I bought and listened to this before reading any reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some parts did stretch belief a bit; an armoured vehicle crewman operating in an almost infantry role and racking up a high count of marksman/sniper kills seemed unlikely. Reading others' comments afterwards I learned that he was not well liked by colleagues and considered to be a liar, but this doesn't diminish the fact that I found his story to be greatly entertaining. You'll have to decide for yourself whether the fact that the story is quite fictionalised puts you off or not.
John Pruden's narration is fantastic as always; this being the third book I've listened to that he has narrated, American Sniper and Viper Pilot being the others.
I saw the movie years ago and when buying the book from a sale, never realised it was the same story. I'm so glad I bought it; it's hilarious. The narration is great and I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Roger the dog's thoughts, something that never came across in the movie as far as I recall.
I'm not a great fan of science fiction but bought this book on a sale and am really glad I did. It's more of a crime story than a space-based sci-fi one and turned out to be just the kind of story I like,
Wil Wheaton's narration was very good except for one error in pronunciation, that my ears, being Scottish, picked up. In case you ever read this Wil, the name Edinburgh is pronounced Edinburra, not Edinburg.
After this I will certainly look out for other books written by John Scalzi or narrated by Wil Wheaton.
What a great book. This memoir, written in the anecdotal style I love had me laughing a lot of the time. The reading was excellent and the performance of the dialogue during combat gave me some small idea of what it must be like to fly a fast jet in combat.
After really enjoying listening to Killing Rommel, I was looking forward to this new book from the author. Sadly it didn't live up to my expectations and I found I didn't get immersed in the story and wasn't engaged by any of the characters.
The narrator was okay but clearly not too familiar with the military theme, mis-pronouncing a number of terms commonly used, for example pronouncing casevac as "case-vac" instead of "cas-evac". I thought he did a fairly good job of accents for the various characters, except for AD, who is South African and is said to have a Johannesburg accent, which jarred a bit. I am South African and there is not really any regional variation in the accents of English-speaking South Africans. There were only a few places where I thought this character's dialogue sounded South African but by and large this was not the case.
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