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David

Gray, ME, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen C. Guelzo
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history–the most intimate and richly readable account we have had–of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

    David says: "Better with maps"
    "Better with maps"
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    What did you love best about Gettysburg?

    I loved the detail, the amount of background information, and the authors encyclopedic knowledge of the Civil War, especially the Battle of Gettysburg. My only advice is: before listening to this book, it may be helpful to go to the Wikipedia website and down load maps from the Gettysburg Campaign. It helped me understand the complexity of moving thousands of men and materials, as well as what goes into preparing for battle, and how the battle was played out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Iron Brigade of the Union Army because they stood and fought longer and harder, suffering the most devastating losses, than anyone else on the Union side.


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

    No, but the narration was excellent.


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

    No, but the description of the carnage was cringe-worthy.


    Any additional comments?

    The best thing to listen to when you are facing what seems to be an overwhelmingly difficult time in your life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (475)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "This book sucks"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Offerman again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Make it worth listening to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    The worst book that I have listened to on Audible. A very bad imposter of Anthony Bourdain or Steve Martin. Really worthless.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (848)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
    "best book about statistics"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Signal and the Noise to be better than the print version?

    Nate does what no one else has managed to do. Write a comprehensive book about statistics and probability that is interesting and informative. I loved listening to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making It All Work

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    From the author of the million-copy best seller Getting Things Done, comes a new title that will change your life.

    Kevin says: "An inspiring and essential look at GTD"
    "Just what I needed to read"
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    What did you love best about Making It All Work?

    Making It All Work was the book I needed to read to get a handle on my business and my life. It offers clear and concise recommendations on how to use the concepts of David's earlier book "Getting Things Done" to improve your life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was the flexibility of the recommendations and how practical it is.


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

    This book is as good as "Getting Things Done", but I think you should read "Getting Things Done" first.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (530)

    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

    Martin says: "Gary delivers!"
    "Best Social Media Marketing Advice"
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    What did you love best about Crush It!?

    Gary has lived the strategies explained in Crush-It. He explains how social media is different from advertising in print or TV. Then he outlines how to use social media to do what you love doing. It is clear and convincing.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gary Vaynerchuk before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to


    What about Gary Vaynerchuk’s performance did you like?

    Gary is over the top. But his message is so convincing that it was enjoyable.


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

    Hi story about the Jets sweater vest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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