Bill Bryson lent a personality to his adventures in Australia that makes me want to go there and experience the sublime the ridiculous and the extraordinary for myself. Saying goodbye at the end of the trip was sad indeed.
The narrator does a decent job. He has a good sound for a tale like this.
For the most part, I enjoyed this audiobook when it was a thriller but then it would hit this transitional wall from a reality where the dragon is a real monster to another reality where it's a sickness living within humanity called sin. It's a dark story, probably an allegory more than an actual thriller. If you understand and accept the Biblical concept of sin and the ideas it conveys regarding human depravity, you'll "get" this story but I gave it only three stars because it was kind of a bad trip, and I don't want any flashbacks.
I'm surprised that a reader with the reputation of Dick Hill would take on a project like this. Good narrator but crappy material. If you're a prepper buy a paper copy. It's a manual, not a story.
There are two or possibly three types of readers or listeners for books about disaster scenarios. I'm an ordinary guy who enjoys apocalyptic stories where your average Joe tries to make his way through very challenging circumstances. This isn't written by your average Joe and neither are the characters created by Mr. Rawles in any way average. It's not written for normal people. It's a manual for people who will take care of number 1 in hard times and are willing to kill to do just that.
That's where I get off the bus. Some of the gun toting anti-government types in this book are portrayed as Christian! The Bible teaches followers of Christ to pray for and obey the government of the land in which they live and the example of Jesus was to lay down his life for others, not blow them to Hell.
I woke up this morning to see on the news a pseudo military fruitcake murdering police in New Brunswick and that was the final straw that has me deciding not to continue with this book. I'm maybe one sixth of the way through and it's far enough to know that this is a poor investment of my time. I believe I'll learn from Jesus rather than J.W. Rawles.
First, I'd like to congratulate Rye Barcott on both living and telling this story. It's a rare individual who is so "others" focused and intentional in his actions and life choices, especially at such a young age. He's a credit to his parents and the numerous mentors he gathered along the way.
As for narration, Mr. Barcott has the voice of a marine and it's obvious that he's reading a story that he's lived and that he has a deep connection with what is going on. My only criticism of his reading is that he puts in a lot of unnecessary pauses, kind of like William Shatner, best known and loved as Captain Kirk. I learned to live with that quirk.
As for the story itself, there were some real gems of insight into the individuals that he worked with and for, as well as what it means to be a soldier who is prepared to kill but has the ultimate goal of peace and a world without violence. Realistically, this is not a gripping page turner as there were also some portions of the audiobook that dragged. Still, not every good thing in life is continually exciting. It's a worthwhile listen.
OK, I finished it. 20 hours of info that I really don't need. I'm not a geek, nerd, hacker or computer scientist but I'm probably a dweeb for using a credit on this book. Some parts, maybe 6 hours, were interesting which leaves 13 hours of way too much information for the average person. If 2.5 stars was an option, I'd have gone with that but the narrator was OK so a very generous 3 stars it is.
I remember watching Al Gore’s, “An Inconvenient Truth” and immediately afterwards being fairly upset. But as I had time to digest the messages of the movie, research the science a bit and think through it’s claims, the focus of my annoyance has changed. This book confirmed my suspicions that environmentalism has become the religion of choice for many and a powerful tool for proponents of fascism.
I agreed with the author of this book on most of his points, especially with regard to individual property rights and the natural stewardship that should logically follow having an vested interest in one’s own land / home. On a number of other points I was educated. All in all, this was a worthwhile read.
This is very well done. A must listen for anyone who wants to take Jesus last words to his followers to heart.
I enjoy this genre of books. There's just something about an apocalypse to weed out the extraneous nonsense of life and focus on what's critical. Having said that, there is no shortage of doom sayers these days and I really hope that between listening to stories like this and all the doom and gloom in the news and on the web, that my view of reality isn't being colored in depressing shades of gray.
As far as this book goes, the story held my attention throughout and I finished it as quickly as was possible. The narrator was pretty good. When he voiced Sarge's lines I thought I was listening to Samuel L. Jackson. The characters tended to be cardboard cutouts but still engaging enough to hold my interest. I don't know beans about guns but there was just enough technical detail to satisfy my innate love of hardware and learning how to survive outside an urban environment.
I'm not an American and don't live within the USA. I have an opinion on US politics but not so that I read any propaganda into the novel. For me it was mainly about a guy who was prepared when things went bad and his struggle to get home to his family. If the suspension in your mind will not carry you smoothly across the bumps of some imperfect writing, skip this one. If you like life or death challenges for simple characters, go ahead and listen.
P.S I wouldn't listen to this one out loud in a work place due to some nasty language.
P.P.S. "A. American" ... seriously?
First, I'm glad that I listened to this book. It was educational and worthwhile. A credit well spent. The narrator did a decent job with the material. There was a lot of information and most of it was interesting. Because there was a bit more detail than I could make use of there were times that my attention wandered.
I'm very rarely one for abridged versions of books but in this case I'd have enjoyed it more with roughly twenty percent less detail. Unless you're a devotee of philosophical and political history, you may find the same thing.
Yup, I've been struggling with this audiobook for quite a while; since June, 2012 and it's now March, 2014. It is NOT a page turner. My life has been strongly influenced by the ministry of D.L.Moody and so I really wanted to like the book but there's just too much detail. For many reasons, I admire Mr. Moody's life but I just can't make use of this much information on his day to day activities.
The narrator read the book with a decent voice and without detracting from the text. No fault to Mr. Marosz.
The chapter I appreciated most was the last, and that is not just because I was determined to finish the book. The final chapter summarizes the most salient characteristics of the man and what made him effective in the service of Jesus Christ. If you get this audiobook, skip ahead and listen to that one first. Otherwise you may never get to the salient bottom line.
Having previously used the Pimsleur Haitian Creole program, I was not surprised to enjoy the Pimsleur Dutch as well. Pimsleur produces some of the best language learning tools I've ever found and I've tried a lot of methods.
I have to say that while Dutch is my ancestral tongue, the pronunciation does not come through genetics. Who would ever have intentionally invented some of those sounds & words?!! In any case, if you want to speak Nederlands, this is the course for you.
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