Ambrose is an excellent writer, and this book is no exception. Thoroughly researched from both sides of the war in Europe, but unique in that the primary focus is from the perspective of the front-line troops. I found the interviews with the former German soldiers to be very insightful. It isn't often we hear reflections on WWII from those who were our enemies.
Some funny stories, some heartbreaking ones (how could we ever understand the hell that was the frontline in the winter of 1944?) and overall a very good listen.
I consider myself a student of all things related to WWII. This book was a very interesting read, given that it's from the perspective of a young Jewish girl confined to a Polish ghetto by the Nazis. I appreciated the unique worldview of the girl and the author does a masterful job of communicating her emotions during the ups and downs of survival in the ghetto.
I was in tears at the end of this book, but I won't say why (no spoilers). A fast listen and wonderfully narrated.
If you're down, depressed and think your life is bad, listen to this book. What Louis Zamperini endured while lost at sea and in a Japanese POW camp during WWII is almost stranger than fiction. His struggles and demons following the war's end are not. Both show a man pushed to the breaking point, then finding freedom and a new mission for his life. You will laugh and cry listening to this, a triumph of the human spirit.
Edward Herrmann (as usual) does an amazing job as narrator.
I've been in the medical device industry for six years. I realized several years ago that I was lacking in knowledge and skills to successfully navigate complex sales.
I stumbled upon Brian Burns and The Maverick Selling Method through some very funny (and highly relevant) videos on YouTube. Brian is an engineer by training (unlike most of us in the sales profession) and that background brings a useful and interesting perspective to his writing. Listening to this book and Brian's podcasts were an epiphany for me. It greatly improved my efficiency and helped me develop a logical sales strategy that can be tweaked and duplicated. It also provided peace of mind because Brian explain the roles various stakeholders play and how to effectively interact with them.
This is a great listen for those new to complex selling and veterans alike. I've purchased a lot of selling books (from Gitomer to Og to Zig) over the years and gleaned useful things from them. "Maverick" ranks up at the top with these authors. A quick read/listen and one you'll return to for guidance again and again. Thanks, Brian!
I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I picked this up as an alternative to the business books I listen to in my car each day. I quickly found myself laughing out loud as Bouton describes the antics and behavior of himself, his teammates and the coaches/managers of their expansion MLB team.
This is not a story about baseball as much as it's a story about young men being young men in the late 1960's, an aging pitcher looking for a second chance in the big leagues and why professional sports have changed so dramatically since Bouton was a player.
Even more so, you get a chance to hear how Bouton's life changed after he wrote "Ball Four" and the life he pursued post-baseball. Bouton's stories and perspectives on a variety of subjects here are just as enjoyable.
I typically prefer for someone other than the author to read the book aloud, but I must admit that "Ball Four" was the exception. You can't help but laugh along with Bouton as he cracks up, remembering these stories while he reads them. At the same time, you will experience his pain and sense of loss in a way that only Bouton can share as he reads to you. At one particularly emotional and poignant moment, Bouton says, "If you've read this far, you're like family anyway." It is as if he is reading to YOU personally, and I've never experienced that in any other Audible book. It is very moving, to say the least.
One of the best books I've ever gotten on Audible.
I am a big fan of Tom Rath; Strengthsfinder was a book that literally changed my life.
I gave this book three stars soles on how Rath points out small changes you should make, and quotes research on why these changes can make a big difference to your health, well-being and life-expectancy. It's nice to have all of these ideas in one book.
Having said that, "Eat Move Sleep" falls short is in two key areas:
1. I am one of those Audible listeners who believers authors should not record their own works. At first, I didn't mind Rath's voice because you can tell this is a subject that is near and dear to him. Over time, however, I became irritated because Rath's voice (which is somewhat plaintive, in my opinion) began to really irritate me. After the first hour, I had to listen in 10 minute segments because it starts to sound whiny and "preachy," if you will.
2. This book is designed around a 30-day plan, and that is it's biggest weakness. Were you to attempt incorporating all of these changes into your life in 30 days, you will become incredibly frustrated and immediately start wolfing down donuts, bacon and hot dogs while chain-smoking at the same time.
For example, "Day One" of the plan recommends you should, "Identify the three healthiest elements of diets you have tried in the past. Integrate these elements into your lifestyle for good."
I like this concept; however, "for good" means "FOREVER." I can't think about forever, Mr. Rath; I'm just trying to make it through today! Habits are formed over long periods of time and require more thought and planning than is outlined here.
There are 75 different behaviors Rath recommends changing during the 30 days you follow the plan. Does that sound realistic? of course not; it's a recipe for failure. Rath's 30-day plan would be better as a 30 MONTH plan. Pursuing physical fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.
Again, you have to find a wellness plan you can live with over the long term. Use the 30-day plan to identify your options, then incorporate 1-2 little changes in your life over the course of a month or two. Solidify the habits, then choose two more for the next month. That is how I plan to use this book.
If you desire to know more about what really happened in Vietnam before and during the war, I give this book the highest recommendation. I doubt you'll find more than a handful of other Vietnam War-related works that are as brutally honest and well-written while showing the human side of the conflict so clearly.
It is clear why Sheehan won the Pulitzer Prize for this book in 1989. He illuminates the complex, flawed and heroic character of John Vann in a manner that will make you sad about his childhood and angry his emotional/physical vacancy as a husband and father. At the same time, Sheehan is masterful in creating an overview of important events, policy positions, battles, etc. without getting mired down in too many details or verbose explanations.
Many people nowadays aren't familiar with John Vann, but he spent many years in Vietnam as a military advisor, officer and high-level civilian official. He understood how the US could possibly "win the war," and sacrificed his meteoric military career trying to persuade the military and executive leadership to listen to reason and prosecute the war differently.
While listening to this book, I found myself laughing out loud from incredulity at all of the foolhardy actions America took before and during the Vietnam War. For example, the US supplied nearly 100% of the arms and ammunition used by the Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army up to the time the Chinese/Soviets got involved. No conspiracy here, people; just tragic stupidity.
"A Bright, Shining Lie" delivers a masterful summary of how the United States ended up in Vietnam, allowed American hubris to guide a vicious cycle of poor decision-making and cost America so dearly during and after the war despite one man's attempts to do the right thing for the people of Vietnam and the US.
This is a well-written story. It provided a balanced view of Kennedy's personal and political life up to the day of his death. I enjoyed hearing the details around the PT 109 incident as well as the concise, in-depth and engaging profiles of the people around him including Jackie Kennedy, LBJ, Lee Harvey Oswald and many others who played an important role in JFK's presidency (and his eventual assassination).
O'Reilly's narration flows along at a nice pace and in no time you'll find that the book is finished. I recommend this book.
I love short books like this and Vanderkam's book was no exception. Great refresher on why to be productive early in the morning and how to do it.
I would have liked the book better with a different narrator for two reasons. First, her reading pace was a little too slow for my tastes. Second (and maybe I'm crazy), but I found her voice to be very sexy and it ended up being a bit of a distraction. But maybe that's just me...
Anyway, still a great Audible book and worth your time.
Even though I only rated "Start with Why" four stars, I still think it is an outstanding book. It has truly changed the way I approach my career and I have begun to spend more time on clearly defining my personal "Why."
This may sound silly but I wish Mr. Sinek had included some "Power Questions" or activities to direct readers/listeners in clarifying their personal "Why." With all of the conflicting priorities and activities we as individuals deal with on a daily basis, it can be difficult to uncover and crystallize your purpose. Some guidance would be helpful and welcome, at least in my case.
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