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Rui

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  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1615)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "The narration is horrible"
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    What did you like best about War and Remembrance? What did you like least?

    The history behind the novel is quite interesting. The narration is irritating, to say the least


    If you’ve listened to books by Herman Wouk before, how does this one compare?

    I didn't listen to other Herman Wouk books.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Pariseau’s performance?

    The narration is just too fast and the tone used, most of the times, sounds almost frivolous. I really disliked it.


    Could you see War and Remembrance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, ruined by the worst narration I have heard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3543)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3201)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Why the hype about this book?"
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    Well, in what regards to books, this is a rather average one. Not a great story, written in a very dry style, that even managed to describe the raid on Bin Laden's house in a very non thrilling way. I think this book doesn't bring much novelty in any of the different areas it covered - SEAL training, SEAL missions and the mission to get Bin Laden. Manhunt, from Peter Bergen, ends up being much better written, even if one detail or another is missing - of course, the first hand experience of a SEAL that was in the crashing chopper couldn't really be told but by someone who had experienced it.

    I have read or listened to multiple books on special ops and this is clearly one of the worst. Chuck Pfarrer's Warrior Soul or Malcom MacPherson's Roberts Ridge are much better accounts of SEAL training or SEAL sacrifice. Robert L.Haney's Inside Delta Force is a much better book on the life of a special force's operator.

    I ended up asking myself what did this book bring that I hadn't read before. Other than some minor personal details, it really does not bring anything you cannot find better told elsewhere. For those really interested on mission Neptune Spear, Manhunt is the book to read.

    Considering the negative reactions of fellow SEALs to this book, I wonder if it had any reason to be written. The author claims the goal was to set the record straight. I really couldn't find any serious divergences when compared with the account from Peter Bergen's book, so I really don't think it achieves that purpose, either. Maybe the goal was to write that final chapter where the Obama's administration politicization of a military op is really criticized. While I cannot blame the author for doing it, frankly, there was no reason to write a whole book to achieve that.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2744)
    Performance
    (2320)
    Story
    (2324)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Ruined by Kevin Pariseau"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narrator makes it impossible to enjoy the story. He totally lacks a proper sense of


    Would you recommend The Winds of War to your friends? Why or why not?

    Same as before.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Pariseau?

    Lou Diamond Philips was great (my first audiobook) as well as Sean Pratt. I could almost say anyone but Pariseau, he is that bad.


    Did The Winds of War inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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