PROFIL

Michael

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Borderline useless

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 09.02.2020

I made it just past the two hour mark in this book before I finally gave up, bored stiff. The author ambles between explaining that anyone who doesn't do what he does or doesn't want what he wants or doesn't think the way he thinks is wrong and has to change right away, and telling stories about great achievements, most of which are already boringly familiar, and usually are one-sided and oversimplified, not to mention spiced up with a lot of the author's own fantasies about what people thought, felt or wanted. Real-life, useful and useable information? Not up to this point, and the way it's going, I'm not convinced this will change.

It's not that it's all bad or all useless, but there are simply much, much, much better books on the market. Books with far less self-glorification and a lot more hands-on, tried and tested, specific information as well as motivating stories you probably haven't known for decades. From wildly entertaining like Ross Edgley's "The world's fittest book" to deadly serious like Mark Divine's "The way of the Seal".

Somewhere in the middle

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 24.06.2019

For the most part, this book gives an overview of well-established mental techniques combined with a few training ideas and concepts. Nothing new, certainly nothing groundbreaking, but not bad either.

It also offers some interesting insights into the upper echelon of crossfit. On the downside, there’s quite a bit of overgeneralisation, oversimplification, and many somewhat questionable comparisons with other sports, which to me frequently felt like a desperate attempt to glorify one’s own sport. In the end, it feels like way too many words for two little meaning.

All in all not a bad book, but not a good one either. There are certainly much better works on the subject.

Waste of time

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 23.06.2019

I gave up after only a few chapters. Endless ranting about the stupidity of everyone else, lots of overdramatisation, endless promises of the best, the quickest, the ultimate fix for all your problems. Delivery? Techniques that even I as a relative beginner and hobby athlete have been aware of for years. It’s not that it’s it’s all bad. It’s just that I don’t want to listen to the authors endless rants and to his continuous overgeneralisations.

If you’re a beginner or if you are struggling with strength, endurance or with related health issues, try Ross Edgley’s “The fittest book in the world”. That will run you through all the basics according to science right now, and without all the negativity and overpersonalisation. Instead it delivers highly concentrated knowledge in a very entertaining format.

Not worth it

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.06.2019

I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. It promises a detailed account of the attacks of Benghazi, but I never got that far. Apart from the writing style, which would be far better suited to some cheap pulp fiction adventure story than a real life account of an ongoing human tragedy, from the start the reader is being drowned in cultural and ethnic stereotypes, religious bias and armchair political analysis of the worst kind. I've read dozens of books about conflicts from Syria to Afghanistan, covering many different viewpoints and experiences, and they all had their shortcomings, but this book was definitely the lowpoint so far.

Depressing

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.01.2019

Not half as clever as it makes out to be, and so focussed on the negative it makes an incredibly depressing read.

Faszinierendes Buch, grottige Übersetzung

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 31.12.2018

Die Geschichte von Marcus Luttrell ist ebenso faszinierend wie verstörend, und sein Buch erzählt sie direkt, ungeschönt und sehr persönlich. Wer ein hohes Maß an Realitätsnähe erträgt, der erhält hier einen interessanten Einblick in das Leben des Autors wie auch in eine der bekanntesten Militäroperationen der heutigen Zeit.

Leider ist die deutsche Übersetzung dieses Buches ziemlich schlampig und stellenweise schlicht inkompetent,. So scheint diesem Übersetzer nicht bekannt zu sein, dass Kleider im Deutschen etwas anderes sind als Kleidung, und auch mit militärischen Begriffen tut er oder sie sich oft ziemlich schwer. Aber zumindest werden meist die englischen Begriffe parallel zu den deutschen gebraucht, so dass man die wirkliche Bedeutung an vielen Stellen doch nocht erfährt.

Frank Arnold liest wie gewohnt ruhig und professionell, aber auch er scheint sich mit der Welt des Militärs doch eher schwer zu tun. Das tut dem Buch aber insgesamt keinen Abbruch.

Wer genug englisch spricht, dem würde ich das Original empfehlen. Der Rest muss sich halt durch die eher gruselige Übersetzung quälen. Die Geschichte ist es aber definitiv wert.

Not really entertaining

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 17.12.2018

This could hav been a reasonably enjoyable story, and the author certainly has some novel ideas. Unfortunately, the book quickly crosses the line from entertaining to sick, and then keeps moving on, including massive mutilation and even murder on a scale of hundreds, and the story soon has little to do with what the description promised. That pointless brutality completely sucks the life out of the story. Whatever it might be, entertainment it is not.

Not worth it

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 21.10.2017

Ryan Job was a fascinating man with a fascinating story. Unfortunately, in this so-called biography, surprisingly little of it is actually told. As short as this book is, between the author's endless sermonizing, usually reiterating the same few ideas over and over and over again, telling of stories which may or may not be related to Ryan's life and the author's endless speechifying the man himself is being relegated to little more than a walk-on character. We learn very little about his family or upbringing, his training as a Seal or other important milestones in his life. Add to this the authors surprisingly poor understanding and obvious prejudices about blind people and the way they live, and the book makes a rather poor read.

At best mildly interesting

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 21.10.2017

While this book offers a certain amount of insight into the units mission in Afghanistan, for the most part it’s an ongoing rant about the alleged or actual incompetence of pretty much anyone who isn’t part of the author’s own unit. All in all there are much better books on the subject.

Pointless

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 02.10.2017

I’m sure this could’ve been a very interesting read, but as it is, readers spend their time listening to continuous beeping. And while redacting is certainly A necessary part of publishing a book like this, there are better and far less annoying ways to accommodate for it.