Over the years I have liked and to some degree not liked Bill Bryson's books. I am one of the few who thought his ' A Walk In The Woods ' book to be rather boring. I started reading 'At Home' and never finished it, too long and too much detail. But with this book he has hit a home run. I found the details behind the legends to be fascinating and he presented each story with just enough detail, no boring facts to fill a few more pages. I learned a lot about individuals and important moments in history that previously I thought I knew all that could be known. Mr. Bryson delivers in a fun and easy to listen to way. So I can recommend this enjoyable book to anyone with even the smallest amount of curiosity. A really, really good book. Congratulations Mr. Bryson.
Interesting original version of the Thing. Much better than the movie. Worth your time and a great break from longer novels.
Before buying this book I read a review that the book leaves you wanting more, the writer of this review gave this book a positive rating. I also wanted more, a lot more in fact. In the twenty one chapters there was very, very little about action in the Pacific. I am hard pressed to describe what the book was about. It had two main characters,the wealthy one went to flight school and fell in love with a war widow. The poor one went to the Rangers and fell in love with a rich girl. That's about it. This was my first book by the author and my last. Dick Hill did his usual great job of narration but narration alone can't save a story.
I really enjoy the Mitch Rapp series and I am so glad this was not my first Vince Flynn, Mitch Rapp audiobook. If it was I might not have ever listened to another and got to enjoy the series as much as I do. Separation of Power is a disappointment. It lacked the imagination of the other books in this series that I have listened to. It dwelt too long on Mitch Rapp's girlfriend and her anger that Mitch works for the CIA and is unpredictable in his behavior. The action sections when Mitch was his super self were brief and often not so super, kind of sub-super. The narrator did a decent job but when you are used to George Guidall, this too is a disappointment. Please read or listen to the Mitch Rapp series but please don't start with this book.
This is the kind of book where you can just relax and listen to you. It asks nothing from you but time well spent.
A great history of a tough breed of everyday guys rose to the challenge and in the face or hardship and death became heroes. The narration was great. There was a humbleness about the author who lived and fought through that troubled time. You will not be disappointed.
No doubt, Stephen King is a great writer and for most listeners this book received glowing reviews but for me it was not only far to long but several times lost it way stumbling to the end. It started off great but soon became distracted into a love story. OK, a love story would be fine but not for hours and hours. For me, King could have stuck to the premise of stopping Oswald and left the rest for a romance novel.
I had read a lot of positive reviews about this book and that was the reason for my purchase. Unfortunately I was disappointed and left to wonder what those other reviewers heard in the book that I missed. I enjoy military related novels and I served in the military so there is a natural attraction to a well written story about war. But this book just did not hold my interest. Some times with a good book you just can't put it down and other times with a so so book you can't wait for the phone to ring, that is this book. At times I thought of just giving up and stop reading but I hung in there to the end, well almost the end.
I was in the Army at this time and the book brought back many memories of those times. Great reading for not just us who served but anyone interested in the history of the Viet Nam war.
I have now finished five of Flynn's books in the Rapp series and this is one of the best. Every time I put the book aside I could not wait to pick up where I left off. A good read.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of some of our most famous western outlaws and like those outlaws, few words were water. A really fun and informative book. Highly recommended. The narrator was great and you won't be disappointed.
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