Duty is the third SecDef autobiography I've listened to in the last year, Cheney's and Rumsfeld's being the other two. Duty would place 2nd among the three. The book is well-written, and Gates is candid in his assessments of both Presidents and their relationship with DoD and military leaders. His love for the troops was clearly the central theme of his tenure. While the narrator was very good, I would have preferred that Gates narrated the book himself as Rumsfeld did. Literally hearing Rumsfeld speak the words added greatly to the story, and he was able to add emphasis when needed. I feel a bit was lost in Gates not doing the same. Overall, a worthwhile listen.
Not because of the pace of the book, but because of the impending crash that is looming in the not-too-distant horizon. Many reviewers have lamented that Schiff's witty story/text is too basic. I would agree on the point that it is basic, but surprisingly few seem to truly understand the content as the American public has elected economically ignorant government representatives for the past century or more.
This book is witty (who knows how long it took them to come up with all of the fish-related names) and logical. I would use it if I taught a middle school or early high school economics class with the hope that it would sink in that our country...uh, I mean Usonia, is in DEEP trouble.
A bit corny, pleasantly entertaining, and a good refresher. I hope more will listen and take the message to heart.
Most could benefit from signing a one-day contract with themselves. I know I can. This book is a fun listen with many anecdotes from Rick Pitino's storied coaching career. Even though I'm not a basketball fan, I enjoyed his retelling of exciting and disappointing times in the game. While the lessons in the book may not be the easiest to implement, I was motivated to relook aspects of my professional life.
Unfortunately, the performance detracts a bit from the book. It's possible that Peter Berkrot is trying to emulate the voice of Pitino, but often the cadence and tone sound forced with misplaced emphases. It's also difficult to ignore his pronunciation of John Wooden (like WOO-hoo).
Overall, worth the listen.
What a masterpiece. I typically read/listen to non-fiction history or business books, but took a respite based on the outstanding reviews of Deliverance. Like many, I have seen the movie multiple times, but never read the book. It is FAR better than the movie. The descriptions of the trek down the river put you right in the canoe through every set of rapids and up the gorge wall. And to top it off, Will Patton's performance is possibly the best I've heard on an audio book. A homerun!
Time well-spent listening to this great piece of literature.
Walter Isaacson does a masterful job of capturing Steve Jobs the person, not just Steve Jobs the CEO of Apple. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the lesser-known stories surrounding this American icon. From the description of Job's personal relationships with his family and friends, the detailed recounting of his oft-odd eating habits, to his views on design, this is a well-researched book that flows well. The unfortunate part is that I nearly gave in after the first hour when the narrator's misplaced emphases and fingernails-on-the-chalkboard cadence brought me to my listening knees. Luckily, the story was so compelling that I stuck it out and by mid-way had learned to tolerate the annoyance. Either the narrator warmed up toward the end or I became numb, and I actually started to enjoy the narration toward the end. Possibly a Stockholm Syndrome effect.
Overall, well worth the listen. I'm not a big tech geek and not a faithful follower of Jobs or Apple, but this was an interesting bio that I've already recommended to colleagues and friends.
An interesting glimpse into the life of a powerful figure during a trying time for our nation. I was a part of DoD during the Rumsfeld years (much lower on the totem pole) so had some understanding of Rumsfeld's background. This memoir filled in the gaps. Though he spends a good amount of time pointing fingers at other agencies and organizations, I enjoyed the frank commentary on the major events of his tenure as Secretary of Defense and also earlier in his political career. Whether you agree with his decisions or not, it's hard to come away from the book without appreciating his public service. Narrating himself was a huge plus. I wish more autobiographies were read by their authors. It was a nice touch that only added to the enjoyment.
I rarely read fiction, but enjoyed Dan Brown's other works so gave Inferno several hours of my time. With its list of notable landmarks and historical characters, I learned a bit about a part of Italy I was unfamiliar with, however there were times when the in-depth descriptions detracted from the plot. The story took some obvious turns and tended to drag near the end. It was an enjoyable, zone-out listen, but it's back to non-fiction for me.
A page-turning (if not listening to the audio version, of course), believable thread that you can't stop listening to. In true Tom Clancy form, Threat Vector is filled with interesting characters, complex subjects which are explained in detail, and exciting action scenes that you hope will one day make it to the big screen. I had recently been turned off by some of Clancy's later work, however this book brought back some of the Tom Clancy of old.
Lou Diamond Phillips gives the best performance of any audio book I have listened to. For the first time, I have sought out other books based solely on the narrator. It was almost like having an ensemble cast with his various feelings and accents. Outstanding!
If you are looking for an adventure to listen to during drive time, this one will make the time fly by. You may find yourself parked in the garage to see what happens next.
In 1996, I read Norman Schwarzkopf's autobiography, It Doesn't Take a Hero, and it played a major part in my decision to attend West Point. General McChrystal's book is sure to have a similar impact on a generation of future officers.
While my opinion may be biased as I could recall many of the experiences and locations that are discussed, this story is a true page-turner, despite knowing how it turns out. McChrystal does a good job of explaining complex military relationships and terms that make the book understandable. The narrator correctly pronounces many challenging names and adds a good deal to the already-entertaining work.
My only negative comment would be the ending. I won't spoil, but would only say that I was hoping for more. As a true professional, General McChrystal has obviously left any juicy gossip for others to pontificate on.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this amazing piece of American military history as told from the inside.
I listened to Beyond the Goal immediately following The Goal so the concepts were fresh in my mind. While the story format of The Goal made the concepts memorable and easy to understand, it was beneficial to have them laid out in a more formal presentation.
I would have liked to, though I think it would be a bit much to internalize all that is discussed. The presentations are divided in a way that makes it easy to pick up where you leave off. You may want to listen to this and set it aside for a few weeks before you listen again.
I actually enjoyed having Goldratt narrate the book despite some of the poor reviews. It was similar listening to speeches given by Reagan versus having them performed by someone else.
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