Yes, I have seen the movie a couple of times. Why I waited 25 years to read(listen) to the book is a mystery. At it's core this is a tale of the extremes of life. Ed Gentry owns and operates an ad agency and is bored to tears. He takes a trip with his friends hoping to burn away the cobwebs that have appeared in his life. The real reason he goes, however, is simply to pacify his pal Lewis Medlock, who is a survivalist and outdoor nut. Ed even hopes that some last minute emergency can stop the trip. It does not. And readers are propelled faster and faster to the horror of Ed's moment of truth, when he thinks he must kill another man. And it is not a quick decision, at least not what might be thought of as instantaneous. Ed has plenty of time to track his prey, notice what the other man is wearing. He also realizes the other man is tracking him, and that is the actual moment of decision. Ed must decide in a fraction of a second what to do.
Author James Dickey writes with a poet's mastery of language. Descriptions of the hill people, the forest, mountains and the river are lyrically connected. A reader feels as if he is watching everything unfold. The two most enduring scenes from the movie involve rape and dueling banjos. As important and captivating as those two moments are there are many other episodes that will hold the listener(reader) enthralled. This is a true tale of survival.
This story coming from a top propagandist of the North Korean government is simply amazing. The author was was a true believer in the regime. But after meeting Dear Leader and seeing the outrageous luxury he wallowed in Jang started having doubts. As time passed Jang saw the deprivation, starvation, imprisonment and murder of hungry citizens he could no longer continue to participate in the lies he was required to write. He and a friend decided to escape North Korea and tell the world the truth of the truly evil nature of Dear Leader and his government.
The book reads just like a good thriller, but it is true which makes it heartbreaking. The amazing attempt at escape will keep you glued to this wonderful book. It will also leave you grateful for the privilege of living in the United States, or any other free nation.
This third entry in the Dewey Andreas series will keep you on the edge of your seat. Coes starts the action quickly and it never slows. Andreas must rescue a man who saved his life and also stop insane Iranian Mullah's from detonating a nuclear bomb in Tel Aviv. The story is perfectly narrated by Peter Hermann, who manages to keep the tempo steady from start to finish. If you are looking for an exciting thriller similar, but in my opinion superior, to Vince Flynn, this is for you. Grab it now!
This is one of those stories that will pull you in and not let go. I finished this nearly 21 hour audibook over a two day period. No matter where I was or what I was doing I just had to hear what was going to happen next. There are plenty of characters to like and even more to hate-hate a lot. And there are more twists and turns than a listener would expect from a novel about a will in probate. Micheal Beck does an amazing story with the narration, getting accents and nuance's of colloquialism's just right. Of the more than 1,500 Audible titles I own this one easily ranks in the top 20. You will not regret using a credit on this new Grisham masterpiece.
Somehow, against incredible odds, Ernst Junger served and survived the entire duration of the First World War. Junger relates the death and devastation he witnessed as though he was more than a participant engaged in a titanic struggle. It's as if he were a reporter relating the hell he witnessed. His words evoked images in my mind as though I was sitting on some hillside watching it all. Of the many first hand accounts of battle I have read, and there have been dozens, none compare to this one. Any reader who enjoys the kind of book that leaves them wanting more will relish this memoir.
First time author Ben Coes has written an exciting book that rivals Lee Child or Vince Flynn. The action starts quickly and never lets up in intensity. None of the good guys are immune from death. It is shocking, but realistic, when the good guys start dying. But this adds an element of realism that is missing in so many action/thriller books. The main character, Dewey Andreas is a man with the skills to complete any assignment that will protect his country. Power Down stands up to the novels of Child and Flynn but outshines them by being much less predictable than their books. I can't praise this book enough-get it and enjoy.
Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant were both aggressive fighters. This inclination to always be on the attack led to about 90,000 casualties between the Rebel and Union armies during just forty days in 1864. Wheelan's book gives the feeling of being present during this very bloody period of American history. This book is required of any history buff, especially those interested in the American Civil War.
I have always marveled at Lawrence Block's ability to make reader's like, even love, Keller, a professional hit-man. Yet, Block has done that, through five books in this engaging, and educational, series.
Keller is living in forced retirement from the job of killing people. He has not trouble living an ordinary life, because Keller is, well, ordinary. He has a wife he loves, a daughter he adores and a passion for philately-collecting stamps. And here Block shows his brilliance at telling a story by making philately seem interesting. Amazing, I always thought it oddly boring. Anyway, Keller has been in the building trade in New Orleans but business has slowed. Keller is not really hurting for money. He spends his days with his family and his stamps. Then, unexpectedly, the phone rings. It is Dot, his former handler. The old banter of their long time friendship/partnership resumes. Listening to Dot and Keller talk is as entertaining as hearing Keller ruminate about stamps or how to kill his target. Dot and Keller pick up as if they had not been forced into early retirement. Keller is excellent at killing people, but not because he enjoys it, but because he has a certain work ethic Keller's wife is aware of what her husband does(he saved her life by killing a man and that's how they met) and she is fine with it. Keller accepts Dot's first assignment and just like that, he is killing again.
Don't pass this up, even if you have not read/heard the first four books. Hit Me can stand on its own. Not every series leaves me wanting more, much less praying for more. But I hope and pray for more Keller stories.
This is one of the few audio books that makes me wish Audible had a 10 star rating system. Speaks the Nightbird deserves 10 stars. Life in Colonial America must have been brutal beyond anything we can imagine. Yet Robert McCammon does imagine it and he does so brilliantly. We learn about the superstitions, illnesses, lack of medicine and constant danger of starvation. The story starts in 1699, when Isaac Woodward, magistrate, and his clerk, Matthew Corbett, travel to Fount Royal to investigate Rachel Howarth. Rachel has been accused of murder and of being a witch. Woodward believes Rachel Howarth's accuser's, but Matthew is not so sure, but he has only a few days to prove her innocence. And the story of Matthew's investigation gives us a tale that will leave listener's racing to get the next book in this series. I listened to this audio book in just 4 days. Few books can keep me that mesmerized for 30 hours, but Speaks the Nightbird does so easily. I have such high regard for this first entry that I struggled to express it. I leave you with-it is wonderfully fantastic.
I am a big Civil War buff, enjoying works by Shelby Foote, Bruce Catton and James McPherson. After listening to this engrossing story I now add Groom to the list of authors who can relate epic battles like Shiloh to any reader/listener. Groom tells the story of this battle, which horrified everyone North and South with it's enormous butchers bill, by following privates, citizens and generals. The story is as good as just about any thriller. The summer before Shiloh saw the battle of Bull Run, which caused about 5,000 casualties, Rebel and Yankee combined. But Shiloh had a bill in blood of 23,000 fallen, which was more than all American wars combined up to that time. Eric Dove does a great job narrating, adding life to all the actors in this nightmare battle. Listener's will not regret this purchase.
I admit this book could have been cut down, probably by about 100 pages. DeMille shovels a gigantic amount of background information about Yemen, the Middle East over all, drones, and U.S. defense efforts against terrorism. This information is necessary, but I get the sense editing was tossed aside. Still, I enjoyed this John Corey entry despite it being the weakest in the series. Corey is still a wonderful character, filled with with and sarcasm, which is how I like my heroes. I really do like Kate, John Corey's wife, but she is reduced to acting like his mother this time around. Which is to bad, because Kate is as strong a character as Corey. You get patriotism, really evil bad guys, betrayal and loyalty. Those who give this story 1 star do it a disservice because it is still a fun time.
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