With firsthand accounts detailing the horrors of combat, and the thoughts going through the soldiers minds, this is an essential reading for anyone interested in the Pacific Campaign in WW2. Sledge let's you join his crew, feel the frustrations of being an enlisted man vs. an officer, and the truth behind some of the medals that should've been awarded to those that actually deserved them, rather than political favoritism.
The narration was good and it was an easy and interesting listen. If you're tired of just looking at pictures of WW2 and want the real stuff, then look no further. It's all here, and Sledge brings you along as he encounters setbacks, triumphs, and heartbreak. There are descriptions of combat that only those who were actually there can tell. I'm glad to have experienced this book, it sheds new light on my understanding of the sacrifices the ordinary American soldier must adhere to.
I'd say at least in my top five suspense/thriller genre books. Overall, top ten easily.
I can't really say any of the other books I've read compare to this one. I've tried other thrillers and either got bored or the narrator was bad. This one blew me away, and I'm a tough critic. The action, suspense, and unexpected twists kept me coming back for more. Very well written story. This was my first Jonathan Maberry book, and I'll be getting some of his other books too, now that I know what to expect...pure entertainment.
Joe Ledger of course. Ray Porter would sound good reading stereo instructions, he literally makes the listener "experience" the book. He's that good.
It could easily be one of those books to listen to all in one sitting, narrator Ray Porter combined with excellent writing, you can't go wrong.
As I said, this was my first Maberry book, and I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. I read the reviews, bought the book, and am now a big fan.
Superbly narrated and well told. There were a few moments where I laughed throughout the book b/c villains sometimes aren't put in certain situations that you'd expect them to be in. Which is exactly why I liked this book. It was a different story but it'll keep your attention. The narration was great, can't go wrong with her.
The only drawback, which is what I read from previous reviews, is that the author tends to ramble on with irrelevant subjects that could be omitted. It reminded me of Steven King. By the time I reached the last section of the book, I was fast forwarding through a few mundane parts. That doesn't mean it was a bad story, but the author could leave out some details that have nothing to do with the overall picture. Also, I'm a short and to the point type of person, so maybe that's another reason for the fast forwarding.
I'd say give it a try if you're randomly interested in a thriller, you most likely won't be disappointed.
I must say at first this book didn't really grab my attention. It seemed as though the first portion was focused on facts and knowledge of the war. What LBJ knew or didn't, Tonkin incident, etc. it all seemed to blend together and my mind tended to wander while listening. However, the second part of the book captured my attention with stories of prison camps, medics, pilots, basically a more true to the title way of writing.
Overall, I finished the book questioning what I missed in the first section. I'll have to give it another listen because I remember a lot more stories from the second part rather than first. Not a bad read for military buffs and veterans.
You won't walk away from this book without remembering at least a few of the stories for a long while, and perhaps grateful for what some unknown Americans did during that war. Only one word comes to mind....Valor.
A funny, witty, and charming book about an attempt at being a Caddy for some of golf's most famous names, and some not so famous.
The author lays out an entertaining journey that will make you laugh while at the same time, keep you interested too. Each of the people he caddies for are made into funny characters in a way. By the end of each brief section describing his adventure with a subject, you can't help but laugh out loud at some of the moments between the author and his subjects.
I consider myself a "tough crowd" when it comes to humor, but Reilly hit the spot on this one. He doesn't suck up to any of the golfers in the book, and gives the reader a good & bad aspect of the person, which reveals a human side to some of them.
The narrator, Grover Gardner, did excellent as always.
A very interesting read, and would even be entertaining for those who don't know much about golf. Give it a shot, I don't think you'll walk away saying you hated this book.
I had little to no knowledge about Ben Hogan before giving this book a try. I'm relatively new to golf, with a few games here or there throughout my life. So I read the reviews on this book and went with the advise.
This book opened my eyes to a man who I had no clue about just a few months ago and actually only knew his name, not the person. If there's a better biography of this man out there, I'd say it's met it's match. The narrator Tom Parker (Grover Gardner or what other names he goes by) did an excellent job and once again, made the book even more interesting with his soft tone.
While reading the book I found myself bookmarking certain moments periodically. One being the description of Hogan's practice habits, another was how he and the game of golf meshed so well and why. This related so well to me and explained why I decided to take up the sport when I couldn't find the words to describe my new found hobby. Other golf books out there tend to be just a little too technical and get ahead of themselves. This one does not, and is a very easy read (listen.)
At first, and with most audiobooks I use my credits on, I was hesitant to get this biography. It wasn't long enough (hours wise) to justify spending my credit was one of the reasons. However, by the end of the introduction to the book, I was hooked like Ben Hogan's ball strike path. Highly recommend this book to anyone, with or without golf knowledge. You can thank me later...
This is a short and simple method to help ease your mind while playing golf. It's not a miracle worker but will definitely aid the "average" golfer if he/she applies the techniques described by Dr. Rotella. If you've found yourself focusing too much on mechanics in your swing or putt, OR if you're just a beginner looking for a good golf book, I'd say this will help both aspects (mentally). However, don't expect to get a tutorial on proper techniques, degrees, stances, etc. w/ this. It's strictly mental, and if you've played golf a few times, you know how mental the game can be. I purchased this yesterday and have already listened to it twice.
I've had some trouble lately getting into historical fiction. Most of what I've tried just didn't maintain my interest. Just when I thought I'd given up on historical fiction, I found "Black Cross." Now my mind has changed.
My main interest in history currently is WW2, so this book caught my attention. I have to say that it kept my interest throughout the whole book, and was quite suspenseful. The narrator did a great job with the accents and style of storytelling.
The main problem I had with the story was that some of the characters had similar sounding names. For instance, a main character is "Stern" and the another is "Schtern" or that's how it sounded. Then, ANOTHER character is named "Schurner" or "Scherner." You get what I'm saying. Although it didn't take long to differentiate who was who, I figured the author would make it a little easier for the listener (reader) to tell characters apart.
Other than the small problem I had referenced above, the book is definitely worth trying out. Especially if you're just trying out historical fiction and like WW2. I'd say yes, give it a shot.
The beginning starts out fairly interesting. It highlights the more interesting aspects of the Genghis Khan (GK) history, however, the writing seems to blend together in the second half. While approaching the end of the book, the author's language seemed as though he was running out of things to say and just decided mix in "the modern world" hence the title. He points out an obvious fact, one thing leads to another. Yes, GK did have a huge influence on Central Asian culture, but so did many other rulers that came before him as well. (i.e. Alexander the Great) It seemed as though the further I got into the book, the more I realized that it's a BASIC (although interesting) history lesson on GK.
Unlike some other reviewers who raved about this, I can't say that I "couldn't put this book down" or it's "a superb piece of writing." After completing this, I will say that I know much more NOW about GK & the Mongols than BEFORE. That's what I took away from it, which is better than not learning anything at all. Overall: Not bad, but nothing spectacular either.
The Outpost is a heartbreaking chronicle of the rotation of soldiers asked to oversee an underfunded, often thankless mission. The goal was to expand the U.S. Army's reach into the remote northeastern Nuristan Province, where insurgents were streaming in from the Pakistan border. But even at the onset, it was clear to those involved that the outpost was one step short of a death trap, situated at the bottom of a valley with difficult access by air and road.
The narration was superb, and the story (after awhile) seemed to blend together. Personal stories of the soldiers, only to eventually find out their common fate.
It was nice to not have to read another Special Forces, Navy Seal, Delta Force etc. self absorbed book. With those books, a common theme surfaces and it ends up being a self love fest of how great they think they are. These guys are REGULAR SOLDIERS, which are the majority of the American military. This is a close look to what life is like for enlisted soldiers (and a few good officers) who scrub toilets in the morning, and fight battles in the evening.
Tapper writes with a journalistic approach, as if you're reading a long article in Newsweek for example.
This is one of the better books out there on the Afghan War, and if you're interested in further reading, definitely check out "Outlaw Platoon."
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