YES! I learned and laughed a lot. Bryson has a way of making you feel as though you're along for the journey.
McQuay has such a boring voice. I wish more than anything that Bill Bryson narrated it himself as he does in the abridged version. I really felt like his narration did the book such an injustice.
Such a great mix of history and drama. Really enjoyed each story and learned something I didn't know in each chapter. The chapter about Desi and Lucy had me all chocked up!
I like this compilation because it makes it easy to listen to and come back to. I like my share of 30 hour novels but every once in a while it's nice to have something to break it up.
Loved all the history. Touched on a lot of points of WWII. Told in an interesting way.
I've listened to his others and it sounds exactly like them. He is not my favorite narrator. He is tolerable at best. At least his narration doesn't ruin the book like some others I've listened to.
Definitely worth the listen. Interesting, not too in-depth historical details.
comprehensive, interesting, slow
Absolutely not. He is the reason I can't rate this book higher. I think I would prefer listening to Siri narrate a book. Oh wait, his narration is akin to that.
This is by far the most comprehensive book about the 8th air force (or any other branch of the military) that I've ever read/heard. Not one detail is skimmed over or lost. That makes the book rather slow moving but not uninteresting. Perhaps a different narrator could have breathed some life into the book. I don't want to make it seem like I didn't enjoy it, I only wish to convey the fact that this doesn't "read" like a novel.
Listening to this book is like listening to a 5 hour stand up routine about parenting. It's the perfect "break" from the every day routine and made me appreciate the small things about being a parent.
I'm not one to laugh out loud often or easily but this book had me doing both.
Sometimes books feel like they're never going to end, this one ended too soon. I'm ready for the sequel "Dad is Fatter".
I would LOVE to give this book 5 stars all around but I can't. I was so disappointed in Mr. King's overuse of profanities that I can't give it the 5 stars it deserves. I suppose I should have anticipated an "R" rated book but it was just so unnecessary and added nothing to the story that it left me disappointed and almost had me giving it up on more than one occasion.
As for the content of the book, it is EXCELLENT. Very entertaining and it is difficult to stop listening. Gripping from almost the first chapter.
If you can get past the profanities and the less than subtle political leanings, you'll love the book!
I glanced through the print version and noticed there were a bunch of pictures. I would have liked to see those but considering I have zero time to read, this was the perfect way to get through the book.
The whole thing. I was gripped from the moment it started.
YES! I lamented every time I had to stop or pause it.
Riveting, life changing and oddly uplifting. So well written and well narrated. I'm sure this will be one I'll listen to more than once.
Bryson writes about the kinds of things I think and wonder about every day. He delves into such detail and has made living in my own house just a bit more interesting. Thank you for writing books I love to listen to!
The narration was wonderful. I think I would have stopped listening long before I did if the narrator's voice weren't so engaging.
The book was really interesting it just got tedious and jammed with detail. It's interesting to listen to an informative book but it makes it harder to stick with it and pay attention when there is absolutely no plot. Written well, good flow, very informative - enjoyed it. If you're interested in this book, perhaps get the abridged version.
Yes. The story was interesting and it's interesting to hear about some of America's heroes we know little or nothing about.
The details surrounding the people involved in espionage.
No. But I never like to listen to any book all in one sitting.
The narrator (also the author) was terrible. He's a great author, terrible narrator. It makes the book hard to listen to. His syntax and annunciation are terrible.
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