The book seemed too topical. I'm familiar with the topic and this really seemed like it was research background for a book but really lacked depth and lustre. I've been following non fiction lately and was really pleased with War by Junger, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, and also House to House stood up fairly well. Before joining audible I had read Iron Coffins and the story of U505 as well as Tom Clancey's Red October as well as a few other titles I can't recall. Anyway to me there was nothing new here, and it seemed sort of like I was being read a synosis compiled from Wikipedia. I was hoping for a lot more.
Really no pop, nothing enthralling. I think a well researched fiction could be more educational. I'm not a huge Clancy fan but I'll give him this at least, his research and level of detail are top shelf. The background bits in Red October are better than this account.
I must say the narration was also flat. I didn't realize how much good narration could add to a story but it does, but not in this case. The narration also seemed flat. I'd say adequate would be true, but also, no pop.
There was a New York Times, or New Yorker stories worth of interesting stuff in there but not a books worth. Looks elsewhere for the exploits of the Halibut and the Parchee and you'll have the most interesting parts of the book. That info can be found by some googling.
I'm sorry to say I can't recommend
This is not the absolute best listen I've had but I would recommend to anyone who is interested in fighter pilots, US airforce, non fiction etc.
I found myself most interested in the Vietnam portion of the book. All in all though this man had an amazing life and the whole story is interesting. My least favorite part was his West Point early days. If you find this point less than enthralling, stick with it the book ramps up.
Robin Olds obviously as this is his bio
Nothing extreme, just interest in the man after seeing some of his exploits on "Dogfights" on history channels and some interviews I came across on youtube.
If this stuff interests you I'd say this is a worthwhile listen
I guess the book is good for the genre. I wanted to like it more but really the story was bordering on predictable. I started at the beginning of the series with Killing Floor and liked but didn't love the book. This was sort of the same but not as fresh. If you are a fan this is on par with the first two in the seires I suppose. For me I was hoping to be hooked but can't really say I am.
I think if you wanted to explore Jack Reacher this would be as good a place to start as Killing Floor.
I will say the narration was good. I'm new to audible and have listened to maybe 5 or 6 books with varying degrees of success with the narration. In this instance the narrator did a really good job.
For simple brain candy I'd give a guarded yes on "worth listening to".
I liked the laid back matter of fact directness of the author. Its an interesting story but not overly embellished. I recently listened to "House to House" which is a similar type book. I like H2H but liked this book very much more.
the author, and obvious answer for a bio
the accent/drawl really adds to the story. Much more than I would have imagined, the narration really was a significant plus to an already good listen.
For me there was a pretty steady matter of fact tone that was present throughout. I felt that as the book progressed the author was freer with his opinions. It seemed like I was getting to know him and he was more trustful of sharing. Discussions about family were also obviously moving and it was nice to have portions directly from his wife and comrades.
I don't hesitate to recomend. I got into this genre after reading Sebastion Junger's "War" which was super excellent. I read that one the old fashioned way prior to trying audible. It gave me a curiosity for more of similar stuff and this was a satisfying addition.
It was a compelling story that I was very very curious to check out after seeing the movie. I quite enjoyed the movie but as a Canadian felt that the Canadian aspect wasn't given enough credit. I left with a new respect for the actual story which I assume to be the true account. I left with a less jaded view than just watching the movie and more realistic view of the Canadian part in the whole story.With all that said as a stand alone going in cold it'd still be a great listen. I'll qualify that by saying as a younger man I plowed through a lot of spy novels (fiction). This stuff intrigues me and learning a true account was pretty cool for me.
I really got into recounting the era when it happened. I remember the whole hostage affair but didn't really follow the nuts and bolts of what was going on. I'm a bit of a history buff so this referesher with a lot of insight into what happened and why was very interesting to me.
I really grew to respect Tony Mendez, as this is really his story. I'd love to hear a few more capers like this if he got involved and the info was declassified. Whether read or listened to it's a great story
The Greatest "real life" Escape
great narration and compelling story.
Seemed more formulatic Elmore rather than some of his other work. He's written a ton so there's bound to be a few less good. With that said it'd be a decent listen for a plane ride.
First listen to a Leonard
narration was fair but I didn't find it engaging
I'll try a few other similar fiction audibles. So far non fiction seems to suit this medium for me. I just downloaded Killing Floor which is supposed to be a good read, so I'll give it a listen and see if this genre is for me on audible.
Not Elmore's best but if your a fan it might be worth a try.
This was my first audio book, specifically to listen too after eye surgery. I found the narration to be quite good. The story of Steve Jobs was inspiring and eye opening. Gave me a much deeper respect for his design sense as well as all the other things that made Steve Steve.
Dylan did a fantastic job narrating
Much too long a book for one sitting, but it did keep me engaged.
I'm thinking that non fiction is my favorite for audible, fiction for old fashioned eyeballs
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