Excellent! Gave me all the details on the 10 year manhunt for Bin Laden. This book was a perfect primer for "No Easy Day", which is also quite good, but in a different way. Both books give details on the raid, but this book focuses more on the 10 year manhunt since 9-11. No Easy Day is gets more into the life of Navy Seals and focuses on the Bin Laden take down operation itself. Each is equally good in its own unique way. I highly recommend both.
It was all I hoped for. You can't go wrong with this one. Ghaphic and realistic.
This book covers cancer from its discovery to the present. It was a fascinating journey that was very well described by the author's straight-forward prose. I hate to use the word love and cancer in the same sentence, but I loved this book on cancer! I was shocked by the radical cancer surgeries of the past and amazed at the innovations that have been developed. Still, the author left me with the impression the best is yet to come. At $5, this book was a steal.
Great book! I was riveted all the way through. The book was just as good, if not better, than I'd hoped. I noticed some negative reviews claiming that the author was guilty of having given away military secrets, but after having read the book I don't believe that to be the case. I read Manhunt as well, and that account has nearly the same level of detail, except for the details of the raid itself, which this book delves into. The details of this book, coupled with those contained in Manhunt and in photos leaked on the internet, I feel that I have a very complete mental picture of the historic operation and raid that resulted in the death of the world's most notorious terrorist.
This listen was a positive experience for me, but just barely. The best way that I can describe my listening experience was mildly entertained. The good character development originality and mystery element of the story is what stands out as some of the many positives for this book. Nevertheless, as the story unfolded I started to lose interest due to the fact that there were too many implausible story elements. I liked the writers style of prose and felt very connected while listening, but the story itself just didn't feel plausible at times. It isn't that I felt that there was no way I could ever accept what the author was asking me to believe, it was more that I felt the author didn't lay enough factual foundation to allow me to suspend my own disbelief. In short, there must have been at least a half-dozen moments where I found myself saying, "Oh come on now!" Also, the story unfolds in a cutesy kind of way, sort of like a Scoobie Doo episode. Despite the author's attempts to diffuse this problem by introducing Scoobie Doo jokes among the characters, I felt that this only made the situation much worse. Think Dan Brown hybridized with the writers of Scoobie Doo and you would have a pretty close mental picture. Don't get me wrong, Scoobie cartoons are great! I loved that each one involved a creepy supernatural mystery. But, I think I'm getting a little too old for Scoobie. Now, that said, I am a forty year old, so I have already been beaten down by the world and am no longer as open-minded as I once was! As such, I could see this book being a big hit for those in their teens or early twenties.
Brace yourself, yes, this is it, a negative review of the Kingkiller Chronicles. I read the other reviews and this seemed like a no brainer for me because I really like epic fantasy. I just finished the George RR Martin series, Game of Thrones and was hoping this would be of the same caliber and geared more for an adult audience. I found this book to be extremely boring because it was mainly about a homeless, pre-pubescent boy name Kvothe and his lute (weird looking guitar). Yes there is some magic and even some black spider-like monsters called Chandrian, but most of the story is about how poor this boy is and how hard it is to be poor and homeless while trying to make something of yourself. The magic consists mainly of lighting up lamps with magic light. Whoopie! I think this would be a very good choice for a young or teenage boy, but not an adult. As a 40 year old I just could not get into the character who is very young for most of the story. Don't get me wrong, its well-written and mildly entertaining, but life is too short to be barely entertained for thirty hours.
I will not be picking up the next in the series.
I've been a long time fan of the star wars movies and have read a few star wars books. This one was probably the best star wars book I've read. The writing was actually pretty good. As other reviewers have said, this book is really about sidious more than it is about Plaguis, but who cares. This book really filled in the details about how Sidious became a sith lord. I recommend this to any star wars fan.
This book sounded cool, but it is very unengaging. I have thought a lot about why this book has been so hard to get into, but I have no real explanation. All I know is that I have seriously tried listening to this book about a dozen times and each time I get bored and my mind wanders or I fall asleep. I will probably not go on to finish the book,
I'm actually reviewing the series, not just the first book. I've read all five in the series that are currently out. Books 1-3 are absolutely amazing. In fact, they get better as they go on with book three being the best in the series. They are the best epic fantasy I've ever read. Although I was glad to continue my reading experience with books 4 and 5, the series starts to show some cracks at this point. Essentially, the author continues to introduce more and more characters and unnecessarily convolutes the storyline and I simply got irritated and worn down by all the details. The author strays away from the core group of characters introduced in the first three books and I think this hurts the series. The 4th anf 5th books feel bloated and in need of a good edit. Don't get me wrong, they are still better than almost any other epic fantasy, they just aren't as good as the first three. Even with this criticism, I stongly recommend you read the series. the books are just phenomenal.
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