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  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Borneman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

    Andy says: "war wasn't simpler 75 years ago"
    "Human Valor and Vanity Revealed in Naval Command"
    Where does The Admirals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the more enjoyable, listenable and interesting.

    What other book might you compare The Admirals to and why?

    I also enjoyed Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I just love the military detail intertwined with dramatic storytelling. The Admirals provided a full perspective on the group of men it took to win a war, not only at sea on two fronts but on land in Washington. Whether it's Louis Zamperini in Unbroken or any of the four admirals in this book you learn about, by far most people have no idea as to the extent of sacrifices that those in the military make, yesterday or today.

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

    Have not listened to his other readings.

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

    The author and performer relay the tale of the loss to Admiral Leahy of his wife due to illness, in a way that leaves no doubt to the reader that this man truly loved his wife.

    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend this audiobook to WWII, U.S. Navy and general military/political history fans. There's "a little bit more" to Halsey, Nimitz, Leahy and King than you learned in U.S. History class.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

    Tim says: "Great Book - Interesting and Sad Story"
    "Likely the best rock bio I've ever read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Room Full of Mirrors to be better than the print version?

    All I do is listen to audiobooks. My opinion is that audio is never better nor worse than print. It's just different.

    Who was your favorite character and why? favorite character - BESIDES JIMI HENDRIX - would be his father. What a piece of work this guy was. You have to read this book to believe it.

    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

    Jimi Hendrix - Mr. James really tells a gripping story of Hendrix's outlandish success and unfortunate tragedy.

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

    Not really. Pretty heavy personal stuff, and a lot of detail. But an incredible journey.

    Any additional comments?

    My favorite rock music bio of all time!

    I have a rather long round-trip commute to downtown DC each day, but it goes a lot faster thanks to incredible story-telling, as the author Charles Cross delivered in this biography of Mr. Hendrix. I was only 13 when he died, but remember an otherwise responsible baby-sitter earlier showing off his new Electric Ladyland album.

    Terrific "experience" and incredible work by Mr. Cross!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This was the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constituted a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presented her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.

    steve says: "Must listen"
    "A Lot Of Redundancy. You Can Say That Again."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ayn Rand makes excellent, well-researched points early on. Then, just won't let go. The constant restating of her points begins to wear thin. I stuck through, but it was work.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Ayn Rand? Why or why not?

    Not right away. I probably should have read "Atlas Shrugged" first. I'm not eager to try it now.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    None sticks out.

    Do you think Capitalism needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Isn't going to come too soon from Ms. Rand, I expect.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are already a die-hard capitalist, this book will reaffirm everything you already know and believe. I'm not sure that Ayn Rand's zealotry stands the test of time. Some of her theories, especially about companies' naturally seeking to do the right thing, simply do not hold true, especially in the food and drug industry category.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Awesome story"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I'm not so sure that I'd ever listen to this again, but not because it was poor. Quite the opposite.

    It was a once-in-a-lifetime story about a guy who only comes along once a century. I'm not sure there's ever been anyone quite like Steve Jobs. I was never a big fan, but always respected him.

    Walter Isaacson has a tall order. How do you exceed expectations when your subject is a larger-than-life character such as Mr. Jobs?

    Isaacson delivers superbly.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Isaacson expertly wove all the intricate parts together. Always moving, always sharing, always opening up new revelations about a marvelous man.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When we read about Steve Jobs proving his Dad wrong, innocently enough, with a demonstration of electronic conductivity in the family driveway that his Dad swore was impossible.

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

    Think. (His Life.) Different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Interesting story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Interesting story...a little slow...a little predictable. I enjoyed it, but it feels as though it's written for middle-schoolers. Not a bad way to spend the morning and evening commutes. A bit disappointed in the ending. Worth a listen, and you most likely won't be disappointed. Judge for yourself.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rue or however you spell her name.

    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Average performance. The problem with a lot of audio books, I find, is that the reading is good, but the production is poor. For example, the timing is off frequently. Where there should be pauses for emphasis, even just a second or two from chapter to chapter, in this book the narrator just plows ahead. I don't blame the reader. I blame lack of quality editing and production.

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

    See the future. It ain't pretty!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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