This book is a fun listen. Not quite the Raylan Givens that you know from Justified, but close. Snappy dialogue and great characters.
I have always admired the lore of the US Navy SEAL's and I really wanted to like this book.
Though the book offers a different insight into the mentality of an elite SEAL warrior it is weighed down by a halting and amateurish narration by the author.
This is a great example of how an audiobook can be propelled forward or dragged down by the strength or weakness of the narration.
Eric Greitens' self narration just does not complement his story...so much so that I hesitate to recommend this audiobook.
I remember learning of Joe Kittinger's record setting sky dive back in 1960. I was, and still am, fascinated by the whole idea of a free-fall from space, and equally so by Felix's Baumgartner's recent space Red Bull Sratos sky dive following in Joe's foot steps.
I had no idea of the life that Joe Kittinger led before and after his historic free fall jump.
World record setting balloonist, fighter pilot, Vietnam war POW, engineer...a full life of the Right Stuff. This is who Joe Kittinger is as this wonderful biography explains.
I have only two dings on this audio book..
First, it would have been fantastic to learn of Joe's thoughts on the work and final success of the Red Bull Stratos project during which he served as capsule communicator, (not possible since this book was completed well before Stratos succeeded) and second, I felt that the narration was jut too overly dramatic at times.
Taken on balance these are small points and this autobiography reveals an enjoyable story of a true adventurer.
I was skeptical of using a credit for a book about rowing.
The only thing I really knew about athletes of the 1936 Olympic Games was the triumph of Jessie Owens. However, since this book was narrated by Edward Herman, one of my all time favorite readers, I decided to give the book a listen.
What unfolds is a very ambitious and largely very successful effort to bring the listener into the world of post depression era life and the world of competitive 8-man rowing.
Daniel Brown builds his story around the amazing life of Joe Rantz, a young boy abandoned by his family who finds his life forever changed by his experiences as a member of a college rowing team.
The passion that Daniel Brown brings to his subject matter is perfectly matched by the flawless Edward Herman narration.
This being said, the book is not without its flaws...the primary one being the author's tendency to allow his narrative to become overly saccharine at times. This is really a criticism of the tone of the book, not the content.
On the very positive side, the listener will find themselves completely drawn into to the characters lives and to the work and skills needed to succeed at competitive rowing.
This is a decidedly American story of ordinary young men who accomplish great things
and change the world and themselves in the process.
Freedom is the follow up book / squeal to Daniel Saurez's Daemon, the best SciFi "techno thriller" I have ever listened to.
Freedom seamlessly continues the Daemon plot and character development and brings everything to a very credible conclusion.
The brilliant narration by Jeff Gurner only adds to the quality of the storytelling.
The Daemon / Freedom series was one of those rare audiobooks that I found myself wanting to listen too at any opportunity, and is as close to flawless as any SciFi book could hope to be !
Having completely enjoyed the first two White Trash Zombie books I was delighted when I saw that a third book in the series was on its way.
I was a bit skeptical that Diana Rowland could continue the White Trash Zombie series with a third volume that would hold up the the level of entertainment of the first two. I needn't have worried.
Although the plot lines of Apocalypse are more complex than the first two books the entertainment value is absolutely first rate. If you're a fan of Angel and her motley band of friends / enemies / and co-workers you're going to enjoy Apocalypse. Excellent character development continues in Apocalypse, with wonderful insight into the human (and Zombie) condition as well as laugh out loud humor.
Rowland also does a very good job of back-tracking the events of books 1 and 2 for listeners who may not be familiar with Angel Crawford and the other primary cast of characters.
That said, if you're reading this review and have are considering buying this audiobook and have not listened to the earlier books in this series I really recommend you start with book 1 (My Life as a White Trash Zombie) as it sets up everything that follows.
Can't wait to see what Angel and the rest are going to be up to next.
I was getting pretty tired of the whole Zombie Apocalypse thing, and then comes along my new favorite anti hero, Angel Crawford.
Here's a new take on zombie life told form a first person perspective with humor, insight and a great cast of characters.
Allison McLemore's absolutely pitch perfect narration elevates this book above just a summer beach read. Plan on using a second credit for the sequel as the two books really belong together.
I'm pretty sure that I've seen all or nearly all of the programs on TV channels like the History Channel that profile "Top Ten'" firearms, warplanes and the like.
Chis Kyle's American Gun takes this idea one important step further and carefully considers the impact the each of his "Top Ten" guns played at critical points in the development of the United States.
This book is methodically researched as is evident with Kyle's accurate and detailed description of the infamous OK Corral shootout. However, what makes American Gun special is the way in which Kyle humanizes the characters that surround the American Guns he speaks about.
By doing this Kyle elevates American Gun far beyond a simple "Top Ten" list and leads the listener through an informative look at the role firearms, their designers and users played in the History of the United States.
As with American Sniper, John Pruden's narration works perfectly.
Without question Daemen (and I must include the squeal, Freedom TM in this review) is the best techno- sci fi thriller I have ever read or listened to!
Even with 30 years experience as a Silicon Valley computer executive it was easy to suspend my disbelief just the small amount that was necessary to be completely swept away by this audio book.
As a story, Daemon works on many levels beyond the techno aspects of the plot lines. I think that this is why Daemon is so entertaining.
Not the least part of the success of Daemon as an audiobook is the brilliant narration by Jeff Gurner. Gurner's pacing and emotion absolutely brings the characters to life.
Plan on using two credits because you'll definitely want to listen to Freedom TM to complete this story.
I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this essay -- a sober and cogent look
and gun violence and the media's love affair with it.
Mr. King's thoughts are particularly interesting given his own "connection" to gun violence with young people and his book Rage.
Just as I was beginning to think that I was going to continue to receive a thoughtful and balanced conclusion to this essay Mr. King takes a decided left turn and suggests that the answer to this societal ill is to ban the ownership of certain forms of firearms and high capacity magazines.
How disappointing that this entire essay, which offers such a brilliant personal reflection on the subject of gun violence, ends with the parroting of the standard liberal mantra of banning guns. I was hoping for more.
I loved this book...a straight ahead good vs evil secret agent story that introduces James Bond.
Flemming's construction of the "Bond Universe" is so meticulous that there is no need to suspend your disbelief.
I also like the relatively short length of the Bond stories which provided instant interest and smooth but rapid story development.
Simon Vance delivers a pitch perfect narration which only enhances the story.
Well worth the credit.
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