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Michelle MacDowell

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Bozeman, Montana United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 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
    (162)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (149)

    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
  • 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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    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

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