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Frank

drFrank

Coraopolis, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (763)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Excellent book about an icon"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book about an icon in the technology and consumer products world. I have watched Apple and Steve Jobs since I bought my first Apple product in the 80's (Apple IIC & Macintosh). A few of the items discussed in the book clarified misconceptions and questions not only about Steve Jobs but about Apple and its products and services. Overall, not only was it enjoyable but it was enlightening. In addition, I learned different key points about entrepreneurship and leadership.

    It is written from the perspective of a friend, employee, and co-worker. Much different than other books and articles that were written from a media perspective only.

    The book held my interest to the end and I highly recommend it!

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1785)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    Allan says: "Important Theme - Repetitive Presentation"
    "Many great points and makes you think"
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    The author made had some great examples to illustrate his points but he focuses on the same few companies throughout the book. e.g. Apple Fan Boy

    With that stated, I am glad I listened to it and took a few good points away from the time I spent listening. However, this isn't a book I would listen to multiple times since he uses the same illustrations over and over in the book.

    I think he could have researched and used other companies with long time founders and beliefs similar to those he referenced often. e.g. FedEx has had the same CEO and was founded on the People first philosophy like Southwest.

    Do I recommend it? Yes. It isn't a book that you start and don't want to put down. It is a book that you can listen to during lulls in your day or your commute and get many benefits from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (436)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    Anthony says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    "Great plot | Much different than anticipated |"
    Overall
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    Overall, I enjoyed the book and recommend it if you enjoy books that you don't mind rooting for the 'bad guy' and has a twist where many of the so-called good guys are not good.

    The plot is amazing but there is a part in the book which goes a direction that seemed to end the novel (in my mind) to a not so believable ending. The performance is very good and so as not to put a spoiler in this review - If you enjoy 'spy' books with a twist, then I would buy to listen to it. The ending of the first book caused me NOT to be interested in book two.

    If half stars were permitted, it would be 3.5 because of the ending. The rest of the book would be 4.5.

    Enjoy it!
    :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3027)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1514)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Good book overall - believable? Maybe?"
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    Many tout this as one of the best Mitch Rapp books yet but no other Rapp book compares to Memorial Day as a novel to get you thinking about its "believability".

    The final third of the book is much better than the first third and if I were not a Mitch Rapp fan, it doubt I would have made it through the first third of the book for a variety of reasons. Could Mitch Rapp go 'AWOL' and someone not find him?

    I needed a book for a long trip and this served the purpose and as I hit the final third of the book, I didn't want the trip to end as the story turned and twisted into something that made me think. "Could this happen?"

    I recommend the book but it doesn't compare to Memorial Day for its 'ability' to get me thinking, could this happen?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5041)
    Performance
    (3011)
    Story
    (3013)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "After three starts, I finished the book and"
    Overall
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    I started listening to this book three times before I continued and I am glad that I did. Initially, I bought the book since I enjoy the narrator and listened to him from various other books.

    I picked up another Michael Connelly book (Blood work) and enjoyed it immensely. Therefore, I decided to try to get past the start of the book.

    The story has some predictability but is very believable and has enough mystery and 'action' to keep the listener interested through to the end. There are many different surprises but the apparent research provides credibility and kept me thinking wanting to listen without stopping similar to the Blood Work.

    Harry Bosch is portrayed in many different lights. Vet from the Vietnam era struggling with its impact to life combined with his intense desire to find the truth in the apparent murder of the person found in the pipe and the deep loneliness associated to his 'chosen' profession as a 'protector of the peace'.

    If you enjoy a good cop mystery, then you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1428)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Very engaging and 'believable'"
    Overall
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    This proved much better than anticipated and is engaging until the end. Many different twists and turns creating an amazing novel. I bought the book because of the narrator and Dick Hill didn't disappoint. I normally do not purchase 'FBI' books but this is well worth the read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    A User says: "bravo!!!"
    "Intriguing history of a great actor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, his voice is amazing! The tell of his youth and the struggles to build him into the man he became is amazing. As others stated, it seemed he rambled on and on diminishing the value of the point. There were times when I kept checking how much was left of the book. Overall, the book is very good and I rated it 4 stars but if 3.5 were available that is my selection. I wanted to learn about a man who had tremendous impact on the culture and history of this nation which is why I listened to the book. Additionally, it was recommended as a must listen. I wouldn't say it is a must listen but it is worth listening to at least once. I wouldn't listen to it a second time and would recommend it as a listen for those who enjoy learning about successful people who paved the path in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (683)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Gabe says: "Not the strongest outing of the four books."
    "The best of the series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I listened to book three, I thought it was the 'best' in the series until I listened to this book. Nathan McBride reminds me of a modern day comic book hero but much more believable and engaging in the action. This is one of those books that kept me engaged through the end and would make a tremendous movie for many reasons. Although the other books in the series were great, this is the best with a tremendous story line.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (494)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Slow moving but I am glad I finished the book."
    Overall
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    Where does Code Talker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Talker?

    When they were awarded the gold medal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Looking back on the irony of their chastisement over speaking Navajo then it used to 'save' the country.


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

    Yes, when he returned as a non-stated hero and was treated very poor by a government worker since he was a Navajo


    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening two or three times since it seemed to dwell on certain items that didn't seem relevant until I finished the book. There were times the story moved very slow but I am glad I finished it because it added much value to my view on the importance the Navajos played not only in WWII but other parts of our history.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1156)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Fast paced from the beginning!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Option to Kill the most enjoyable?

    Unlike normal 'super hero' books. The story is much different than the others in the Nathan McBride series but with enough similarity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lauren


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

    Amazing ability to display the character as he illustrates and narrates the book.


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

    Laughter over some of the statements of Lauren and yes I cried a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Best in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essential Oils Business Book: How to Start, Build, and Prosper in the Essential Oils Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christina Calisto-Winslow
    • Narrated By Christina Calisto Winslow
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Discover easy-to-implement success strategies for the essential oils direct sales/network marketing industry. It doesn't matter which essential oil brand you use or which company you are with; you will benefit from this simplified and innovative approach to growing your business. Learn how easy it is to transform your business to increase revenue. It doesn't matter what your background or experience is; you'll be able to learn as you go.

    Frank says: "Overall good information"
    "Overall good information"
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    As other stated, it contains some very good tips. It drag on too long and at times, the author/narrator tripped over the words and her voice became annoying. I recommend the book for anyone getting started in an Essential Oil Business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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