Anne Garrels account of the people of Baghdad, their fears, their dreams, their families and their pride in themselves and their country, brings the war on Baghdad back to the personal level.
It is powerful in that it is one of the few peices of work which cuts through the politicised large media organisation view of Irag that has been portrayed to the world, to focus on how the war affects people, parents, children, who are just like us.
It is wonderfully captivating, with great narration (Although Anne's partner Vi's occasional short narratives are sometimes painful in tone and reading style)), however this does not take away from a great book.
Yes it was a good fun engaging story with a great fun mystery. Unfortunately I find the character development to be "thin"...and it was mainly an action story telling of events.
Towards the end the author seemed to run out of ideas and the story went a bit "silly". I thought that towards the end he tried to leverage off Stephen King's"The Gunslinger"...but Peter Clines story telling and character development are no where near Stephen Kings skills and ability.
Probably not. The story was fun, but I prefer an author with a bit more depth and character development rather than a thin action mystery story.
Excellent narration. He made a mediocre book come alive. Well done!
Read more Stephen King!
This audiobook had me hooked from the start. The story is down to earth, not pro political propaganda or full of brovado, just an individual's experiences, both good and bad. The author shares his fears, thoughts and views and shares a very personal insight as to what it's like to got to war and then to come back home and readjust. I felt like I had come to know the author and was saddend when the audiobook came to an end. This is one book where I wish it was unabridged. Of particular interest was the descriptions of the pro's and cons of the military organisation, things they do well, things they don't do well - working for a large company I could relate exactly to these descriptions.
The narration was excellent, low key but never boring or monotone, but added to the personalisation of the story (the author, Nathaniel was also the narrator).
Congratulations Nathaniel on an excellent book - this is one of the most balanced down to earth accounts of life in the US Military that I have read/listend to.
This is a must listen. One of the best audio books that I have listed to.
Nathaniel should consider a followup story of his life after the military and how his experiences in war have influenced his path in life....
This book started off interestingly and had heaps of potential - personal experience in the war combined with famous archoeology wonderful history of civilisations and a backdrop of Baghdad. Unfortunately as the book went on it didn't develop and started repeating itself, quickly "slipping away". No further insights were learn't about the people (including the narrator) , or the context of these events set in their own lives. Overall dissapointing.
This book is huge.....long.....and captivating all the way......
It had me wanting to continue listening for more at every minute of it's (40?) hours. It is the most enjoyable listen I have had to date and gave a seemingly realistic insight into the workings of the CIA and other spy agencies.
The character development is excellent, from the Uni study days, through recruitment , training , first posts and on to senior positions and eventually end of careers.
It nicely ties in realistic events in great detail, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion and leaves you wondering if this is a non fiction or a novel.
Be warned...it will take over your life ! Your family will be sicj of seeing you listening and wearing your earphones - you won't be able to stop listening.
Excellent narration. Highly recomended
I have been a Ludlem and Jason Bourne fan over many years and loved the previous three Bourne thrillers. However I was dissapointed with this listen. The character insight was unusually weak, not giving the usual intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and struggles of Jason/David that the previous books did and didn't do him justice in my opinion. The plot was good, but not brilliant but brought the threads from the initial book together.
Overall it was ok , but a little dissapointing. I was not captivated by it and found it a little long winded.
Biggest selling point was the excellent narration.
This story is simply told in simple language, but very powerful. It describes the affect of war on people, young soldiers, parents, brothers and sisters and of the horrors faced by the young men of the US in Iraq. I found at times that the tears wlled up in my eyes and the anguish and waste of war was described. If more politicians read this story, perhaps there would be less wars in the future !! (we can all hope.....)
The only negative is that the narration is not great, however the boring voice does not take away from the power of the story.
A superb book. A long book but every minute is captivating. But, be warned, this book will take over your life !! The story is amazing and the narration is great. The book grabs you and doesn't let go. At the end you wish for more.
The best audible book I've read so far.....
This is indeed one of the best books I have had the good fortune to read and also one of the best narrations from all of my Audible purchases.
All Audible customers should consider purchasing this book, whether or not you are history fans. The book is captivating, once you start listening you will not be able to stop -
be prepared to have your life disrupted!!!
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