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I had no problems with the substance and story of the book. Although I think my being an active age group triathlete helps to make the book more interesting than it would be to someone who has never been kicked in the face during an open water swim! The two protagonists are interesting people and their achievements, which are related in the book, are phenomenal.
On the other hand, the narration is just off. One of the worst of any audiobook I have listened to in 20 years (including back in the audio cassette days). The best way I can describe the narration is that it seemed like the book was narrated by Cruella DeVille. Seriously, listen for yourself.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I just couldn't get past the over the top narration lacking any flow or rhythm.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Iron War?
Excellent and in depth biographies of Dave and Mark, to give a clear lead up to the story of the race. Good and well timed additions of scientific research at the right places regarding running types, endurance science, sports psychology. Really well written words.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron War?
The actual race was gripping and emotionally charged for me, because it was so well lead up to by the preceding biographies. (Also, I'm training for my first Ironman and I listened to it while on my training runnings and cyclings)
What didn’t you like about Seth Michael Donsky’s performance?
This narrator is a total TURD and his performance should be flushed.
He ruined a great book.
Someone told him to record an audiobook and he enunciates EVERY frigging syllable as if his singing teacher will slap him for missing every consonant.
It's sh-- when listening to him talk as a narrative. It's HORRIBLE when listening to him read out the speech bits. Imagine, in the heat of battle, after struggling for hours, if you heard a prissy toad say in perfectly eloquent speech, "I'*m* goin*g* To Bury *Y*ou. You won'T wiNN *T*his *T*ime , *M*ark." [each starred letter is accentuated, each capital letter is spoken loudly, the double letters are drawn out and the pause... oh god, the pauses at the wrong places...]
Really, I work in IT and I've heard computer text-to-speech programs with more emotion during dialog than this loser.
A message for Mr Seth Micheal Dropkick: they have battled side by side for 8 hours. They don't give a sh-- about pronouncing every god-damned T and D. Oh, and pausing between "Iron" and "Man", every time, doesn't add suspense, it just shows how much of a turd you are.
Like I said: the narration ruined a great book.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Pumped my fists in the air at their victories. Shouted a "yes" at their challenges. (Yes, I was listening while I was training for my first ironman).
Filled me with rage and nausea listening to the idiot read it like a musical dictation class.
Any additional comments?
Sue the narrator. Use the money to pay a an experienced narrator to read it like a human.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really didn't think I'd enjoy a book lasting so long about one race. However this is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. What amazing athletes!! Interesting to wonder what could have Dave Scott could have produced if Mark Allen hadn't trailed him all day up to the marathon. I'm not taking away from the athletic ability but he didn't do the same work and worked the system better.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
great story, but it sounds like the comic book guy from he Simpson reading it :(
Amazing and inspirational story. as a newcomer to triathlon the tale of this epic battle was new to me and this account is great. The forays into physiology and sports psychology were very interesting and complemented the story. The narrator has an odd manner which at times sounds a bit nuts, but the story more than makes up for this quibble. Highly recommended.