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David

I read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.

CYPRESS, TX, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • The Austrian Case for the Free Market Process: Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Peterson
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) were perhaps the foremost defenders of the free market and limited government during the mid-twentieth century ascendancy of Keynesian economics.

    CESAR says: "Keep it simple"
    "Hayek, von Mises foretold challenges to US economy"
    Overall

    Ludwig von Mises and his student, Friedrich Hayek, winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize, described the causes of the rise of socialism and facsism in Nazi Germany in the 1930's: the loss of individual freedoms in the marketplace, in favor of the state, which came to assume more and more power and control over Europe's citizenry. These brilliant economists simply the explanation of the path whereby the individual, wanting to be taken care of, cedes more and more freedom to government, run by men who in their lust for increasing power, intervene more and more in private affairs. This book, a synopsis of the works of both Mises and Hayek, woven together extremely well in a narrative by Louis Rukeyser, will probably shock you in its depiction of what has happened in the rise of socialism in the 20th century, and how that process parallels its rise in the past 2 decades in America, and in the goals of its current president. I highly recommend this book if you would like to understand economics.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1134)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Fascinating review of his service in Delta Force"
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    What did you love best about Inside Delta Force?

    Haney talks about the personalities of the officers he served under and with, and the effect their strengths and foibles had on the unit during his tenure there. Although some online critics have questioned, or even challenged the truthfulness of his accounts, I must say that I believe his accounts of the incidents related are factual; they do not sound embellished to me, and I consider myself a skeptic. He questions the motivations behind the Top Brass in our military, and why certain missions were undertaken, e.g. Grenada, and I'm sure some of those above him in rank would have preferred his book not appear. I've looked on Amazon for a hard copy of the book to purchase, as it's worth going through again. Sadly however, it seems that the second half of the printed book lacks all the good stuff. I suppose he, or the publishers decided to skip the flack they might receive, I don't know; but in this audio book in the second part, where the actions closer to the present day occur, Haney leaves clues as to how he feels about the present day administration, and commendations for that of George W. Bush.
    This one is worth spending the time on.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The honesty of the author, and his sensitivity to the fact that he was dealing with, soldiering with, and in some cases having to take the lives of other human beings, not just cardboard targets.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Haney's welcome to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.


    If you could give Inside Delta Force a new subtitle, what would it be?

    American counter-terrorist lives through decades of the changing role of the U.S. around the globe.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the reader did an ok job, and it wasn't hard for me to listen to, I would have enjoyed a little quicker pace. The story Eric Haney tells is more than worth putting up with a little lackluster narration.

    1 of 1 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
    (2211)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2073)

    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"
    "Excellent...Excellent...Excellent!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lone Survivor to be better than the print version?

    In some ways, yes. I can listen often when I cannot read.


    What other book might you compare Lone Survivor to and why?

    Marine Sniper, story of Carlos N. Hathacock, Jr.


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

    No


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

    The deaths of the other 3 SEALs in the battle for "Murphy's Ridge"....incredible courage


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to know what our SEALs and other armed forces endure in order to serve this country, I don't think you will ever find a better book by one who has been there, right in the middle of all out hell on earth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (2527)
    Story
    (2571)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Great "Read""
    Overall

    This was a wonderfully insightful account of the author's adventures with the Tarahumara Indians of the Sierra Madres, and one "Cabaio Blanco" with regards to the discipline/sport of running. If you run, exercise, or are interested in remote cultures and history of the southwest, this tale will transport you to challenges you may never deal with, but in hearing the story of how the real-life characters dealt with these situations, you'll be inspired to do your best with your own obstacles. I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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