June 1941. Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services. Young and daring, the OSS assemble under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then disperse throughout the world to conduct their operations. And no operation is more critical than the one being conducted by hotshot pilot Richard Canidy and his half-German friend Eric Fulmar: to secure the rare ore that will power a top-secret weapon coveted on both sides of the Atlantic - the atomic bomb.
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The narator's voice was painful to listen to with his nasal twang. He struggled to change his vioce to do different charactors. I couldn't even get thirty minutes into it before I had try another book. Hopefully the book in this series that Scott Brick narates will be better. I've heard him narate in several other books and he does a fantastic job of creating charactors. I have listened to several other books of W.E.B. Griffen and really enjoyed them.
I couldn't finish it.
I'm not sure, I couldn't get passed the narotor.
While this is a great anthology & story line, the narrator is totally out of his depth.
The narrator doesn't know the word "caveat" in the military intelligence sense.
Lots of starting and stopping in the dialogue.
The plot is a do-over of other W.E.B. Griffin books. You know what you are getting into when you start.
Great to work out with or ride your bike.
Get someone like George Guidall to narrate for you.
I recently listened to another book that had a female & male narrator.
I thought it would of been great & it did work for the story line, but the had horrendous orchestra music that over-whelmed you.
The point is that the male/female team would work well in this anthology.
Duhhh-it's part of a series.
Get a better narrator.
But it is a good listen if you like WEB G.
A better narrator. I felt like I was listening to a race caller..monotonous and monotone. How could Audible.com have possibly allowed this narrator, Michael Russotto, to read this book. I have never before failed to finish a Griffin story, but by the time I'd listened to an hour or so of this audio book, I was looking for another book to listen to. THe story is fantastic...(I've read the book before)..but the narrating was the worst I've ever experienced in an audio book. Just sad.
He has a terrible voice..and his narrating sounds like an old fashioned horse race caller...nasal and monotone. He is the reason I couldn't finish this book.
Everything story and production wise was great. I did not enjoy the narrator that much. The best one I have heard so far did the first few of the corps series.
Maybe... It is the start of a series, so there is a development of background on the various characters. I have read this series and found it to be pretty good. Somehow, the transition into an audio book seems to fall short of the mark.
All characters are in the developmental stages. Nobody stands out except the central character.
His various voices just left me cold. A few times, I had to turn off the book and come back later. I would allow that the writing may not have translated well to audio. These books should be edited. There are too many "He Said.. She said." phrases. Way too many, I say. If the narrator change voices to match the character, then we know who is talking without the need to add "He said."
Some of the voices did not match the character. The booming voices used to denote authority just come across as loud, or boisterous. Not as authoritative.
About 12 hours actual. Much longer with needed breaks.
W.E.B. Griffin is a great author and storyteller. But, some of his early works do not transition well into audio when read verbatim.
The narrator was so dull I could not keep listening. I out it on a faster speed and it was better, but not enough of an improvement.
I have listened to all of the WW2 series. I love them. But if the narrator is the same, i will not buy more.
The narrator was worse than awful. First WEB Griffin book i could not finish.... Solely due to the narrator. Please have Dick Hill do these he was fantastic in the Corps and Brotherhood of War series.
he was just terrible. almost un-quantifyable.
Dick Hill!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get him on this one
This book seems to be an early writing attempt by the author. While the story is good, it is very distracting to have "he said.". constantly in the text just to be followed up 5 words later with "Canidy said". This in itself is distracting to a fault and is not necessary. I have read a lot of other books by this author and have not experienced this in those.
The book does a great job of pulling you into the story line of the two main characters, however when the other character's story lines are brought in they are rather uninteresting, a bit bothersome or distracting. I don't believe enough effort was built into these parts of the story and they end up being a necessary after thought.
I will buy another book, but not on the merits of this particular book. I have read a good number of his novels and think they are fabulous. I will continue this series solely in the hope he improves quickly and that he finds a different narrator.
I am a great fan of audio books, and have always been impressed with the ability of the narrators. This is the first book that I have to say was an awful narration. The character voices were forced and sounded awful. None of the voices sounded realistic. I hate to be so negative but I put the narration on par with a 6th grade drama reading. Knowing the narrator will also narrate the next book in the series gives me great pause to purchase it.
yes it is part of a series. Honestly, I really feel like the book was just getting started when it ended. the story line did not come to a close.
Gear Head, Archaeologist, Beer Drinker
This book tells the story of America's early covert war against the Japanese and Germans prior to the official beginning of the Second World War. The story is told primarily from the perspective of junior naval aviator turned Flying Tiger, turned agent of the OSS. These unlikely career changes are well handled through the narrative. In this series Griffin breaks the mold of using an independently and unrealistically wealthy protagonist to tell the story. Moreover, the attention detail and realistic dialogues of the Brotherhood of War and early Corps series are present in this book.
Russotto's performance of the book is, however, uninspired and sleep inducing.
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