All students of war, battle, fighting and especially the officer cadet should read/study this book. John Keegan brings to light some interesting thoughts that any man-of-arms should know and have learnt from. Many people see battle as a breakdown of human nature whilst others the heights of achievements but I believe John Keegan has put it into perspective that shows it as part of human nature and a by-product of the society we live in. Industrialisation, mechanisation have played their roll however so has culture like religion and honour. I do find his assumptions of the future of battle a little naive but his study backs-up his summary.
I loved this book as it was so much in tuned with my own study in this area however I do need to read not only his source material if possible, but continue to read my own pursuits. I will never complete this hobby reading but it is a passion. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view with my studies, I have never been in combat and so this will hopefully always be an armchair study but this book is excellent in helping me move to a little more understanding of the face of battle.
I hope his other books are made into audio format.
Damian Lewis is an excellent actor however his voice isn't James Bond. He does the accents brilliantly especially the American but he sounds like an old uncle reading 'Toad of Toad Hall'. Ian Fleming has done better books, the first three in this series had more story structure and believability. The term 'and one thing lead to another' seems to fit this book. The book was written in 1956 and the cliché characters match the subject, but everything seems too easy for 007 and nothing, even a good beating can't slow him down. Not the best of Ian Fleming books.
We all work with someone who makes your life hell but you can't put your finger on it. They are right, you are wrong and yet you end up paying for it with no reward, promotion or job. They seem to do it for no reason. This book explains why, how and what to do about it. Up to reading this passive aggressive was the key title, now I have met the enemy and I will never back down again. I am armed and ready for action. Lets hope I am not one of them. That is the only weakness to this book. It could of asked if you yourself are a covert aggressive without even knowing it and if you are, what action you should take to correct your behaviour. Once you get use to Keving Foley's narration the book is fine to listen to and moves along nicely. Not too long as some of these books tend to be, and it is well backed up by references and research. Not just pop-psychology.
Very easy to follow and a great introduction to the world of economics. Rather long, but worth it if you want to catch onto economics. Professor Timothy Taylor is excellent at presenting the stuff and I must admit I was lost sometimes, which indicates to me I probably should do a second listening. Excellent course.
Expecting Chief Inspector Foyle from Foyle's War TV show I was pleasantly surprised at Michael Ktichen's versatility. He is really quite good. The story is a little confusing in parts but what murder mystery isn't? Aurelia Zen takes a little time to warm to but by the end of the book, he is like an old friend that you love to see. The writing of Michael Dibdin is nice and refreshing. I hope the complete series comes out and it would be nice if Michael Kitchen does the honours. A good book, a good listen, a good piece of work. Worth the listen to, especially late at night whilst you are driving home with nothing to bother you like traffic or your passenger wanting to 'talk'.
I am doing a little study of this battle and this was the first book I have listen to on the subject. It covers the battle and much of the history around the Lakota perspective. It covers areas such as weapons, moral etc but it skims over the American's/Europeans side of things which is fine as I am sure I could get that from other books. This book covers the 'Indian' side of things well. I wish I could get this much coverage from the opposite side in other histories of battles.
Johseph M. Marshall III narrates his book well and his voice sounds like what you would expect a wise Lakota man to sound like.
Although this book makes it clear that the Lakota has had a rather bad time of it, he makes it clear that they are a resilient people who are pragmatic and noble.
Having not looked at both sides yet it would be wrong to judge the battle yet although I am sure from what I have studied of US history when someone saids "Trust me, I'm from the Government" they had the United States Government in mind and why we should run!
Those naughty Nazi's are up to no good and bent on ruling the world. A little high fetched but believable and the book does not drag on with details and coincidences. Characters are real, Simon Vance reads the book nicely with excellent accents and Ira Levin did a great job throwing it all together. The movie with Gregory Peck and Sir Lawrence Olivier is also good. Worth the read, listen to and watching.
Tried to get into this hypnosis stuff but kept falling to sleep. Don't know if it would work as I slept through most of it and who knows, it might.
I was knocked out once. Nothing. Can't even remember the time I was out. I am guessing death is the same. I am also finding this book to back up a lot of my other ideas. Your brain has to make sense out of the world, stimuli and memories and so fills it in with voices, ghosts and flying saucers. Then you have to make up a reason for all this, after all it can't just be me otherwise I would fit in better, surely! Well Michael Shemer explains it all, lost me a little in the bit about the universe and alternative universes, but I will go back to that another time. Once you listen to Michael, who narrates his (not the best to listen to but passable) book, you start to see that it might just be time to stop believing and get on with it, living that is. He dose not say it does not exist, but as a scientist, or at least someone using science, just because it does not have a normal reason does not mean it is supernormal, it means we just don't have a normal answer yet. Worth listening to and once you have, you can discuss with your brainy intelligent friends his theories and feel a little more wiser than the 'spoon benders'.
Three stories in one. Helps covers the mixed emotions and explores lost, guilt, anger and decisions outcomes from different perspectives. The stories on there own don't amount to much, but together they work effectively. Simon Vance does an excellent job narrating this book and his accents are quite good, but it would take an Briton to really judge.
I liked the book and think it is worth listening to for some light drama.
This books starts off with a nice sceptic view and moves into spooky nicely and then just ridiculous. Come on, why would demons trouble themselves with us. Why do you have to go through so much administration and pseudo waffle to get rid of them. I am the first to admit that science does not have answers for everything but demonic forces and fallen angles, REALLY!
Makes for good movies this stuff but it is pure entertainment. Things that go bump in the night. No real science has even come close to proving this stuff. I am sure it is all a government conspiracy of alien forces controlled by secrete religious organisations within religious organisation who are pulling the string, or some evil agency who does not have our best interest at heart.
Todd Haberkorn does a good job narrating the book and Gerald Brittle's writing is clear and well versed.
I think you either believe this material or you don't. I guess my question is if there is demonic forces why aren't the angles taking care of business, seems they are asleep on the job.
Never the less I suggest if you are not committed to either side of the debate, listen to a sceptic book at the same time and start to make up your own mind. Lastly, is the book worth listening to, yes if you like a little spooky entertainment, however if you are looking for answers no.
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