I had to fast forward through this book. It's not worthy of Michael Crichton's name, and, I can only imagine that he had minimal creative influence on this predictable, outlandish tale. Save your money.
Fluff piece. No new information. Very superficial.
The narrator sounds like he's reading this book to a 3rd grade class.
Like early Nelson DeMille: witty and hard to put down.
GREAT narration. Stephen Hoye is perfect for this material.
Carl Hiaasen is a great find. I look forward to reading more of this work.
This story takes forever to start, and the meat of it is information I've heard before much better presented.
This was my first time testing Whispersync. It turned out to be impossible. Audible/Amazon needs to take lessons from Apple on userfriendliness. I'm computer wise, and I couldn't figure out how to use this feature.
Nicely laid out list of US errors in Afghanistan, but short on conclusions. Was the debacle primarily tactical errors on our part? Was it fundamentally a strategic error that's part of nation building?
The author offers no answers to these questions.
However, he does lay out a great history of the conflict, and very interesting details of how various agencies of government bungle, fail to communicate, fail to understand their mission.
For that, the book is worth reading.
This is without doubt the best Civil War History I've read in a long time.
Such a wonderful tapestry of different stories, filled with suspense because we know what's coming.
Who would've thought that this would be such a fine listening experience? Rob Lowe?!?
What do I care about Rob Lowe? Really. I only downloaded this after serious research on Audible, and I'm glad I did.
Indeed, he writes and narrates very well, tells a very entertaining story without being mean spirited. He tells all without "telling all," which is a pretty amazing thing.
I love the world that Charlaine Harris has created, and I look forward to each Spring when a new installment will be issued. But.... this year is particularly disappointing. There are way too many characters to keep straight after a year's time or more since their first appearance. Consequently, I become mostly disinterested in most of the minor characters; and the characters I'm mostly interested in--Bill, Eric, Sookie-- play a lesser role.
This series is becoming a poorly written who-done-it.
So, Ms. Harris: please drop the number of minor characters. Keep this world you've created alive, and well by concentrating on the characters we've come to love.
I'm not a People Magazine reader, so, this somewhat gossipy reading material would not normally be my first pick to read/listen to. But, I love the Charlie Rose Show, and I've always found Frank Langella to be a superb guest. He's intelligent, self reflective, revealing, and an entertaining story teller. All of those qualities make this such a delightful book. I looked forward to getting into my car and listen to Frank Langella read his own book and tell wonderful stories about celebrities he's known: he can demystify celebrity while engaging the reader in a treasure of life's lessons.
He is an exceptional narrator. This is the first author narration in which the material was not negatively effected by the typical amateurish sounding author's own narration.
Such great information, but so inappropriate for unabridged audio format. I found my mind drifting, and I'd catch myself, rewind, and listen again. Only to drift again. I finally gave up. I've caught some highlights, and that will have to do.
An abridged form without the long, tedious lists of data would be awesome. The conclusions the author comes to are well worth paying attention to. The data leading up to those conclusions is just too much for this listener.
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