audiobook format, go for it.
It's hard to adequately describe this show, you just have to give it a listen ... but we warned, it's not for the timid or the GOP. Audible Proops is a sarcastic and witty look at what's going on in the world today. It's very enjoyable in its own caustic way.
I've alwawys enjoyed John Saul's books, but this was the first one I've heard on audio. The reader did a very good job of presenting the book and distinguishing the characters in the process. Anyone who has read John Saul will enjoy the story. Anyone who is not familiar with him should give this a shot. It is well worth the time.
Although at times her reading seemed just like a recitation, the book was very enjoyable at its insight into the Clinton administration and the presidency in general.
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