My wife read it, my mother read it, and all my cousins read it. They all said you have to read this book. As my mother and father were the same age as McCort and she recalled the difficult times as they grew up in Ireland. It was a very funny and very sad story. Just when it got too sad he made you laugh. An excellent read for all. Even more if you are from Ireland.
A great story and read of a pilot of WW2, the cold war and Vietnam. He was able to learn to fly both types of planes. He was a true military man in the Air force all of his life, and ending as a general. He was a real soldier and he was not afraid of telling the brass they were wrong. He even modified planes in the field since the Air force brass wouldn't. This is the type of commander who has field experience and made a difference in saving lives of his airmen.
His personal life did take a toll as a career soldier he was more married to the air command then his wife.
Han Von Luck was in almost all the theaters of the war. The invasion of France, North Africa, Invasion of Russia, then Normandy and defense of Berlin. He takes you though the battles and politics of the war. Von luck was not a Nazi, but had to live with the insanity of the war and prison in Russia. He was an exceptional man who was not bitter after years of war with limited supplies, and then he endured years of captivity in the Russian coal mines including a punishment camp. Yet he has good things to say about everyone, North Africans, the allies and even the Russians. He was later released and was not able to get a good job since he was a war officer. He endured all over a decade, and kept his spirits and head up. He is an example of a great spirit, a survivor, and a man of character. Someone to look up to.
This book takes you from his recruitment through the years after the war in North America. He sites an inspiration from the diary of a Napoleonic foot soldier but Jacob Walter a short book I also recommend on audible. I have read many books on WW II, but this is detailed as it is from his own diary. What I found very compelling was his life after the war in East Germany. How the communists worked and how they persecuted his family, over and over. Lubbecks family were not Nazi's, which caused them problems during the war and they were certainly not communists. To read how families survived through all this Nazi persecution and Communist government theft, and insanity makes one appreciate life in the west today even though it is not perfect. It is a very brisk read, and I had to stop it several times to hear chapters again.
A very enjoyable book. There are lots of characters and the narrator does very well to make them clear. I typically listen when driving and keeping up with minor characters was difficult, If you like comedy and institutional comedy (1800's style) then you should like this book. It was much different then Dickens later books, as the evil characters were mocked to some degree in this book.
It is not my favorite Dickens, but as it is his first Dickensian's need to read it.
I bought this book because of the reviews. Not sure what they were listening to. It was very basic, and had no excitement at all to me. I couldn't finish it. I really wanted an exciting read of life below deck in the modern military. This was not it for me.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Witness to Roswell is just that, they did their research and interviewed witnesses, and tried to interview many, who wouldn't talk. The big point the book makes is if this incident was just a weather balloon then why threaten witnesses with loss of pension, prison and even death. Clearly the government was trying to keep thing under wraps. It you are a skeptic then this book should change your mind or give you more understanding. The narration was perfect in my view as he sounded like a radio broadcaster of that era.
This was an informative book on the inside workings of Hitler from the 30's until Hitlers end as Linge lit the match after Hitlers suicide. It is not about war strategy or Hitlers global plans, but more about the top Nazi's interaction with Hitler and one another. He indicated that Hitler likely knew Hess planned to go to England, and likely consented. The meetings between Himmler and Hitler were only between them thus hiding the genocide from as many as possible. He provides details of Bormann, Goebbels, Speer, Himmler, Goring and Ava Braun.
This is a gem of a novel and in my opinion one of Dickens top 5 novels. For those who enjoy Dickens it has it has all the classic characters from a evil school master Mrs. Pipchin, to a underhanded business manager Mr. Carker who Dombey trusts. A maligned daughter Florence and a second wife Edith who stands up for herself. Although it is Dombey and Son it is more about the women who make up the main characters who stand up to Dombey, or aid him. I recommend this especially for women. The narration is also terrific by Timson. I would look for his work in the future.
I believe this is one of Dickens best novels. I think Dickens is better heard than read as accents play such a large role in the interpretation. Wackford Squeers and Browdie are from Yorkshire and their accents play a big role in the character. Alex Jennings did an excellent job as narrator and I would seek him out in the future. If you are looking for a film to compliment the book then the 1977 mini series with Nigel Havers in the lead role is an excellent rendition of the book as it follow the book perfectly.
This book is ten years of terrorist information pack in a 384 page book, so it moves along quickly. I read Holy War Inc., so I thought I would give this a listen. Who doesn't like a good manhunt anyway. The author looks to lean left, which is ok as President Obama and CIA made a decision to go without seeing UBL at the compound. The author says the POTUS deserved the Noble Peace prize for his extraordinary efforts. Really (extraordinary)Bergin?
All in all a good book and praise to the Seals, CIA, and administration for the successful mission. The US government was not looking anywhere else for UBL at this time. They had no other leads at all after Tora Bora. No plan B, no other site. So it was all or nothing in Abbottabad.
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