I have listened to it twice now, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It's not written in an irresponisble manner, but written methodically and carefully.
The book has nice narrative flow. It really begins with the story of the last Swift Vet reunion, and the resentment towards Kerry which has been brewing for 30 years. It then travels back in time, and traces Kerry's carreer, both is 4 months in Vietnam, and his anti-war years afterward.
People complain about the content of the book, but 90% of it is Kerry contradicting himself. (He has given so many speeches, biographys and accounts of his service that many are diametric opposites. So I guess when Kerry calls this book a "Pack of Lies" he is refering to his own stories?) I did not find the piece to unfair, just critical.
Also, the narrator is great, with a military-tough voice.
I held myself to 4 stars, because it's not as quite long enough, and because it's not as good as "DaVinci Code" or "Atlas Shrugged"
I enjoyed the first few hours, but it went gradually downhill.
It was fascinating to see how Kevin "social engineered" his was into anything, with almost no effort.
But the writers ego, arrogance, and petulance eventually wore me down.
He tends to write as if he is a superior intellect, because could break into computer systems and steal software, but he doesn't acknowledge that he could have never created such useful software in the first place.
An I lost count of the times that he complained that something wasn't "fair". Maybe a dozen times? He would break hundreds of laws, get caught and charged with a few of them, and then complain that a prosecutor was also accusing him of something he didn't do.
I am glad he turned his life around. (If he really did.) But I found his tone annoying, and I found him unlikable.
The narration was good, though.
This is one of my favorite Preston and Child reads. Fast, interesting characters, lots of twists, and a fun ending. Narrated by the ever reliable Scott Brick.
I don't understand the negative reviews--this was a great book. I have been a lifelong fan of Stephen King, and have read everything he ever wrote. This novel easily matches kings best.
I will be anxiously awaiting the next novel by Justin Cronin
Great vision, great story, good writing, good narration.
I anticipate reading (listening to) everything that comes from this guy in the future.
I put off buying this, because the title sounded dull. Don't be dumb like me.
The writing was top notch, and the narration was exceptional. The story moves slowly, but thoughtfully, and I was always eager to resume listening.
Thematically and structurally, it was very reminiscent of "IT", which is probably my favorite King novel. But "Duma Key" felt like the work of a more mature and introspective author.
This is easily my favorite King novel of the last 10 years.
The most compelling book (of any type) that I have read in years. The authors are so clear and straightforward, the ideas so natural, that I cannot believe that I waited until know to read this.
The examples are dated, but all of the history since seems only to verify the predictions made.
I highly recommended it for anyone interested in economics and politics.
I almost avoided this because the narrator is Sissy Spacek, and I usually hate Hollywood narrators. I am glad I listened, she was fantastic! I'm a longtime King Fan, and am revisiting this book for the first time in 20 years. I does a great job if reminding me why Stephen King earned his reputation.
I highly recommend--unless you are squeamish!
Despite a the title, this is actually a low key, well researched book.
The title, by the way ("The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy") is not the authors opinion, but is the self chosen name by a group of democratic fundraisers. Ie, they think the right has a vast conspiracy, and they want one too.
Well researched, well docuemented, and interesting. Right wingers would probably prefer that this book was never published, since it lays a clear blueprint for the left to get its act together.
An entertaining listen, an object lesson to the left, and a warning to the right.
Seriously, this is about the most fun I've had with an audio book in years. The plot is far fetched, but no more so than any James Bond book.
People complained about the narrator, but I thought he was fine.
The real enjoyment came from all the character conversations. It was hilarious to see these characters spout facts and figures back and forth to each other.
I am a physicist by training, with years working in weather realted fields, and I felt that the science presented was correct and refreshing. If you disagree with the authors scientific viewpoints, then take his advice, and research the subject yourself.
The ending features a killer tsunami (ouch!) which is awfully good (bad?) timing on the authors part. But fascinateing all the way through.
conclusion: It was highly enjoyable. It reminded me of the DaVinci code in that it was improbable, with colorful characters, but I just could not get enough of it.
It's not for the faint of heart, but you gotta admit: No one turns a phrase quite like Ann Coulter.
She rocks, and this book rocked. (It came out yesterday, and I stayed up most of the night listening to it. note: the other reviews today did not even listen to it!)
Thanks, Audible, for giving us the Unabridged version. (I hate abridged versions.)
My only complaint is that Ann only narrates part of this book. I love her voice, so miss it when the narrator takes over. That said, the narrator is good too.
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