As an unbeliever I found this book disappointing. This man was the embodiment of what it means to be a SEAL but this is a book about the life and faith of a man who also happened to be a SEAL and not much about his actual SEAL experiences. It is almost exclusively about his character, his troubled past and how his faith guided his life. The man was remarkable, no doubt about it, but if you are looking for a book about what SEAL training and life in the teams are all about, look elsewhere. If you want about how this man put his faith into practice, then you'll probably enjoy this book a great deal.
Possibly. I don't know if all the religiosity in this book comes exclusively from the story or if the author was using it to also further the cause of his own faith. If the latter then probably not.
No. He over dramatized this story and his imitation of other people's voices is terrible. He has a good voice when he's not trying speak in other people's tones. When he does that, he is 3rd rate at best. His female voices were the worst.
Eh, it was ok. Not a strong SEAL story. I really enjoy the details of what it takes to become a SEAL and then what their lives are like, what they do and how they do it. There was almost none of that here.
Not terribly interesting.
The ending wasn't that surprising or interesting, much like the rest of the book.
Not quite Jim Dale but close. Pinchot did a wonderful job with the various voices, moving between them effortlessly and in quite a believable manner.
If you are looking for something remotely similar to the pirates movie, On Stranger Tides, you will be disappointed. Except for mentioning the fountain of youth and Black Beard, there are really no similarities. How the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was based on this I haven't the foggiest. Also, the story wanders around a good deal without any big climax. There were a couple of small points when I thought that maybe the book was finally getting somewhere. Each time it turned out that it was just a slight up tick in the otherwise slow but not completely uninteresting story. Over all it's okay. I need to listen to more books in the genre I think for comparison but this isn't a must listen/read. I will however be looking for more books read by Bronson Pinchot. He did a really great job with the character's voices and I believe this book gets it's over all better rating in a large part to his performance.
A single funny or slightly sexy story.
It was rote, unemotional, and almost as dry as the contents of the book itself.
From the other comments I expected something funny, erotic and well written. This book contains none of the above... or any other positive traits for that matter. At least I got it on the $4.95 sale. If you love really bad reality TV, you may enjoy this. If you are looking for erotic stories of an adventurous and humorous lady, look elsewhere. She doesn't come across as white trash exactly but she just iterates over the worst of her life without bringing in any redeeming aspects. The book is a downhill read without ever coming up for air. It's not like a bad movie that's fun to watch because of how bad it is. Rather it becomes increasingly sad, embarrassing, and depressing straight through to the end, at which point her dad tells her she needs to write a book. Sadly, she took his advise.
Best? Hard to say, I guess the general perspective any SEAL biography gives. Least? Everything else. The voice actor is terrible. Completely over dramatizes the story. Because of this its hard to separate the reading from the content. The content did seem to focus an awful lot on the author's hard right wing agenda and less on the actual story. I love SEAL stories from all perspectives but please just stick to the story. Don't inundate me with your constant political criticisms to convince me that your personal views are right and all else is wrong. That's not story, that's being a pundit. Even on issues I would agree with him, it was really hard to listen to.
I love SEAL stories and biographies and I'll put up with just about anything to get the smallest scraps but I could not finish this book. I hate that because I've heard much about what a remarkable story Mr. Luttrell has to tell.
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