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Daniel W Belew

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  • The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding story, poor narration"
    "Great Telling of a Tough Fight"
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    Where does The Last Stand of Fox Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 1/3. It is a great telling of Marines in combat. As a Marine, I am probably partial to these kind of stories.

    Overall, the combat and the conditions are told with detail enough to make you a little cold and a little nervous while you listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Stand of Fox Company?

    Any of the moments when wounded men, that many would say should have been evacuated (but couldn't be) would be bandaged up enough to continue to fight for their brothers.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he does a great job of adding tension and emphasis when needed.


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

    True Tale of the Frozen Chosin


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding what makes Marines tick.
    Also, a great title from the Marine Corps Professional Reading List. Recommended for Staff Sergeant, 1st Lieutenant, and CWO3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Nation Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States emerged from its inauspicious beginning as a tiny newborn nation, to a near-empire that spanned the continent. It was a time in which the “dream of our founders” spread in ways that few men of that Revolutionary Generation could possibly have imagined. And it was an era that led to the great, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil War.

    Blake says: "Lesser known subtexts to the standard stories"
    "Ended Suddenly"
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    The book covered the characters with such depth and intensity; yet, I felt surprised that it was over so suddenly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5295)
    Performance
    (2825)
    Story
    (2827)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Afterword"
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    Story

    I particularly liked the fact that the author came back after further thought and research and adjusted how closely correlated one of his points was. The additional thought and clarification was enlightening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (5562)
    Performance
    (4872)
    Story
    (4890)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Overcome Adversity"
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    A great topic and great discussion. With a portion of the story dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am glad to have read this over the MLK weekend. It also has a great section on dyslexia and I have family members that have struggled with this disorder and I recommended that they read the book as a testament to understanding their struggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1775)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Just Plain Awesome"
    "Great Cast"
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    A great set of stories narrated by one of the best collections of famous names I've seen.

    ...and it is Free!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (2281)
    Story
    (2265)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Great Addition to the Story"
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    If you could sum up The Wind Through the Keyhole in three words, what would they be?

    Another Story Within


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    **Limited Spoiler**
    The final battle, great detailed description of conflict and combative movement.


    What three words best describe Stephen King’s performance?

    Limited character differentiation


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

    Hard to avoid any spoilers but there are many inspirational moments regarding Tim and his mother.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great example of Stephen King being able to weave a story within a story within a story. My favorite part of the book, which I think was why King felt he needed to tell the tale, was Tim Stoutheart's story within Roland's story, within King's series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Peloponnesian War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald Kagan
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    For almost three decades at the end of the fifth century BC the ancient world was torn apart in a conflict that was, within its historical context, as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the great world wars of the 20th century. The Peloponnesian War pitted Greek against Greek: the Athenians, with their glorious empire, rich legacy of democracy and political rights, and extraordinary cultural achievement, against the militaristic, oligarchic Spartan state.

    B. Leddy says: "Good supplement to the real thing"
    "Historical Parallels Abound"
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    What did you love best about The Peloponnesian War?

    Obtaining a better grasp on what caused the war, what happened during the war, and what the outcome was.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How much it ties into events that still occur in international relationships to this day.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the battles on Cyprus and the Athenian fleet when they left for Cyprus were amazing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I knew it would be too long to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a lover of history, international relations, or military action you should listen to this book.

    The only frustrating part was the significance of the people involved in this conflict and how I had no clue how to spell their ancient Greek names since I read this as an audiobook instead of on paper.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    John C. Maxwell combines insights from 30-plus years of leadership with observations from business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict to bring you a revealing study of the laws of leadership that govern your personal and organizational effectiveness.

    Michael says: "21 Laws of Leadership?"
    "Amazingly Inspirational, Not Instructional"
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    What did you love best about The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership?

    Helps to keep me focused on leadership and motivated to be a better leader by providing ideas and concepts on which to base my leadership style.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No real story. He has many small stories included to represent specific ideas.


    Have you listened to any of John C. Maxwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to 360 Degree Leadership and I liked both. My current position lends itself more directly to 360 Degree Leadership, but all of the fundamentals of 21 Irrefutable Laws can still fall under the conceptual structure presented in 360 Degree Leadership.


    Any additional comments?

    Read by the author, a practiced orator. Easy to listen to and understand. No great production, no additional actors playing specific roles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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