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I wasn't expecting an amazing story and it wasn't. But it was well written and the longer I listened to it the more I looked forward to when I could pick it up again. I'm a gay vet and what I found was very similar experience and thoughts/feelings/circumstance despite that I was an officer in non-combat duty whereas the author was enlisted in combat duty. The narrative would appeal to anyone - it's not all about the gay, it's more about an average soldiers daily experience in the military, with a deployment to Iraq, and by the way he's gay which add's another dimension. The narrator is very good - it might have been better with a younger narrator for the effect, but that was a minor distraction. I'm generally not interested in contemporary war tales (too soon) but I liked the non-rambo style in which this story was told.
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How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator did not match the author's writing style. The writing and voice of the 28-year-old author did not match the narrator's much older, reserved style of communication. I felt like my Dad was reading me the story. This book feels like a documentary so using the actual voice of the author would have helped convey the story. This book would have been better if the author read his own book.