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Crested Butte, CO, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
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  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "What's the problem?"

    I almost didn't get this because of the few but emphatic negative reviews. I'm almost through book and all I can say is, "what's the problem?" The story line is fascinating because it's based on the dramatic events of the time--war, revolution, suffrage, industrialism, and the decline of monarchy and aristocracy. The characters are engaging, fully developed, and painted with fine oils, not crayons. John Lee's narration is superb and of course he's an old friend after POTE and WWE. I say if you don't like this story, it's your problem, not the author's.

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  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Amazon Customer says: "Both a How To book and a bit of history"
    "Great story from somebody on the inside"
    Would you listen to Inside Delta Force again? Why?

    I think once was enough for this one.

    What other book might you compare Inside Delta Force to and why?

    Fighter Pilot, see below.

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

    I think he also did "Fighter Pilot" which was in a similar vein (military history)

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I wasn't really sure what Delta Force was about. I'm thankful that we have them.

    Any additional comments?

    A lot of the book--more than half--is about the grueling training that Haney went thru to become an operator. Some of this got a bit tedious at times. I might have preferred more stories about the operations. Still, this is an amazing story, told well.

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  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Good content, inefficient delivery"
    Would you try another book from Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins and/or Paul Costanzo?

    Probably not, this is Joe's specialty and I didn't care for Paul's narration

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What didn’t you like about Paul Costanzo’s performance?

    The narration had odd pauses, especially the first half. This interrupted the flow for me.

    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to What Every BODY Is Saying?

    I think anybody who doesn't live by themselves in a cave could benefit from this book.

    Any additional comments?

    This is great material that I will use in my personal and professional life. I actually bought the paper book to pass around my office to my employees so they can be more effective in meetings.

    The audiobook suffers from two issues, however. The narration is weak, with strange cadences and pauses that break up the reading and make it sound unnatural. An example from Chapter 1: "Whenever I'm teaching people about, body language, this question, is invariably asked. Joe, what got you interested in study non verbal behavior, in the first place?" This passage includes passive voice and five pauses when there should be only two (after "language" and "Joe"). This might seem petty, but over the course of hours it adds up. It does seem to get better toward the end of the book.

    The second issue concerns what we used to call "meatballs" in writing. There is a lot of rambling and repetition about how important and useful what you're about to hear truly is. These are the noodles and I want the meatballs. Yes there needs to be setup and context, but it seems to take quite too long before you actually dig in to the good stuff that you got the book for.

    That said, when you finally get to the information, it is as good as promised. It makes perfect sense that our bodies communicate without us knowing it, and that our limbic brains betray our "freeze, fight, or flight" heritage. There is so much to learn here that I will probably want to go through it all twice. (Which of course will make the cadence problem even more annoying.) So there is my mixed review.

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