The Outpost is a heartbreaking chronicle of the rotation of soldiers asked to oversee an underfunded, often thankless mission. The goal was to expand the U.S. Army's reach into the remote northeastern Nuristan Province, where insurgents were streaming in from the Pakistan border. But even at the onset, it was clear to those involved that the outpost was one step short of a death trap, situated at the bottom of a valley with difficult access by air and road.
The narration was superb, and the story (after awhile) seemed to blend together. Personal stories of the soldiers, only to eventually find out their common fate.
It was nice to not have to read another Special Forces, Navy Seal, Delta Force etc. self absorbed book. With those books, a common theme surfaces and it ends up being a self love fest of how great they think they are. These guys are REGULAR SOLDIERS, which are the majority of the American military. This is a close look to what life is like for enlisted soldiers (and a few good officers) who scrub toilets in the morning, and fight battles in the evening.
Tapper writes with a journalistic approach, as if you're reading a long article in Newsweek for example.
This is one of the better books out there on the Afghan War, and if you're interested in further reading, definitely check out "Outlaw Platoon."
I very much enjoyed learning about mindfulness and the concepts that entail with the practice. In this lecture, you'll learn how to practice simple basic meditation and how to do so while eating, walking, and sitting as well.
I've studied various types of meditation throughout the years and this was still a learning lesson. The professor was great, as he had an almost "gentle" approach. When I practiced applying some of the methods he lectured on, I could hear his voice in my mind instructing what to look for and how to observe your thoughts while experiencing simple everyday life tasks such as taking a walk. He mentions several Buddhist concepts along the way, but doesn't emphasize that it's mandatory to embrace them. No pressure.
I highly recommend if you're interested in learning more about meditation and mindfulness (living in the present moment)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
There's about a five minute interview with Stiller at the end, where he promotes the movie.
Thank god this was a freebie...
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.
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