If you're looking for a book with a normal beginning, middle, and end this isn't it. The stories are excellent first-hand accounts of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from a very brave and very skilled journalist. Unlike most other books on Iraq, it isn't totally obsessed with bashing you over the head with the author's political perspective. It's almost impossible to follow, though, as it jumps around like crazy. Most of the individual stories are excellent--basically if you like reading excellent quality real life war correspondent journalism, you'll love this book, but if you're looking for a more regular story, then skip it. As for the double-price--these stories are really unique and so worthwhile, but don't bother unless you really enjoy reading real life non-glamourized war stories.
This isn't fine, subtle literature. It's action-packed, violent, gory--not at all nuanced. Like a summer blockbuster movie--fun, but totally non-memorable.
This is an extremely well written book. Although I haven't enjoyed some of Wil Wheaton's narration in other books, this one is absolutely perfect for him. No wonder that this book has become a classic for scifi geeks!
The only problem for me was that, as an avid Adam Carolla daily podcast listener, I'd heard 99.5% of the stories in this book several times. Though there was very little new, Adam's delivery is always entertaining.
Much better-than-average scifi writing. Fascinating premise in this series. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Almost unlistenable. The premise is interesting, and the take on it in a "South Park" episode was extremely amusing. This book is the opposite. The writing is bizarre and unfunny. Not recommended at all.
Very enjoyable. A very entertaining presentation of a potentially very dry topic. Definitely recommended.
More often tedious though. I'm a fan of the Adam Carolla show, and I like Bald Bryan's contributions. I found myself skipping a lot of chapters in this book though when they became just too ponderous to listen to. I think it would be more interesting to someone who was going through cancer or a similar illness. I wish the author the best though, and I look forward to hearing him on the Adam Carolla show for many more years.
Very thought provoking. Extremely interesting premise. There are a couple of minor annoying flaws in the story (like many Canadian authors, this one feels compelled to make totally unnecessary local references--he must repeat the name "Mike Harris" (a Conservative Ontario premier from around 2000 who was much-hated by people with government-funded jobs because of cutbacks that massive numbers of non-government funded people deemed totally necessary) at least a dozen times--quite tiresome). All in all, though, an excellent book.
The author wisely leads with the most exciting part of the story, his time in Hitler's bunker at the end of the war. Otherwise this book is quite tedious. Many chapters, that detail what the author had for lunch on a particular day in school, were very uninteresting. The ending, when he's in a Russian prisoner camp for 4 years, is also quite boring.
This was a really great story. Extremely compelling. The narrator's Bill-Clinton-Esque sound and poorly done female voices was a little annoying, but in general a great, very interesting book.
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