Born to Run

This is another book that I have listened to instead of reading it.
And like the last book The girl with the lower back tattoo it's a biography read by the author, in this case Bruce Springsteen.
This is a very well read book and even though the narrative makes it feel like it was written as an audio play I do believe that the story and the writing is interesting by itself.
However since I never been a real Bruce Springsteen fan I felt that I should have taken the time to look up his discography before listening to the book. 
This caused me some confusion since my idea of the albums release order where way of causing me some time-line confusions.

Apart from this the book reads like poetry, it's apparent that the author writes lyrics as a day job and I would not be surprised if the entire book was singable.
Again my limited pre-knowledge of the author made for a few surprises, It's a long book however since it's well written and interesting it makes for a lot of entertainment.

The book is surprisingly personal and it really feels like your stepping into the mind and life of the author.
This book gave me a bigger understanding of both Bruce Springsteen and the rock era he is a part of.

Tomorrow to Be Brave: A Memoir of the Only Woman Ever to Serve in the French Foreign Legion

This book is definitely one of the most interesting memoir's I have ever read.
Almost everything about it sparks my interests, it's a story about glamor, bravery and war.

Even though the narrative can be somewhat narcissistic (even for a biography) the main story and the characters make it well worth the read.

The book tells the story of a young lady on a quest for adventure, the journey starts in Europe during the 20th's and follows her adventures throughout the entire second world war.
The story feels like a crossover between With the old breed and The great Gatsby, it's a costume drama in war.

Death knows when it is your turn, with or without your helmet.

I stumbled upon this book while trying to broaden my reading list, the aim was to read at least a few books written buy and about women and preferably not about war...
I managed to tick at least one of the boxes and to be honest I can't be happier, this is a must for anyone interested in Europe's recent history.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Since starting my paternity leave, I have gotten a lot of audio-book and this was my first book of the year. It's been hovering on my "to read" list for a few months and since I enjoy Amy Schumer as a comedian I thought that it might be an excellent choice as a audio-book.
The author reads the book herself which in this case saves the book, the reading is funny, personal and clear lifting the content and adding a personal touch.

The book itself is mostly interesting and well written, however I don't believe that you get the best of it in paper form. To be honest I don't think I would have made it through the book if id read it myself. The audio adds a lot of character and feeling to stories that otherwise might have been a bit to clinical.

The fact that I can't recommend the book in "book" form might be a bit odd since I believe it to be a perfect audio-book and if you have a long trip ahead this would I believe this would be a perfect choice.

A Rumor of War

A rumor of war by Philip Caputo is a strong memoir of a war that history is trying to forget.
The book follows a young soldier during a horrible war of attrition that no-one planned for.

War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste.

The book feels fairly honest even though you do get a sense that the author is trying to smooth things over.
Especially if you consider other horrific stories that circulate around the war in Vietnam.
You get the sense that the story is written by someone who have spent a lot of years in a society that's ashamed of it's actions during a conflict.
This hidden shame makes a lot of the book feel forced however it is apparent that the author is trying to describe events for future generations.

Even though the book is somewhat unstructured and sometimes feels a bit forced the character descriptions and the vivid landscapes makes for a fascinating read.
It must also be said that the book does try to deal honestly with the atrocities dealt to the Vietnamese people by the American soldiers.
It does this while still acknowledging that the individual soldiers can't be blamed, the did what there country asked of them.

But the past is just the same and War’s a bloody game ... Have you forgotten yet? ... Look down and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.