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Port Angeles, WA, USA

  • 9 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 28 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

    Doug says: "Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest"
    "More than Korean saga"

    "The Coldest Winter" shows how age can bring wisdom and perspective, and an excellent journalist can bring it out. The book may begin on June 25, 1950, but it winds its way back to the roots of the conflict and explains, finally, to me, how the Army could have been so stupid, so beguiled. MacAuthur is exposed -- again, if one saw Ken Burns' epic about WWII -- as an egocentric maniac surrounded by brainless "leaders" who cannot lead. Thank God for O.P. Smith, the Marine leader who refused to betray his men in a meglamaniac scheme to "race" to the Yalu. The book draws all the characters from each sector of the conflict -- Russian, Chinese, N. Korean, S. Korean, the U.S. and to some extent Japan -- into an intertwined story that shows the war from each perspective.

    The inclusion of so many first person stories makes the book come alive. Being in combat is not the same as being in Japan or Wash. D.C., hearing about it. Getting a sense of the conditions on the ground fleshed the story out well.

    The book is in no small part a "can't put it down" because the narration is incredible. The flawless pronunciation is accompanied by the emotion the moment demands, from the fawning, yawning acts of Almond to the overwhelming anger of Walker and Smith. The book just flows.

    The book is going to be a classic and may attract some attention to a forgotten war and the men who fought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Carlson
    • Narrated By Richard Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Are the little things in life driving you crazy? Isn't it time you put these small annoyances into perspective once and for all? This #1 New York Times best seller offers suggestions for daily changes that can add up to a more relaxed, stress-free you. Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down, live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, lower your tolerance to stress, trust your intuitions, and ultimately live each day as if it might be your last.

    Jennifer A. Jenkins says: "Great for a"
    "Concise, easy to follow"

    I really like how this is done. Unlike other audio downloads, a separate voice announces each new section. Carlson is a very good speaker and his diction is very clear. The concept behind the book is to learn how to not sweat the small stuff in numerous different settings, and it is well done. By the time I finished the book, I had calmed immensely. Well worth the money and time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By George Tenet
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that has attended the post 9/11 world, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and compelling, At the Center of the Storm is George Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA - a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad.

    Karen says: "Brilliant!"
    "Great Background Information"

    George Tenet was at the center of the storm for seven years. He explains how an executive order did not allow U.S. forces to kill OBL before 9/11, how the CIA knew a major terrorist act was coming soon, but did not know where, and how quickly U.S. intelligence agencies used information gained in the 9/11 attacks to stop further attacks. His most strident comments, though, are reserved for the Bush sycophants working under Cheney and Rumsfeld who began planning the invasion of Iraq and Iran even before taking office, the mindless conduct of the war and the stupid policy decisions implemented afterwards. It's pretty clear he disagrees with the decision to invade Iraq to some degree and disagrees with how the "peace" is conducted to a greater degree.

    The book is long and is well narrated by a professional speaker. It is, however, a difficult read because it covers seven years of history and politics. Plan to read it over a considerable period of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Scott McClellan
    • Narrated By Scott McClellan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Scott McClellan belonged to President Bush's select inner circle of trusted advisers during one of the most challenging, contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed, day-to-day, exactly how the presidency veered off course, not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein, but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and a hostile media.

    Frank J. Regan says: "Something is Missing"
    "A good man, but. . ."

    I can't disagree this is a book written by a good man who was duped by machinistic politics played out by Bush's team. Scott lays out his seven years of ultra-devotion to Bush, showing how Bush was a centrist and uniter as a Governor and a hard line rightist as a President. He speaks with total disdain about the "perpetual campaign" (from a book published in 2000) and explained how Bush went from trying to create consensus to manipulating public opinion to support his ideals, and that bothers Scott. It's also clear that part of Scott's reason for writing the book was to clear his name after being lied to by Rove and Libby.

    Having said all that, it's clear Scott doesn't get it, either. He stated that Bush "didn't lie" when Bush said the reason for the Iraq war was WMDs because "there was some evidence" of yellow cake somewhere. But, in the same breath, Scott admits that Bush's real reason for going into Iraq was to create a democratic government, something Bush's media manipulators knew would not "sell" the war. Most people with a strong moral center, which Scott claims to have, would recognize that Bush lied and manipulated the American people.

    On the positive side, Scott's narration adds to the personal mea culpa / I was a good guy attraction of the book. He also provides excellent detail about the unfolding events that dogged the white house during his seven years with Bush.

    On the negative side, it's clear he wrote this book with an attorney standing over his shoulder: He can't even make negative comments about Rove and Libby. Everyone is his friend and an incredible person. The presentation sometimes comes across like cotton candy.

    In the end, I doubt this book will convince anyone that Bush was not a manipulator and created an unnecessary war in Iraq.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Joel Osteen
    • Narrated By Joel Osteen

    You can live happily every day, best-selling author Joel Osteen suggests, but you must discover the potential within yourself and learn how to use it to live better and to help others better themselves as well. God didn't create you to be average. You were created to excel! You have everything you need to fulfill your God-given destiny, and there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you discover how to be a better you!

    Frank says: "Try Joel's advice for 30 days"
    "Simple but Profound"

    Where did this guy come from? He has a grasp of what Jesus meant, far better than I have ever heard before, and he has a clear understanding that Jesus came to unite us with the Creator. His sense of our relationship to the Creator -- or "the universe" as it is called in "the secret"-- is profound. There is no way a person can do what he says and not end up a better person for it. I know, because I am. Eleanor, it's not always "deep." Sometimes, it's as simple as the nose on your face. Joel says it as well or better than Deprak or Dyer, both of whom I admire very much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

    Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good.

    L. Rickard says: "for life"
    "Read too fast"

    Dr. Dyer's smooth presentation on television does not come through on the dictation. Perhaps its the length of the material, but the dictation is hurried and almost a monotone, so I find myself spacing out. This is the first audio book I have not been able to enjoy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Losier
    • Narrated By Hugh Gallagher

    Picking up where The Secret left off, this book tells listeners how to harness the power of positive thinking to get more of what they want (and less of what they don't) out of life. They'll learn how the Law of Attraction is responsible for attracting people, jobs, situations, and relationships, both good and bad. By following its three-step formula, tips, tools, and exercises, listeners will be able to make the Law of Attraction part of their daily lives.

    Pam says: "Love it!"
    "Excellent advice"

    Mr. Losier's work is actually more of a text method to apply the law of attraction, so the reading would come across a little emotionless. He credits the Hicks for teaching him the theory and there is also "the Secret" to give a person the thrill of the concept. His book is more of a guide to plan how to implement and maintain the law of attraction. To that end, it probably would be better in paperback form because there is a lot of repetition of lists and form language. It is worth reading / using to implement the law of attraction.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"

    In my short 58 years on earth, I have never read / listened to a book that so captured both my attention and my imagination. An extremely entertaining book about an otherwise mundane subject, Bryson has managed to make science a whole lot more interesting. He brings historic characters to life, adds humor to humorless subjects, uses irony to great advantage, and finds exactly the right comparison from everyday life to explain the most incredible concepts. It's the one book that everyone who wants to know anything about life as we (don't) know it should read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Barry Greenstein
    • Narrated By Barry Greenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ace on the River is designed to improve the play of everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals. Included are chapters on poker society, money management, family matters, and even sex. This compilation of philosophies and real-table scenarios provides a rare chance to see the poker world through the eyes of someone who lives it.

    Joshua says: "You can hear the regret"
    "About Barry"

    If one wishes to learn about Barry (won 1st tournament at 12, gives generously to charities, worked at -- not founded -- Symantics) this is the book for you. He includes much of his life story, his philosophies about poker as a profession (and about, curiously, horse betting), and speaks clearly about ethics in poker. One has to get to chapter 21 or so, however, to learn much about how to play poker. That Doyle Brunson would make the incredible statement that he, Doyle, learned from this book is silly. The book reads well, but it is not a handbook on how to play poker.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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