Normally I have 3-4 Audible stories going at any given time; that is, I may listen to one story for awhile, then the next time I listen I may choose to listen to a different one. It's a little like channel surfing. But this story is different. It held me from start to finish, and it was fun throughout. It is one of those stories that, as you turn your listening device back on following an interruption, you say to yourself, "Oh, Boy!," and away you go as the roller coaster ride resumes. I did not listen to any other title until this story ended. (Vince Flynn novels also have this effect.) The narration is competent and transparent, which is as it should be.
Coonts started as a naval aviator, and wrote about what he knew, with his first hit, *Flight of the Intruder.* Who would have imagined then that he could write such a tight, excellent tale about a completely non-flying subject? Well, he can, and this novel is superb!
It is compelling! I typically have several unfinished Audible books "going" at once, and skip around in my listening. Until, that is, one of the books is so fascinating that I just have to see what happens next. This is one of those books about which, when you get a moment of freedom to resume listening, you say to yourself, "Oh boy!" as you turn it on.
James Wesley Rawles' books compare with these, and capture life under circumstances of WROL (Without Rule Of Law). Author D.J. Molles has a similar, better series, which I strongly recommend. But I best like this present book, and this Going Home series. Best characters, best scenario, best extrapolation of current events into WROL. This guy's writing seems the most real - most immediate. He spins a yarn that only slowly unveils what is going on. It is as if we are experiencing the lack of information that goes with WROL.
Duke Fontaine is Competent. Adequate. Suited for this kind of book. But he pauses only between chapters. Listening to him can be occasionally confusing.
[ATTENTION NARRATORS: WHEN THE MATERIAL CONTAINS A BREAK, such as between settings, PLEASE PAUSE A FEW SECONDS!! As listeners, we don't get to see the written break at which you are looking. We are distracted as we listen by even the most no-brainer tasks, such as tending a garden, sweeping a floor, or driving a car. We need you to pause. That way you are warning us, "Okay, listener: Here comes a change!"]
I feel a bit shaken. That's all I can say without spoiling.
Excellent. Get this book!
This was 8.5 hours of decent, worthy story, but not the kind that I will long remember and tell others about. It's for those times when you are between great books.
Authenticity and clarity. You can tell by the level of detail that the author was very much there, and his clear telling lets you be there with him. This man is gifted at describing situations. You really do come away having an idea of "what it was like."
Keeler's voice sounds like that of an older man. It is easy to imagine that he is Wilson, that Wilson is my grandfather, and that I am listening to him tell me his war stories.
This book is easy to follow, with great balance and a natural flow: It includes emotion where appropriate, but generally it doesn't waste time with deep descriptions of the superfluous. Rather, it uses skillful, firsthand accounts of battles and tactics to "do the talking."Do get this book!
Great description of the battle.
Besides the Audible edition, I also had Amazon send me the hardbound book, because I love to follow a battle on maps, and satellite views. The hardbound contained about five useful maps, which help a lot in the case of Bastogne, but not so much elsewhere.
There is another factor for map followers: Location names. Internet map searches require properly-spelled location names, and you don't get that from Audible.
I listened once through, then went on Amazon and bought the hardbound, plus a good map. Now I am ready to sit down and REALLY enjoy a second listen, while following along with maps!
I was surprised by the underlying story. There actually is some content there. It gets existential, and I learned something, which I cannot discuss farther, without spoiling the story.
Mr. Conn reads better than I could, but not by much. Good readers "become transparent," allowing us to concentrate on the story. Not so much Mr. Conn. He effects multiple voices well enough, but the cadence of his voice is wrong, with pauses where speakers don't pause, and syllables drawn out that most persons say quickly. Perhaps cadence is a question of his talent.
What is not about talent is the issue of his unforced errors, in the form of mispronounced words - a lot of them. They distract. ("Epitome" he pronounces "eppy-tohm"; "subtle" becomes "sub-tul"; "femur" comes out "fee-mure"; and so on). Is it too much to ask of a pro to bring proper pronunciations into the recording booth?
I'll listen to another book he reads, but the story had better be outstanding.
This book, unabridged, is the primer and introduction for one who might want to lose oneself in this genre of books. High altitude mountaineering is grand drama, with killing cold, and with oxygen starvation that hobbles the brain and causes the body to consume itself. This is where storms appear out of nowhere, and simple injuries can become a death sentence, because help often is unavailable. Fiction is unnecessary because up here the true stories are incredible.
Yes, Dr. Viesturs’ book uses the word “I” a lot: It’s an autobiography as well as an overview. Arguably the world’s best, the guy practices great safety discipline, and deals in facts. He also is a superb historian of the mountaineering culture, and he describes that community in a way that lets you decide whether or not to immerse further. I went for it. I listened to ALL the Viesturs books, plus several others. Exception: The superb *Himalyan Quest* book of full-page photographs. It puts things into perspective, and must be enjoyed in paper form.
Look, we can’t all climb these mountains, but we can read, and watch movies and videos. This book is the primer. It fascinates while it gives you a taste. Then, if you choose to immerse as I did, you can enjoy scores of hours of wonderful entertainment, as you climb the world’s highest mountains in your armchair.
Yes, if my friend shared my curiosity about what it must be like to get to be the officer who flies the spiffy police helicopter overhead. It's a nicely told autobiography by one such officer, using very many descriptions of his experiences. You do come away with a feel for what it is like to do his job.
Sears sounds just like a cop. His strong, clear voice matches my mental picture of the author. I disliked that he neglected to insert pauses between the author's anecdotes, but that's not a big deal.
No. Hey look, this is a "popcorn" book, in the way that a light movie is a "popcorn" movie - a place to kill some time. It's not Tolstoy. It's just good clean fun. I enjoyed it; I recommend it.
Glad you asked! I've listened to over 200, and I place this series in my top ten percent. Excellent science fiction is also excellent fiction. This series is a study in the role of the use of force of personality in leadership. Rich in interpersonal situations, fleet combat tactics, decision making, and even puzzles and mysteries, yet easy to follow. Keeps you wanting more.
J. D. Molles' *The Remaining* series. Both follow a strong leader through a series of compellingly interesting situations, across several superb novels, and both are narrated by the best narrator of I have ever heard.
Rummel is absolutely best narrator in the business. Nobody else comes close. He does a variety of BELIEVABLE female voices, a multitude of male voices, and accents, and every character's sound and style is consistent and recognizable across the whole series. His sense of pace and drama breathe life into dialogs that would fly by too quickly, if you were reading them with your eyes. If for no other reason, listen to this series to marvel at the artistry of Rummel's narrating. (I discovered this series by chance, while looking for more Rummel-narrated books, after having listened to *The Remaining.*)
Excellent story and narration. Compels me to keep listening.
The main character, Lee, is the guy I'd like to be: Competent, but not perfect. Morally sound, but confused by overwhelming events.
Lee's initial exit, but I don't want to spoil things.
I roll through audible books, and have heard lots of narrators. This one is superb. He can effect lots of voices, including womens' and girls', and it's like listening to a play.
Fly On Wall.The German leaders documented everything. Very many "private" meetings contained a stenographer, or witness, in order for their historic machinations to be recorded, enshrined, studied, and celebrated centuries later, with the war won and Europe re-formed. Shirer, beginning a decade after the war, spent years reading the enemy's meticulous records of meetings and interviewing persons who were there. HE was there, in a few cases.
No other book so takes you into Hitler's inner sanctum, except Albert Speer's, and Speer wasn't privy to most of the strategy sessions that this book reveals.
A year later I don't recall the narration getting in the way.
It's too long for that.It drags in a few places, but I let it run. The few such areas, mostly early in the book, set the table for the jaw-dropping passages. And very many times, listening, I felt a mental "chink," as my previous understanding of WWII suddenly solidified. Another puzzle piece falling into place - another insight gained, as I realized why things happened as they did.
You learn Why Hitler made the decisions he did. Why, for instance, with Europe well in hand, did he invade Russia? What was he THINKING? You will confidently understand the answer, after listening to this book. There will be many times when you will say to yourself, "So THAT'S it!" This is the glue that links other bits of WWII knowledge, and without it my knowledge of the war was incomplete. Over a year after listening, this book still resonates, and stands out among the scores and scores of Audiobooks I have listened to as arguably the very best.
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