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Missoula, MT, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 75 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Fobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Abrams
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad's Forward Operating Base Triumph. The Forward Operating base, or FOB, is like the back-office of the battlefield - where people eat and sleep, and where a lot of soldiers have what looks suspiciously like an office job. Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acquainted, grunts are playing Xbox, and watching NASCAR between missions....

    Doug says: "A Salute to the Spineless"
    "Not the new Catch-22"
    Would you try another book from David Abrams and/or David Drummond?

    Yes, I felt the author did a good job in describing life in Iraq with the US military.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointed, seemed a little to deus ex machina.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was good, no recommendations.

    Could you see Fobbit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, no recommendations on stars.

    Any additional comments?

    This book was billed as the Iraq war's catch-22. Admittedly, Its been a long time since I read Catch-22 but I do remember it as being way more humorous than this book. Admission, I spent a year in Iraq with my National Guard unit. Maybe due to this experience, some of the things that may seem absurd and therefore very funny to some people didn't seem as funny to me because it was my reality for a year of my life. I did find the author's description of life in the combat zone spot on, and yes we did have the whole Fobbit culture at the base I was at. However, since I was flying all over Iraq in a Blackhawk Helicopter, I was able to see most of the bases, especially the Baghdad bases and found his descriptions very accurate, even though he obviously changed the names of the Bases. Just by his description, I knew the "Triumph" from having been there. I did enjoy the book, but like I say the characters were maybe too real to people I met over there to seem outrageous to me. Overall, if you were not deployed on Operation Iraqi Freedom, I would recommend this book just to get a feel of what it was like for the soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen who served in Iraq.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Enzo is my hero"

    My wife had recommended this book and I admit I was initially put off by the title, not being a racing fan, but I think that this was one of the most enjoyable books I have recently read (listened to actually). Being a dog person, I enjoyed seeing the world through our best friends eyes. I especially loved the sidebars of lists and explanations provided by Enzo. I found myself laughing out loud as I listened alone in my car. Also, I agreed with many of Enzo's insights. This book reminded me of another favorite, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and while not quite the same, equally enjoyable. Even now knowing the story, I will listen to it again.

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