You would have to have been a policeman who worked teh streets of Hollywood for the LAPD to fully appreciate this story. I was and I do.
Well written and expertly read
I enjoyed learning about the day to day lives of the characters as well as their combat experiences. It was the manner in which the story unfolded, bit by bit that kept me on the edge of my seat, always wanting to hear what is next.
The absolute best though was the reunion, how it came about, how they each felt that was the high point in the story for me.
One final thought, my thoughts are also on Franz Steigler's parents, they are the reason he became the man he did!
I don't know that listening to Robertson Dean was better than reading it myself. I can say he did a masterful job and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him!
I must admit to choking up listening to their reunion
WONDERFUL read, particularly for WWII buffs, but also for anyone who enjoys a good human interest story!
The story is classic DeMille and interesting to me because I served there in the US Army as a young soldier. I am VERY disappointed that the narrator did not take the time or make the effort to learn the pronunciation of Vietnamese locations as pronounced by the GIs who were there. Our pronunciations may have not been correct Vietnamese but to have the characters use non-GI pronunciations is VERY un-realistic. Some so badly so I had to struggle to determine what location he was actually referring to.
This lack of research or concern seriously degraded my pleasure in listening to this book. Just another slap in the face to Vietnam era vets.
He has done it again. As a former LAPD officer who worked the streets of Hollywood I can fully appreciate the interpersonal relationships and how they relate to create this wonderful story.
Once again Ken Follet takes a little remembered piece of history and tells a fascinating tale everyone will enjoy. Roddy McDowell is the perfect narrator for this story. His reading adds much to the entertainment and understanding of the tale.
This book was a wonderful experience. It never ceased to entertain, educate and please.
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