At first, I found the author's voice a bit distracting, but over time, I came to enjoy her voice, especially when she was doing dead pan irony. What became painful as the book progressed were the celeb readings of a sentence to a paragraph. There would be a lead up to a quote, a lengthy pause and then a quote read by a celeb. Sometimes the pause seemed to go on and on with a tiny section (7 words or so) read by the celeb. These became so distracting, and were often times difficult to hear due to difference in volume, that I just tuned them out. The use of celebs to read quotes seemed to be too gimmicky.
All in all, I enjoyed the book and the author's voice. I have stopped listening to a small number of books because of painful narration. The negative reviews seem too harsh especially the ones that complain of "America is always the bad guy." Looking back at this period through modern perspective makes it hard to justify our prior actions. One just needs to accept the difference in perspectives and move on.
I learned of this book from Runner's World and am glad that I purchased it. Good story and good narration.
Some books take me days/weeks to get through and I become concerned about unused credits piling up, but not this book. This is a book that I would sit in the driveway listening too and I watched the time remaining indicator count down with regret. Very enjoyable.
Very interesting story on a matter that I had not previously heard of, but the book dives into way too much detail on minor points that might be important in a court case, but are not needed for the story or to believe the veracity of the author. Not only does the author state his bias, but it is clear from the start. I have hit the fast forward button several times and was amazed that it left no gaps in my understanding even though I zoomed through a good hour of audio at a time.
This is a very easy read (listen). Narration was clear and with emotion. Book was motivational and made me want to train for an ultra marathon.
I have seen some complaints that there was too much on bare foot running, but it fit in with the over all theme of the book, and the author makes a point.
The only thing that I found wanting is that I enjoyed it so much, I wanted an epilogue to tell me what happened to the characters.
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