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K. Foster

Sacrametno, CA | Member Since 2013

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  • America the Vulnerable: New Technology and the Next Threat to National Security

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joel Brenner
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    A former top-level National Security Agency insider goes behind the headlines to explore America's next great battleground: digital security. An urgent wake-up call that identifies our foes; unveils their methods; and charts the dire consequences for government, business, and individuals.

    Yachtmaster says: "Every American Should Read This Book"
    "A Must Listen for Anyone in CyberSecurity"
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    What did you love best about America the Vulnerable?

    The author comes from a place of real world authority of this subject and his comments are highly creditable. The content is provided in a manner that is interesting, thought provoking, and free of dry jargon. He takes a very methodical approach to introducing the issues, the ‘so what’ part of the equation, and provides recommendations or commentary. The topics are current, relevant, and timely. If you are someone who is in the C-Level management, IT professional, or an actual Cyber Security professional, this is a mandatory listen.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    I felt the performance was excellent. Mr. James reading made you feel like the two of you were having a conversation about the subject over a coffee. I would certainly seek other materials by the performer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Excellent Reading, Good background, but Disjointed"
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    What did you like best about Command and Control? What did you like least?

    The story about the incident was excellent and well detailed. The historical background was well researched. The problem was the segway's within the story were too long and in some cases failed to add real value.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the stories about the near disastrous accidents very interesting.


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

    No, but I found his reading to be most enjoyable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not in its current form.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer appears to have gotten lost in some of the Segway's and after a 30-45min departure from the story you often think:

    1. What was this storyline again?
    2. I am not sure that long a foray added value to the core story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Paul Rosenzweig
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Cyberspace is the 21st century’s greatest engine of change. Telecommunications, commercial and financial systems, government operations, food production - virtually every aspect of global civilization now depends on interconnected cyber systems to operate; systems that have helped advance medicine, streamline everyday commerce, and so much more.

    Lynn C. Edwards says: "Wow, this course was an eye opener!"
    "Covers all the Basics and More"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to complete the series in a single sitting. The presenters speaking style was dynamic and the content was presented concisely and with a real sense of conviction.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be good materials for someone that requires continuing education points for a cyber security certification or as an introduction to the concepts and impacts of cyber operations in the real world.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3496)
    Performance
    (3131)
    Story
    (3160)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Excellent Book with incredible detail"
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    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, Detailed, Real


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be an authentic account of the lifestyle, realities, and hardships of special operations soldiers. The book is honest in its portrayal of events and far less about credit for the taking down of Bin Laden as an individual then attempting to tell the honest story of events that lead to that operation. Its defiantly worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon in the Freezer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    colleen says: "Interesting and eye opening"
    "Very Informative and Well Written - but..."
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    Where does The Demon in the Freezer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This type of book will only appeal to a specific audience, but overall i'd say its in my top 10 books.


    What aspect of Paul Boehmer’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was well done, the audio book editing was horrible. Clearly no one listened to the final product because there are no less than 8 audio edits were the track repeats itself by 4-5 seconds. This throws off the flow of the story and simply irritates the listener. Audible or whomever did the editing should refund every listeners money and appoligise for such poor quality work.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5120)
    Performance
    (3089)
    Story
    (3106)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "The Must Have Companion to Daemon"
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    Would you listen to Freedom (TM) again? Why?

    Absolutely, the storyline was excellent and the voice work made it easy to discern the characters from each other.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot work was full of twists and surprises, kept you wanted more. This plot was so good that on a recent car trip I took, my wife listened for 3 hours and got hooked on the book.


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

    Daemon. Both were excellent!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Only that I didnt want the story to end. Excellent work


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakpoint

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The global village: an intricately intertwined network of technology that binds together the world's economies, governments, and communication systems. So large, so vital, and so fragile. Now a sophisticated group is seeking to "disconnect the globe" by destroying computer grids, communications satellites, Internet cable centers, and biotech firms. Hard to do? If only that were so.

    Edwin says: "Interesting but no cigar"
    "An Excellent Techno Triller"
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    Would you listen to Breakpoint again? Why?

    This novel is intended to be fiction, but in reality is far closer to the state of current affairs and technologies then most people knew till recently. If you are in the cyber-security field, I recommend you make your CIO or CEO read this book and then come discuss it with you. The content in this book provides a prediction into the next phase of asymmetric war - cyber war and covers a realistic scenario of what we might expect to see play out in the next few years. The prolog of the book cross-walks the reader through the technologies addressed in the story. While most will perceive many of these technologies to be pure scifi, you will learn many of these technologies are deployed, in testing, or in development currently. For those not in the know, I guarantee this will be an eye opener.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    Dean's reading of the book was excellent. His differentiation of each character through voice and texture of language made the book come to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study Guide to Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Kirsten Silva Gruesz
    • Narrated By John O'Connell
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mark Twain's classic and controversial novel weaves together adventure, comedy, and satire as Huck struggles to escape his constricting life and sets off down the river with Jim, a slave. This comprehensive explanation of the novel offers an introduction to Mark Twain's life, a detailed narrative guide to the book, dramatic readings, and a critical analysis.

    K. Foster says: "Literary Reference Material Recommendation"
    "Literary Reference Material Recommendation"
    Overall

    I found this book to be a phenomenal reference to the work. The depth and insight this work adds to the story really helps the literary student pick-up on the nuances that are so artfully layered in the work. If you were using Huckleberry Finn in any in-depth analysis, you would be foolish not to listen to this material first.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    J. Anderson says: "The Teeth of the Tiger"
    "Huge Clancy Fan here"
    Overall

    I thought the book was read well and the story line was great. I guess the only issue I had was it seemed to end to early and left the listener feeling like they left oout the last two chapters of the story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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