Yes - the book is well-read and it's an amazing account
The first book that came to mind was The Caine Mutiny - but TCM is about a destroyer minesweeper, is fiction, and largely hinges on poor command, while this book is nonfiction, is a sub, and is largely about good command. But in both books there's a lot of detail about the day-to-day concerns of the men aboard their respective commands.
For me, it's often the little things. Fluckey's point about not appreciating being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor because it stipulates actions taken without regard to ones personal safety implying he took them without regard to the safety of his crew is an excellent point and really sticks in my mind.
Mostly, I was amazed. Of course, there's always some sadness when the crew has to split up and the command is over, as with any story involving people who formed friendships under intense conditions and subsequently parted ways.
One of the best WWII books I've had the pleasure of experiencing.
It was, but I think I'll have to spend more time listening to it again, as I frequently do with histories. It's hard to keep things straight, partially because it's hard to keep a timeline in one's head as the events go from disaster to disaster. What's a flash-back? What's in order? I'm not sure.
A better flow time-wise would be better. It's hard to keep all the place names straight and move from one event to another, unsure if they're directly connected, how they relate to each other... sometimes it's clear. Other times, not so much.
His French accent is great so any time there's an actual conversation, he adds flavor to it quite well.
It inspired me to read more about the French war in Vietnam.
Generally, this is an interesting subject and really shows how skilled, operationally, Giap was. He made mistakes, but the strategic plan was spot-on.
It was well researched.
A little depressing, given the inevitable end.
He was pretty good. I especially liked his Richard Nixon impersonation. His voices tend to be subtle, which helps keep it an objective reading and not an attempt at dramatization.
The plight of the civilians.
Karnow isn't objective, but neither is he biased one way or another. It's as if he thinks everyone involved, left, right, communist, democrat, republican... they all deserve excoriation. And he's probably right.
The one thing about the book that can be confusing is that he tends to follow a timeline of one aspect of the war far enough that when he goes back it's kind of hard to remember where you were anchored.
I'll probably listen to it again, though.
I may listen to it again simply because it's easy to miss things when listening to a book. But it's not an easy book to listen to because so many people die. And not well.
I don't think there were characters he really had to play. The few quotes were pretty much all the same.
"Dien Bien 2"
It's a pretty accessible history until the end, where it kind of bogs down and meanders a bit after it feels like it should have ended. But otherwise, interesting and well-researched.
Absolutely. This is not a reflection on either. Scott Brick is a find audiobook reader and I actually picked this up after hearing him in Dune. Philip K. Dick has a lot of stories that turned into excellent movies, so I doubt this is typical.
Well, that's quite a challenge. I suppose many of the same things the scriptwriters removed were things that generally slowed down the story. I don't know if Dick intended some kind of philosophical exploration of empathy and religion, but it didn't seem to work from my perspective.
I liked how Brick portrayed the bounty hunter at the other police department.
Yes, but barely. I usually re-listen to audiobooks many times, but this one I shan't revisit.
This just wasn't as good as the movie - which is a judgment I almost never make. If anything, it demonstrated how much vision and skill went into translating the story into the film and the expertise with which it was done.
If you had told me an author would be able to write about a truly alien intelligence, I'd have been skeptical. But Stanislaw Lem was able to capture the alien even better than Lovecraft. I was really impressed.
Lem also knows human thinking - he's able to capture how scientists would approach the alien intellect he created - and all the reasons it would have problems.
I have not heard other performances, but he does a good enough job that I will look at what else he's done.
There wasn't a particularly MOVING moment. I'd say the exposition that exists is unusually good.
Some of the early scifi authors are truly masters of the craft. Stanislaw Lem knew what he was doing.
Hirsh humanizes the soldiers and Snow brings their humanity to life
Jason Cunningham for always thinking of others
When a PJ trainer goes to the extreme of rappelling down a building to catch trainees talking.
The pain of a family having to bury their loved one.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys story about people whose job it is to save others, for people who are interested in real military accounts, and for people who find helicopters interesting, Nothing is over-explained, everything is relevant, and there are no "boring parts." The narrator has the right timbre for the subject matter and does a great job giving the people life - the very reason we buy audiobooks.
Not really. The book was written as more of a history and less as prose. The result is that it doesn't flow well when read aloud.
Prince Sihanouk's ability to always switch to the winning side.
Limited by material
I thought the book was fantastic and thought it might be fun to listen to it on a trip because I'd been meaning to read it again. While the book is fantastic, as an audiobook, it is disappointing.
Six Days of War: both works give complete views from as many available sources as possible
No, but this was a great performance.
The lost opportunities to prevent the Holocaust.
This is really a necessary read for anyone interested in the history of the Third Reich. More recent works have better information on some topics, and Shirer's military analysis is limited, but nevertheless, if you've not read this work you won't have as complete a picture as you need in order to understand Europe in the mid-20th century.
I've listened to just a few, usually books I know are good, so the competition is tough. It's definitely not in the lower third, but it's hard to say it's up there with Dune or The Caine Mutiny.
When a colonel made a poor decision about yelling at a wounded soldier fresh in from the fight.
He's got a good voice and is good at letting you get into the story.
It helps convince you that we shouldn't send our soldiers into a war unless we're quite sure it's necessary - it's a terrible thing to do to a man, sending him to war.
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