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Michael

Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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  • Flashman and the Angel of the Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The tenth volume of 'The Flashman Papers' finds the arch-rotter of the Victorian age unable to resist the lure of a pretty foot. This time, though, his pursuit sets his own feet on a desperate journey in which his disgraceful American past catches up with him. Revenge-ridden old enemies, blackmailing secret societies, escaped slaves, eccentric clergymen; scheming and passionate beauties of assorted colours all await Flashy in the great war against slavery.

    Michael says: "Great use of history"
    "Great use of history"
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    Timothy West is absolutely fantastic reading these books. He does every accent and characterisation perfectly in my mind. GMF has written an excellent book but it isn't the best, most fun or amazing book in the Flashman series. I loved the previous book 'Flashman and the Great Game' and of course 'Flashman', 'Royal Flahsman' are the best, but saying that I did enjoy this book. The most I knew of this bit of history was from an old Errol Flynn movie and the TV series 'North & South', but what I know of history, this book seems spot on. Would love to see these books made into a TV series with varies local actors/actresses playing the roles but alas, it would be almost a logistic impossibility. Added to that the books can be classed as a little too racist and politically incorrect. Probably why I love them so much. This book is worth the listen to and lets hope Timothy West ends up doing the complete series, well at least the ones that where published. Damn shame that George MacDonald Fraser had to up and die. By the way, that isn't what happens in this book, just Flashman gets to play along with John Brown trying to start a revolt in 1859.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "A Thinking Mans Story"
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    You have to think about the story and conversations in this book. It isn't an action adventure and won't make great television. It goes into peoples heads, watches their reactions and you start to feel what every character is going through. Written in the 1860's it was well ahead of its time. I read this book from a religious view point after doing the 'Great Courses' on 'Why Evil Exists'. I am glad I did as this book crosses religious view with psychology and 'man' thinking for himself rather than through some god or establish religious or culture ideology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Barbed Crown: An Ethan Gage Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Dietrich
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Ethan Gage is out to foil Napoleon's coronation as emperor, play double agent between France and England, and turn the tide of war - while attempting to save his own life and his marriage. Gage fought beside Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt and was his agent in Italy, America, and Greece. But this relationship, which at the best of times was uneasy, has gone sour, and now Ethan wants to make Napoleon pay for kidnapping his son, Harry, and nearly killing his wife, Astiza.

    Michael says: "Unbelievable Fun"
    "Unbelievable Fun"
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    William Dietrich has done his research and amazingly kept the story moving along very nicely. This book is a 'joiner' between the previous and the next. You should read them all as close together as possible. Napoleon has changed and Ethan Gage is still trying in this book and succeeding to a point but he is a pawn in powerful men & women plans. His wife is more intelligent, son the same, Sir Sydney Smith less caring and tNelson does not come off looking too brilliant in this book but nice to see a different interpretation of the man for a change. I loved this book and have grown to like William Dietrich writings, William Dufris narration and Ethan Gage adventures. Don't start with this book but don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (177)

    Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Great and you don't have to have read the others"
    "One of the best Sharpe Books"
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    This is classic Sharpe. He is still learning to be an officer but has the respect of his men and now is attached to a regiment. He saves a colour and captures an eagle. This books explains nicely how tactics and battles are fort. Frederick Davidson does an excellent job with narrating it but I have to admit I don't like his Harper's voice. Simonset is annoying but in character. Bernard Cornewell did very well with this book and sets you up nicely to fall in love with the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe’s Havoc: Portugal, 1809

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell crafts a thrilling tale from his immensely popular Richard Sharpe series. In 1809 Lieutenant Sharpe and his riflemen are in Portugal, preparing for Napoleon’s next strike. The smaller English force will probably pull out before it’s too late, but not Sharpe. His orders are to find the missing daughter of an English wine shipper. Just as Sharpe and his men begin their mission, the French launch their punishing assault.

    Corwin says: "Not Exactly Unabridged"
    "Does not sink well the books either side of it but a good read"
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    As this book was written years after Sharpe's Rifles and Sharpe's Eagle it should fit nicely between the two and a few facts don't quite work well. Yes they mention his poor dead estrange wife and child, which are never mentioned in any of the other books besides Sharpe's Trafalgar, and Sharpe's Prey. He thinks about staying behind enemy lines to stay away from the army but the other books describes his longing for the army even though it can treat him with scorn. He knows Arthur Wellsley to talk without any reserve that he has in other books following and he doesn't have the self questioning manner that he has in his other books as he rises in rank. Otherwise, Sharpe gets into trouble, gets out of trouble, gets the bad guy and saves the girl in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Sell When Nobody Is Buying: And How to Sell Even More When They Are

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dave Lakhani
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    You are listening to this this book because you need to make more sales fast in an uncertain time. The pressure to sell has never been higher. But as the economy, your industry, and the markets change, does that really mean that people aren't buying anymore? Of course not. First, you have to understand, it's not your fault. You're struggling because the current model for reaching and converting customers is seriously outdated and no longer works.

    Michael says: "Try another tack"
    "Try another tack"
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    Selling means never standing still but adapting and learning new methods and mind sets. Listen to this book and learn a few skills for the hard times that will come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrating Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ralph Heath
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Celebrating Failure is the definitive how-to manual for leaders seeking to embrace the power of failure as a learning tool to improve their organizations and achieve ever-greater goals. The business world (and, lately, the political arena) is convinced that the number one topic is change. Heath posits that it might well be failure, because if you do it right, failure can become a launching pad for change.

    Michael says: "A Few Pearls of Wisdom"
    "A Few Pearls of Wisdom"
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    Fail quickly and fail often. Well at least don't be afraid of it. Sort of 'Ready, Fire, Aim' approach. Through out Ralph Health career in advertising he has learnt much wisdom and this book is worth listening to. Narrated by T. Ryder Smith who sounds a little old and tired but still does a reasonable job. Why listen to this book, because it tells you that living is trying and trying sometimes ends in failure, well as long as you don't learn from it and keep trying it is failure otherwise it is a step to fulfilment. Listen to this book, what have you got to lose?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

    Joe says: "Historical Fiction at it's best."
    "A great action adventure novel"
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    Lt Richard Sharpe might have come a long way from India, but a fat lot of good it has done him. A Quarter Master in a retreating army that is being harassed to extinction by the enemy. Of course Sharpe gets an opportunity to shine but first he has to win over lost riflemen who would rather kill him than follow him south. This book is great with bad guys, twists and turns and a victorious end to it all. First book I read of the Sharpe series and still my favourite, although Sharpe's Gold is pretty good. Once you get use to Frederick Davidson narration this book is great. He does the voices really well, although the Spanish and French is a little clique. Bernard Cornwell descriptions in this book are spot on and you are transported back to Spain during the winter of 1808 during the Napoleonic Peninsular campaign and you can feel the cold, hunger and shock of battle. It doesn't get much better than this book but it does!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Same Game, New Rules: 23 Timeless Principles for Selling and Negotiating

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Bill Caskey
    • Narrated By Bill Caskey
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Marketing departments aren't providing the leads they should, so it's left up to the sales team to generate their own leads. You must be part marketer, part relationship developer, part closer, and part CEO. Everything in this audiobook is presented with the intent of helping you and your people develop a strategy for translating or communicating your value in a manner that helps you get paid for that value in the marketplace.

    Jeffrey says: "Thank you Bill Caskey"
    "Good Advice"
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    Not a hard listen too and very similar to Bill Caskey's Podcast. Take the intro advice and listen to this often and in short amounts. It will help you overcome some road blocks to modern selling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logic: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Graham Priest
    • Narrated By Craig Jessen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. In this lively and accessible introduction, Graham Priest shows how wrong this conception is. He explores the philosophical roots of the subject, explaining how modern formal logic deals with issues ranging from the existence of God and the reality of time to paradoxes of probability and decision theory. Along the way, the basics of formal logic are explained in simple, non-technical terms, showing that logic is a powerful and exciting part of modern philosophy.

    Andrew H. says: "Very sloppy reasoning"
    "Not an easy listen"
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    Pull out a pen & paper and when they start talking algebra, start scratching otherwise you'll become lost in the argument. As an introduction, it is okay, but it will not necessarily make you smarter, just open your mind. Prepare to do more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sales Bible: The Ultimate Sales Resource

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Gitomer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Gitomer
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (106)

    Jeffrey Gitomer's best selling work in which he shares his tips on how to be a successful salesperson has a new edition and is now available on audio. He provides motivational advice and practical techniques for initiating, maintaining, and closing a sales presentation.

    Mark says: "Much better in book form"
    "Get this book and get selling"
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    If you are new to sales, this book is excellent, if you are in the game and need some direction, then this book is gold. Jeffrey doesn't mince words but he does tell you how it is and how it can be. He paces out this book nicely and his style is unique and entertaining. One point he makes is to have fun and that is my kind of advice I like to hear. Who said work can't be fun. He is good and I think this book will make you good at your type of sales. Not a book of 'if you believe you can' or the new sales is all about finding yourself but rather a good slant on the whole business of what sales is about and what you need to work at to make it work for you. Good book, great man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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