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Robert

Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

Placentia CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (508)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Ok but not as good as I hoped"
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    This is a somewhat typical spy novel complete with attempts at sexy girls and cheesy manufactured hero moments, with some technology sprinkled in. But I sort of enjoyed it.I read it at the recommendation of a friend, but I could not recommend it unless you the reader know who is Mark Russinovich and want to read his book, his first.

    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
    (227)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    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
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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
    (398)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (335)

    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
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1050)

    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
    (25)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    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
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement: Revised Third Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
    • Narrated By Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (386)

    In this business parable, Alex Rogo is the manager of a failing manufacturing plant who receives an ultimatum from corporate headquarters: turn the situation around in three months or the plant will be scrapped. With help from a mysterious mentor, Rogo discovers a revolutionary new way to do business - a way for people in any field of endeavor to increase productivity, profitability, and personal fulfillment.

    Doug says: "A Novel Based on Operations Research"
    "Bootcamp for your Head"
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    Turner Classic Movies has "the Essentials," movies that everyone must see. The Goal is on my list of "Essentials" for anyone who works in or around production, or any process in which constraints exist. Now, 6Sigma and Lean are more popular, but they are derivative of The Goal. I didn't always care for the story of the wife, and the narrator was not great in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2072)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Spellbinding"
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    No book other than the bible has ever moved me like this one. My father was a POW and fought in the war, and he said this book is the launch code for Nazi Germany. He was right. I got this book because it was 1 credit. Only 1 credit for 57 hours! God bless Mr. Shirer and... Grover Garder you are amazing. Amazing! Bill Shirer would have been proud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3041)
    Performance
    (2695)
    Story
    (2701)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Captivating and thrilling!"
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    Funny and fun, and I was so nervous for Mitnick! This and Pillars of the Earth are the only books I have sat in a parking lot listening to because I did not want to stop. His poor saintly Gram and mom, I hope they are ok. I worried about them more than I did Kevin, ha! Seriously this is a fantastic book, excellent narration,and even more spectacular larger than life story about a kid who was too smart for his own good, but too good to stop hacking. I admire his ethics of not stealing credit cards or destroying files. Phone Phreaks! You will know what that means when you read this book. FREE. KEVIN.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Algebra, Trigonometry, and Statistics

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Steven G. Carley
    • Narrated By James Powers
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Algebra, Trigonometry, and Statistics helps in explaining different theorems and formulas within the three branches of mathematics. Use this guide in helping one better understand the properties and rules within algebra, trigonometry, and statistics.

    justin says: "Probably will sink in after five or six times thru"
    "Dont' expect too much"
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    You are purchasing someone reading formulae. If that is what you want, you will get your money's worth here. If not, just keep moving and don't get sucked in by the low price.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of 'Intangibles' in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Douglas W. Hubbard
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (115)

    Anything can be measured. This bold assertion is the key to solving many problems in business and life in general. The myth that certain things can't be measured is a significant drain on our nation's economy, public welfare, the environment, and even national security. In fact, the chances are good that some part of your life or your professional responsibilities is greatly harmed by a lack of measurement---by you, your firm, or even your government.

    Doug says: "Let go of "I don't know""
    "Wow is all I can say!"
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    This book will forever change how you perceive measurement and risk. And told in a way that is easy to understand. I really enjoyed it. BUT don't stop with just this book! The Failure of Risk Management is required reading along with this one. Seriously!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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