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Timothy P. Lyons

Madison, NJ | Member Since 2012

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  • Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Paul M. Barrett
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, arrived in America at a fortuitous time.

    David says: "Not a gun Nut? This is a case study in business"
    "Great listen for business people and gun owners!"
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    What did you love best about Glock?

    The book provided great insight into the origins of the company, as well as its struggles and successes. As both a gun owner and as someone in the business world, I enjoyed hearing about the early struggles and successes of a world renowned company and its people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story provided a fascinating background into Gaston Glock's invention, as well as its spread into prominence in the US. The story also dives into the lives and history of Charles Ewert and Paul Jannuzzo who lived fascinating lives.


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

    I have not listened to any other performance by Kiff VandenHeuvel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had ten hours, I would have listened to this straight through. But as a commuter, I couldn't wait to get in my car to hear what came next.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would be happy to give anything else from Paul Barrett or Kiff VandenHeuvel in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10293)
    Performance
    (9327)
    Story
    (9406)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Typical Robert Langdon, but a bit disappointing..."
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    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Twists and Turns -- typical Robert Langdon novel, where nobody is who they seem, and everything has a hidden meaning.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I really enjoyed the entire book until the ending; while the rest of the book was excellent, the end did not live up to Dan Brown's past performances. It was a bit of a let down in the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any chase scene where Langdon must think on his feet while evading the bad guys. In this particular instance, the entire portion of the book where Langdon fled from the police, knowing the ins and outs of Florence, including all the secrets that allowed him to evade his captors.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the performance was really well done by Paul Michael. Each character had a unique voice that was easy to follow the story with, however, they were neither comical nor cheesy. Definitely a well performed story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1025)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "The Intense Tale of an Incredible American Hero!"
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    What did you love best about Fearless?

    Most modern war stories leave out the human parts of war, and the people that fight for us. However, this book is exactly the opposite, telling the life of Adam Brown, with his life as a Navy SEAL only being a portion of it. The story tells the good parts of Adam's life, along with the bad. I love that there was no censorship of the content of this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fearless is the story of Adam Brown, Navy SEAL Operator with a heart of gold. He made some mistakes in his life, and after finding religion, set out to right the wrongs he had made, working fearlessly to save the world from evil. However, despite his heroism, the story depicts Adam Brown in a very human manner, without hiding any of his flaws. I found it inspiring that someone with a checkered past could rise to become on of the greatest American war heroes of our time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed Adam Brown's uphill battle into BUD/S school, and throughout Hell Week and Green Team. This book showed Brown's determination to be the best he could be, despite his lack of size, which he made up for in heart and passion.


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

    The last two chapters had me on the verge of tears for nearly an hour. As both my parents, and my grandparents were military veterans, the death of military personnel is very emotional for me. The depiction of Adam Brown's funeral service, the things that were said about him were extremely touching. I was most moved by the reactions of Brown's children during the funeral. There's nothing quite like a kid to say what they mean.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I was put off by the Christian connotation of the book, however it became apparent that without Christianity, Adam Brown would not have been the warrior he was. I generally turn away from books with Religious undertones, however, the story of Adam Brown warranted overlooking the religion.

    I would be elated to meet someone like Adam Brown. This book made me feel as though Adam was right here alongside, telling his life story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (662)

    The Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, here elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. Transcending the mere "religion wars", he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, those that ground ethics in a belief in God and an afterlife, and those that understand good actions as leading to better states of existence in future lives. And yet, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a claim for what he calls a third way.

    TEDDET says: "An Easy and Informative Listen"
    "Ethics Without Religion -- a Fascinating Read!!"
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    Simply put, this isn't the type of book I normally read. I prefer histories, biographies, and fiction, definitely not self-help type books on morality and ethics, especially those written by religious leaders.

    That's where this book is different. In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, sets aside religion and looks back into his long and well-traveled life, helping people better themselves . His Holiness the Dalai Lama stated something I have always firmly believed, that if a person is good, whether or not he or she believes in a higher power, they are still a good person.

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an intelligent man, with incredible insight on world religions, how they differ and how they are similar. However, despite the similarities, he states that ethics exist outside of religion.

    A very fascinating read indeed. And Martin Sheen does an incredible job vocalizing the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. So incredible, that I almost felt the words were coming directly from the Dalai Lama's mouth.

    If you're religious or not, this is a fascinating, and thought provoking read. I will be listening to this again from time to time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew Lycett
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007.

    Melissa says: "Great book, unlistenable audiobook"
    "If You Like 007, You'll Absolutely Love this Book!"
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    While most people assume James Bond started in 1962 with Dr. No, it had started ten years prior when Ian Fleming sat down to write Casino Royale, which was released in 1953. However, it is fascinating that so many attempts to bring Bond to the big screen had failed, and that Dr. No wasn't supposed to be the first bond film. Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett draws uncanny parallels between Bond and Fleming, and shows where each of those parallels came from in Fleming's own career in the spy game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (2792)
    Story
    (2783)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Fascinating Stories from an American Hero"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. As a military history lover, Chris Kyle's stories tell the tales from some of our most recent conflicts, ones that we have lived through via the news. Chris Kyle tells the inside, down and dirty story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chris Kyle tells his stories as a gentleman. Always praising his teammates, and owing his own successes to luck, Kyle is a true hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the story of Chris Kyle going through BUDS training and Green Team. As a civilian, such tough experiences were not part of my life. Hearing how SEALs survive hell week by making it to the next meal, I've been able to put my life in better perspective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! I couldn't wait to hear what Chris Kyle had in store for the next chapter!


    Any additional comments?

    RIP Chris Kyle, a true American Hero

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Andrew Keen
    • Narrated By Andrew Keen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen illuminates today's social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today's online networking revolution, and critiques of "social" companies like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Keen argues that this social media transformation is weakening, disorienting, and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age.

    Semiosis says: "After this you will stop posting on social media"
    "Great points, but Keen likes hearing himself talk"
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    I have particularly enjoyed Andrew Keen's past writings but was extremely let down by this latest rendition. I often recommend Keen's Cult of the Amateur to people who want to understand the fall of traditional media. However, this last writing seems to be a bit of an ego booster for Keen.

    Keen simply likes to hear his own voice. His harsh voice detracted from me being able to enjoy the book. I feel as though every third word out of his mouth was "ubiquitous" and he harped on one single theme throughout the book. Despite having good insight into social media, I feel the audiobook could have been completed in an efficient two hours, as opposed to the eight that this book was.

    I will not be coming back for another Andrew Keen book unless someone else is narrating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Story for scuba divers and history buffs alike!"
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    Would you listen to Shadow Divers again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again as it paints a wonderful story of three men, John Chatterton, Richie Kohler, and Bill Nagle aboard the Seeker. The book explores the struggles of these men in their personal, professional, and family lives, while exploring their desire to do right by the families of the U-boat crew.

    As a diver, the book got me interested in exploring local wrecks along the Jersey shore. I find it exciting that Chatterton and Kohler's lives parallel mine in so many ways.


    What other book might you compare Shadow Divers to and why?

    I would compare this to many military history books. You know the outcome, but want to understand the people that were part of the history, their thoughts and feelings. Despite knowing the outcome, there is always more to understand about the events that lead us to where we are now.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Prichard does a great job in adding character to each voice, helping to differentiate between speakers during conversational portions. He really helps to make the story easier to follow than on paper.


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

    While the personal struggles of Chatterton and Kohler were moving, I was mostly moved by the personal interviews at the end. I sat in the parking lot of my dive shop moved nearly to tears as Chatterton and Kohler discussed the memories of Bill Nagle.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is supposedly being turned into a movie for release in 2013. I will seek out the movie in theaters as the book was a fascinating read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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