As a conservative and political junkie, I have to take issue with some of the other comments. A reader doesn't have to agree with every point or accept every assertion as accurate to find real thinking value in a piece. This is not an anti-American book at all. If fuses some really startling points on how through our nation's global successes (economic and political) we have succeeded in helping the world to change and grow so quickly that our position as a sole superpower is challenged from the rise of other nations more than our own decline. If you believe competition is good, are optimistic about American ingenuity, and are not afraid of the new inter-related world, there's a great deal in this book to excite. If you're looking for the same old stale rhetoric about America and the world stage (anti or pro American), you may not like this piece. For those not afraid to think outside of the box, you'll get a lot from this book.
As a conservative Republican, I really enjoy and benefit from reading across a variety of ideologies. This book started out on a theme/analysis that was interesting and compelling to all sides of the political equation. However, it quickly moved into rewriting recent (back 30 years) political history to support a very liberal/progressive view and it slips into a repetitive smear of the GOP and conservatives. A more balanced analysis assigning real blame to both sides (deservedly so) would have been a much more persuasive read.
The entire premise of this book comes down to you should just keep telling yourself over and over and over again that you love yourself. Literally. This is not self-help, self-development, or anything akin to value. It's an author who took a ridiculous whiny essay and built a social media and online campaign (including Audible reviews, it appears) to sell this thing to a lot of people (stupid me!) for almost $3. Lesson learned. Simply awful.
I'm honestly not sure how I stumbled across this book, but the scoring and reviews were so good I had to give it a try. I don't regret it. Set into the future after a completely fantastical change in the planet with a race of super-human villains, the story has enough action to keep it moving, enough character development to interest, enough humor to please, and that bit of hope in a hero prevailing to keep you wanting for more.
A well-written concept to briefly tell the histories of both men running separately, woven with their times in history and then their own paths. So much more has been written about TR than has been about Taft that the TR history here seems brief and the Taft history was quite enlightening. Herrmann's narration was spot-on. A must listen/read for anyone interested in either President or that period in time.
A bit different story than the typical Pendergast series, it brings a former character Corrie Swanson to the forefront as the main character. Interesting, unexpected turns and predictable at times, it's likely to appeal to a broader audience than the typical Pendergast-focused book. Abandon historical and quasi-supernatural story lines and think crime drama.
Eerie story of wildly mysterious disappearance and deaths of a group of Soviet climbers during the height of the Cold War. A mystery so shocking with hints of the supernatural or horrible crime, woven with an investigation into what really happened with a conclusion that's both surprising and sensible. Amazing that it was "solved" to the author and this reader's satisfaction. Read by the author which usually not the ideal, here it works because of the compelling mystery that draws you in.
With a story well-placed in the mortgage meltdown window of time and news stories, Connelly weaves another good Mickey Haller crime/courtroom story. There's just something intriguing about a client you can't find a reason to like and a main character in Haller who is complicated, damaged and highly interesting. It won't disappoint to new or series Haller listeners.
The volume on the recording varied so wildly I found myself having to adjust it almost continually, as well as the median volume on this was abnormally low to start with. Although the book might have had promise, I finally had to give up after a couple of hours of real frustration.
Narrator Gerard Doyle does an outstanding job with the Irish street thug accent and portraying the main character's sarcastic personality to a tee.
The main character is a thug, but he's so darn sarcastically funny that you can't help but laugh and root for him.
All three books in this series are must-reads (must listen) and I've done so at least twice with each.
The most memorable moment of the book was the battle on the German highway. It was fast, engaging, heroic and quite unbelievable. But it was still a blast to listen to largely because it was easy to visualize it as in a movie.
Some reviewers have praised this series as a new replacement for the Mitch Rapp series with the passing of author Vince Flynn. Ben Coes' character Dewey Andreas is compelling, but quite different. One challenge is that a core element of this story is very similar to one from a Flynn book, but not as effective or executed as well in the story. It was also completely predictable (that element). Good book and definitely worth reading, though.
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