Oliver North - maybe; Peyton Tochterman - NEVER!
The story had potential (other than Oliver North's self-aggrandizing mention of himself several times), but the narrator was horrible. I just wanted the book to be over so I wouldn't have to listen to his stumbling mispronunciations. His occasional attempts at a Scottish (?) accent were so pathetic as to not even be laughable. This book's potential was totally ruined by the narrator, who sounded like he was sight reading at about a 3rd grade level. I kept checking to see how much longer the book was going to last. Should've just given up on it, returned it for a refund, and saved myself the frustration!
This story really brings home how lucky/blessed we are to be Americans and points out all the things we take for granted - sometimes to the point of abusing them. In addition to having a very interesting life that holds your attention, Craig's heartfelt reading of his life's story adds to the intensity of his desire to get to America and his gratitude at becoming a citizen.
One generally doesn't think of Scotland as a place to want to get away from, but then one realizes the vast difference our freedom of religion gives to who you know, like, love and associate with.
I had not known before that he was a alcohol/drug addict. He tells the story of his addictions, rehab and recovery with an openness and honesty that is at times brutal. He doesn't soften any aspect of his struggle with his demons.
I rate this book very highly for its content and message. And listening to Craig for 7 and a half hours isn't hard to take either!
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