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Mark

ashburn, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paula Broadwell, Vernon Loeb
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In All In, military expert Paul Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

    Jean says: "The scholar general"
    "Story was dull. Not much insight."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you haven't kept up with the wars in the last 10 years this will be interesting, otherwise this is just a summary of the wars overseas in the last 10 years.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patriot Games

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (769)

    It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

    K. Masheter Deal says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "One of my favorite clancy's. Well done."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Usually Clancy is very technical. This ok is much more person and character focused make it more appealing to the masses. If you like an action/suspense novel then this is a classic. Won't melt your brain, but will keep you entertained.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1151)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Great performance of a great book."
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Milo minderbinder was the best character. As an absorb businessman he is the perfect commentary on the paradoxes we deal with in D.C. Every day as we create jobs to clean up the messes we make and earn a profit on both ends. This book is so classic and laugh out loud funny. I must say that the cadence of the reading takes some getting used to based on the double antandras and triple negatives and other patterns (e.g. They were good friends and there was oohing Usarian would door him). However, like a Shakepearean play ou get used to it very quicky and then the language is that much more colorful.


    What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great distinctions in the characters' voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Psycho-Cybernetics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Maxwell Maltz edited by Dan S. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (334)

    Since its publication in 1960, Dr. Maltz's seminal text has inspired more than 30 million readers to enhance their lives and achieve life-changing goals - from losing weight to excelling in sports to dramatically increasing their income. Now revised for a new millennium, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz's visionary approach and proven groundbreaking techniques.

    Janie says: "Better than a 5!"
    "Interesting. Not much applicability"
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    Where does The New Psycho-Cybernetics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Im a big fan of cognitive science having studied it at length in my academic career, but I found Moonwalking With Einstein and Made To Stick more interesting mostly because they approach applicability to skills in the real world. I found this book a little academic and dry

    That said, this is a great work and should be read by anyone who is interested in he the brain works, I'd just ranking it lower than others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9050)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3352)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Not the best Dan brown. Maybe the worst."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Ok. That said its still good. A page turner (figuratively). But not as many exciting twists. Too much stretching of old ideas from his previous books. Go read digital fortress if you haven't already. More original.


    Would you recommend The Lost Symbol to your friends? Why or why not?

    Meh. Fun summer read. Lots of better stuff out there. Read all his other stuff before this. Then go read patriot games.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12046)
    Performance
    (7994)
    Story
    (8029)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "One of my favorites in years"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a true story. It follows so many different trails, but the author does a wonderful job tying the details together. A random aside in one chapter becomes a key plot element in the next. Very well written. Intensely emotional. And inspiring story of the depths and heights of the human condition.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely a book that will have you glued to every page with excitement, fear, and sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    For both fiction and nonfiction fans I highly recommend this book. I read mostly business and Tom Clancy books. My wife reads nora roberts and we both loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4925)
    Performance
    (2698)
    Story
    (2714)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Not as original as the old stuff but entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead or Alive the most enjoyable?

    GreT tie in with the old characters. Typical good research on modern tech and warfighter capabilities. Vigilante aspect makes it enjoyable for the average joe.


    What aspect of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance would you have changed?

    He did great. Very natural character identification.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (579)

    In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.

    Case says: "Hotly debated new theories, but NOT revisionism"
    "Very interesting. Good narration."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Very educational but not boring. The story was engaging without getting fantastic. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in more about the world than the street they live on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Lessig
    • Narrated By Lawrence Lessig
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (232)

    In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course....

    kevmoo says: "A profoundly important book. A must read."
    "Great thinker. Interesting perspective."
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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Fantastic research reflected in this book. Interesting insights. Helps you understand much of the dysfunction that exists in Washington. You may not agree with the book, but the discussion is very enlightening and the writing is very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Third Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (41)

    When the landmark best-seller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the "consultant's bible." With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Peter Block's groundbreaking book explores the latest thinking on consultation.

    Chris says: "TERRIBLE NARRATION - But great info so far!"
    "Worst narrator I've ever heard."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Ppl who can tolerate a terrible narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator's inflection is terrible. Made me hate the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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