I'm a huge fan of Audible.com and will NEVER listen to Kevin Collins again. His eagerness to sell the story ruined it for me.
Within the first hour of the book I was skeptical of Collins's performance. To me he sounded as though he was delivering a sermon and over emphasized much of the book. In my opinion, the last 25% of the content saved the book. Partly since Collins's role was limited and partly because it was an interesting perspective. One that I have not found in other SEAL books.
Perhaps. I don't feel as strongly about this book as I have other SEAL books previously.
Seemed Marcus Luttrell wanted to capitalize on his past success and write a public thank you note to all the people in his past. At times it seemed like a Navy sponsored fluff piece. I do hope that some of these stories get their own book in the future.
Rinella knows Buffalo!
There were some aspects surrounding the history were the facts had been lost with time and Rinella used his best judgement and expertise to fill in the gaps. That's not something I typically enjoy in non-fiction. These parts were minimal and didn't take away from the facts.
As he described the kill and butchering I was sickened; however, after his explanation about being a responsible advocate for the buffalo I felt more like a hypocrite for being a meateater.
I made some initial judgments and had preconceived notions about hunters before reading the book. I was wrong, to Rinella's credit he is not a stereotypical hunter.
Perhaps one of the most informative books I've listened to. This book truly opened my eyes to so many aspects of the past decade. There's a brief and informative lesson on Islam, a lesson on the inner workings of terrorism, and a peek behind the curtain of the sometimes sleezy CIA and the agencies of counter-terrorism.
His pronunciation of names and places within the text was extremely helpful. Had I read the book, there would have been a disconnect as I would have undoubtedly struggled with the language.
I was in awe anytime the CIA was mentioned. From Storm's narrative they operate much like you'd imagine, dark and shadowy, but seldom hear about in the first person. TOTALLY AWESOME!
Terrorists, and often the people chasing them, are disgusting. I can't believe this really happened!
Not necessarily. Finkel did a fine job with the narration however his performance didn't add anything exceptional to the story.
During the opening statements of the trial the description of the bodies was sickening. I have never felt so disgusted by a book. That being said, I eagerly finished the book.
To hear, in his voice, the explanation from his previous firing was interesting.
If only this book was a work of fiction. Longo is scum and I felt filthy after listening to his story. I've never had this gut turning reaction to any book.
Wishing for more!
Meyer Lansky, was a fascinating person. His daughter certainly has an interesting perspective of the legend.
There's more to the Legend.
Having just finished American Desperado, prior to this listen, I was waiting for Lansky's view on how the stepson was murdered.
The stories were interesting but I felt Van Zandt was holding back the most interesting cases for the next volume. Would have better as an unabridged version.
Not in my opinion.
I was glad to have heard the stories he offered but felt disappointed afterward.
New information or stories that can't be found in similar books.
Disappointment. The majority of the book was a re-telling of previous documented stories. Then the ending was a few hours of pure speculation on what "could have been" after the the attacks in Benghazi.
I returned this book.
Robin Bloodworth's performance definitely sets the audio version apart from the print.
Being my first listen of a serial killer I can't make that comparison.
Bloodworth's voices and accents allow the listener to distinguish between the characters. The voice of "Gacy" is chilling. This was Bloodworth's first performance in my library, it most certainly will not be the last. Incredible.
Wait for the DVD!
I was drawn in immediately upon starting the audio and I could not wait to turn it back on. After the trial began I found myself wanting to skip ahead. At times there are aspects of the trial that are redundant and mundane.
SEAL Operators = AWESOME!
Chuck Pfarrer's Warrior Soul. Wasdin's story picks up the SEAL timeline where Pfarrer's leaves off.
The Somali neighbor boy and the humanity displayed by Wasdin and his teammates.
Wasdin's storytelling encourages laughing rather crying. Front-butt, peepee slapping, and Smudge's gf introduction are a few laugh inducing anecdotes.
If you're a fan of SEAL books this would be a prefect choice. You will not be disappointed. Guaranteed.
I would rank this particular book somewhere between 5-10 out of 30 of the books I've purchased through Audible.com
The death of JFK and Bobby's reaction as well as his close relationship with his sister-in-law. The whole family dynamic of the Kennedy's is intriguing to me.
distracting "Quote" "unquote "
The brothers relationship certainly inspire some emotional response from most listeners.
Had the story not been so well written and interesting I most certainly would have returned the audio file due to Altschuler's seemingly unending need to vocalize the words, quote, unquote. This so was distracting and unnecessary. I have listened to countless Presidential non-fiction and never have encountered any other narrator vocalize these quotes.
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