While I knew this was an abridged version of the book and it was a combination live and studio style presentation, there could have been just a little more meat on the bone. I figured a 450 page book would have warranted more than a 50 minute audiobook. But, still some great ideas and information. And Tony's energy is always contagious.
Wow. I have no words to describe how amazing and awful this story was to listen to. Amazing because of the usually untold heroics of these silent warriors. Awful in the fact that they went through that experience. The book has very few, if any dull points. The story is well played out. The narrator, Kevin Collins, does an amazing job. So much so, I'm looking at other books he's narrated just to hear his excellent ability to tell stories.I could almost feel myself in some of the moments with U.S. Navy Seal Luttrell. I often felt deeply emotional about what he and his U.S. Navy Seal buddies went through. And I applaud the fact that he wants the world to know, not so much about him, but the ultimate sacrifice made by his colleagues, in the name of freedom. I also valued the unfiltered, unapologetic, God-fearing, pro-American manner in which the story is told. I appreciate Marcus Luttrell's love for God and country, especially in an increasingly PC-sensitive, American-hating world we're seeing more and more each day. God bless you Marcus and all your buddies who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Simply an amazing story of faith, family, redemption and ultimate sacrifice. Adam Brown's life story, warts and all, is moving and inspiring. The book left me wanting to know more, not just about Adam, but all those in the special warfare community. The sacrifice they, and even more importantly, their families make is beyond my ability to comprehend. The special operators and their loved ones are incredible gifts from God. Bottom line, read/listen to this book. You won't be disappointed. God speed to Adam and thank you for stepping up to "shovel some of the world's sh*t." (A funny and memorable line from the story).
The message of being a father to our children is often lost in today's society. So many people believe a child does not need to have both parents involved in their lives; that they'll turn out just fine. While at times a child does turn out "fine", the truth is that the odds are significantly stacked against them. This story really drives home the fact that we, as father's, are not just "sperm donors." We have a moral, and even more a spiritual, obligation to raise our children so that the decay of society does not fill that vacuum should we choose to not be part of our children's lives. While the story in this audiobook gets a little long in some places, it's still a truly inspiring story that should remind and motivate us as father's to make the proper raising of our children one of the most important goals we could ever set for ourselves.
Excellent story and not to be listened to only one time. Paired with the Love Dare journal, it's an incredible resource in making a marriage work. But, you'll probably be better off going with the abridged version as the unabridged version has a lot of filler material that's not always germane to the story. But still a great story!
An excellent book that goes back to the basics, the things we "learned in kindergarten" to help us really focus on what's important in our lives. I can really appreciate one of the lessons Professor Pausch brought up time and again in this book. Self-esteem is earned. It's not the result of having equal outcomes in life. Hell, it's not even the result of never keeping score in a baseball or soccer game. It's earned through experience and yes, sometimes failing. I really appreciated the passion and love Professor Pausch exhibited in these simple stories. It's a motivating and thought-provoking book.
This program is a very good, thorough overview of the habits. It serves as an excellent refresher once you've listened to the unabridged edition. As I mentioned in my review for the unabridged version, this information requires you to do some real work if you really want to make positive changes in your life. This program is a great addition to your library and you can pop on at anytime for refreshers on the material presented by Mr. Covey. Also, the live telling of the story, "Green and Clean" is excellent!
...for those looking for a long term (not quick) fix to their lives. Mr. Covey makes no secret that this is hard work and takes time to create a new habit. Every time I listen to it I learn something new. I can appreciate his affinity for the character (not personality) ethic. While I've tried countless other books and audio programs that preach more the short-term personality fixes, I keep coming back to "The 7 Habits..." If you're interested in working on the part of your iceberg that's below the surface of the water (stealing a metaphor from Mr. Covey), and not just the tip, then this is the book for you.
...still contains some excellent ideas and advice. A few too many stories for my taste, but they really helped put a real life experience behind each of the tools and techniques. Also, the narrator is excellent. The bottom line of the book is to take simple ideas and repeat them daily until they become a part of your character.
..of taking initiative and pride in what you do, no matter what line of work. Something we see a little less of with each passing day in the United States. We're seeing a more greedy, narcissistic and nasty culture starting to rear it's ugly head. "A Message to Garcia" re-minds us of the "can do" spirit that made, and can continue to make, this country the greatest the world has ever known. It's worth 10 minutes of your life.
Dr. Carlson's voice quality is engaging and comforting. A great book and at the same time sad knowing he is no longer with us. His eloquent words and simple ideas live on though in this classic book.
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