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I was looking forward to this book when I first spotted it as this was the first time I'd seen a book covering the ill fated USS Flier. To put it bluntly, I was very disappointed with it. I felt this book wasted an opportunity to convey the real flavour of the story of the sinking and the men that survived. Instead actually quite a small part of the book focuses on the actual key story and we get a lot of padding in the way of unnecessary background information often pertaining to people not directly involved in the Flier sinking.
The narration too was dreary with over annunciation which slowed the reading irritatingly and some terrible miss-pronunciations at times too.
If you want a fantastic example of a book detailing the sinking and the real story of the survivors then seek out the story of the USS Houston which is available here on Audible. That book really captures the essence and flavour of the human story so lacking in this telling of the USS Flier's sinking.
Disappointing to say the least.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Sturma again?
How could the performance have been better?
It was like someone reading a engine repair manual.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The actual parts about them being castaways was interesting
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Would you recommend The USS Flier to your friends? Why or why not?
Would reccomend only to die hard military history buffs
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Voice was to monotone with little inflection or emphasis on words or phrases.
Could you see The USS Flier being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Not without extensive rewriting.
Any additional comments?
Interesting but dry.