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Lobo11

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  • American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ann Scott Tyson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Some have called him "Lawrence of Afghanistan". To the Pashtun tribesmen he is "Commander Jim", leader of the "bearded ones". He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, one of the most charismatic and controversial U.S. commanders of modern memory, a man who changed the face of America's war in Afghanistan when his critical white paper, "One Tribe at a Time", went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and on Capitol Hill in 2009.

    James says: "True warrior betrayed by political brass"
    "Better named "American Spartan and His Wife""
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    What would have made American Spartan better?

    If Ann Scott Tyson didn't insist on inserting herself into the story so much. This is a book could be called the Ann Scott Tyson story. Frankly, I don't care about her. She interrupts the story repeatedly and at length, talking about herself.


    Has American Spartan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just self absorbed authors.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The snippets about his story in between her meddling...


    Any additional comments?

    The book would be better named "American Spartan and His Wife".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandon Webb, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Jon Bailey
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (590)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

    Lobo11 says: "Excellent story/horrible narrator"
    "Excellent story/horrible narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen?

    This story was extremely entertaining. Webb talks about his childhood, selection into the teams, the SEAL sniper program (from a student/ intructor/ program manager perspective), his deployments and life after the Navy. A great autobiography. Of note, the actual author pre-empts every chapter with small interesting dialogues. He also speaks a bit after the ending of the book. This was a welcomed change from normal audio books in which the actual author never speaks.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was horrible. The book is worth suffering through him though. In the beginning of the book he sounds like a movie preview voice-over. Once you get over this, it becomes obvious that he knows nothing about the topic. Be prepared for pronounciations such as "Hell-O" for helo and "Be You Dee Ess" for BUDS. The guy is inept at best but like cow dung smell at a ranch, you get used to him eventually.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was really good. The narrator, Jon Bailey, really detracted from the story. It seems that the audio narration was completed before the company even had rights to it so the author possibly did not have an opportunity to have a say as to the horrible recording.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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