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david

lake oswego, OR, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Bradley: The Great Generals Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alan Axelrod
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Known by his troops in World War II as "The GI General" because of his close identification with the men under his command, Omar Bradley commanded the U.S. Twelfth Army Group in Europe. By the spring of 1945, this group contained four field armies, 12 corps, 48 divisions, and more than 1,300,000 men, the largest exclusively American field command in U.S. history.

    Stuart says: "Great picture created"
    "Bradley"
    Overall

    This is a typical well researched paper that does a very food job of pointing out the importance of the man Bradley. I enjoyed it very much but as I listened to it I wanted the author to give me more details about the conflicts that existed between the allied Generals, ie Patton, Ike Montgmery. The author does a very nice job of taking us through Bradleys career and brings out many points that are not generally known about the man. Well written and interesting, I recommend it to young military officers and NCO's, here is a man that can be a model for excellent leadership.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (144)

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    A. Hochberg says: "This was just great!"
    "Quick Romp Review"
    Overall

    This book was lively and moved along with a lot of humor and information. It was free of a "right" or "wrong" theme and moved through the phases of various cultures and religions with no biasis.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (10148)
    Performance
    (4621)
    Story
    (4637)

    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"
    "Outliers"
    Overall

    I've listened to it twice and will listen again to gain the subtle points that got past me earlier. Great book, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Give your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Win Blevins
    • Narrated By Michael Taylor
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This is the true story of America's mountain men, including Jed Smith, John Fitzpatrick, Bill Williams and Jim Bridger, actual people and their actual doings. Every substantial event is verified by journals, newspapers, books and diaries, recording the events at the time.

    Timothy says: "If You Like Stories of America Before It Was......"
    "Give Your Heart to the Hawks"
    Overall

    I have long had a love of the characters that roamed the west in the 1800-1850's. Blevins has wonderful detail and puts it together in an easy to read/understand manner. His interludes are great and they fill in a lot of information about the general community of Mountain Men rather that individuals. I recommend this book if you want a general overview of the times and characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Bones of the Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (158)

    In this breathtaking volume, Genghis must act when trouble brews west of the Mongolian plains. Dividing his army and using his sons as generals, he sets out to accomplish two important goals - conquer those who resist, and determine which son should succeed him.

    Larry Goolsby says: "Bones of the Hills - part 3 of a triology"
    "genghis bones of the hills"
    Overall

    I was wanting more definate historical fact. It would not be fair for me to rate this other than average because I am not a person wo likes the novels in series. I've read two of this series and both are the same. Good stories, interesting characters but not what I was looking for in historical data.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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