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Gavriel

Austin, TX | Member Since 2015

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 115 purchased in 2015
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  • Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can mean the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of 68 soldiers in the US Army's Second Ranger Battalion, Company D - "Dog Company" - who made that difference, time and again. America had many heroes in World War II; however, few can say that, but for them, the course of the war would have been very different. The right men, the right place, the right time - Dog Company.

    Erik says: "A solid work on a specific topic"
    "On par with the best; Band of Brothers, etc"
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    A quick introduction to my ratings...everyone has their own views so you should know what mine are so my review may be of help
    ***** - 5 Stars, an all time great that I would want to read every year
    **** - 4 Stars, a good book that I would be willing to read again
    *** - 3 Stars, an average book, glad I read but would not read again
    ** - 2 Stars, I finished but was sorry I did and would not recommend it
    * - 1 Star, i could not even finish it

    I list my recommendation if you were my friend, my overall thoughts and then list the 2 things I liked best and the 2 things I liked least about the book. This is not conclusion, rather a 1 min review.

    Recommendation - If you like military history, i.e. books like With the Old Breed, Band of Brothers, etc, I highly recommend this book.
    Overall,this book is another tribute to the brutality of war and the hearts of the WWII generation. They speak of many battles as the summary describes. It is not sugar coated, the author pulls no punches in romanticizing war.

    Best
    1. The description of life in battle pulled no punches. The author also expanded on the quotes, attributing them to the interview or source, so the reader knows they were not the author's narrative, they were from interviews, 1st hand accounts. I appreciate that as many authors like to add to it.

    2. I enjoyed the ending when the author spoke of what came of the members of Dog Company, it is good to hear how their lives ended up!

    Least
    1. There is little to say here. I would have enjoyed more background to what was going on big picture, not just the 1st hand accounts, but that would have made for a much longer story.

    2. There really was nothing major I did not like about this book. It will come down to personal preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1107)

    Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

    Daniel Klaussen says: "Great business book rendered nearly unlistenable"
    "Amazing true story that really teaches"
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    This was an exceptional story about growing and adapting to the challenges and no matter what, a company can find a way to keep its edge it had as a small company. Ed taught us through narratives and examples how problems changed as Pixar grew. Even when it was bought out by Disney, the problems changed. That meant their problem solving methods had to adapt.
    A beautiful tale that tells a beautiful story about the impact people have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2702)
    Story
    (2708)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Great...but where's the ending"
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    I am a huge Grisham fan...read every book.
    This was a classic...until the end when it didn't end!

    I've had a few choice words for some of the endings but they ended. This book leaves almost everything still open. Very disappointing.
    That being said, the book was great. Again, I learned so much about a different part of the legal world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3686)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3349)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Wow...so powerful"
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    This is no light read.
    I have read more then ½ dozen SEAL books and more then 20 military 1st person books about OEF/OIC. I have known people who have fought and served in Afg myself.
    This book is the most powerful and emotionally potent book I have read explaining what it means to be part a higher calling and a member of an elite fighting force.
    This is no BS, gloves off.
    Such an amazing read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2216)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1706)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Epic insight into one Navy Seals mindset"
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    This book is an epic insight into one Navy Seal's mindset. It doesn't come across as a "look at how awesome I am."
    This is a book as seen if the reader was a fly on the wall. Very down to earth with many insights into the authors defeats as well as victories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Hedge Fund: How I made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy Sykes
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Timothy Sykes turned $12,000 of Bar Mitzvah gift money into $1.65 million by trading thousands of stocks from 1999 to 2002. He managed the number-one Short Bias Hedge Fund from 2003 to 2006, starred in the television documentary Wall Street Warriors, and appeared regularly on CNBC - all before the age of 26. It's been a wild ride.

    Jan says: "Ok but something is missing"
    "A great insiders story"
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    Hedge fund managers are prohibited from speaking to the public in pretty much anyway. Timothy closed his and speaks bluntly about the industry.
    Bigger then that he tells how he started from his college dorm room with a curiosity...he's not the next Warren Buffet but he opens the curtains on how the stock market can be cracked by watching the patterns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (940)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Teri Ambrose says: "Inspirational, quick read"
    "A unique perspective on what the truth is"
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    This book was enjoyable and thought provoking "essay" on telling the truth.
    I enjoyed it because it reminded you that your ultimate cause may not be served by telling even white lies.
    The flipside of that coin is that it does require the speaker to perform verbal jujitsu to accomplish there goal in the least offensive way possible. For example do I look fat in these jeans? A friend could reply no John no one would say you look fat but I could see why you would feel better if you lost 15 pounds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Power Part 2: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Moises Naim
    • Narrated By Moises Naim, Don Hagen
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Power is shifting - from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from corporate leviathans to nimble start-ups, and from presidential palaces to public squares. But power is also changing, becoming harder to use and easier to lose. As a result, argues award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím, all leaders have less power than their predecessors, and the potential for upheaval is unprecedented.

    Addicted to Amazon says: "Power is changing, this books tells you how"
    "Power is changing, this books tells you how"
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    This book is exceptional in its examination of current trends in power.
    What is power? He defines it in the beginning.
    Already know it is changing, you can skip his research in ch 1-10...go straight to the who cares and what does it mean for me in Ch 11.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Use a Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Jim Rohn
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (107)

    Jim Rohn's insights and guidance show you how to use a major tool he has used over the past 39 years for gathering and collecting ideas and experiences. Your journal could be one of the most important legacies you leave behind, so learn how to craft it and use it to achieve your dreams.

    Rene says: "My best buy this year so far"
    "It's an intro book to a very essential topic"
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    I will boil it down to its basic elements.

    Always have a notebook & pen nearby. Then write in it. That's it. The rest is details, like don't write your grocery list, write big ideas like a why you want to change your diet or try a new type of food or...
    Jim does a good job telling you what to and not to write in it. He gets side tracked and such but comes back to the point, just do it; carry the notebook everywhere then write when you have idea.
    If you think you need a fancy book go for it. If you think you need a fancy filing system you don't. Just leave the first couple pages blank, when you fill it up go back and write in an index.
    Ok back to my journal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector Part 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Addicted to Amazon says: "Back to original form"
    "Back to original form"
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    I have read all the books in this series after getting hooked by the original 5 books. Recently they had been trending toward long on details and while being amazingly accurate of military specs were short on plot development and action, not to mention plot twists and surprises.
    This book changed all that. Not only is it extremely relevant given today's reliance on technology, but also the sometimes strained relationship with China.
    There were surprises and twists all along.
    This renewed my faith in Clancy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2538)
    Performance
    (2049)
    Story
    (2048)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Do yourself a favor, skip to the end"
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    If you know nothing about what defines a psychopath (supposedly 10% of us are) then read the last 15% of the book. If you understand the basis of a psychopath (that many CEO and successful business people actually score the same as serial killers) then don't bother.
    The book has lots of details and reads like a novel which is great except it's suppose to be telling you about the Psychopath Test. Well it doesn't do this until the end, last 15% of the book.
    I wanted to like it and can't saying, this is interesting but what does it have to do with the story...or this is boring does this have anything to do with the story? It did not until the end. It could have been a 1 hour book. The ending was ok, it told me things I already knew about "psychopaths" so it felt like wasted time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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