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Philip D. Mann

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1231)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Excellent Story for Everyone Interested in SFOD-D"
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    Eric Haney provides interesting insight into one of the many aspects of special operations we like to read about. I know that his book is taken a lot of heat from those inside and outside of the community, but I found the story speak consistently entertaining and worthy of listing from beginning to end. The narration of this book is first-rate, and it is sure to keep anyone interested in the topic wrapped-up in the events clear to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    wyatt says: "It's a Poem"
    "Inside the mind of a leading character."
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    This short book gives great insights into the inner workings of the mind of one of the major characters in the Old Man's War universe. The writing, narration, and themes are absolutely great, especially -- maybe only -- when considered in the context of the previous two books, "Old Man's War" and "The Ghost Brigades". I highly recommend "The Sagan Diary" only after the previous two because they the context of many of the memories in this book rely on the larger context of those novels.

    Outstanding book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4415)
    Performance
    (3325)
    Story
    (3351)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Simply wonderful in every way."
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    Wow! This is a war novel, so it is not peaceful and cheery, but the themes and characters are so well-developed that it smacks of Heinlein with a bit more modern language. Although set in the distant future, all of the technology and characters are highly believable, which allows the listener to become part of the story as a spectator and witness to the events. I recommend this book to every sci-fi fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    Hank was a dying breed on the space station Belvaille. The criminal gangs that had once made their homes there were forced out by the corporations that had taken over since the facility became an Independent Protectorate. Instead of the gentlemanly gang wars that had once dominated the scene, and made Hank's services prized as a negotiator, the city was now plagued by the clash of corporate armies using heavy weapons. Even tanks roamed the streets regularly.

    Michael says: "Let the good times roll!"
    "Amusing Story, Good/Bad Narration"
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    This is the second Hank book, and I really enjoy the not-so-serious character and his pragmatic outlook on just about everything. Nothing in this book depends on understanding what happened previously, so it is just fine as a stand-alone distraction that holds its own without excessive exposition.

    The narration is both good and bad. The reader has a very flexible vocal range and characteristics, and he also makes very good use of some electronic tools to alter the speech for key characters and interactions (e.g. when the speaker is supposed to have a strange or disguised voice). The metering could use some work, however, as it sometimes comes across as wavering in pitch and speed. In fact, I was listening to the story while cooking and my girlfriend asked how I could listen to the book because she found it so distracting. As for myself, I found that it detracted from the overall package only slightly, and it even worked well in some (not all) places.

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in a bit of a lighter scifi story with interesting, if not overly-developed, supporting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Modern American Snipers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chris Martin
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    Overall
    (31)
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    (24)
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    (23)

    Most people think of snipers as shooters perched in urban hides, dealing out death unseen from a considerable distance. But this description barely scratches the surface. Special operations snipers are men with stacked skill sets who have the ability to turn the tide of battles, even when they aren't pulling the trigger. Snipers have played an outsized role in the War on Terror that has earned them the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, and countless other honors.

    Philip D. Mann says: "A bit if the inside story"
    "A bit if the inside story"
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    I recommend this book for anyone interested in the stories of the snipers and Tier 1-3 units involved in GWOT. It is not about tactics, training, or equipment as much as it is about the experiences, rivalries, and stand-outs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Will

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (447)

    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

    Jennifer says: "Wrong Question"
    "Insightful, Short-format, Completely Enjoyable"
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    This short-format book -- a long essay, really -- explains the complex issues surrounding the presumptions and assumptions of free will through the enlightening lens of neuroscience. From the philosophical arguments about the nature of free will, to experiments that show a person's choice occurs several seconds before they are aware of the decision, Harris paints a clear picture of the true nature of what we feel is our own will to act or decide, and follows with how the truth about our decisions can and should influence the public debate on crime, punishment, and responsibility. The book is long enough to cover all of the bases and short enough to leave your evening free to discuss it with your mate; I cannot recommend this book more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Leadership Sucks: Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miles Anthony Smith
    • Narrated By Miles Anthony Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (10)
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    (11)

    When Jim Collins coined the term "Level 5 Leadership" in his book Good to Great, little did he know he would inspire a generation to become servant leaders. Do you wish you were in leadership? Are you frustrated with being in leadership? Do you wonder why leadership sucks? You are not alone. Why does leadership suck? It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here.

    Robert W. says: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown..."
    "Excellent Review of Existing Books"
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    Mr. Smith’s book is an excellent synthesis of existing popular management books ranging from classics like “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” to more recent works such as “Blue Ocean Strategy.” There is no groundbreaking information presented, with many of the works mentioned as required reading in many MBA programs. However, this audiobook is a good review of basic communication concepts that many forget after B-school. Right from the start, this book contains a very heavy, explicit religious bent throughout that may be off-putting to many readers. Laced with bible verses and references to “ultimate” rewards for being a good leader/manager, Mr. Smith implies a very particular and narrow moral high ground for many of the expressed opinions and practices.

    The stand-out quality of this book is its fantastic production and excellent narration by the author.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins (foreword)
    • Narrated By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the listener from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right.

    valerie says: "Quirky"
    "An Interesting Autobiography"
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    Herb Silverman provides a good and reasonably-ordered autobiography for events along many branches of his life. Although not as earth shattering as I thought it might be, I did enjoy the book throughout. I do believe that the author could have chosen a better narrator, and that may have significantly improved the value of the book as entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of 'Intangibles' in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Douglas W. Hubbard
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (182)

    Anything can be measured. This bold assertion is the key to solving many problems in business and life in general. The myth that certain things can't be measured is a significant drain on our nation's economy, public welfare, the environment, and even national security. In fact, the chances are good that some part of your life or your professional responsibilities is greatly harmed by a lack of measurement---by you, your firm, or even your government.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "Let go of "I don't know""
    "An Essential Listen for Analysts Everywhere"
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    Full of practical guidance accompanied by insights from theory and experience, this book is essential for any analysts (or manager) interested in truly measuring everything they want to measure now, but simply do not know how. This book will not help those looking for a way to defend "intangible" characteristics, but will focus the willing on asking the right questions the right way to reduce uncertainty and make better decisions. As a professional analyst myself, I have used many of the techniques outlined in this book – though I did come up with some of them on my own, years before I read this book — and I find myself revisiting it periodically.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5997)
    Performance
    (2932)
    Story
    (2932)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Russell B. Ivey says: "Great book bad audio"
    "A Classic Worthy of All Business Libraries"
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    Classic advice about managing priorities, not managing time as is often supposed. Lots of good information about the power of vision and mission, and their use to focus resources--including emotion--to accomplish what is truly important in life (and business).

    Recommended for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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