They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....
©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“An American epic.” (Tom Clancy)
Griffin does a good job of capturing the nuances of life in the US Army in the late 40s in this book. His use of detail communicates the realities of garrison duty quite effectively and the action sequences work well.
Unfortunately, the narrator of this book, which is set in great measure in Germany and with important German characters, seems entirely incapable of understanding how to pronounce the German words used by Griffin. Note that this is not a matter of accent; some sounds in German are difficult for most English-speakers to hear, much less pronounce. But pronouncing "Leutnant" as if the first vowel were "ew" (for example) is jarring enough to break my immersion.
That said, Dove's pacing, emphasis, and ability to handle American accents are more credible.
If you can ignore the failings I found problematic, the story is involving enough to capture the attention and sustain interest.
The description led me to believe this was set during WWII, but it takes place primarily afterwards. It's a masculine soap opera set in the post-war Army, which is not what I wanted. I stayed with the story until the end, and all the character threads were tied up very neatly, but it felt like the end of a mellow-drama. The reading performance was good enough, but there should have been a way to paraphrase the reading of the orders. The admin/message formatting only makes sense when you have the visual reference. I don't expect to listen to anymore WEB Griffin stuff now that I know what kind of story he is telling. I gave it two stars vice one star because I was able to care about most of the characters, but the outcomes were predictable.
I thought the story while starting a bit slow brought you in with interesting characters, historically accurate plot lines and action that would make even the most cynical of the war genre happy.
I found the plotline remarkable. I wanted to know not only how these amazing people where doing what they were doing, but why. Griffin never disappointed.
Mr. Dove is a talent! His character's were real. I found his accents remarkable and loved how he was able to capture not only the mood of the character, but their backstory with just an accent.
The Lieutenants: A brotherhood of honor
Let start by admitting that I am a naval officer, albeit of a nation other than the US.
For me, the characters of this story displayed an elitism and arrogance that was disturbing. These traits, coupled with racism and a sense of entitlement paint a disturbing picture of the US officer corps in late WWII and the decade afterword. I'm hoping that, as a work of fiction, the author has it wrong, but knowing human nature, he is probably right on the mark.
The story itself is well crafted and held my interest. The characters are interesting, but I don't think there's a single one I would like to personally know. They are too self serving.
For those seeking an action oriented novel, look elsewhere. This book is about the politics and social structure of the officer corps. It is a good read though, and I will continue the series.
Great Historical Fiction without getting bogged down with to much detail. Griffin does a great job balancing a glimpse into WWII and characters you get immersed in. The book reminded me of the Band of Brothers series. I loved this story and the narration was top notch!
The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.
W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.
The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.
Narrator did not research the proper pronunciation of some of the weapons mentioned in the book, and most of the overseas locations.
Not really but a good book non the less.
I suppose you have to listen to whomever they have read the book.
The whole thing kind of died off in the end. We'll see if it picks back up in Book 2.
I read books, fix computers, read books, fix my truck, read books, enjoy time with my wife and kids, and I read books.
I read these book when I was a young private in the Patricia's. I read them as fast as I could and read them all. Actually I read all the military books Griffin put out. I put off buying these audio books because I was afraid they might turn out as bad as Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. I read that book multiple times and jumped at the audiobook when became available. I found out that some books shouldn't be narrated, and the narrator is as important as the author, The Bourne Identity is a case in point.
I was afraid this series was going to be the same, but bought The Lieutenants when it went on sale. I ended up listening to it straight through, and then bought all the Brotherhood of War books. The narration brings these book to life, I don't what else to say other than Eric G. Dove is in the ranks of Allyson Johnson, LJ Ganser, Stefan Rudnicki, Marc Vietor, William Dufris, and Mark Boyett. If you like military stories, historical fiction then you should enjoy this series.
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I found that it took a while for me to get into this but as it built and stories and characters developed I really got into it it. In fact, I finished the second half in two days. Will definitely get the next one in the series with so many characters to like.
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