Allons, TN, United States | Member Since 2010
This is not one of those "more of the same" old Civil War stories. This was an exciting adventure, that was daring, complex, and told in a masterful way. Mr. Bonds did a fabulous job in researching the historic train theft, and carefully extracting truths from so much bravado and Hollywood fiction that has become attached to this event thorough time. Bronson Pinchot delivered a superb performance in his reading. The story and performance kept me involved through the whole listening experience. I believe this book spans more than just an historical account of the great train theft. It was a thrilling listen and would be even a better movie, if they would stick to story as the author has presented it to us.
To be honest Jim Gaffigan needs to keep his day job as a stand up comedian, or night job as the case may be. Did not find the book very well crafted, and found my way through it in entirety only when I had nothing else to listen to. A gifted comic but I found the book to be disappointing.
Not just one great story, but three are woven together to relate the story of courageous men at the dawn of aviation and through the turmoil of the early 20th century. The narration was well done, and the author is certainly at the top of his craft in writing and relating such compelling stories. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.
The story of Frank Luke is that of Knights of old, with the adventure of early aviation as the backdrop. Excellently researched and a story brought forward of Luke's lone wolf style and his well noted flaunt to authority. Know as a braggart of sorts, the fact remains that he did exactly the things he said he would do. The narration of John McLain was dry and uninspiring until he quoted a direct quote from a letter, and became more like a character telling a story. Several times I wanted to quit listening and just read the book. The author spent an great amount of effort and time during and in the afterward of the story to make sure the reader, or listener in this case, knew from his perspective that his (the authors) research and work was the most definitive, and should in fact be the only version would could intelligently consider in the life of Frank Luke. Seemed a little boastful to me!
The story was well written and researched, however I do not believe the case was made that there was a conspiracy to kill Patton. I did not care for the narration, but do not let this opinion dissuade you from listening to the Patton story, as I do not care for the Bill O'Reilly style of journalistic reporting.
The second in the Brotherhood of War series that picks up on our favorite characters and moves them along in our hearts and mind. I am addicted to this W.E.B Griffin series, and I can only express satisfaction with this listening experience. The narration by Eric G. Dove continues to be superb in the delivery of character voices. If you like military stories, such as the Band of Brothers, etc, then you will enjoy these books.
I do not know what took me so long to find the Brotherhood of War series, but now that I have, I cannot pull myself away from them. I read and listen to military history with an insatiable desire. I tend to stay away from fiction, but I must say that W.E.B. Griffin weaves a great story line through historical periods, with great characters that draw you in and make you care. He gets it right in both history and mindset. The narration by Eric G. Dove, is very good, however, his pronunciation of some of the German could use some help. In my opinion there is no way your coming away from the Lieutenants, without going on to the next book in the series. Listening entertainment at its best...
If you want to know what men look for in leadership when going to war, this book is for you. The personal account of Col. Sparks war experiences in Italy and Germany relate the true cost of freedom paid on the battlefields in Europe during World War II. Recounting the loss of so many of his men in the 500 days of brutal combat, Sparks leaves for future generations a record of the sacrifice and bravery needed to defeat the true evil that seemed to be enveloping our world.
Fred Sanders narration was superb, Alex Kershaw's story excellent, and the cost of freedom well documented!
Tuesday and Capt. Montalvan's story, hit home in so many ways. My P.T.S.D hidden and controlled for many years after returning from two tours of duty in Vietnam, surfaced into full blown nightmares after open heart surgery later in life. I learned from the heart surgeon afterwards, it is something that happens quite often to veterans after undergoing such an event.
Capt. Montalvan's journey to function in society, with the help of his dog Tuesday confirmed my belief that you must be "All IN" in the relationship between dog and person. Those events in Tuesday's life of bonding himself to his handler's during training, only to loose that connection at some point, underscores the issue that dog's are fully aware emotionally who is committed 100% to a relationship. I too have a service dog for my PTSD, and I cannot imagine my life without him. I am "all in," and so is he. Thank you Captain for explaining so well that bond and relationship, and the importance of service dogs to veterans that suffer from the trauma of war for the rest of their lives. Most of all thank you for your service to our nation, and for the issues concerning veterans you so gallantly and intelligently speak about and support. I salute you!
If you want to know what it is to be an American Patriot, who would do what ever it takes for God and Country, then read or listen to the story of Chris Kyle. Our nation and the soldiers he served with, were lucky to have such a superb warrior to look after them. I loved his honesty about the places he served and those he fought against. His descriptions of respect and camaraderie for all soldiers he served with was inspiring, while a sense of humor and humanity sparked interest in the composure he carried while dealing death to the enemy. Excellent
Well researched and crafted in relating the events and characters in this American tragedy. I must state up front, that I am negatively biased in my feelings toward the narrator, and did not care for his performance very much. The narration flowed through the voice and character of a modern day sensationalistic television reporter. From my personal point of view, I thought the matter of fact delivery, took away from a very good story.
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