Isn't that what you want?
This is a fascinating look at a career the vast majority of us simply couldn't do. The author seems interested in exploring his own psychology, and recognizes he has done something highly unusual in becoming a Seal Team member. So, he has the self-awareness to write about his experiences in a meaningful way. I was pretty impressed.
First of all, the narrator was fabulous. He was just right for this. The book does not have a false word in it, and the author succeeds in making the characters, rich wastrels though they are, into people I cared about. But, you'll be glad they don't live next door. Less Than Zero held my interest all the way through.
Yikes. Does someone need a hug? Actually, the narrator was entertaining and insightful at times, but so is the crabby lady down the block. This is another one of those books that I endured. Just as an experiment in anti-matter, I might set Herzog next to Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and see if the world explodes.
I had high hopes for this, especially after the beginning sections. Then, the whole thing fell apart for me. It was tiresome and a chore to listen to. But I finished it. So, it's done. Now I'm going to read what I want.
I read this a year ago, and I am still amazed at the similarities between Trollope's time and our own. I'm talking, of course, about all the Ponzi schemes and human frailties. An engaging book that held my interest.
I didn't get very far in this before I abandoned it all together. I'm still not sure what went wrong here. It seems like if you liked The Winds of War (As I did) you might like this one. There were interesting characters, boatloads of facts, and real situations. And yet, there was a stick-to-the-formula feel to the book. I quit before the second part, because I couldn't see slogging through all five (?) parts or however many feeling like there was nothing new here.
This book has a style and characters that are not that exciting to me, but would probably be to someone else. The characters like libraries and manuscripts and probably (it's been a while since I read it),a spot of hot tea to really make the world right. It was all very into the joys and nail-biting of academia, if that's what you like, with an extra teaspoon of fuss-budget. The characters seem a little geriatric for as young as they're supposed to be. Some books of this genre really work for me (give me Jane Austen and yes, some Earl Grey),and I wish this could have been one. (The Historian by E. Kostova was good, too).
This book was one of the best I have listened to. Just when I thought there wasn't anything new to hear about WWII and what led up to it, this book comes along! I felt like it got me more inside the Third Reich than any book or movie so far. A big claim, but that's how I felt as I listened. The author lays it out like a historian. Not to detailed, but yet plenty of factual information, at least for my tastes. The story of the daughter you have to read to believe. Holy smokes.
I listened to this book over a longer time span than usual. I wasn't always positive what was going on and maybe that time span was why, or maybe print would have been better in this case. Some parts engaged me more than others, thus the wishy-washy title of my review here. But I was glad I stuck with it, even though at times I wanted it to pick up the pace a little. The ending was good - not every book can say that. I will look at other works by this author for when I am feeling cerebral and clever, or at least am in the mood for that kind of company.
I listened to this one a while ago - I think about a year - but it still sticks out in my mind for the exceptional story, the flow of the tale, and the unobtrusive narrator. The book deftly leads you to the point where you can see how someone would end up as one of his victims, or at least it provides some rational explanations. Good book.
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