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Philip

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  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    • Narrated By Matt Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (200)

    During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

    Sam Motes says: "Zen of coaching"
    "More than baskeball"
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    Would you listen to Eleven Rings again? Why?

    Yes and I will. Phil Jackson teaches his players about life and not just basketball, that's why his teams worked and why they swear by him. This isn't a basketball book, though there is a ton of basketball in it. It contains priceless wisdom for young men and aspiring leaders.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jackson.


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

    It made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    I work for a non-profit in the St.Louis area counseling boys from under-serviced areas in St.Louis. This is a book I recommend for them to read. They love basketball, they respect the name Phil Jackson and they take this book's live lesson's to heart when they read it. I highly recommend this book for young men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1316)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Bill O'Reilly and the Context of Christ."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Jesus to be better than the print version?

    Yes, O' Reilly continues to show his chops for narration.


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    Killing Kennedy, Killing Lincoln. I thing the reasons are obvious.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When I read I tend to miss a lot of verbal inflections and without those I tend to miss what is actually meant. O' Reilly makes everything clear with his words and his voice.


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

    There is a moment at the very beginning of the book when O' Reilly says that Jesus came to save the world and not condemn it. This is John 3:17, spoken by Jesus to the Pharisee, Nicodemus, who Jesus had been calling hypocrites because they had forgotten to love. I think we forget to love too often. I think there are two kinds of Christians, those who know John 3:16, and those who know John 3:16 & 17.


    Any additional comments?

    The book doesn't contain the Sermon on the Mount, only a mention of it. For a book that attempts to explain who Jesus was, why He died and became famous leaving out His greatest teachings is terrible judgement.

    Also, I understand why O' Reilly and Dugard never refer to Jesus as Jesus Christ. It is a big turn off for people who don't believe He was. The author's believe it's better read and buy the book without the Christ part than to not read it at all. As a practicing Christian I disagree. After all if Jesus wasn't the son of God than He was crazy because He told everyone He was and horrifically abused for it. To surrender the acknowledgement that Jesus was God so people learn His teachings is to surrender His teachings making them pointless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack McCallum
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona.

    James T. OBrien says: "Great insight into the great basketball team ever."
    "A must read for basketball fans."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dream Team to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Mr. Hill is excellent as the narrator.


    What other book might you compare Dream Team to and why?

    Killing Kennedy, both audio books have tremendous narrators and give a more personal perspective of the subjects.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like a reporter; his voice almost perfectly takes the character of McCallum's writing.


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

    I laughed a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up in Illinois during the 90's, obsessed with MJ. After listening to this book, Lard Bird has become my favorite player. I was excited anytime Larry became the focus of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaq Uncut: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Shaquille O'Neal, Jackie MacMullan
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.... From growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high-school basketball team to his larger-than-life basketball career, Shaquille O'Neal lays it all out in Shaq Uncut: My Story.

    Philip says: "The Truth about Shaq."
    "The Truth about Shaq."
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    What did you love best about Shaq Uncut?

    Shaq. Anytime there's a story about athletes and money its either a outrageous contract or bankruptcy. Shap is generous and a business man. He comes across warm, insecure and honest. His honestly shines through over and over allowing readers/listeners to know him on a different level and care about his story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shaq is bigger than basketball and lives like it. He has unwritten rules that define him: loyalty, honesty, and charity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever he talk about helping out children. Shaqaclause or bringing snow to LA.


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

    Shaq's love for his family. Though Shaq refuses to admit it, he was what many would consider to abused by his step-father. Shaq loves his step-father anyway and sees through the abuse to what Phillip Morris is trying to teach Shaq. Phillip Morris had wonderful lessons for Shaq to learn but an abusive way to teach lessons. I have profound respect for Shaq because he understood that and learned through the abusive relationship.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Schiff
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    In The Real Crash, New York Times best-selling author Peter D. Schiff argues that America is enjoying a government-inflated bubble, one that reality will explode... with disastrous consequences for the economy and for each of us. Schiff demonstrates how the infusion of billions of dollars of stimulus money has only dug a deeper hole: The United States government simply spends too much and does not collect enough money to pay its debts, and in the end, Americans from all walks of life will face a crushing consequence.

    John says: "Important Book with Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "You aren't listening to the book for the narrator."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would but as a book not an audio book. Schiff made several interesting observations and has what I would consider sound investing advice that is widely agreed on. He advocates investing for cash flow, compound interest, etc. I would recommend it while advising not to take everything Schiff says at the gospel truth and to read the actual book because the narrator is terrible. As sound as Schiff's investing for cash flow instead of capital gains advice is, he suggests we should legalize prostitution, abolish the income tax and minimum wage. He knows more about the income tax and minimum wage than I do, he may bet right. I rarely say someone has a stupid idea but legalizing prostitution is STUPID. There's no other word for it. Every reason Schiff advocates for legalizing prostitution (healthier, less abused prostitutes, fewer arrests, tax revenue) is completely untrue as study after study have proven. The idea is so ridiculous, irresponsible, inconsiderate, uninformed and maybe even sexist it makes me question everything else Schiff says.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Real Crash?

    Schiff writes that Warren Buffett plays politics. When Wyman reads it he sounds disgusted, and makes it seem as though Schiff is a hateful, jealous wine-bag.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    No. He's terrible. His performance sounds like a 12 hour complaint. It is so bad that one must have an IQ above 120 or maturity level of a wise man to block it out and listen to Schiff's ideas for what they were and not as a list of complaints.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1922)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "I learned a lot, O'Rielly isn't a bad narrator"
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    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    Yes, to make sure what I learned sticks and to hear O'Rielly say nice things about a democrat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill O'Rielly, Jackie and even JFK. I'm 25, I didn't really know much about any of them. Jackie is enchanting, her character is so perfect it seems like she's made up. As O'Rielly tells it JFK goes from cheating husband and cowardly president to a wonderful father, husband and strong leader.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    85% of communication is nonverbal. His tone, the inflections in his voice add to the mystique of the Kenndys. I could hear the admiration in his voice for JFK and Jackie. When JFK failed O'Rielly was matter-of-fact but when JFK succeeded, again, O'Rielly's admiration shown through.


    Any additional comments?

    All the fun of Bill O'Rielly without most of his opinions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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