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Patrick

I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.

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  • A Rumor of War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Caputo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

    Howard says: "Howie"
    "Want Vietnam? You got it"
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    The events within this book will stay with you for quite a long time. Vivid descriptions of jungle life and what the soldiers felt are told in easy to understand ways. However, I cannot say that this beats "Dispatches." Yes, you do get a first hand account of how hard soldiers had it, BUT, I have to say I felt more "emotion" with Dispatches. A Rumor of War is a good book, although not my favorite Vietnam book. It's definitely worth a try if you're searching around for a good wartime novel. I swear I've heard the narrator on some voice over on goofy blooper shows and commercials. I just didn't feel he "fit" the overall message the story was trying to portray.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "Exceptional Piece of Work"
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    Remarkable. I won't say it reads (sounds) like a novel because it is history, good history. But it draws you in like a novel and is as well-written as a good novel. It is not just a biography of Johnson, it is a biography of a time and a place. And it is drawn so vividly that one feels anxieties about the outcome of events that were long ago decided.

    Being a resident of the Texas Hill Country, I'm always seeking to learn more about the history of this great area. Not only is LBJ the main subject, but topics such as the challenges of early hill country life are highlighted as well. Reflecting on those moments, one can't help but have respect for those that came to the area with just a wagon in tow.

    Caro writes in a way that makes you remember the subject, and combine that with Grover Gardner (narrator) telling the story, you've got yourself a perfect combination.

    While this audiobook is quite long, it's best to treat it like a fine bourbon...sip...not gulp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (832)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Random Thoughts Albeit Interesting"
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    This is basically some random thoughts by Pressfield. He makes some valid points and it was a decent listen. He describes his struggles with creating stories and the failures that entail with aspiring authors. This was my first Pressfield writing, and I enjoyed it. Not too long, but not too short either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (204)

    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Sherri says: "Everyone should be reading this book!"
    "Exposes Harsh Realities of Justice System"
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    Don't expect to walk away from this book feeling great. Taibbi takes you on a journey of corporate cronies who'll never see a jail cell, and compares them to the regulars who get thrown in jail for just about anything a cop feels like putting on the police report. He gives stories that will make you angry at the whole system. There's no political favors in the book either, it's pretty even down the isle.

    There are some parts that will completely go over your head and when you're about to say out loud "huh?" The authors says, "Confused yet?" Then he explains it in an easier way.

    By the end I was a little fatigued with hearing the contrast between bankers who swindled millions and flew off into the sunset, and regulars who just try and make it through each month with a paycheck.

    The narrator Ray Porter is the best in the business, can't go wrong with him.

    Overall: This book will make you think twice about police, justice system, and bankers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (595)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    I must say I really didn't know what to expect when delving into this monumental piece of work. However, after researching the reviews and having toured the Johnson Ranch plus living in Austin, it seemed somewhat essential to read.

    Caro is the unrivaled master of weaving the minutia into a grand tapestry. He never fails to set the historical stage for each moment of Johnson's career, and that's never more important than it is in the year's covered in this book -- 1960 to 1964 -- the years he lost to John F. Kennedy in the Democratic primary, became his running mate in the 1960 general election, and then assumed power upon Kennedy's assassination in 1963. It's at that moment, the moment of the assassination, that this book truly hits its stride.

    I recommend if you're randomly searching for a biography. I'm currently starting the first book in this series now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (395)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Lela says: "insightful, deep and highly entertaining"
    "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
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    I've been around the block with the self-help books. From Chopra to countless others and wish this book was around years ago. It's basically a long news segment on an industry that can prey on people in their most vulnerable state of mind.

    Harris gives fair assessment to the big names of the industry that he interviews and makes the reader think that he's finally found something that works, then he slams it by cutting through the BS. He's highly skeptical and doesn't get fooled easily, which I like. Out of the many books I've gotten here on Audible, this is one of the few that I can say was actually beneficial. I'm not saying I won't venture back into the realm of self-help topics, but I'll be more cautious and analytical next time.

    I highly recommend as a pre-read before trying the works of Chopra or Tolle.

    If this review helped you please click the button below...thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Daniel Coyle spent the last few years traveling around the world and meeting with top coaches, teachers, and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens. Now he has taken his groundbreaking research and boiled it down to the essentials: 52 simple, proven rules for developing and growing talent in sports, art, music, business, or just about anything.

    Patrick says: "Even a bad golfer can benefit from this book"
    "Even a bad golfer can benefit from this book"
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    I had first heard of Daniel Coyle on a podcast discussing his other book "The Talent Code." While researching that I stumbled upon this book, and boy did it help me.

    Here's my story: I've been trying to improve on my golf game within the past year, and became progressively worse after a period of time. My frustration almost led me to quit all together. Then I listened to this book. Yes, I know how that sounds, but I must say it's true.

    The book taught me what exactly "deep" practice was, and how to gain improvement within each session, no matter how small the amount. This made me think about what my own practice habits to acquire a new skill consisted of, and how I was doing it completely wrong. I was hitting as many balls as I could within an hour on the range, and not really correcting or concentrating on my mistakes. (One of the many things I'd been doing wrong)

    So I started taking the advice of the book and focusing on the quality of my practice, rather than the quantity. Each mistake I made, I immediately didn't hit another ball, instead, I analyzed the mistake and swung extremely slow, essentially not even hitting the ball. A few weeks later, I was vastly improving each time I hit the range to practice. This was so relieving to me b/c I went months with little to no improvement, actually going backwards at times.

    Although I did benefit from this book, I will say that utilizing some of the techniques and sticking with them requires determination and yes, HARD WORK. However, if you listen (read) intently to this book, and figure out how to apply it to the skill (mine being golf) that you're desiring to learn, then you will improve too.

    I'm convinced now that talent really is overrated in some aspects. An "expert" in any field has to put in vast amounts of practice, almost to the point of being obsessed. (See the 10,000 hour rule.) While some people may have better hand/eye coordination etc., overall, becoming proficient at anything requires work. This book will teach you how to get the most out of the work you put into a new skill. Now all you (the listener/reader) have to do is ask yourself this question....HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tao of Pooh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hoff
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (521)

    Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

    Gavin says: "Simply Pooh"
    "Requires Multiple Listens"
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    While this book has a nice easy pace, it can be a little confusing at times. I found myself wanting the author to get to the point occasionally. There are some good lessons on Taoism, but I'll need another listen. When I finished I didn't feel like I grasped as much as I anticipated. Still a decent short listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (2660)
    Performance
    (2367)
    Story
    (2394)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Basically a movie promo"
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    While I did discover that Ben Stiller would be a decent audiobook narrator, the overall premise of this is to promote the movie. It's starts out interesting but there didn't seem to be much of an overall story.

    Here's what it boils down to basically...a guy that daydreams a lot.
    That's it.

    There's about a five minute interview with Stiller at the end, where he promotes the movie.

    Thank god this was a freebie...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "A Near Masterpiece - Must Read for WW2 Buffs"
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    I thought this was a fantastic study of Nimitz & other players in the Pacific War. I've read quite a lot of WW2 books and this would be among the books that I'd recommend. The author gives superb details, yet not to the point of overloading the reader (listener.) If you enjoyed "The Pacific" miniseries and want to learn more, this is the book to start with.

    Grover Gardener is as always, melodic, and his style flows along smoothly. I didn't speed this book up at all during the listen, and I've only done that for one other book..."Unbroken."

    You will enjoy this book...I promise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Hell and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Audie Murphy
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Audie Murphy was a desperately poor eighteen-year-old orphan when he joined the Army, nineteen when he first saw a buddy die from an enemy bullet and an enemy die from one of his own. By VE day, he had killed at least 240 Germans, had single-handedly destroyed a German tank in one battle and held off six tanks in another, and had become the most decorated soldier in American history, winning every medal his country offered, including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    charles says: "Great book by one of the true American heroes"
    "Puts you in the place & time along with him"
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    Murphy didn't just write a dry narrative, he wrote a factual work complete with dialogue that bears a close resemblance to today's American grunt dialect. The story is straightforward, engaging, exciting, and insightful. Murphy's depiction of the honest and intimate banter between soldiers is reason enough to read this book. The way that men speak to one another during a time of war is something that most people never encounter, let alone understand. Murphy captures the camaraderie known to those who have shared combat and exhaustion. The men and their actions aren't glorified or demonized, just passed along as Murphy saw and experienced them.

    Tom Parker (Grover Gardener) excels as a narrator and doesn't disappoint.

    Recommended for fans of historical non-fiction, WW2 buffs, and those who find amazement in the Medal of Honor and other military citations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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