I really really liked this story! I heard a few chapters on XM Books and had to track down the rest of the story. Unfortunately, many of the performers were stiff and rough around the edges, but don't let it detract from the story. Levi would have been a Sackett in a Louis L'Amour book! When I wikipedia'd Dan MacGregor, I learned that Levi Rankin story was supposed to be a Trilogy, however the author died after finishing the 2nd book, which was never published. Man, that is too bad, because I would love to get to know these characters better! I think I have listened to this book three times!
Oh, I so wanted this to be better than it was! The Narration was horrible! About mid way through the book J. D. Hart sounded like a 6th grader reading a text book before his class. He had no inflection, no emotion and each line after line, paragraph after paragraph sounded the same. No! No! No!
I really enjoyed the story. I LOVED the sex! The sex was done just the way I like it!
No, whiny overemotional virgins in this book, just real women and real men (kick @ss men!) having real gritty sex! There was a little too much introspection and reflection during/after the last big sex scene but still wonderful.
I think it must be difficult to write about hard core military men who fall in love. So many authors forget that we fall for these elite soldiers because they are the elite, they are willing to do what few men are able to do. Often times authors take these rugged men and turn them into teddy bears as soon as they fall in love. Well, that just ruins the fantasy!
Mrs. Hamilton did not ruin this love story buy turning the man into a wimp!
I think I will find the book in print and reread the story adding my own narration in my mind. If it is ever re-released with a performance by Scott Brick, Phil Gigante, Mark Boyette, Eric Dove, Jim Frangione or almost anyone else, I would cough up another credit in a heartbeat!!
You know, the sex really was good, I might have to listen to it again and just skip to the good parts...
About an hour into it, you realize that these guys give up a lot to be the best. They can't have a normal life. They are not "normal" people either, otherwise you and I and the "dude" down the street could do the things they are trained to do. Their life isn't a video game, there isn't a "do-over button". The book is well written and completely engaging.
If you liked the writing, you must listen to "No Easy Day" by Brian Castner. It's a well written book about an Air Force EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Technician and how his life has been affected and changed by his missions in the Air Force. One of the ways the book was so compelling was how his story unfolded. The story moves around the timeline of events in a way that hooks you like a good mystery.
Not my typical choice, but I just couldn't turn it off! Lots of Navy jargon but no so much that you can't follow it, it just made it more authentic. I was surprised by my reaction to the ending. Makes me want to listen to it all over again.
My husband handed me the hard cover book and just said "Read it." I did. I smiled, I cried and I laughed out loud. I couldn't put it down. When I looked for it on Audible, I told my husband it was available. He said, "If Brian is the narrator, order it!" I did. I have listened to it twice. It is haunting and moving and truly one of my favorite books. It is written like EOD Tech's live, raw and gritty. There is plenty of fowl language, but it is written in a way that seems to fit not just put in there for shock value.
The story is not written from beginning to end, it flashes back and forth to carefully reveal the changes Brian has gone through. (from training, to deployments, to time at home with the family, to civilian work and life) In print, the time breaks are easier to follow because there is a very visual separation between events. I think if Brian had used certain background noise or music to denote each event, it would be easier for the listener to put the timeline together. Nonetheless, it is not difficult to follow once you understand this.
More than worth the credit!
This just wasn't my kind of book. I think I only listened to about 30 minutes, then gave up.
Hum, this is a tough one. I enjoyed the book. I thought the narrator did a good job and it was well written. I just didn't like the story. If kids are going to kill each other for sport or survival, their mindset can't be so normal for me to believe in it. I wasn't so much disturbed by kids killing kids, it just didn't register with me. I guess they would have to be way more twisted or remorseful or...something. I would like to see the movie, I hear it's great! Well, I heard the book was great too...I'm really torn...
What can I say that everyone else hasn't already said. There is a reason why this book has been popular for over 20 years. I love the updated story line!
I really enjoyed "Dies the Fire" so listening to the second book was a must. Once again SM Sterling captured my attention and I was glad to follow more of the story. I love a book that once you are finished, you find you miss the characters and wonder what they are up to! I am officially hooked! I have already ordered "Meeting at Corvallas".
I really enjoyed "Dies the Fire" and just had to know what happens to the characters I have come to know and care about. I was fascinated with how human nature and individual character responds to a complete change to everything we know and rely on to survive in our modern day world. "Meeting at Corvallas" is the next chapter to the chaos of the first book, and captured my attention and imagination, however the story seemed to drag out to the end. Oh, wait, it's not over, and now I have to get the next book to finally get closure to the story. When do I get my new credits.....Arrrrrg! I can't wait that long!
This was a fun book. "something" happens to change the world and now humanity has to adjust to survive without modern conveniences. There have been other authors with the same concept, but I loved the way S.M. Sterling pulled it off. The characters are believable and likable. Groups splinter off and those who are clever and willing, adapt, survive and prosper. I can just see the cities and suburbs panicking and motionless with fear. Any book that can make me both wince and laugh out loud are more than worth the credits! Todd McLaren's voice is rich, talented and gripping!
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