This book focuses on blindness and the author's life being blind from infancy. Although it was interesting from that point of view it focuses very little on his dog. Really disappointing as a dog lover. I found it to be more of an "all about me and what I have done" kind of book. Was really glad when it ended.
I totally agree with other reviewers who find the shifts in location and characters hard to follow and for me it interrupts the flow of the story. Just as I would get interested in a thread the storyline would shift leaving me having to get interested again. When it finally returned I had lost interest. I still have an hour to go and it seems like it has been going on forever. Narration was great. Just can't join the positive train for this book.
Before you buy this book listen to the audio sample. This narrator's voice is high pitched and to me very annoying. Like listening to a little girl read. Simply could not get past her voice to enjoy or not enjoy the book. Definitely not my cup of tea.
This book might have been ok if it had been condensed into half its length. I did find it helped me go to sleep! Narrator pronounced hawaiian words poorly. His voice was boring but it was probably because the book was putting him to sleep too. A tolerable listen on sale, don't pay a full credit for it!
I enjoyed the book, similar to reading a documentary. The author read his own work which for me rarely works. In this case he took a rather dry topic and made it very dull. He sounded absolutely bored with the whole book which he probably was after writing it. There is a reason narrators are professionals and writers are professionals. They are different skills. Book was ok though, I enjoyed this little bit of history.
Although the book was interesting I really struggled with the narration. The accents were so strong I simply missed parts of the book. I almost asked for a refund but struggled through it. For me it would be way better in print, audible version was hard work. Disappointing.
Lou diamond Phillips is terrible at almost every accent and this book is full of different accents. Very distracting. However, the little audible gasps between many phrases where really annoying. To his credit I don't think even the best narrator could have saved this trite book. What a sad end to a sometimes brilliant series. At least it didn't make me sad to say adios to jack Ryan, both of them.
Billed as a mystery/thriller the romance aspect was incredible tedious. The mystery aspect was really weak. The narrator had an irritating edgy voice that was grating to listen too. I don't think even a brilliant narrator could save this book. I'll skip this series, thank you. The story and narrator were a good match, below average.
I agree with other reviewers in their disappointment with this book. I have read just about every seal book available and am usually riveted. The author seemed to need to tell me how impressed I should be, again and again. There was very little story or action. Lots of unnecessary verbiage and honking of seal horns. Our special forces are so exceptional that you don't need to tell me how exceptional they are. Just tell the story, the awe is in understating their feats. Thanks to our military at every level. You can all spend your credit on most anything, it would be better than this thing. 3 stars because of the tiny insight into piracy.
I didn't finish the book. I hope it gets better but I doubt it. Definitely not my cup of tea.
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