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Mark

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  • Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Born over 2,400 years ago, warrior, thinker, and leader Sun Tzu lived during a time of great internecine conflict in China. A classic of Chinese literature, Art of War reveals the strategies, tactics, and insights that lead to success. Mastery of warfare and the maintenance of power are the most important values in Sun's philosophy, without which there can be no peace or life.

    Scott says: "A True Classic Must Read Book"
    "History's first boring text book"
    Overall

    I found this to be as boring as any college calculus text ever was. Maybe that's why I not a great leader.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #6: Inferno

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    With Luke consumed by grief, Jacen Solo works quickly to consolidate his power and jumpstart his plan to take over the Jedi. Convinced he's the only one who can save the galaxy, Jacen will do whatever it takes, even ambush his own parents.

    Trent says: "A great series!"
    "Great Series"
    Overall

    I loved the entire "Legacy of the Force" series, and Troy Denning's writings in the Star Wars mythos are great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anthony Walton
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    A world famous basketball player writing about the history of World War II may seem incongruous. But there is an order to these things; Abdul-Jabbar's high school mentor, Leonard Smith, was in the 761st Battalion, the first all-black tank battalion to see combat in World War II.

    Michael says: "The Greatest of the Greatest Generation"
    "Great perspective"
    Overall

    I am changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars after listening a second time threw. I was not so interested in how black soldiers were treated in the southern USA, but it was and IS reality.

    I like the first person accounts this book has to offer. It isn't often you get these perspectives, as the men and women of that generation are dying fast.

    I recommend this book for ALL history buffs, Black or White.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bradley: The Great Generals Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alan Axelrod
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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"
    "Another Great General"
    Overall

    I liked the Patton biography as well, and hope the author continues this series with Eisenhower, McArther, and others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By C. W. Kennedy (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Out of the mixture of Latin and Germanic paganism and the Christianity of the Early Middle Ages has sprung one of the world's supremely great pieces of literature. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, delivered a famous lecture to the British Academy in 1936 in which he maintained that Beowulf was a poem all of a piece, and not (as had been suggested) a jumble of fragments for pedantic scholars to paw over.

    James says: "As good as it gets!"
    "Better the first time I read it."
    Overall

    I am not sure why, but when I read this book in college, it was better.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales: A Modern English Prose Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    In this prose version of The Canterbury Tales, translated into modern English, tales told by a Miller, a Knight, a Friar, a Nun, and many more are often bawdy, bloody, and full of religious zeal. Translation by John S. P. Tatlock and Percy Mackaye.

    Harold says: "I agree A waste of money"
    "Narrator's voice it anoying"
    Overall

    I don't know what it is about this person's voice. They sound like a munchkin from the land of Oz. At first it was rather quaint, but after a half hour, I couldn't take it any more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten 500

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (204)

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    Ron says: "an amazing tale"
    "Incredible story"
    Overall

    This was an inspirational book in a sense. The rescue at the end had me in tears. I had to pull off the road to dry my eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2605)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1193)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Another let down"
    Overall

    Again, the author builds it up, and then lets it slide. It's almost like he got bored and could finish it fast enough so he could move on to his next book.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Podkayne of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

    Jack Ketterer says: "A Smart Kid"
    "Let down in the end"
    Overall

    This book started out fine enough, but peaked 3/4 of the way in and fell off sharply after that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (401)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Revolutionary!"
    Overall

    It isn't often you run across a book or movie that causes you stop and evaluate the way you think about the world. "Atlas Shrugged" is one of those books.

    I had heard references to it in the past, but I got around to hearing it just last year, and what a wake up call it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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