©2008 Ivan Doing; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
I love BOOKS and reading, listening is as good when I can't look at the book. I listen every minute driving.
I read Ivan Doig's "the whistling season" and really liked it. It was well thought out, indepth and had well developed charactors. Based on a good premise and was fun to read.
The Eleventh man didn't start well for me. I didn't care for the narrator, his voice sounded flat and monotone.
I did like the story in the beginning, the talk about the football team and the hard coach, but once the war started it just seemed to forced and contrived and didn't have any feeling and depth to it. I knew what the outcome was going to be.
After listening to the book for a while I did get used to the narrators voice and did not distract me as much as in the beginning. He will never be a favorite to listen to. In the future I will have to weight how much I want to listen to a book if he is the narrator.
I recommend that you preview the book to see if you like what you hear.
I've been a Doig fan for ages. I must admit to some bias here, because I am from Montana. I was a bit worried when I signed on for this saga that Doig's gift as a word magician may have been getting away from him, but once you agree to go along with the conceit at the heart of it, the story is emotionally wrenching and wonderfully told. I am happy to say that the man from Montana is still going strong. This is one hell of a story-- almost straight out of Hollywood.
Thanks to a self- promoting, belligerent sportscaster and a Colonel who sees an opportunity to do a little propaganda back home, a dream team of Montana football players are enlisted to represent American everymen in World War II.
One of them, the son of a newspaperman, is selected to tell their stories and eventually write their obituaries. He doesn't realize it at first, but his appointment is a misery-making job.
To top it off he falls in love with another soldier's wife, a proud pilot, as it turns out. Download and listen to this one. You'll be happy you did.
I couldn't finish it. It didn't seem to have a point. Just lots of people dying in different situations. Don't bother. I liked another book by Ivan Doig and took a chance on this one.
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