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Robert

Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

Placentia CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (480)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    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.

    00doc says: "Interesting and useful."
    "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
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (702)

    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.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

    John says: "Outstanding"
    "Astonishingly good book!"
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    What did you love best about The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors?

    The story and detail was so vivid I felt like a lost my comrades.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors?

    The Navy battlefield is a ghost after the battle; it disappears under the sea.


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

    Cry.


    Any additional comments?

    MUCH much better than the book on the Bismark. That one was so bad I got my money back. This one is GREAT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Day: June 6, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    >The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.

    pratalife says: "Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it"
    "Those boys really did invade France!"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Only the quality of the story kept me from turning off that horrid sounding man.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    "Hello boys!" Of the group of trapped German soldiers wishing to surrender, only 1 could speak English. So as the Rangers approached, the German soldier said the only words in English he knew: "Hello boys!" Hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not hear Eisenhower's short speech to his troops. Wonder why it was not read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Management Risk: A New Framework (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Robert S. Kaplan, Anette Mikes
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Why smart companies are matching their risk management to the nature of the threats they face.

    Robert says: "Ok but superficial"
    "Ok but superficial"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a magazine article version of Risk Management. Ok but no time to be more substantive.


    Any additional comments?

    "Failure of Risk Management" (D. Hubbard) is the single best book on risk you will ever read. That and "How to Measure Anything" by same author. If you are interested in RISK and you have not read those 2 books, what are you waiting for??!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drive on Moscow, 1941: Operation Taifun and Germany’s First Great Crisis of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Niklas Zetterling, Anders Frankson
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    At the end of September 1941, more than a million German soldiers lined up along the frontline just 180 miles west of Moscow. They were well trained, confident, and had good reasons to hope that the war in the East would be over with one last offensive. Facing them was an equally large Soviet force, but whose soldiers were neither as well trained nor as confident. When the Germans struck, disaster soon befell the Soviet defenders.

    Carrick says: "Add the maps, lose the accents"
    "Choppy but excellent overall"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Drive on Moscow, 1941 the most enjoyable?

    The book in its entirety. Parts were weak. Author brought it all together finally.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's perspective and reasoning about the role of The Drive on Moscow in WWII.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Courvoisier’s performances?

    Yes will try, but not looking forward to it. He sounds like an ad reader rather than a book reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the author stopped talking about deep details and spoke about the decision to be at Moscow's door and why Germany lost. His analysis about the role of the weather is brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1812: The Navy's War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George C. Daughan
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

    K. Winters says: "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
    "Tedious but worthwhile"
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    Where does 1812: The Navy's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not care for the book until the end, now I think it's fine!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bismarck: The Final Days of Germany's Greatest Battleship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Niklas Zetterling, Michael Tamelander
    • Narrated By Charles Constant
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The sinking of the German battleship Bismarck - a masterpiece of engineering, well-armored with a main artillery of eight 15-inch guns - was one of the most dramatic events of World War II. She left the port of Gotenhafen for her first operation on the night of 18 May 1941, yet was almost immediately discovered by Norwegian resistance and Allied air reconnaissance. British battlecruiser Hood was quickly dispatched from Scapa Flow to intercept the Bismarck, together with new battleship Prince of Wales.

    Rick says: "A must read for any WWII Naval Historian!"
    "What about the Bismark?!"
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    What disappointed you about Bismarck?

    This book is about German (75%) and British (25%) naval warfare up until the Bismark was sunk. Very little on the Bismark. I wanted to know all about the Bismark. Almost nothing about this book satisfied me in that regard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (377)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Not a Churchill biography"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Just ok for overall WWII history. Many other books are better.


    Would you recommend The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Clive Chafer is awful. Just awful. The first 15 mintues by Paul Reid were some of the most fascinating tales about The Old Man I have ever heard! Then it goes from great to lousy in one Clive Chafer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ’s performances?

    NO to Clive Chafer. Paul Reid is cool.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3?

    Make the freekin' story about Winnie!


    Any additional comments?

    I did not want a WWII book. I wanted to read about The Man. This book is mostly about everything and for that it does a superficial job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1221)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Hope tells a flattering tale."
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    Wonderful book! After the ending, I wanted to hear 50+ hours about the boss and the crew after they were rescued. What was it like when they got home, felt grass, took a warm bath? Then I thought they were just men, and mostly flawed. Their future was somewhat ordinary I am learning. But the adventure, wow!!!! I strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle of Dunkirk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Walter Lord
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    On May 24, 1940, Hitler's armies were on the brink of a shattering military victory. Only 10 miles away, 400,000 Allied troops were pinned against the coast of Dunkirk. But just 11 days later, 338,000 men had been successfully evacuated to England. How did it happen? Walter Lord's remarkable account of how "the miracle of Dunkirk" came about is based on hundreds of interviews.

    Robert says: "Disappointed ... but good Subject"
    "Disappointed ... but good Subject"
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    What disappointed you about The Miracle of Dunkirk?

    Impressive story, one of the greatest of our time. But the book was a lot like the evacuation—jumbled, fractured, fragmented. There’s not much story here, meaning no context or theme, hardly nothing about how the evacuation fit in with the pre-Dunkirk machinations of war. Just plop there you are at the start of the evacuation, and the story is told in hundreds of little brief vignettes, related only because they were all in generally the same place. After a while they all just ran together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Miracle of Dunkirk?

    The discussion about the boats. And mentioning that this was probably the first time in history that the civilians came to the aid of the army. Very astounding and chilling.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

    Not sure. But Mr. Cummings sounds like he was reading marketing material for a toothpaste commercial. Nice voice, wrong book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Miracle of Dunkirk?

    Sometimes the author tells Jerry’s side, but only in small parts and it was not very effective or thorough, and sometimes confusing—the transitions were poorly done. I would have added more about the war strategy on both sides. The BEF didn't just suddenly appear in France. They had a mission.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I was disappointed, though I am a WWII book and podcast junkie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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