Another excellent book from Mark Bowden. Gripping and fully of suspense.
The inside stories from the actual players at White House, Special Ops and CIA
He spoke like he was telling a secret. The entire performance was practically whispered.
Good to hear about a production from the engineers pov but a little too fawning about the band. Some of those egos deserved a stomping.
I would rate Takedown in my top 20 of over 500 audiobooks listened to.
The story is so absorbing, it's impossible to stop listening. Christopher Merloni nails the NYC dialect of the characters while keeping the narrative clear and understandable.
The perspective of an undercover cop who has to live 3 separate lives while keeping up his cover is like a tightrope act.
Incredibly intense story and I found it more entertaining than Donnie Brasco, which took place around the same time period.
If you've been in a recording studio and sat through a session, all of these stories sound familiar. They are the daily musings of every studio staff member, ever in history. In other words, it gets old real quick.
If you don't know anything about music recording and have never been in a studio, don't bother, this is strictly a niche book made for 1 tiny set of people.
Colbert is a Genius!
Even though it's satire, Colbert nails the GOP on some it's most insane platform stances and their absurd logic in defending those views.
So rarely does a book about special forces have a broader view of their world. It's refreshing to see a member of our elite forces give a POV that is not arrogant and gung ho, but is thoughtful and positive.
Eric Greitens is truly a warrior in the classic sense. A man with with a firm moral compass, a beautiful strong heart, and a sense of compassion that is almost non-existent in today's military.
I sincerely hope that this book becomes the unofficial handbook of every member of the military. It's a great reminder of who we are, as Americans, and as humans.
McCullough writes very in depth about his characters but frankly, the people in this book are surprisingly boring and the story is really dragged down because of it.
Interesting history on Area 51 but the story tending to move away from it's subject for long periods to follow tangents. Pretty good research though.
Erik Larson has set the bar very high for himself. Devil InThe White City and Thunderstruck were wonderful reads as was Isaac's Storm to a lesser extent. In The Garden of Beasts is not very engaging and it's characters are relatively uninteresting. The topic is also very tired.
I would recommend any of his other books over this one. It's really not worth the read.
This audiobook is very, very graphic. It's a story that, as a father, I found to be so brutal that I may not ever listen to it again.
I shakes me deeply that a person like Richard Kuklinski ever walked this earth. His story is filled with such violence from the moment he entered this world that it was probably his destiny to be a merciless butcher.
The book is well written and narrated but you have been warned, it is utterly bleak and as close as you may ever want to come to staring in the face of souless killer.
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