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Robert D. Little

Apex, NC United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3459)
    Performance
    (3023)
    Story
    (3038)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    Listening to this book is like being hooked on Meth. You will beg, borrow and steal time to listen to this book once you get hooked within the first 5 minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Drive: How Manufacturing Will Save Our Country

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hank H. Cox, Richard E. Dauch
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Politicians, voters, executives, and employees all want the answer to one question: How can America compete with cheap foreign labor, and restore skilled, well-paying jobs to our economy? American Drive answers that question.

    Robert D. Little says: "A great company with a poorly constructed story"
    "A great company with a poorly constructed story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Great story mistold with large amounts of repetition, overly general statements, bland business lectures and story lines that start and stop. There were times when I had to look at the chapter I was listening to see if I had accidently replayed an older chapter. Dick has a line in the book where he says he waged war on sloppy work. This book was sloppy work, so this makes it even more disappointing. While Dick does give some details of his work, I wish he did more details and less general statements or repeating details over and over again rather than offer new ones. Still there are moments in the book that are important to know so I’m glad I listened to it –it just took some effort.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most: How American Drive fought the UAW and the survival story from 2008-2009. Least: "Going from a five-cut, wet cut to two-cut, dry cut..." This may be the most repeated line in the book. Don't mind the details, but this seems to represent 90% of his technology advancement in the company based on the repetition.


    What aspect of Pete Larkin’s performance would you have changed?

    Pete did the best he could with the story he had.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would see a movie about American Axle, but not one based on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could have given this book five-stars. This great company deserved a better story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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