Dispense with the foul language and crude manner. I guess I should have known better. In this case you sure CAN know a book by it's cover.
High on crudity and very low on facts with regard to the story. I only listened to the Assyrian Persian and Greek sections and turned it off. This book is awful.
This book is more geared toward a juvenile delinquent. This is a first for me on Audible. Never have I outright rejected a book I've downloaded in all the years I've subscribed.
I very much enjoyed the bios of 5 of the most famous movie directors America produced. The vignettes about some of my favorite movies as well as period stars was tantalizing. Harris tells fascinating stories about WW2 through the lives of these extraordinary men. I really liked this book. The narrator was excellent as well.
Just like The Last Stand Of The Tin Can Sailors, Hornfischer draws me into a sometimes chaotic battle, and this one far greater in scope and length than the previous, giving me just enough detail without losing the big picture. His descriptions aren't cumbersome or tedious but paint an epic of heroes, monstrous destructive machines and the struggles of men just like you and I. I've read several books on the Guadalcanal Campaign and Neptune's Inferno with ease, reveals the desperate situation the USA as well as the USN grappled with in the Summer of 1942. He made me yearn to hear more of the plight of the Marines and Cactus Airforce but gave enough to round out the telling and still stay focused. Perhaps in another book?
What a lovely writer and what a wonderful story. I am grateful that Laura Hillenbrand herself is "Unbroken" and has had the "resilience" to fashion another tale that inspires us. Her descriptions of Louie's redemption is told with an objectivity that doesn't lose the deep intimacy and as she describes it, "beauty", of how his life was changed. Fascinating to learn that over 100,000 Japanese POWs credit Hiroshima for saving their lives. Tragic is the price they paid at the hands of their captors for the rest of their lives.
Excellent story. Can't imagine what those men went through under the freezing conditions they faced with the little training and poor equipment. Inspiring how our country men could hold on and overcome in the face of certain defeat.
This book is indeed just like Huckabee, humorous, entertaining, insightul, and truth revealing. You get a great view of the down to earth lifestyle of a man and wife who live what they believe. It is interesting to here Huckabee's side as he reveals the reality of how the press can twist and distort truth to meet their preconceived ideas and agendas. My wife and I enjoyed it to the point we didn't want it to end.
Very glad I read this book and very glad it was written. I had little idea this sea battle was one of the greatest in US Naval history. First heard about it on the History Channel. I liked the narrator too. Excellent prose save the story from the recitation of simple cold hard facts. The technical details are informative yet not belaboring. Thank you James Hornfischer and Barrett Whitener
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