Pete was truly ahead of his time. Fascinating life story. What makes it great is the full breath of his life story starting with his father's start in PA to ending with his one boy's last game in college. At a basketball camp run by his dad Press at Juniata College in PA, Pete in the summer before his LSU freshman year, was there practicing some of his more "gifted" shots. It was hard to concentrate on the camp seesions with him in the background nailing shot after shot, some that defied gravity and physics. I got to meet Pete and for some reason he liked to hang with our group (team). He was exactly as the book described. And he single handed (with the help of four old coaches) destroyed our championship high school varsity. Sad he never got the chance to really team up with Larry Bird the first time the Celtics won the championship in Bird's tenure. He just had too much baggage from an era when you passed with two hands. There was no show time. And that bias carried to his boys who had great talent as well. He truly was the original show time.
Possibly, it was interesting enough to re-listen to some area but story was a bit predictable near the end.
Yes, more so in the beginning, as the story developed it was possible to start seeing where the story was going.
Other than Jack Reacher it was Piccard (as the author said he sounded like "what a Grizzly Bear would sound like if it could speak.
When Reacher set up the four or five bad guys at Hubble's house (saying no more - spoiler alert)
The accuracy by which Ms. O'Dell captures the underlying sense of coal miners duty to each other and the town. How they would give up pay (leave their job) to continue to search for survivors after the official recovery period is over. Their work ethic and more.
The way the author combines so many accuracies and realities of the area with the fiction of the story.
The description of the people in the Golden Pheasant "tavern" and how they left. Particularly the way an individual, drinking for what ever reason would open the door and pause before continuing as if the street was not passable.
Clune - The author will understand. Clune was the official postal town name of Coal Run. Many of the references come from that town and those around.
I grew up in Coal Run. Not the town in the book but the actual town and the area from which so much of the book uses as reference. I reflected back on many experiences so my enjoyment of the book may have been tainted by nostalgia but none the less it was excellent. At times I could see the many venues the author was referencing. Thank you Ms. O'Dell
It ranks among the highest particularly for this genre. Added fascinating background and interesting insight into a difficult time for our country.
Secretary Gates' passion for the troops and his personal concerns and drive to get them what they needed and the responsibility he felt for them.
There really only is one character in this story - Gates.
When Sec. Gates met a Texas A&M graduate in a hospital (double amputee). The solider reminded Gates that he had handed him his diploma upon graduation and asked that he would award him his decorations at Texas A&M. And he did, in front of an entire football crowd.
I particular liked his insight of nation's going to war. The definition of a Pessimist is an Optimist with experience.
Incredible how the story line (as often with Clancy) parallels world events. Russians invade Crimea with visions of more. Book or news, they paralleled. I just found it fascinating how the details of the book are playing out in the real world. Of course there was more to the book and Jack Ryan got the world out of the mess. Not sure how that will play out in reality.
Absolutely, Particularly the back and forth between Jack Ryan Jr in current day and Jack Ryan Sr as CIA 30 years earlier and how the paths intertwined.
Jack Ryan Jr. He is Jack Ryan Sr but with Jason Borne physical ability
The whole story moves you but the ending with Jack Ryan Sr holding Jack Ryan Jr looking forward to a better world.
Sad that this is the final Clancy novel. And that Jack Ryan really isn't President. The transition from Jack Sr to Jack Jr was an excellent move that could of extended the string of novels for quite some time. Unfortunately that is not to be. I have read every Clancy novel and several twice. My favorite remains "Without Remorse"
Worthy of a re-listen! I typically don't as too much new material exists, but on a long road trip it would be good. Reasonable narration, good story line and writing that is easy to follow.
Most of the time it did. After reading and listening to so many books by Dale Brown there are a few predictable places but intrigue level remained high
His narrations are more story telling than a stage play which is far more enjoyable as tone, language and impressions do not fluctuate volume or make listening difficult in a car.
The scenario of conflict in the middle east as US withdraws in current events is a main theme that reverberates through out the book illustrating a the repercussions of bad foreign policy or no policy at all.
The continuing story line of Game of Thrones with its continual twists and turns. No character seems to be safe from abruptly leaving the story (death)
The best part is really a spoiler so suffice to say what happened was never anticipated from the beginning of the first book thru most of this one.
Performance is the problem with this audible book. The narrator has an incredible narrative voice and a dynamic capability for various voices. But it is simply overdone and becomes more irritating than entertaining. Many of the voices for low born are simply not understandable and really not necessary. The narrator seems determined to give every character a distinctive voice (even if they only have one line when it simply does not need to be). Voice levels (volume) are poorly regulated as a result of this. Hodor Hodor, Hodor said repetitively is a dull slow loud voice follwed by "said Hodor" is but one example of when I want to turn off the player.
Daenerys obtaining her army
Back off the narrator to key voices and less theatrics, this is a book narrative performance not a broadway play.
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Well Truman of course. But it is really McCullough and how he brings a unique quality to history
One of the best narrators. Perfect pace and great voice.
How Truman turned the tide on the 1948 presidential election with the whistle stop campaign that targeted the Every day American.
The section on the Korean was fascinating on how the US recovered all the lost gain and pushed back to the 38th parallel so quickly. Had they only stopped at that point. He did fully understand the Russians were behind it and proof came years later when the change of power in Russia brought it to a halt.
The technical story build up was fascinating and kept my interest and deserved a far better ending. Multiple story lines converged nicely than is was over leaving you actually checking the playback device to see if it skipped anything. Perfomrance was bad. Normal reading voice was great but the character voices were for the most part distracting and not believable. I don't think a female aviator and high ranking officer is going to have the voice of a 13 year old girl.
Weak ending and disappointing end particulary given the strong story build up.
He should not do alternative voices. Many not believeable and poor editing requiring continual adjustement of volume level. He should just use his reaing voice.
No. Ending was too weak and left minimal direction for a follow-on although I am sure there will be one or is one already.
Details of print versions tend to embed in your memorya bit better but I did not have that situation here. I did have to go back several times and re-listen to a segment to truly believe it
His obsession with getting the user experience as perfect as possible. Although I do not use Apple products I now understand the why people will pay more and wait in line for them.
Although it was not practical to listen to in one sitting I did find myself sitting in the car in my driveway hoping to find a good break in the reading that never seemed to occur
The historical background of the South Fork Dam was fascinating from it original purpose as a supply of water for the canal system to its final use as a resort and how ownership went from the State of PA to the wealthy of Pittsburgh. This really changes any perspective you have on fault and liability, particularly given Johnstown was already in the middle of one of its worse floods before the damn let loose. The description of how the wall of debris and water progressed from the dam through Johnstown and eventually on to Pittsburgh was riveting in detail and power. I found myself on google maps following the trail of desruction and visualizing the lake itself.
The depiction of Johnstown before and after the flood. Johnstown was such a steel powerhouse that if it had not been for the flood the Pittsburgh Steelers may well have been the Johnstown Steelers
This is the my first performance by Edward Herrmann. It was excellent!
Sailing in the Allegheny mountains. If you read the book you will understand
This was truly a perfect storm. Johnstown was esperiencing one of the wettest seasons on record, flood waters were already at highest levels, the combination of ownership transfers and "improvement" steps taken on the damn (in good intention with bad outcome - such as the screen to prevent fish from going over the spillway), and the flood waters gettng a second "wind" at a viaduct where it build up pressure al culminated on the Memorial Day. Only thing missing was it hit during the day and not night.
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