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Paul W.

Montgomery, AL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (170)

    A widening gulf between performance and accountability has caused history to be kinder to the American generals of World War II than to those of later wars. In The Generals we meet leaders from World War II to the present who rose to the occasion - and those who failed.

    Arnold says: "Explains much about US military commanders"
    "The answers to the questions we should be asking."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended this book to my friends and students. I teach a military education course to Air Force officers, and I think this is a fantastic book to spur some critical thought about how we develop and promote the personnel we have.

    While this book focuses on Army generals, I think it is applicable to any of the services, and it potentially shows us why the Army should not be the lead service in our modern conflicts.

    If you would like a preview of this book, you can look up Rick's article in the Atlantic called "General Failure." If you find it interesting in the least, then you will enjoy this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (309)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "The best supported arguments on limited government"
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    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    Stossel's book is a treasure trove of data and examples on the failings of government. He does this while remaining fairly apolitical. (Disclaimer - I would say that I'm libertarian. Hardcore conservatives or liberals might not agree with this claim.) It would be hard to argue with his data and logic on many of the topics. He is definitely not a shill for either political party.

    I learned so much from this book. One of the things that I love about a book that covers historical moments is the ability to communicate the context of the time. I think Stossel does a pretty good job of setting the stage for what was commonly thought at the times that the different legislation was passed or public outcry was being expressed.

    This is the best book on politics that I have read in a while. I think it bleeds over into Economics as well if you are interested in that subject. This subject matter is something that many Americans need to be thinking about as we continue down the rabbit hole of constant warfare, growing deficits, and expanding government.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4589)
    Performance
    (3119)
    Story
    (3152)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "The new series that I have been searching for"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would whole heartedly endorse Dauntless and the rest of the series. Jack Campbell has captured the responsibility and burdens of military officer perfectly. This book has a great balance of military action, character building, and suspense. It is just so fun. I finished the first three books in this series in a week. I have not been looking forward to what happens next in the story in so long that it feels like I'm gorging myself on candy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So often Hollywood or popular storytellers paint the picture of military officers as either rogues or blood thirsty gladiators. Campbell has used his own Navy experience to more correctly draw a picture of officers. This is what the crew of Battlestar Galactica should have been like.


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rummel is fantastic as a reader. His different voices are excellent, and he never misses a beat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1361)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Card brought back that old Ender Magic"
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    Would you listen to Shadows in Flight again? Why?

    This book really reminded me of the original Ender series. I enjoyed the Shadow series, but they were never as cerebral and great as the originals. This book was full of that punchy back and forth dialogue that was in Xenocide and Speaker for the Dead. Also, it filled in some critical answers to the Ender Universe.

    If you have read the others, then you will, of course, read this one. If you haven't, do not start here.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Card has said that he writes these as if they are performances. The different voices and actors really make this great. It is totally an innovation for audiobooks. I love it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Card's comments at the end of the book. I appreciate being let in on the development of the books and what is coming up in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FairTax Book

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Neal Boortz, John Linder
    • Narrated By HarperAudio
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Wouldn't you love to abolish the IRS, keep all the money in your paycheck, pay taxes on what you spend, not what you earn, and eliminate all the fraud, hassle, and waste of our current system? Then the FairTax is for you.

    Paul W. says: "The most important book I've owned in a while"
    "The most important book I've owned in a while"
    Overall

    Utterly fantastic. This is what political argument should be at all times. well documented, well researched, and tested. This is the how political activism can really make a difference.

    The real flaw with the Money magazine article is that all formalized pay structures are set before taxes. The government isn't going to pay military members less because they don't have to pay social security taxes anymore and neither is wal mart, micorsoft, or any other small business owner. This argument is addressed in the book, and I doubt the two reviewers knocking this plan read/listened to this book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Couples Finish Rich

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By David Bach
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Whether you're newlyweds, celebrating your twentieth anniversary, or on your second or third marriage - whatever age or tax bracket you're in - this comprehensive, positive, financial lifesaver will help you and your partner communicate comfortably about money and start building a strong financial future together. From the best selling author of Smart Women Finish Rich!

    Paul W. says: "One of the best Personal Financial Planning Books"
    "One of the best Personal Financial Planning Books"
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    David Bach has found a way to pull people into the fold of financial planning. Starting with goals and dreams is the major piece that every other book on the market leaves out. There are too many people just trying to make a million dollars with no idea of what they are working for. If you know what you want, you can work specifically for it, stay motivated, and most importantly of all, know when you've arrived.

    I have read most introductory books on financial planning that are on the market today. This book is probably number one or two on that list depending on my mood.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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