This has been one of my favorite listens. I have listened to every chapter multiple times and get something new out of each listening. It is content dense, but so interesting.
First off, the author makes me feel like a serious underachiever. Secondly, he gives very good descriptions of life at West Point, Ranger training, Airborne training, being a Rhodes Scholar, and life as a young officer at war time.
One more good book to add to your military history books.
If you are not crying by the end of this book, you are not human. If you do not have a deeper respect for the people that volunteer for the Armed Services, you have no soul. This book was well-written and well-read. A good description of the day-to-day activities of marines serving in Iraq. The lieutenant who wrote this book did what all good officers do, he gave full credit to his men for what went well, and took full credit for what went wrong.
I got this book because I really enjoyed the Time Travelers Wife. This book was a disappointment. A lot goes on in the book that really makes no sense. Although I highly recommend the Time Travelers Wife, I cannot in good conscience recommend this book.
Not your typical book, but very entertaining. I found myself listening to it whenever I could. Full of interesting, but logical twists and turns. A worthy listen.
One reviewer writes "Liberal, gay", as if this is enough to tell one all one needs to know about why the book is bad. Personally, I find liberals a much more decent and pleasant lot than conservatives. I do not care one wit about a person's sexual orientation, as long as they understand the word "no". The author is writing about the decadence of America. And it is true. Our society has gotten to the point where we have to create stress and difficulties for entertainment (Survivor, the Apprentice, the list goes on), and we have a great proportion of our society overweight. We drive gas guzzlers and state that it is our right.
Is it wrong to fault us for this? I think not. If you spend any time in other countries, you quickly realize how spoiled American's are, and how we feel it is our right, not a privilege.
This book is not for all, and neither are Ann Coulter's books. Be forewarned.
This audiobook is so well written and so well read, that if you listen for 30 minutes, you'll wish you could just spend the rest of your day listening to it. Blood and guts? Definitely, as it IS about the Vietnam war. But the storytelling is so good that it will draw you in and you will just want to hear more.
To be honest, I have not yet finished it, so I cannot give you a complete plot line. But I am planning on putting my youngest to bed, sitting on the couch, and letting the storytelling take me away...
This book was so enjoyable that I was sad when it ended. The narrators voice was perfect. The story was engaging. All during the story, despite the fact that I knew how it ended (the story let's you know the end at the beginning), I found myself constantly worrying about the main character. Amazing, so well written. Religious people will feel that it shows the power of God, non-religious people will feel that it shows the power of self-determination. To realize that it was a work of fiction says so much for the writers abilities.
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