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Gregory

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  • Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Lipsky
    • Narrated By David Lipsky
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    As David Lipsky follows a future generation of army officers from their proving grounds to their barracks, he reveals the range of emotions and desires that propels these men and women forward. From the cadet who struggles with every facet of West Point life to those who are decidedly huah, Lipsky shows people facing challenges so daunting and responsibilities so heavy that their transformations are fascinating to watch.

    Andrew says: "He got it right."
    "Lost opportunity for excellence"
    Overall

    My son and I looked forward to listening to this book together. Unfortunately it was a disappointment for both of us.
    The reason: the book focuses on mediocrity at an institution that should be the culdron for excellence. The author obviously has very limited personal military experience and chooses to focus on telling the story of the cadets who rather than excell at the academy choose to only meet the minimum. Yes, as with any underdog story he tries to get the reader to root for the runt of the litter. Instead I found myself wish that the main characters, who we in the Army referr to a shammers, would have been kicked out. These cadets are supposed to be leaders not the marginal at best that he shows them to be in the book.
    I found myself in constant disbelief, as a MAJOR at 37 years of age even I passed the APFT for Airborne school, the same criteria that the one of the main characters failed over and over.

    This could have been a book of excellence penned by an author with obvious talents. But by focusing on those who barely meet the minimum requirements he misses by a long shot the true character of the academy. Very unfortunate, and a very disappointing read.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Coin of Carthage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bryher
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The war that began in 218 B.C. with Hannibal's march across the Alps is one of the familiar stories of history, but its details are little known. A struggle between an emerging barbarian power and an old culture, it pitted a Roman army of mostly farmers against the highly trained officers of Carthage. Hannibal's empire, founded on her control of the sea, would lose her fight against the Romans' new methods of naval warfare.

    George H. Cox says: "mundane tale"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    This book is one in which the author tries to weave the life stories of various individuals into the scenery and time of anchient Rome and Carthage. The main characters in various preposterous situations keep running into each other and thus interweaving their experiences of the time. This is a fine book for primary school entertainment, but grossly lacking any depth or insight into the times. A very superficial and disappointing waste of valuable time, unfortunately.
    If only Alan Furst or John La Carre had written a book on this time in history.
    Finally, the recording would repeatedly skip back by 5-10 seconds, this occurred numerous times and was in the recording itself. Thus, adding insult to drudgery and tedious frustration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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