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Robert

Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

Placentia CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 29 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 107 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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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
    (938)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (862)

    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.

    1BookJ says: "Uninspired..."
    "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
  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Craig L. Symonds
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    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.

    Jeremy says: "A unique tale of tactical wars"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bomber Command

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    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
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    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
    (446)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (279)

    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
    (1365)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (770)

    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
    (359)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (124)

    >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
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    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

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