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The Good - This book is pretty good. It told the story of a fairly murky part of WW II that needs to be told. Aside from being educational it is entertaining and it does read like a fiction novel. I eventually found this writing style enjoyable after several chapters. I learned a part of history I never really knew about before and that take away is great.
The Not So Good - The book started off a little shaky for me because of the first person imitations. It was a bit too much like a fictional account and this initially distracted me from the story. However, this could be related to my preference for non-fiction and the fact that I'm not a big fan of books with excessive or complete first-person imitations and I prefer third-person telling of the story. Eventually this feeling subsided with this book though. Also, the book was a bit confusing in the early chapters due to the way it jumped around the chronology of events. The chapter numbers are off by one as typical to Audible, but that's not the author's fault. Minor point.
The Bad - Nothing was bad about the book.
The Narration - The performance was very good. Carrington’s cadence and tone were enjoyable throughout the book and his imitations were pretty good as well, but some, namely that of Anders Lassen, were a little annoying. It was too harsh to the ear especially when listening with earbuds at night; I’d find myself jumping when he’d speak in that voice. That said, there is one particularly humorous story near the end of the book which was, I believe, only made so because of Carrington's imitations. Without spoiling it I can say the story highlighted the difference between the stuffy British regular army officer and the 'irregular' British soldier. The telling of this account was so good that I had to bookmark it so I could listen to it again. Which I've done three times already.
The Overall - I truly enjoyed this book. While it started off a little rocky it soon began to flow. I’m happy I stuck with it to the end. It tells a very important part of WW II history. It ended on a somber note, but on a note that needed to be struck. If for no other reason I feel this book was worth it simply for the story about Wright and Holmes dealing with officers and the way it was written and narrated. I can't recall another book I've listened to about WW II that made me unabashedly laugh out loud. It's good to get some humor in books about such serious topics now and again. If you like any books about special forces, espionage or WW II you will enjoy this book.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Great performance but so many people are quoted just once so it seems a little off and hurts the immersion. The voices are well executed and are as authentic as I could imagine but you just get into the rhythm with the narrator, you know?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful