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Rand Vollmer

20208 Heritage Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33647 | Member Since 2011

  • 12 reviews
  • 625 ratings
  • 687 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Ender's Shadow

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Michael Gross

    In Ender's Game, child-hero Ender Wiggin battles a deadly alien race and wins. Now Card tells the story of Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist and his friend, the only one who was with him in the final battle.

    Randy says: "Excellent book, poor production"
    "excellent complement to Ender's Game"

    Great storytelling - and character development. Read/listen to Ender's Game first.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ricardo S. Sanchez
    • Narrated By Ricardo S. Sanchez

    Wiser in Battle is the first book about the war in Iraq by an on-site commander. Former Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez served as Commander of Coalition Ground Forces from June 2003 to June 2004. Wiser in Battle offers the full story of his tenure, providing a first-hand account of Saddam Hussein's capture, the battle of Fallujah, and the never-ending quest to take out Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

    Stacey says: "Eye-opening overview of the first missteps in Iraq"
    "A good man given mission impossible"

    I worked for LTG Sanchez in Baghdad. Don't agree with some of his politics, but have tremendous respect for his extraordinary efforts in an impossible situation. Sanchez's reading of his book helps one understand what really went on in Iraq during 2003 and 2004.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Influence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

    A User says: "lecanady"
    "character development lacking"

    Reader was good, storyline interesting, but book could have been much better. An example -When author described the main character as having been a professional athlete - makes one wonder why he was not described as having played three years of triple A ball for the Yankees. Many of the charactors could have come to life, but they did not.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Syed
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

    Joao Coelho says: "Very eye opening"
    "a knockoff of Gladwell"

    Very interesting book if you've never read Malcom Gladwell's work - if you have, don't waste your time on Bounce.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Kilcullen
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge."Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror.

    Krista M. Haas says: "Excellent if advanced"
    "A must read for military and politicians"

    Kilcullen makes sense of the asymmetric battlefield: what works, what does not, and why. Anyone who has been or will be going to Iraq or Afghanistan will appreciate this work. All of our politicians need to read this book. Others may find it boring in part because the reader reads very precisely (slowly), including a painful reading of hundreds of acronyms at the beginning that no one will remember anyway – this makes sense in the written version as a reference, but should not have been included in the audible version. Minor error: MNFI is Multi National Forces Iraq, not Multi National Forces One. Kilcullen deserves 5 stars – packaging of his spoken version cost him a star.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "No Lion's Game"

    Lion's Game was one of my all time favorites. This book did not come close. I didn't like the characters, the plot, nor the reader. I know the author thinks this is his best work, but I disagree.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "not for me - ever"

    If you like books with a lesbian criminal as the protagonist, maybe you will like this book - seems many folks did. I'm just sorry I wasted three hours of my life trying to find a reason to continue listening. Alas, I could not.

    1 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Sales Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chet Holmes
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald

    The only lasting way to enhance your productivity and growth is to focus on a handful of basic concepts and repeat them week after week - and teach your staff to do the same. This audiobook explains how to tune up virtually every area of your business systematically, with just a little disciplined focus. Spend an hour per week on each "impact area" of your business, and you will be astonished at how much you can accomplish.

    Sandy says: "Ok if you are selling carpet cleaning services."
    "good info, none new, author ego gets in way"

    It is hard for me to appreciate a self help book written by an author who is so wonderful that he was always the top producer and never lost a client. I am listening to "The Knack" now and for me, it is much better at delivering a message. Unlike Chet Holmes, Norm Brodsky actually uses his own mistakes to inform the listener. There is nothing new in this book, but there are many good ideas which may or may not be appropriate for your type of selling/business.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
    The Millionaire Mind.

    Mason says: "Light Went on in My Head"
    "Important insight"

    Wish I had read this one years ago. Have your kids read it too, it will provide motivation that is more valuable than anything else you might try to give them. Bottom line, it explains via examples, just why high income and wealth often have inverse correlation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Success Mastery Academy

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy

    Brian Tracy has spent more than 20,000 hours researching and reading on the subject of personal and business success. This is the most comprehensive and advanced seminar on personal success and achievement ever developed. This 16-segment audio program reveals how to set goals, make more money, simplify your life, and supercharge your career.

    J. Sherman says: "Best self help program on Audible"
    "Dated and overpriced"

    I have read/listened to quite a few self help books and there is little that is new in "Success Mastery Academy." I like Brian Tracy and it was because I really enjoyed his book "Goals" that I downloaded this one. It is a shame though that he disparages Dale Carnegie even though much of his approach and content seem to come right out of a Dale Carnegie seminar. I also was not keen on the format of this book (taped seminars to large audiences - many seemed to be dating back into the 90s). I truly believe that those looking for good self help books to listen to would be better off spending two credits on Carnegie's "How to win Friends" and Covey's "Seven Habits" or "The 8th Habit." "What Matters Most" by Smith is also very good.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie

    The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

    Scott says: "History not Politics"
    "interesting but flawed"

    An excellent read/listen, which describes in great detail many of the mistakes that we made in our early days in Iraq...I served as Chief of Operations for the Baghdad CJTF-7 Headquarters in 2003 and early 2004. Unfortunately, Ricks relies far too heavily on criticisms from BG Janis Karpinsky and MG Chuck Swannack, quoting both extensively throughout the book. Both Karpinski's and Swannack's opinions are far from objective, so to base many of his findings on their comments is not honest journalism. As CJTF-7 Commanding General, LTG Sanchez held what could arguably be the toughest job in recent history of our Military. Ricks' slanderous characterization of Sanchez is unfair, way off base, and discredits what is otherwise an interesting and important book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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