I almost didn't get this because of the few but emphatic negative reviews. I'm almost through book and all I can say is, "what's the problem?" The story line is fascinating because it's based on the dramatic events of the time--war, revolution, suffrage, industrialism, and the decline of monarchy and aristocracy. The characters are engaging, fully developed, and painted with fine oils, not crayons. John Lee's narration is superb and of course he's an old friend after POTE and WWE. I say if you don't like this story, it's your problem, not the author's.
I think once was enough for this one.
Fighter Pilot, see below.
I think he also did "Fighter Pilot" which was in a similar vein (military history)
I wasn't really sure what Delta Force was about. I'm thankful that we have them.
A lot of the book--more than half--is about the grueling training that Haney went thru to become an operator. Some of this got a bit tedious at times. I might have preferred more stories about the operations. Still, this is an amazing story, told well.
Probably not, this is Joe's specialty and I didn't care for Paul's narration
The narration had odd pauses, especially the first half. This interrupted the flow for me.
I think anybody who doesn't live by themselves in a cave could benefit from this book.
This is great material that I will use in my personal and professional life. I actually bought the paper book to pass around my office to my employees so they can be more effective in meetings.
The audiobook suffers from two issues, however. The narration is weak, with strange cadences and pauses that break up the reading and make it sound unnatural. An example from Chapter 1: "Whenever I'm teaching people about, body language, this question, is invariably asked. Joe, what got you interested in study non verbal behavior, in the first place?" This passage includes passive voice and five pauses when there should be only two (after "language" and "Joe"). This might seem petty, but over the course of hours it adds up. It does seem to get better toward the end of the book.
The second issue concerns what we used to call "meatballs" in writing. There is a lot of rambling and repetition about how important and useful what you're about to hear truly is. These are the noodles and I want the meatballs. Yes there needs to be setup and context, but it seems to take quite too long before you actually dig in to the good stuff that you got the book for.
That said, when you finally get to the information, it is as good as promised. It makes perfect sense that our bodies communicate without us knowing it, and that our limbic brains betray our "freeze, fight, or flight" heritage. There is so much to learn here that I will probably want to go through it all twice. (Which of course will make the cadence problem even more annoying.) So there is my mixed review.
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