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Samuel

Eagle River, AK, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9417)
    Performance
    (3969)
    Story
    (3978)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening. It kept me up late several nights in a row. This is probably Gladwell's best to date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In this extraordinary audiobook, Robert D. Kaplan lets listeners experience up close the American military worldwide in the air, at sea, and on the ground. Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts provides a riveting ground-level portrait of the Global War on Terrorism on several continents.

    Charlotte A. Hu says: "Great Detail, Brings Life and Understanding to Air"
    "Tedious is the Best Description"
    Overall

    I was expecting a lot more from the previous reviews. This is a very long book but it never goes into much detail, rather the author skips around the globe visiting various military operations. He barely touches on each before it's on to the next destination. This is one of the few audio books I've purchased that I finally gave up on from sheer boredom. The writing did not grab me and there never seemed to be any point to the narrative. Good bedtime reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (814)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Good"
    Overall

    Hard to stop listening. The narrator is particularly good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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