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This story is simply an accounting of events that when assembled offer a good perspective on the prominent aspects of a recent conflict. The last half hour is a good summary of the total span of the events. Do not go into this story thinking that your going to get something other than a cold hard retelling from several perspectives of how the event took place. The author likely made use of interviews that were already conducted by a War College investigator. In the end it is a first rate accounting, complete with a human perspective of the soldiers. It most certainly was presented in a balanced manner. When the same mistake is repeated, even in a combat situation, there is no way to sugar-coat the reality. But, as it is clearly mentioned, this is part of the essence of combat....chance circumstances and/or the "fog" of war. I find that with war stories, because the subject can be infused with emotional perspectives, many reviewers let this color their reading of the story, and misinterpret the story. This story is clearly as reliable as combat accounting can get. Take it for what it is, and enjoy it. Otherwise......
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
What did you like best about this story?
Well researched and unembellished
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator chose to vocalize dialogue in ways that varied from unbelievably corny (his 'texan' and 'new england' accents) to incomprehensibly offensive (his 'Mexican' accent). I'm thankful the narrator didn't realize some of the characters were African-American because I'm sure we would have been treated to audio-blackface in what was already ready verging on a minstrel show level of an offensively bad narration.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. Because of the narrator.
Any additional comments?
The narration wasn't bad. It was insulting to the listeners and the people about whom this book is written. All deserve better.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
'Robert's Ridge' is an absolutely gripping read. The structure of the book is broken down into sections within chapters with each section describing the same events as seen through the eyes of each member of the rescue teams during events covered in the chapter. This is not confusing and instead has the effect of brilliantly describing the often fast paced events during combat that make this book a real nail-biter which you won't want to put down.
'Robert's Ridge' offers some of the best writing I've seen and suits the subject matter perfectly. If this wasn't a true story, you'd think you were reading a Tom Clancy novel! The writing also offers depth in telling the reader something of the personal histories of many of the more major characters with often touching and sometimes poignant stories about who they are. Thus, the reader is introduced to the essence of many of the people involved which serves to strengthen the powerful narrative.
Suffice to say that this title will leave you amazed at its vivid depiction of fast-paced life and death events that occurred atop this distant mountain peak in Afghanistan.
Top listen, get it!
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