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Austin | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
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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

    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"
    "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend and have recommended to any friend interested in pistol shooting and/or a Glock owner. Fascinating look into the unlikely success of the Austrian pistol manufacturer in the US.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Glock himself, as he apparently metamorphosed from an affable, trustworthy middle-income geek & factory manager (as well as unexpectantly brilliant first-time pistol designer) to an awkward, arrogant billionaire and foolishly prejudicial misogynist, losing control of his nouveau-riche hubris. The transformation as depicted in Barrett???s book is breathtakingly mind-boggling.

    What about Kiff VandenHeuvel???s performance did you like?

    Well-spoken, authoritative and convincing voice. He gives the listener the impression he wrote the author???s prose himself lending extra credibility to Barrett???s words.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It invaded. It killed. It conquered. Glock: America's Gun.

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  • American Sniper Part 2: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden

    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.

    David L. Troup says: "One of my all-time favorite stories"
    "American Sniper"

    I listened last year, saw Eastwood's adaptation, and listened again. He admits to having been a complicated, conflicted, mournful man. A true blue red blooded Texan, who loved his wife and kids (while not readily knowing how to relate to them once he returned home), who got drunk, got into bar fights, got sued by Jesse Ventura and who "enjoyed killing savages" as he said, because he believed every kill saved dozens of American brother & sister soldier lives. The movie avoids a great deal of self reflection in his auto-bio and I'm not sure why Eastwood left it out. Maybe to honor his surviving family, which would be noble as well. However it's an incomplete picture. To know the man before he knew his fate, listen to his book.

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  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"

    Isaacson scores again with this, his latest very insightful work. It reminds me of the now ancient PBS series "Connections" as Isaacson weaves multiple threads through many teams, individuals, government agencies, and corporations that ultimately braid, as if woven by the very punch-card controlled looms that inspired Babbage & Ada Loveless, to bring us the technological wonders (as well as offenses) of our planet spanning digitized information & collaboration community.
    Anyone interested in how "the next big thing" will emerge, and how the vessel of technological innovation is properly helmed should read Isaacson.
    As for me, I've just finished and I'm going back to chapter 1 to begin again. To get it, get this.

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