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Michelle MacDowell

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  • When the Bough Breaks: The Empire's Corps, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (297)

    The Galactic Empire is dying. In their high towers, the Grand Senators plot and struggle to grasp a larger share of power while on the streets, the poor struggle to survive just one more day. Chaos and anarchy are running through the megacities of Earth, while giant corporations tighten the screws and colony worlds plot to declare independence and escape the Empire's increasing demands for resources. Centuries of mismanagement are finally catching up with the human race.

    Michelle MacDowell says: "The collapse of empire"
    "The collapse of empire"
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    Story

    The story for book 3 departs from the main storyline that the first two books start out with. To be clear, this book does not follow Edward Stalker or his Marines on Avalon. This story takes place simultaneously or so it would appear on earth. The story explains in detail the collapse of empire.
    Both the author and the narrator do a great job on this book. Christopher G Nuttal did a good job of painting the picture of a tragedy, but with a story of hope in its midst. Five stars. Would highly recommend to anyone over the age of 14.

    My only quibble would be the explanation of how society on earth develops. The end result of societal development on earth seems to be very similar to the movie idiocrasy (A comedy with a plotline that was purposefully ludicrous). Basically, The entire population is too ignorant to do the most basic tasks.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Worse Enemy: The Empire's Corps, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (363)

    Six months ago, Colonel Edward Stalker and his Marines were abandoned on Avalon, left to fend for themselves as the Empire withdrew from the Rim. Since then, Avalon has been isolated from the settled universe... until now. As a mysterious pirate organisation attempts to take over Avalon, the Marines find themselves struggling against a shadowy figure with dreams of power, while a young civilian is kidnapped and press-ganged into a pirate crew.

    George says: "Clear Story Line"
    "Book 2 in a military sci-fi"
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    Performance
    Story

    Good storyline and great narration. This book transitions away from ground combat to space combat. New enemies and new heroes make their appearance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire's Corps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (657)

    The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

    Jean says: "Captivating"
    "A great military themed sci-fi"
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    Performance
    Story

    Some of the best narration I've heard. The storyline follows a marine company and it's commander to a World other than earth where they combat multiple insurgent groups and deal with political challenges they weren't designed to take on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eri Hotta
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men - military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor - put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start?

    Jean says: "Japanese viewpoint"
    "A detailed account of a political tragedy"
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    Story

    Eri Hotta did an amazing job distilling the way in which the political leadership in Japan defused and abdicated responsibility for war. Their lack of political will, initiative and courage set the groundwork for so many innocent people to die.

    This book would make a compelling read for every citizen. Although the author doesn't state it, it seems many comparisons could be made to modern political institutions. This books tragic story actually makes me grateful for the debates we have in our political institutions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1125)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Roy says: "Very Informative Application of Positive Psycholog"
    "Practical knowledge for daily use"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Most of us have heard one or two of these principles. The author goes into detail behind why the principles work and uses University studies to validate the reasoning. The book is 30% claim, 30% anecdotal, and 40% research study review. The author does a great job of engaging the reader and the narrator has a good balance in pace and tone of voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stormjammers: The Extraordinary Story of Electronic Warfare Operations in the Gulf War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    • Narrated By Ron Knowles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Candid and fast-paced like the best combat memoirs, Stanek focuses on the men and women he flew with, telling their stories as well as his own and creating what is ultimately an inspiring and uplifting story of the human spirit challenged by the agony and terror of war.

    Michelle MacDowell says: "Decent story with a poor choice of narration style"
    "Decent story with a poor choice of narration style"
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    Performance
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    What would have made Stormjammers better?

    If the book had NOT had everyone but the narrator sound like Gomer Pyle.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Talk a little more about what the EC-130's do and their tactics. I realize Opsec is always a concern but there are ways to talk more about the mission and capabilities without breaking any laws.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Knowles’s performances?

    Great talent but I doubt it was his decision to tell the story with varying versions of a Southern drawl.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It told a good story at moments.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Share of the Task: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By General Stanley McChrystal
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (179)

    In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

    Jfadams says: "Incomplete ending"
    "A mix of recent history and leadership lessons"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Share of the Task the most enjoyable?

    Per the title of this review, the book is a mix of recent history and leadership lessons. I was surprised at how drawn into the book I became from the very beginning. It's great to get the perspective of one of our most respected Generals. Like a soldier diplomat, very carefully presents his version of every story in a way that the reader can empathize with. It's a long book, but well worth it.


    What other book might you compare My Share of the Task to and why?

    Seemed similar to the book Art of Intelligence by Henry Crumpton because of the format and topics but from slightly different perspectives.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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