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.
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.
This book will be interesting for you if you like the policy weeds of the democratic process. I found it interesting to see how the daily job of fighting terrorism gets done. I wish it had been narrated by the author as he is a pretty interesting guy and I think he would have done just as good of a job as Edmondson and I like when authors are allowed to tell their own stories.
If you tried Casual Vacancy and that makes you reluctant to try JKR’s newest adult offering, this one line from the story should make you change your mind! Unlike the depressing, vacant, jaded pacifism so common throughout CV, The Cuckoo’s Calling is filled with vibrant and engaging characters, exciting story lines and yes, OPTIMISM!
The central character is Cormoran Strike- Private Investigator, Afghan war veteran, lower leg amputee who had a peripatetic (my new favorite word!) childhood and a love life that screams trouble. He has an appealing new sidekick named Robin: a short term temp who lucks into a gig that fulfills her childhood dream of solving crimes and making a difference. While the plot is intriguing, the best part about the book is the characters. They are rich, detailed and fascinating! You'll want to get to know Cormoran! You would even agree to be in Robin's upcoming wedding- even though being a bridesmaid- especially in one ups-man-land London- would be a nightmare!
The criminal story line starts out dramatic and quick- engrossing you completely from the first chapter. It quickly evolves into a complicated Gordian knot of twists, lies and secrets.
This novel feels very British, but not so London-y like Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. It is nice to read a book that covers aspects of the glam life without being enamored of it.
In many ways this series feels to me like a British Jack Reacher. Not as violent! As Rowling makes a point of mentioning even the police don't carry guns and that Corm had to give his guns back when he stopped being a soldier. I do hope she writes as many books for Strike as their have been for Reacher. I want to know so much more about his past and future!!
I have never reviewed a book before I finished before, but I wanted everyone to get a chance to buy this book in the 4.99 begin at the beginning sale- so you have until midnight.
I ordered it yesterday, downloaded it around 11 pm and am already halfway through the book because I can't stop listening!!
I am intrigued by the story- even though I am usually anti- supernatural events. To me they make the story less believable, because an author can just write around the obstacles of logic and credibility by inserting some hocus pocus. One thing I love about this book is the authors sense of realism. He makes his main character a beat cop, not the head of a super team with unlimited access, power and his own lab at the ready.
Nice details of class, rank and British privilege that I find interesting as an American.
I will update if my opinion changes, but so far I am LOVING this book, the writing style and the narrator.
I like that the narration has a "normal" British citizen feel to it. So many British narrators sound like they hopped down from Pemberley to record the book. Not everyone in England went to Eton! Holdbrook Smith gives an authentic, but completely understandable normal British accent that is warm, personable and adds to the listening experience!
I am a HUGE fan of Sweeney, her one woman shows and her TED talk. Ironically, the only thing I scarcely know about her is her character Pat from SNL.
This book is a great first read to get to know Sweeney, then order her other works to get greater depth. Since I listened the other way, some of the stuff covered in this latest book was a little redundant.
I did think her performance was a little off compared to the live show recordings she has done in the past for "Letting Go of God" for example. Maybe it is the absence of an audience that makes her reading sound a little stilted.
One of the topics that makes this such a fantastic listen is the growing and morphing relationship with between Sweeney and her mother. They are about as different as humanly possible, yet loving. In this current work you can feel the understanding, connection and even forgiveness between mother, daughter and granddaughter that is truly heartwarming.
I had to listen to this relatively short book in bursts because Maron is so intense he could be overwhelming! I had preordered his newest book, but it was delayed so I downloaded this book to tide me over for the month. Very funny and I look forward to comparing it to his newest. I like that he talks about his marriage- something he hints at on WTF, but never directly addresses (because he is a gentleman). In this book he is still married. Good time capsule for a currently listener. Highly recommend.
I am totally addicted to Reacher! I started reading the series about three years ago when my dad brought The Enemy to the beach for vacation. I was hooked. I have mostly been going to the library to catch up on all the previous books that I missed, but for some reason couldn't get access to this one. I will say- Jack and I are lucky we made it to a series from this book. I'm glad the gratuitous, violent torture death scenes didn't become part of legend.
Was heartbroken (and confused) about the brother. Thought he was in later books, so I kept waiting for the mistaken identity trope to resurrect him.
I think later Reacher would have been on to that sleazy warden from jump. Really, most important person in prison decides to personally walk you to your room? Not suspicious at all. And the FBI agent- so obvious!
Now after reading so many later series Reacher books I am very happy in the direction Child has decided to take the hero and his decision not to rely so heavily on miraculous levels of coincidence.
If you are looking for something to motivate or inspire yourself into action, this book is it. He is the best of all motivational speakers because he isn't full of himself or one of those inhumane type A robots. Kevin is as real as possible and how he relates his childhood to his future ambitions is just impressive. What do you have to lose?
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