I ,in this time of the Hated "political correctness ", was able to hear this man's story, so clearly and sussicently reported, just amazed me !
Chris is the Everyman, well, no, he was special, but the Everyman nonetheless, in this book.
Just doing his job.
He , you could say, was Born to do what he did.
He doesn't puff himself up. Doesn't need to, or want to. He's just telling his story, of what happened in his life.
Rude, sometimes vulgar, yep, everything I would expect, for someone who went through what he went through, to get to where he wanted to be.
Make No mistake. He got to do , what he Wanted to do. Kill the Bad Guys. With Heavens Blessing , I might add. He almost doesn't mention, the many times he could have been, maybe should have been, killed , and those many times don't happen by chance. Not that many times.
In all, it is probably too short. He will never write a sequel.
Perhaps you could compare him , by chance , to the WW1 ace Rickenbacher , who was just doing his job, too.
Both felt they were doing their job, for God , and Country.
If you try that, remember, Richenbacher was shot down , and killed , by a young American , doing what he could , for America.
Chris was shot in the back, by a young American , whom he was trying to help. A disturbed Veteran.
Chris doesn't go into much of his personal life here , but enough to let you know it was very hard on his wife, and family. And him. If you think that didn't trouble him, you need to listen again.
He is not a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve.
The men who volunteer to do the dirty jobs , in our Armed Services, can never get to much Praise. Chris is among them. Praise wasn't what he was after. He just wanted to make sure he had done his part, in defending America, and helping his Brothers .
He sure did that.
I found this book to be an amazing listen , and the narrator captured the flavor of the written words perfectly.
Just as Dr. Sowell says, there are two basic types of intellectuals. Those that actually do useful work, and so gain much needed understanding of the real world, and then there are the " Others". Dr. Sowell focuses on this 2nd type , and does an excellent job ,dare I say, skewering them.
Too bad they are too arrogant to learn a little History, or learn from from their own mistakes , and mistaken assumptions.
Unfortunely, it is we common folks who must pay the price, over and over again.
Perhaps what Billy was really talking about was this 2nd group of intellectuals . If so, I would say his sentiments were spot on !
Give the book a listen. You will not be disappointed , unless, of course , you consider yourself an " Intellectual Thinker ".
Gates is deffinately the Hero in his book. He does , indeed , have much to brag about. And he does. That said , I wonder if he would change anything now, given what we know. I doubt it.
He seems a consumant politician. The difference is , if he is to believed , one who gets things done, and , as usual , without stepping on too many of the wrong toes, at the wrong time.
Nonetheless , it is a good listen, even the parts I , personally, do not care for. That would be the kudos to those who kept him on. And a certain SOS.
Like they had any choice. If they had had anyone better than him , they would have invited him to take a long walk off a short plank. And, if he screwed up , well, you know what the response would have been.
All in all, it's a good listen. I believe he did care deeply about our men in combat , and that's rare these days.
I listened to this some time ago. As usual, I disagreed with some things he opines . He stands by most of them.
If you enjoy a great mind at work, it is well worth listening to.
Well, I do not want to disparage this book, or the author . I learned what I needed to know in the first few chapters.
As usual , when the Far Left jumps on a Bandwagon, there is a very good reason why.
The rest of the book lays out , in detail, what most do not know. Me included.
I know now.
To a causal listener , one who prefers to keep their head buried firmly in the sand , I would say pass. This book will scare you .
To the Far Left , my review , if I become any more specific, , well, I don't want them treating me, or my family, to the treatment the IRS got from the crazies at the " Church of Scientology " gave them, to the point where the IRS surrendered.
Don't know about that ? Hummm.
Laid out from a legal jurists point of view , it's excellent. For the other 99.9% of us , after the first few chapters , it's , well , long.
There is much here that needs to be known, for the general public, but it could , I think , be put much more succulently. Shorter, in other words.
As for the conclusion , , well, it dances around . Granted , it's a book. Current events may put it in a perspective for you, but only if you truly understand what Islam really is , and the history of the Far Left.
Otherwise, you're wasting your time and money.
Whew ! WHAT a story. The headline for this book could be " Idiot Doctor Kills President ". And, it would be true . I won't spoil the rest of the story , which is , at times , heartbreaking , other than to say what a great man he was , and President he could have been.
It is an engrossing story , which at times , brought me to tears , mingled with Disgust , for the petty fool who shot , but did not kill him.
My Real disgust was for the fool who was supposed to save him.
The narrator does an excellent job , and , if your interest is history , as mine is , you cannot go wrong , with this selection. I learned much. I remember the assassination of both Kennedy's , as well as MLK. This story brings them to mind, as the public angst was even greater then , if the book is to believed , as ours was during the '60s.
Well worth your time.
Well, it was a decent story. A take-off on the Pilgrims Progress, which I've listened to several times.
I don't really understand why Mr. Lewis chose to do this book, in this way. Perhaps I did not listen closely enough, but I found it a poor companion to the original .
The ending seemed hurried , as if the author had suddenly realized he was almost out of paper.
If a different take on the Pilgrim's Progress is what you're looking for , or perhaps an updated account of the original , which may be what Mr. Lewis was aiming for , then by all means, give it a listen.
But try the original first.
Well, first, most people can't handle the Truth. If that's you, you're not going to like this book. On the other hand, if you find an unvarnished , fact-filled narrative of the past 40 years refreshing, it is a book well worth listening to.
Ms. Coulter hammers away relentlessly, as is her style, and presents fact after fact, irrefutably.
I very much enjoy Coulter's work, and I believe I have every one of her audiobooks.
If you have your head buried in the sand , or refuse to believe reality when it slaps you in the face, this is not the book for you.
On the other hand , if you want to face reality, and confront our social and fiscal problems head-on, I suggest you start with her first book, and work your way up from there.
For those so inclined , another , quite different viewpoint , can be found in an excellent
audio book , by Alfonzo Rachel.
I generally am a skeptic. An author must Prove his points ,in a book such as this. For that matter, in any non-fiction. I expect a bias , towards the particular author's point of view. As long as I know where he's coming from, that bias is OK. I can , and will , seek out other points of view, and make up my own mind.
When it comes to Islam , however, my mind is made up, and was, before this book. The author gave me many new insights , that I previously didn't have, , but only confirmed what I already knew to be true.
His opinion , in the last few minutes of the book, on what we Infidels can do , here in the U.S. , are well thought out, and reasoned. I believe them, however , to be wholly inadequate.
They are, however, much more realistic , than our "Leaders" , here and abroad, running around , proclaiming Islam a "Religion of Peace".
That is akin to proclaiming L. Ron Hubbard's " Scientology ", a real Religion, when, in fact, Hubbard set that whole farce up to escape the 90% Tax Rate, back when he was writing well.
Forgive the analogy. Though Islam is akin.
My only real complaint , is due to my advanced age, and , therefor, my forgetting what certain terms mean. The author refers to them, without reminding us , late in the book , as to what they mean. As I listened to the book over many days, I hope to be forgiven for forgetting what those Arab terms meant.
To sum it up , if you think 9/11 was a fluck, think again. My eyes were opened that day. If yours were not , this book will open them, if you dare .
God help us , if it doesn't.
Maybe. If they owned an Apple product , or were thinking of purchasing one.
Given that it is an unabridged reading, I'm not certain the narrator could have any more than he did.
Yes. Watch more carefully how I voice my opinions, and keep in mind other people have feelings also.
The book is , I think, overly long. I have never owned , or , really, cared to own , an Apple product. I don't quite understand the hoopla surrounding Jobs, or Apples products. Still don't. I thought listening to this book, might inspire me to purchase an Apple product. If anything, it ensures I won't.
I'm the type that likes to work on things, learn how they are put together, and why. I like customizing things, adding to , and updating them. Or, if they are not suitable for me, getting rid of them.
The high cost of Apple products, and the contempt Jobs had for his customers, argues against purchasing them.
While I like Jobs passion for making his products intuitive, i.e. easy to use , I don't like much else.
The method Jobs used to motivate people, while it worked for him, sucks,to use his own words.
As for him saving the music business, I find that unbelievable.
Oh,one more thing. I own Kodak cameras. They take movies,in the MOV format. Try burning them onto a disc, and getting a DVD player to play them.
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