For those interested in history, particularly about the Second World War, this audiobook should be of interest. I've read books about the Eichmann kidnapping and trial, but the focus of this audiobook is strictly on the kidnapping and it is incredible in its ability to convey suspense while diving in to fascinating detail behind the operation. To its credit, it spends just enough time to paint a picture of the crimes, a little more on the last days of the Reich, and an interesting account of his escape. But it kicks up a notch with his pursuit, discovery and capture. Despite the detail (often a downfall in such narratives) it creates and sustains the suspense. It was very well read and held my interest throughout the story. I've listened to many audiobooks and I would rank this among the top: again, for those who are interested in the over-arching story.
I haven't read the print version - that's why I listen to Audiobooks - to listen to books I don't have time to read. . . "too many books/too little time!"
Not that I recall - but I will add him to my list of good narrators.
After listening to the first few minutes of this book I was a little concerned with both the narration and the story, which I feared was going to be dull and monotone.But within 5 or 10 minutes I was really surprised. It quickly turned into an unbelievably entertaining listen - containing a perfect blend of drama and humour - and it was very well read. For someone who doesn't know much about the Roman Catholic church, the Pope or the Vatican, but keeps tabs on the news, it was just a very interesting and entertaining look at the workings and stories that make the Vatican so interesting to people in no way affiliated with the Catholic church; and it was done so in an educated-reality-TV-cum-PBS-documentary sort of a way. Finally, to me the narrator, can make or break an audiobook; and in this instance he really contributed to an entertaining listen.
This could well be one of the most powerful audiobooks that I have listened to about the war in Iraq. It offers a very poignant look at what the soldiers and their extended families are living through, and the detail and emotion in the stories is very powerful. Its accounting of daily life in Iraq, whether of a soldier or an Iraqi citizen, and the often tragic occurance, results in a very balanced look at the war - regardless of one's political view. Finally, the narration of the audiobook is excellent and makes it very easy to listen to.
I was an avid follower of the the Apollo program in it's day, even though I was very young, and even today if the networks aired coverage of space launches in more detail, I'd be watching them. I've watched "From the Earth to the Moon" countless times, and I pretty much know the script to the movie Apollo 13. I've listened to Neil Armstrong's memoir (as an audiobook) and Wally Schira's - among others. So, while skeptical that this would offer anything new, I still bought it. In many ways, it does recount many of the same stories - it would be impossible not to; but there is always an opportunity for fresh material and a fresh perspective. I'm not a nitpicker when it comes to details, and the minutiae of technology tend to bore me - so, while others could possibly find errors that might annoy them (I'm not saying there are any), I enjoyed the fact that this is one more popular telling of the of the Apollo program. If you enjoy hearing stories of the space program, even if you've heard them many times, then you should enjoy this. The narration is very well done, and there was fresh material and interesting perspectives to keep me engaged.
This is a really enjoyable audiobook. It's not often that I find I encounter an audiobook with which I am disappointed when it ends - looking for more. Usually after 10 hours I'm getting to the point of wanting to move on, Perhaps that's the advantage of having an audiobook that is only 8 hours. This audiobook is wonderfully narrated - immediately engaging you in the characters' adventure of setting up a restaurant in a fairly remote Caribbean island. Of course the story is told by the author with the comfort of knowing the challenge and obstacles are in the past (at least the ones of which she tells) - and it comes across as a great adventure; and as they bump into, and then overcome one obstacle after another, including a host of friendly along the way, you can't help but want to go online, find an inexpensive flight, book a hotel, and then phone for a reservation. I really enjoyed this audiobook.
This is the second audio book by this author and narrator that I have listened to, and it was as enjoyable as the first. It's a fairly short "listen" and I always feel a little slighted for having to spend one credit on an audio book that is less than 8 hrs (in this case just less than 6); but on the flip side, having listened to many audio books that are much longer, it's really nice to find a story that is immediately engaging and well narrated. Granted, it is about her life (or a brief period thereof) as a lobster fisherman - and anecdotes of her life on a small island in Maine; if that doesn't sound like it will appeal to you, then this audio book probably won't. But I thought it was entertaining and a relaxing intermission (albeit brief) between stories that are often a fair bit little heavier.
I read the other reviews before downloading this so I did have my reservations, but I was quite satisfied. I guess if I was a rabid football fan, as opposed to someone who enjoys watching college games, but not too fanatical (with no allegiance to any US college) I might have been a little disappointed in the balance between the coverage of football and the coverage of Michael Oher's struggle and development to the level of a college player. But I thought it was fairly balanced; and in the process it told a story about football, and the way in which the game has evolved such that someone like Michael Oher can have an impact. The narration was good, it was engaging, and the audiobook was just the right length - ending at the perfect juncture.
This was a fun and light listen. I'm always skeptical of books narrated by the author, but in this case I was wrong. While she has a slightly monotone narration, it's still very engaging. The book is pretty light and quickly engages you in to her experience. It has encouraged me to download other books by her. I enjoyed it, and it was the perfect length so as to entertain, without going on too long to bore. Well worth it.
The pleasure of so many audiobooks comes down to the combination of a good yarn and good narrating, This book is a good story; he provides an interesting biographical sketch and focuses in on the key cases in which he was involved, but not so much that they become boring; and the narration makes it very interesting to listen to.
The author spends the last chapter or so offering his views on the Waco incident, and then more time is spent offering views on the state of current policing and negotiating. Fortunately this is at the end of the book so if you're not interested it can be easily skipped, without making you think that you're not getting your money's worth.
All told, it was enjoyable and easy to listen to.
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