I don't think so. The story isn't bad. The characters are well done and we are given enough of their backstory to really feel like we know them. My problem is twofold: are all the other people in this world seriously STUPID?? They never thought of the rather simple solution that the Warden Man comes up with? REALLY?? I found myself asking "why don't they just do ***" almost immediately. It was a long wait for someone in the story to think of it.
My other problem is with the character *****SPOILER****** who is savagely raped. I get how it "made sense" in the story but I cannot believe that a few days after that attack she would be throwing herself at a man she isn't even sure she likes. I thought it was callous and out of character for me.
Yes. All those. I saw a pathway where this could have been an amazing book.
Maybe I'm just getting old. I dunno.I love character development, but the main characters can't be the only smart people on the whole planet.
Mesmerizing. Haunting. Compelling.
I honestly can't think if another book like this. Maybe The Canterbury Tales if Neil Gaiman had written them.
No, but he was magnificent! I'll definitely keep my eyes open for more from this talented narrator.
I adored Thomas from the beginning, and my affection only grew as the story unfolded. A marvelously well rounded, flawed hero.
I can't tell you how much I loved this book. Give it a chance, and you'll be ensnared by it too. I believe I'll wait a month or do and listen to it again. There are many beautiful layers and more to be gleaned a second time through.
Let's be honest....we'd listen to anything with Sean Runnette reading Mike a Talbot. Anything. But this is good stuff! I love Mike and BT's witty banter, but his sidekick on this adventure is none other than John the Tripper!!! Trip cracks me up!
All the other Mike a Talbot novels.
He is Mike Talbot. And his reading of Trip is absolutely perfect.
Love anything Mark Tufo wants to share with us featuring Mike and his merry band.
I listen to a lot of audio books. It's probably in my top 25.
The ending. Can't say much more than that.
I usually steer clear of authors reading their own works, but If Mr. Buehlman ever decides to give up writing (and I sincerely hope he doesn't) he could absolutely read audio books! He has an amazing versatility-- each character had a distinct and believable voice. I liked Margaret a lot.
No idea, but I'd definitely go see it!
Buy it, listen to it, love it!
Absolutely! It is a phenomenal story of battle and brotherhood, read by (in my humble opinion) the finest audio book narrator EVER.
The sense of the author as a human shines through. I love the camaraderie the men share, and the lengths they are willing to go to for one another. War is terrible, but for some men it brings out the very best of human nature. Absolutely incredible. And even with the serious subject matter, there were several times I laughed out loud!
You are probably all tired of hearing me say that Ray Porter is the God of Audio. TOUGH!! I'm gonna say it again!! With his masterful telling of the story, each character is immediately recognizable and you get a real sense of the person. Mr. Porter, if you ever read these reviews, I'd like to personally thank you for the hundreds of hours we've spent together. You are a genius!
Yes, but circumstances dictated otherwise. I will listen to this book again.
Want to know what a stand up guy Mr. Bellavia is? He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the second Battle of Fallujah and he never once refers to that award in the book. Instead he focuses on the bravery of his comrades while openly discussing his own perceived shortcomings and fears. He is a true Hero. Bless you, Sergeant Bellavia.
For non-fiction it's absolutely in the top three.
Like is a hard word to use. It's a hard story, which clearly points out how military "leaders" in Washington fubar-ed the troops with boots on the ground. I was deeply moved by the stories of the individual Marines, their heroism, bravery and loyalty to each other.
Yes. Ray Porter is an audio god. If he reads a book, I listen. He is, in my opinion, the finest voice in audiobooks.
It certainly gave me a lot to think about.
This is a stunning book. Read it, prepared to be both disgusted by our government and proud to the point of tears for all the members of the United States Marine Corps.
I will probably revisit the whole series again before the next book comes out, just to refresh my memory.
Agent Franks has always been a high point in the series, so it was nice to "flesh" out his backstory (see what I did there?).
Just as great as always. Very. Consistent reader and the voices never change from one story to the next.
I have no idea.
Another winning installment in a fun series.
Dunno. I've only experienced the audio version.
Ha! Nice try. My lips are sealed.
Kalladin and Pattern.
No. There is a lot going on and it's nice to take a break and process it all.
Love this series. I cannot wait for the 3rd installment.
Compelling, succinct, and evocative.
The tenacity and adaptability of the men in extremely adverse conditions. There wasn't anything uninteresting about the story. In fact, I wish there had been more info on the men before and after the voyage. I wanted to know more.
Very good with all the voices and excellent pacing.
We are all wussies now.....these were REAL men.
Yes. Because it was magnificent. Stop reading this review right now and download the book.
You're still here? What's wrong with you?
Sigh. You need more convincing? The narrators knocked this one out of the park both were amazing.
I couldn't stop listening. All the characters, the world they inhabited, their social customs, how everything worked...just amazing.
Ok, you're done. Now go get the book. You might as well get the second one tool it's even better.
Walt Longmire Rules.
True confession time. The mysteries always take a backseat to the characters and their interactions for me. I would enjoy a story where Walt, Henry, Lonny,and Lucian and went camping and did nothing bust fish and talk just as much as the most mysterious mystery.
Well, he IS Walt Longmire and even more so, he IS Henry Standing Bear. He completely ruined the television series for me.
Walt, at the end.
You won't go wrong with this series, but you'll get so much more out of it if you listen to it in order.
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