Chutes, Beer, & Bullets: Not Your Grandpa's War Story is a humor-filled narrative that takes place during the peak of The War on Terror. Follow Jesse in this uncut and unscripted adventure as he leads you through United States Army Airborne School, Europe, and ultimately to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Chutes, Beer, & Bullets is assured to have you laughing, sighing, looking away, and possibly even shedding a tear as you connect with the real-life characters within.
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A Crazy Kid's Army Experience
The book reads like rough fiction. I had to remind myself that that it's a true, albeit strange... um... very strange story at times. I was incredulous at the author's embrace of being the butt of gay innuendo.
It's army life from the view of a class clown. His injury during battle somehow brings depth.
It was worth the read to see the world through Jesse's insanity. ;-)
I think I have an image of pringles indelibly etched into my mind. I'll never be able to eat pringles again.
I was doubtful about the performance at first... until I heard Jesse in a video playing the preacher.
I normally "read" audio books at 1.5 to 2 times speed. Greg Barrett reads really fast... so I slowed it down to 1 x speed. The southern accent fit.
I was shocked at quite a bit of what I read. I won't ruin it for other's by describing it here.
Laugh? Cry? I had to retrieve my jaw from the floor.
The writing is not polished. Personally, I think that works in the book's favor. It fits with the content.
I can imagine a movie coming out of this.
- Tom NeSmith
Couldn't get past the second chapter
Not until the former took a few writing classes and the latter spent some time in a drama class. I found the writing to be very elementary and the reading to feel rushed and out of place.
First of all, he sounded way too old to read on behalf of a twenty-something young man. It was very distracting, particularly when trying to use slang or vernacular used by younger generations... it just didn't sound right. He also rushed through the book, not taking the time to properly deliver passages that were meant to be funny - he had no comedic timing.
I picked up this book because I thought it might mirror the similar experiences I enjoyed while in the army in Europe. Unfortunately the unoriginal writing style and horrendous reading made impossible for me to get past the second chapter. Very disappointing.