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Many Lives, Many Masters audiobook cover art

Excellent revelation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

You will learn so much from his sessions on the spiritual after life.
Loved it!

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Don't buy this version

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-15

What did you love best about Helmet for My Pillow?

I couldn't finish listening to this version. The narrator (Nelson) is the worst. Every sentence he reads ends the same. His style is monotonous and tedious. Get the version narrated by James Badge Dale, the actor who portrayed Leckie in the Pacific Series by HBO.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In every way possible. Nelson is impossible to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I got about one-fourth of the way through it and gave up because of the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I wish I'd bought the version narrated by James Dale in the first place.

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Good insight into the admirals

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-15

The narrator's style was good but some of his pronunciations of military jargon were a little off. It revealed a little lack of understanding of military history. A little annoying was his endless and repeated translations of military time to civilian time. After about the fiftieth time I would think he'd get it that the listener would know how to make the conversion.
Other than that, he did pretty well. I particularly liked the fact that he didn't try to sound too Japanese when the IJN admirals were speaking. Most narrators overdo that affectation.
The book offered some insight beyond that given in some previous works on the battle of Leyte gulf, which was its main schwerpunkt.

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Tedious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is a book for the US Army War College. The casual reader or military history buff might find it too dry and tedious. Tons and tons of information that, if one were to use it in a discussion with other war afficionados, he'd come off as a Cliff Claven.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I'm still slogging through it. After 12 hours of listening, I'm still looking for that little nugget of insight that gives meaning to to the Battle of the Ardennes. The author gives so much background information on the German generals, I keep wondering when the real battle will start. But I'll keep slogging through it. Historically, there's a lot of data; entertainment wise it's a dull read.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

George Guidall would have been better. He's the master of foreign accents. Or maybe Scott Brick. Boehmer's stilted high school German pronunciation of names and places is annoying and overdone. He'd have been better off using anglicanized pronunciation of names and places. He's also inconsistent, using overly guttural pronunciation for the first part of a German word, finishing with an anglicanized second half. Most annoying is his frequent pronunciation of Brrrrrrandenburg and Rrrrunstedt, which he pronounces as if it were spelled Runstaedt. 31 hours of this wears the listener down. Sometimes his pronunciation is so garbled it's difficult to understand what he's saying unless the listener speaks German, which I do. Some German words that have come into common anglicanized usage such as Ultra would have been better off left alone instead of being pronounced Ooooltrrrah. Enough said about that.

Could you see Snow & Steel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A movie? No. A series, maybe.

Any additional comments?

If an abridged version of Snow and Steel becomes available and it's well-edited, listen to that.

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Entertaining, enlightening, and captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What made the experience of listening to The Panther the most enjoyable?

Without a doubt, Scott Brick does a masterful job narrating this novel. He captures the dry gallows humor deMille weaves into this tale, probably better than any narrator I've listened to, George Guidall included. I found my self laughing out loud at John Corey's quips and the responses of some of the more serious characters.

What did you like best about this story?

It helped me decide never to visit Yemen.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Everything! I don't think I would have gotten nearly as much out of the book if I had merely read it. Scott is a genius at conveying John Corey's sarcasm.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to recount, but the many dialogs between John and Kate are priceless.

Any additional comments?

The audio version is the only way to experience this novel to its fullest.

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Tandia

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-08

I thought the book held my intrest cover to cover. Exellent wreiter

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