This is a great book to complement the Mass Effect game series. It was interesting to find out more about the life of Captain Anderson and his relationship with Seran before we see them in their roles in the first game. The narrator does an excellent job performing the different characters and delivers every line of the story with appropriately dramatic pacing and tone. Despite the great performance and satisfying action-oriented story, I might only recommend this to fans of the series and the sci-fi genre as a whole, as there seems little to gain here besides an insight into the lore behind some events within this fictional futurisitc universe.
For many years, I only considered myself a casual-follower of political news. I always preferred to laugh with Jon Stewart over the absurdities of our politics, rather than feeling particularly invested in what goes on in government. That completely changed after I caught The Daily Show's interview with Rachel Maddow for this book. Charmed by her intelligence and charisma during those 5 minutes, I decided to download her audiobook and hear what else she had to say. She did not disappoint!
Rachel brings all her personality into this 9-hour listen, and takes you on a full-circle tour of American military and political history spanning from the Second World War to present day Iraq/Afghanistan. I think regardless of your political views, you can appreciate the thorough historical context she provides for how and why the American military came to be in its present state: an instrument of incredibly enormous potential, wielded by the few, and used with a frightful lack of oversight on the part of Congress and enabled by the disinterest of the general public.
I am thankful now to no longer consider myself among those disinterested in what our government is up to. The narrative here is fascinating, and I'm really grateful to have heard it straight from Maddow herself.
Long story short- Highly recommended!
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