This book was full of Gen. Powell's advice and anecdotes for everything from family to work to leadership to life. I learned a great deal from his discussions of his 13 Rules of Leadership. There were bits of information that I can apply immediately. I thought this book was so useful that I will buy the print version just so I can have it to more easily refer to. The General does a great job reading the book and the stories he tells have much more impact coming from his own lips. I have recommended this book to my friends in the military and out, and highly recommend it as required reading for anyone in a leadership role. You'll take away a great deal of life lessons from this book - it's definitely worth the time, money, and effort!
Leibovich provides an interesting look into the world of politics in Washington, D.C. with the perspective of an insider who's usually an observer of those who wield the power. The story flowed well and did a very good job of explaining how everything and everyone in D.C. are (incestuously?) related and connected. For political junkies and lovers of the TV Series, The West Wing, this book will provide a thrill that shows what makes Washington tick.
Definitely worth reading if you're interested in American politics!
Jake Adelstein gives an engaging and interesting look into life in the underworld of Japan's capital--something that few Japanese reporters are willing to expose and even fewer foreigners are allowed to glimpse. Having lived in Japan for over 15 years, I remember some of the things Adelstein reports on and it was great to get the real story behind the news.
The author's narration was not as gripping as a professional narrator may have produced but the large number of Japanese words might have given a non-Japanese speaker trouble. Adelstein's choice to ensure that words and names were pronounced correctly overcame any deficiencies which came up due to his amateur narration. (Personally, hearing words or names pronounced incorrectly seriously distracts from my focus on the story.)
If you're interested in Japan or in journalism, this book is a must-read. I strongly recommend this book.
An excellent overview of life as a Navy SEAL and a touching story of a true American hero. I worked alongside other SEALs and they are all as upstanding and patriotic as Chris Kyle. This book gave me more insight into the innerworkings of the SEAL Teams and provides an informative look at the real toll of war: what it does to our military members, their families, and how it affects everyone's physical and psychological wellbeing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in seeing what goes into making our nation's elite fighting forces and what their lives are really like.
An amazing story about a man's journey through the innerworkings of the NY Mafia with names most people will remember from the headlines. I thought this was an excellent account of what it really takes to become a made man. In the end, I thought Gaspipe ended up sounding a little sympathetic but then I remembered all of the people he admitted to "taking care of" and I got over it.
If you loved the Henry Hill story, mob or Mafia movies or tales of secret societies, you'll enjoy this enthralling story of life in the mob.
As a long-time Steve Berry fan, I grabbed his latest as soon as I saw it on the shelves. While I found this book interesting and the plot very captivating, I don't think it was one of his best. I liked the story and the characters very much; the references to characters in his other novels brought a smile to my face.
I did fly through this book and the story kept me guessing at how it would end. I did think that The Columbus Affair followed too closely to some of his other works where the prodigal son returns to follow the path set for him and becomes the hero in the end. Even expecting this to happen, there were plenty of twists and surprises in the plot which kept me reading. If you're a fan of historical fiction, I'd highly recommend this book.
Also, the author's explanation of what's real and what's fiction was a great addition and it led me to his related novela - The Admiral's Mark. It was worth a quick read as well. Now I have to wait for Berry's next foray into history..."
I loved this topic and the information provided was superior. I found the content to be well-researched and the flow of the information was very smooth. The historical content explained a lot of things about how different cultures affected others and interacted with others through exploration and conquests.
I did, however, feel that because this book is packed with details and facts, I had to rewind sections to relisten to them if I became distracted by something or if a stray thought popped into my mind. As much as I enjoyed this, I think it would have been better to have read the print version instead of the audiobook.
Regardless of the media you choose, this book is highly insightful and worth reading if you're interested in world history, cultural interactions or world conquests. I'm recommending it to my friends!
The story was very well written and the characters excellently developed that had me searching for more time to continue listening to the audiobook. The plot developed well and just when I thought it was coming to a conclusion, a new twist would appear that kept me wondering what would happen next. The story is scary in that it resembles modern times in America and the squelching of free market enterprise by burdensome government regulations - all in the name of the common people. This should be required reading for everyone under 60 as a warning for what may come if we aren't careful and attentive to what our government is doing "on our behalf."
I chose this version of the audiobook because others said that Christopher Hurt's reading was better but I don't find it particularly great. He doesn't vary his voice along with the characters so sometimes it's hard to follow whose words he's reading. Overall, it doesn't distract from my enjoyment of the story but I find nothing special in Hurt's reading of this novel.
There is one big problem with this particular version of the audiobook - there's a ghost echo in the background throughout the entire book. It sounds as if it were poorly digitized from a cassette tape with the sound of the other side of the tape leaking through. I'd recommend another version of this audiobook just to make sure you don't get this poor quality.
This was a great history lesson and interesting perspective on the lead-up to America going to war and how the leaders of the time made decisions. I thought the piece was well-researched and presented in a very interesting format. I'd say it's one of the better non-fiction books I've read recently and very engaging.
Dead or Alive is Clancy at his best. The action kept me enthralled and wondering how the plot would twist and turn right up to the end. I thought it was a little scary as to how close to recent real life events Clancy came in this novel (it's almost like he's a psychic!) I think this is his best since Red Storm Rising and Red October and I highly recommend this to anyone who remotely enjoys this genre.
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