I would not buy another Tapper book, but would listen to another performance by Mr. Shapiro.
The strength of the Army is the diversity of the backgrounds, education, politics and points-of-view of its enlisted soldiers. Picking a side, then piling on the minutia to make your point, gets old fast. It would have been nice to have learned as much about the Afghan troops as the Americans. Also, I would have liked to have learned the reasoning that lead to the decisions made by "higher headquarters" that are critized in the book so I could make up my own mind.
I would never waste another dime on a Max Brooks novel. The book is a series of vignettes told as "interviews" with the survivors of the Z war. The characters are one-dimensional and their stories are cliches from bad science fiction or straight-to-DVD movies. The narrators did the best they could with the unimaginative material, but when you are dealing with such poor material, it is hard to make it very entertaining.
When I first recieved the book, I was disappointed because I had pre-ordered an Unabridged version of the "Movie Tie-in Edition," but when I began listening, I was glad it was abridged so my suffering came to an end faster.
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