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Gregory

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  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (398)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "A modern work for the history buffs"
    Overall

    Basically, if you like to hear about heroic struggles from WWII on the history channel, this book will make you realize that the intrepid spirit of overcoming adversity and overwhelming odds is still alive and well. This book takes the reader behind the propaganda and into the very real world of modern combat. WAR gives the perspective of the modern American soldier Without being too political by way of striking a perfect balance between being interesting and relevant. A MUST READ!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1152)

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "JUST BECASE A MAN CAN DO A THING"
    "Makes you hate the protagonist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Characters keep secrets for no reason and generally do not act like people. The main character who is lovingly humble in the first book comes off as winy and miserable to the point of being EMO in this one. With little to no catharsis in the ending it is my recommendation that if you enjoyed the first two of the series, do not pick up the last one.This would have been infinitely better if the author had not tortured his character constantly without it really forwarding the plot its a bit weird to be honest...


    What could Robin Hobb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Even out the good with the bad. Its fine having a character go through hardships that they overcome but this guy doesn't ever seem to overcome anything. He just gets mangled and eventually saved by someone else and he is usually not bettered by the experience.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Boehmer?

    Yes. Paul Boehmer was great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the first book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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