Walpole, MA, United States | Member Since 2011
Learning about all the different training techniques that the Delta Force operatives used. It was good to know that we have soldiers taking a proactive approach to combating terrorism at home and abroad.
The descriptions of the training sessions for Delta Force operatives, especially the live fire shooting drills.
Bit too folksy
It wasn't the most compelling listen, but a solid and enlightening book about the formation of Delta Force.
I thought the book was good overall, however I found myself looking for some more gritty details about life in Delta Force. One highlight of the book is the author's postscript at the end. I think he does an excellent job of summing up the root causes of terrorism and makes a compelling argument about where our military focus should be.
The story had great stakes, great characters, and it moved along at a brisk pace. It kept me riveted the whole time I was listening.
The needle is a great character.
I love the ensemble cast approach that this book has. It was a different listening experience that was jarring at first (seeing as I am so used to one narrator), but ultimately worked perfectly for the story. I think more books should be read like this.
"The Needle has Landed"
If you love historical fiction and love to get absorbed in a tale, this is a great way to go.
Well, it's hard to critique a free audiobook, but I'll give it my best shot. I guess I would have liked some better characterization, less stereotypes, less complex murders and a more realistic portrayal of what someone in those circumstances might feel.
No, actually, it made we want to seek out other "Murder on a Deserted Island" type of stories. It was the curiosity about who was the killer and why that kept me going until the end even though I wasn't a huge fan of the story.
He was good.
Disappointment. As I said above, this is a great genre to work in, and it was a little disappointing that there wasn't more effort to create characters with some depth, some good parts and bad parts, and maybe a killer with a clear motive. Maybe there could have been a morality aspect to it. I mean the workplace is pretty cutthroat.
Hey, I love a free book so no complaints. Just a little disappointed that it wasn't a better listen.
I probably wouldn't try another book from Roger Zelazny, but I don't have a big problem with the narrator.
I wanted to like this book, it just seemed to be too flawed. There were too many characters to keep straight, the stakes were never clear, the fact that the main character starts off the book with no memory means that we never get a sense of the rules in which we are operating, so the writer can just change circumstances at whim.
Narrator was good for the most part.
I would look at a book like "The Rook" by Daniel O'Malley, which also has a protagonist with hidden powers waking up in an amnesiac haze, but does a much better job of setting the stakes, making the main character accessible, and grounding us with some rules.
I don't mean to bash on the book, but I really tried to get through the whole thing (it's only 5 hours or so), and just had to give up because I didn't care about anything.
I thought the detailed plotting and authentic use of Conan Doyle's characters made this book good.
Dust and Shadows or the House of Silk --> two other Holmes stories written by contemporary mystery writers.
Some of the stories are better than others, but overall I found this an enjoyable read.
It's such a compelling story, and I think the author did an awesome job of telling the story as it happened. He is an evenhanded, fair and rational narrator and earns a ton of credibility from treating everyone objectively.
The blow-by-blow description of the operation to get Bin Laden was riveting.
The whole thing is a moving story about people working hard and taking chances and putting themselves in a position to accomplish something incredibly difficult. It's a really moving book that makes you proud to be an American.
Highly recommended. It's one of those books that I had to listen to in small doses because I didn't want it to end.
Don't join cults.
The incredible amount of detail that the author puts into her telling of the Jonestown story. She did a good job of sorting through the hype and the sensationalism and painting a deeper, more horrifying story of slow and relentless brainwashing, isolation and madness.
Favorite is the wrong word. But the description of the cult's final decision to take the Kool Aid was gripping and unforgettable.
Highly recommended, both as a historical document and as a social examination of the allure and hypnotic pull of cult life.
I would listen to it again. It had a lot of enlightening information about what it takes to make it as a Navy SEAL, and some lessons that Webb learned in SEAL training that apply to everyday life as well. Plus any chance you get to learn about the SEAL training process makes you appreciate their work so much more.
This might be a cliche, but the section on BUDS training was what stands out to me. It takes a certain type of person to stand up to the physical and mental stress, and it was great to see the process through Webb's eyes.
This book is great for providing insight into the training process for becoming a Navy SEAL, and for explaining how SEALS and other special forces units were used during the early days of the war in Afghanistan. Oh, the unique twist referenced in my headline is that Webb himself introduces each chapter in a short recorded segment. It makes the book more memorable to have both the author and the narrator on track.
The best part was that the author had one point that she stuck to and backed it up with examples and anecdotes. The weakest part might be the delivery, which seemed a little sleepy at times.
I think a little more energy might have helped.
That successful people find time to dedicate to doing the things that are important to them. That the first half hour of work is often wasted by settling in (I am guilty of this and it was good to have it pointed out)
For the price, it's not a bad little audiobook. A quick study with some solid, supportive advice.
It is an informative book about the brain that does not get too bogged down in scientific specifics, but rather uses a lot of real life examples to illustrate the author's points. Plus, it provides some hope for those of us who are stronger in the right brain.
If you like Malcolm Gladwell's books, I think this is comparable.
N/A as this is non-fiction
Not necessarily, but that's not a bad thing. A book doesn't have to be a rip-roaring page turner to be great. I did get through it pretty quickly.
I think that it is hard for an author to strike the right balance between brain science, social commentary and workplace theory, and Daniel Pink does a great job of getting it right here. It's a good book that makes you feel good about the future of jobs in the United States and other developed countries.
I wanted to listen to this book because it was something I always wanted to read. I think the concept is great, but the execution seems a little outdated now. There are long, long descriptive passages of sea flora and fauna that are hard to keep straight, and the entire tale is a little affected. So I'm glad I listened to it but not sure if it is for everyone.
The most interesting aspect is the Nautilus itself. The workings of the ship, it's layout, and the idea of spending so much time traveling undersea. Verne does a great job of creating a tangible world beneath the waves.
No. Were there two narrators? It was hard to tell them apart if so.
I think it does, though it's probably a century too late for that now. There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end.
It's an interesting book and an easy listen, but it is interesting to see how the reality of the text stacks up to the impressions of "20,000 Leagues" that I had from movies and pop culture in general.
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