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oakland, NJ, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 17 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself. In those early days of World War II, America was ill-prepared for any sort of warfare. But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.

    William says: "Heroic Attempt"

    I am very much enjoying this selection for several reasons. First and foremost, it's a really good story that keeps you wanting more. At no point did it ever for a moment become slow.

    As a historical reference it offers an excellent gateway to understanding, and wanting to learn more about the pacific campaign.

    It does an excellent job covering both the tactical aspects of the raid, as well as the strategy shifts that Japan (wrongfully) adopted as a result of the raid.

    What I really liked was that the author leads you in a very logical progression to the battle of Midway, where I'm going to continue on from here.

    The reader did make some wackey reading errors, but that was offset by a nice smooth, well paced, and comfortable style.

    I've heard a lot of books here on Audible, and this is clearly amoung my favorites. For that I am grateful to the author, the reader, and to Audible.

    Thanks Guys!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Profitability

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Adrian Slywotzky
    • Narrated By Scott Mosenson, Jack Ong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Art of Profitability reveals the invisible but important governing principles that can mean the difference between business failure and success. Each of the book's 23 chapters presents a lesson from the exuberant and always challenging master - and a profit paradigm that will open your mind to the many ways to make profit happen.

    Brian says: "Read his other books"

    I hate to say this because I really wanted this book to work. But, this was without any doubt the worst presentation of material I am yet to hear. Spend 20 minutes of your time listening to utterly dreadful writing to get to 60 seconds of real subject matter? Then you are left feeling incomplete because the author goes on with more useless chatter without spending the time to even minimally substantiate that which he has asserted???

    There are too many excellent choices here on Audible to waste your time with this wreck..

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Harold Evans, Gail Buckland, David Lefer
    • Narrated By Harold Evans

    The workshop revolutionaries who made our world have never had the attention afforded the political revolutionaries who founded this nation. But it has been these innovators, in small-town attics and on the Mississippi, in Silicon Valley and the wheat fields of Kansas, in a black woman's beauty parlor and a Dayton bicycle shop, who set America on a course to attain a standard of living unprecedented in the history of the world.

    Jim says: "Wait for the Unabridged audiobook."
    "Well Narrated, a lite and quick read"

    I enjoyed this book, and was very happy with the narrator. Obviously if you want great, in-depth detail on the various innovators you are going to need to do considerably more reading than this book can provide. But as quick overview with a nicely diverse group of people presented, it worked. My Compliments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"

    Hands down, the best written and best narrated Audible book I've heard yet. I cannot over emphesize how pleased I am.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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