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Robert

Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

Placentia CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Whether you are in advertising, marketing, management, on sales, or just curious about how to be more influential in everyday life, Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your approach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers.

    Tyler says: "Not What I Expected"
    "Useful and practical!"
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    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Yes!?

    In business meetings both formal and informal, I retold many of the stories from the book, and started applying many of the tips right away! I was entertaining most of all, but very practical and fun to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    Andrew Roberts' Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.

    Tad Davis says: "What a dynamo!"
    "Justice for a Fascinating Man"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    If you want to learn about one of the greatest generals in history, this is your book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    So Annoying he dropped his volume to inaudible on the last syllable of many sentences. Very annoying. But I still loved the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (781)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Hauntingly good!"
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    I have already re-played the trial (first half) twice. SO AMAZING. That's all I can say. AMAZING.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "Really loved it"
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    This is my 6th or 7th book about first couple years of the Pacific War. This one is in top 2 or 3. The author jumps a bit between sides and frequently, for a moment, I am not sure which side he is speaking about until he mentions a ship or a name.

    I never knew the extent of Navy's battles. Wow they were horrific. My Uncle in USMC just said "the Navy left us." You were right Uncle Georgie, but they they took an awful beating just like you did. I think I understand better now what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (346)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

    Cassandra says: "Long, but never boring"
    "A proven winner"
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    John Toland tells the history of the Japanese rise and fall in amazing detail. I learned a lot. This is my 5th book about Pacific War. Best was Pacific Crucible. This was 2d best. The moment Hirohito met with MacArthur was hauntingly good. Rising Sun takes the time to also be funny! Very welcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Craig L. Symonds
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (224)

    There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

    Jean says: "Excellent"
    "There are better choices"
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    There are better choices, but this one is ok. I strongly recommend, instead of this one, Pacific Crucible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bomber Command

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

    Robert says: "Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking."
    "Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking."
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    My favorite WWII book, second only to The Rise and Fall. I often fear getting into my car to hear the book, wondering what our poor lads will suffer tonight. And the most thoughtful and cogent analysis of area bombing you will EVER hear. I told my WWII POW father to NOT read this book. He will be right back there in the 15th AF flying over Poland and Hungary. Too real. Just awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Schneier on Security

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bruce Schneier, Ken Maxon
    • Narrated By Ken Maxon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Presenting invaluable advice from the world's most famous computer security expert, this intensely readable collection features some of the most insightful and informative coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of computer security and the price people pay - figuratively and literally - when security fails. Discussing the issues surrounding things such as airplanes, passports, voting machines, ID cards, cameras, passwords, Internet banking, sporting events, computers, and castles, this book is a must-read for anyone who values security at any level - business, technical, or personal.

    Robert says: "More terrorism than anything else."
    "More terrorism than anything else."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Falsely advertised as about computer security. 90% of book is about national terrorism, response to 9/11.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bruce Schneier and Ken Maxon again?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am this close to asking for money back. Book is a collection of old essays, pre-NSA and Snowden, and almost entirely on policy level of safety against terrorism.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Barrett Tillman
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    November 1943 to May 1945. The US Army Air Forces waged an unprecedentedly dogged and violent campaign against Hitler's vital oil production and industrial plants on theThird Reich's southern flank. Flying from southern Italy, far from the limelight enjoyed by the Eighth Air Force in England, the Fifteenth Air Force engaged in high-risk missions spanning most of the European continent. The story of the Fifteenth Air Force deserves a prideful place in the annals of American gallantry.

    Robert says: "Solid Story worth telling"
    "Solid Story worth telling"
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    Would you listen to Forgotten Fifteenth again? Why?

    Not again, but I had to hear it. My father flew in a B-17 with the 15th.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters. The story is of the 15th.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Would like to hear more about the men, and the details of the missions. This was more about the 15th as an organizatoin.


    Any additional comments?

    The 8th gets all the pub!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy: Second World War 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (314)

    This volume of Churchill's history ofWorld Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

    John M says: "Always good, occasionally great"
    "Such an amazing man"
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    If you could sum up The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy in three words, what would they be?

    Honest. Eloquent. WINSTON!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is his perspective.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    See the Story of our Time


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (842)

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    Taranthis says: "Great"
    "Must read for any WWII enthusiast"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but not as the first and only. That would be: Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.,


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

    These are his words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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