My husband is a former Navy officer, so we met a few SEALs in our travels. Every one was just as decent, honorable and diligent as you could possibly imagine. Denver's story is typical, in that no SEALs story is the same. Their is not cookie cutter for SEALs. He could be your tattooed, heavy metal loving dive instructor or your kids (often absent) 5.0 Sunday school teacher.
The description of BUDS was the most comprehensive I have ever heard. In real life you are lucky to get more than a "It was tough" out of one of them. I now get itchy every time I hear the phrase "sugar cookie". I do think one way to expand the program is to open another training school. While Coronado is the one good deal the Navy has to offer, I always thought it odd that while they have East and West coast teams, they only have one training program. If you opened another on the east coast (in VA Beach), you would never have to worry about how hard the program is, the natural competitiveness between the two branches would have them pushing the candidates. Particularly if at the end the big races are between teams from the two programs.
The book is mostly apolitical, but does address some of the bigger political tensions facing the program. Success does have its drawbacks, and one is the tendency to overuse the successful programs in too many situations. I do think Obama has had such success using the SEALs because he resists the temptation to overuse them. The missions they have been sent on (that we know about) are exactly in the mission intention scope of the SEAL program and that is partly why they have been so successful.
I saw Act of Valor when it came out and had no idea they were real SEALs! Rats. It was not obvious they were not actors. I had no recollection of the kissing scene he talks about, but the hostage rescue! Yikes! That I remember! I just thought it was true stories, not the true stories by the real people. Cool.
Now, I like when an author reads his own work. (Still annoyed with you Fahreed!) But his performance is read like a non actor reading his own words. Some mixing issues where you can tell something was added in later, but nothing too bad. I do wish you got to download the quote list and reading suggestions with the audiobook. That is the only thing that would make me recommend getting a physical copy over the audiobook version.
I was very disappointed in the ending of this book. I don't want to give any spoilers, but the moral of this story is just to let all the old white men do all the thinking and everything will be better.
So this is an interesting story of a guy trying to get home after "the big one" knocks out all electricity. Author is definitely not an Obama voter, so you will dedicatedly get a whiff of crazy Obama phone conspiracies. No zombies. Not one. Really good narrator because you want these three people to get home to their families.
Very slow to start! Draggy with lots of superfluous detail but then the story starts to come together and events get heated. Unfortunately, the author decides to add in a big dull digression into Jerusalem. Boring and a bit pointless so I guess it must foundation for a future plot point but yawn. However, once they get back to England the story picks up so now I want to listen to the second in the series!
Was worried this would be Broken Homes part 2 but Aaronovitch took us in a whole different direction. Instead we're out to the countryside for virtually completely unrelated story. Never enough of Dr Walid, but that was my only complaint.
I like the dynamic in this series between the tarnished hero Alex and the rest of the magic community. Adds an extra dimension of intrigue to the Good/Bad framework of most supernatural series. The author makes an interesting cast of characters that cycle in and out of the narrative smoothly
My only quibble is that I don't really feel like the story is needs to be based in London. If you are reading to feel a vicarious connection then maybe the Peter Grant series would serve you better.
I love the idea of young Reacher and also want to know him in a time when his family was still alive. Not that it makes him any less of a loner. Loved the focus of this story taking place in a NYC black out! Terrifying.
Great concept for a novel. Killer Interns! Anyone who has been an intern knows you are routinely exploited, overworked and everywhere- yet also completely invisible! It is this dichotomy that forms the premise of Interns Handbook. From the long lesson on perfect coffee to turning in the work of 12 to get noticed, this book hits on so many levels. Great story with lots of twists, but some were a bit predictable. Would have liked a simpler ending for five stars, but some really wild resolution! Wow,
Very engaging, hang on the edge of your seat, can't stop listening story. Some very good twists and turns with interesting characters. Only gave it four stars because he went one "twist" too far that I felt made the story unbelievable and less interesting. Well worth the credit! Can't wait to listen to a few more of his stories!
Not usually a sci fi fan, but I loved this book! This is a book that perfectly showcases the virtues of the audiobook format. The narration was excellent! With the wrong narrator this book could have become a dour snooze fest, luckily Andy Weir makes seem like listening to the fascinating stories of your best friend.
The book is told almost exclusively through the personal mission log of astronaut Mark Watney. And lucky for us, he is one brilliant and hilarious dude! Exhibiting a very dry and occasionally gallows style humor he fights back as Mars relentlessly tries to kill him. This story also makes me remember just how brilliant, resourceful and dedicated the people of NASA all over again. Wish I could say "Mars or Bust". Makes me want to go get Curiosity!
Plodding, dull, finished like medicine are all phrases I would use to describe this book. I so wanted to like it! I was waiting for the next in the Ben Aaronovich series to come out I saw that this book had a similar topic so I thought it would be just as interesting. Not so. :( I even went on the author's website and he recommended this book as a good starting point in the series, so I can't even blame the lack of interest on jumping into the series midway. It was ok, but I had a hard time finding any of the thousand characters in this book interesting enough to care about what happened to them.
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