The United States Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, handle the most high-risk, unconventional, undercover missions in the U. S. military. And now, in Robin Moore and Michael Lennon's The Wars of the Green Berets: Amazing Stories from Vietnam to the Present Day, listeners learn exactly what goes on when these brave, intelligent men are in the field. A riveting performance from narrator Tori Kamal brings tension to these fictional stories, including battles against Al Qaeda, undercover missions inside Iraq during the reign of Saddam, and fighting on the Cambodian border during the Vietnam War - tales sure to thrill and terrify an audience yearning to experience the realities of special reconnaissance and counter-terrorism.
©2007 Robin Moore and Michael Lennon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Very interesting story, but I couldn't finish it because of the horrendous narration. The guy kept spelling out every abbreviation... C-P-T and S-S-G-T, rather than Captain or Staff Sergeant. T-O-W missile, instead of tow missle. But the kicker is pronouncing "subsequently" as "sub see quently". Get a narrator that speaks English and has some understanding of military terminology.
Any literate corporal
The stories traverse various times along the history of the SF group, and is told from their perspective.
The Green Berets
Need someone to learn to read the military info, its very confusing when he reads verbatim and not translates like a reader would. This is the same for all abbreviations. For example "cee pee tee Jones" because he reads CPT Jones should be read Captain Jones. Every rank, unit, etc is read the same way. Can ruin the read.
This is one of the strangest audiobook experiences I've ever had.
The book is nothing special, but there are some interesting anecdotes and factoids scattered throughout, but the combination of some poor presentation choices on the authors' part and the worst narration I have ever heard make it an absolute chore to get through the whole thing.
The book itself ties together several personal stories from people who've been part of Army Special Forces or worked with them across several decades from the Vietnam War through to just after the end of Gulf War 2. It helps to know going in that all the stories and people are interconnected - it's not a collection of completely separate anecdotes - so you understand the reason you're reading about a guy from 10th Mtn early on will become clear later.
It's honestly hard to know how good or bad the book actually is, because even if it was the greatest piece of writing ever created, the narration would make it disjointed and hard to follow.
LISTEN TO A SAMPLE BEFORE YOU BUY THIS BOOK and decide weather you can put up with eight hours of that. It's seriously as if the text of the book was fed into a computer and recorded in the generic Windows text-to-speech app, complete with mispronunciations (not just military jargon words, but words like "subsequently"), pausing mid sentence in ways that make the whole thing harder to follow and odd word emphasis, or no emphasis at all. It's like the narrator doesn't actually understand what he's saying and is just trying to get it all out phonetically.
Then there are the acronyms. There must have been subject matter experts involved in the research of this book, but clearly none of them have listened to the narration. Some of the worst examples - USS-OCOM (instead of US-SOCOM) CASE-VAC (instead of CAS-EVAC), WAR-NORD (instead of WARN-ORD).
I stuck it out to the end, but I was so happy when it was over.
Finally, the authors made the odd decision to try and put the broader international political context of the on-the-ground actions into conversations between the soldiers featured in the book. I guess I get what they're trying to do, but the conversations come across as stilted, and sound especially wooden with the narrator's awful presentation. I think that context would have been better laid out in a brief paragraph and more time could be spent detailing the soldiers' actions on the ground.
At the end of the day, it's hard to know how good or bad the writing is, because the narration is so terrible. Most shocking of all is that someone, at some point, listened to that narration and decided it was acceptable to sell to people as an audiobook.
Counselor, Captain, Medic and Dad are things I'm called. I like military, legal, medical and science reads both fictional and not.
How does this even happen? The narrator reads every abbreviation exactly as it must've been written. I.e. CPT John Doe should be read as Captain John Doe....not as this narrator does phonetically as "Cee Pee Tee John Doe."
Was actually a good book and I think I would have actually enjoyed it if it had been read by a narrator who remotely had any grasp of understanding what he was reading. I wanted to get to the end, but about two-thirds of the way through, I couldn't take anymore of the narrator's terrible performance. Obviously this is a book about the military and inevitably there are endless abbreviations and acronyms that accompany the subiect matter yet this narrator is unable to comprehend that fact and read them in any remotely competent way which the book deserves.
For one thing, more than a collection of simple housekeeping stories. Most of the stories are a couple minutes long, have nothing to do with Special Forces, and are likely to do more with boredom in a war zone than any action.
Well, certainly by these authors. No more than a money run for Moore.
The mispronunciation and the explanation of acronyms that made the nomenclatures actually longer than if he'd used their full formal name.
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