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William James

Dare to dream...

ratings
37
REVIEWS
35
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Neil Barofsky
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    An insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations offers an irrefutable indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials—from both parties—served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public. From his first day on the job as the special inspector general in charge of overseeing the distribution of the bailout money, Neil Barofsky found that the officials at the Treasury Department in charge of the bailouts were in thrall to the interests of the big banks.

    Lauren says: "Barofsky's Bio of the time he was a TARP Watchdog"
    "An American Hero"
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    Would you listen to Bailout again? Why?

    Most definitely...!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth without the usual political snow job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed every minute of the audio book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A struggle for honest government.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Barofsky is an American hero. Neil hired extraordinary people to assist him with an impossible job. There is no happy ever after here but Neil Barofsky gave the treasury department, and the banks, nightmares for their blatant incompetence, malfeasance and fraud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BLACKDEATH 23: My Journal as an Army Helicopter Pilot in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Mills
    • Narrated By Kelly Klaas
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Chief Warrant Officer Robert Mills enlisted in the U.S. Army on 9/11/2001. Relive the day-to-day experiences with Robert just as he lived them. Robert's daily journal will give you a realistic view from his cockpit. His writings cover the entire spectrum, from the joys of simply receiving mail from home, living in harsh conditions, experiencing frequent enemy attacks, aircraft emergencies, and losing a fellow pilot to making the ultimate decision to pull the trigger to end one life in order to save another.

    John says: "Worst Story Ever"
    "Boring"
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    The audio sample, which peeked my interest turned out to be a small few minutes from the last eleven minutes of the entire audio book. The rest of the book is repetitive boring accounts of the author watching movies, making phone calls home, buying gifts for his children, and the general boring tasks of daily insignificant issues. I buy a lot of audio books but this was a wast of money and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutthroats: The Adventures of a Sherman Tank Driver in the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Dick
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    With the Japanese deeply entrenched and determined to die rather than surrender, Robert Dick and his fellow soldiers quickly realized that theirs would be a war fought inch by bloody inch - and that their Sherman tanks would serve front and center. As driver, Dick had to maneuver his five-man crew in and out of dangerous and often deadly situations.

    William James says: "Great Writing and Narration"
    "Great Writing and Narration"
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    I truly enjoyed this work. The way the story is interwoven and delivered with great narration kept me captivated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "Well Done"
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    This is a well thought and thorough work, yet it grips the soul. Well don!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (207)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "A Grand Work"
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    This is a grand work by a brave, intelligent man, who lived the life of a submarine warrior. Well written to captivate the heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12557)
    Performance
    (10814)
    Story
    (10805)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Not Bad"
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    This is a tough and gritty tale of a man who came to love war, but failed to connect with his young wife. It's a familiar story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Scott
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism, ingenuity, and perseverance—and the vital role American submarines played in winning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum, and Tang—and the men who skippered and crewed them—James Scott takes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on a merchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks.

    Ryan says: "Unique. Engaging. Worth your credit."
    "Garbage"
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    This is a sprinkle of history, a pinch of technical info, minced with a vast river of meaningless drivel. Don't wast money on kind of garbage!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chuck Tatum
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps - Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

    Warren says: "Long in the tooth, but great story of a US Marine"
    "A Must Read.!"
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    Chuck Tatum delivers the emotion of combat. This book is a classic. You don't have to be a vet to feel the emotions in this work. However, for those of us who have been under fire, those who have witnessed the human disease of war, this book will come alive to stir the soul. The narration of Norman Dietz is superb, and really compliments the work put into this book. God bless you Chuck Tatum!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    One part adventure story, one part archaeological detective work, one part spiritual exploration, Walking the Bible vividly recounts an inspiring personal odyssey (by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel) through the greatest stories ever told.

    B. Bartholow says: "Good Book, Terrible Reader"
    "The Mythical Religion"
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    This is pure trash. The author presents the people of the first five books of the Bible as Mythical. Nice stories that never happened. Yet, the author takes an alleged journey to the places mentioned in the first five chapters of the Bible and claims to have enjoyed his mystic journey to view the land of Mythical characters of the Bible. Perhaps this person is a Travle Agent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders inthe Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Marlin Groft, Larry Alexander
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island. But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters - they were the hard-fighting men of Edson's Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps.

    William James says: "A close up view of the malevolent disease of man"
    "A close up view of the malevolent disease of man"
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    This is a stunning account of the malevolent disease of humanity, that which is called war. Yes, I admit I found the book fascinating, yet all the while I listened, nagging questions haunted me. Why is it so easy for a tiny few people to repeatedly, again, and again, manipulate a nation into war? When will the human species rid ourselves of this malevolent disease, called war? This is a gruesome account of our inbread defect for war. Personally, I enjoyed the book for exposing the murderous disease which has haunted humanity since Cain slew Abel. While I do accept that we all have the right to defend ourselves, and our country, I am at a loss to understand why. Why is there always some megalomaniac ready to grab the reigns of power and drive a nation into war? Just look back to the years between 1900 and forward to today. Nothing has changed our propensity for war.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Go: The Life and times of a Decorated Member of the U.S. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Harry Constance, Randall Fuerst
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Good to Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops - from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea - that places the listener in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But Constance's extraordinary adventure goes even farther - beyond 'Nam.

    Scott says: "A spirited story of courage and determination"
    "Well Done..."
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    This is one of best autobiography's I have discovered in a long time. It begins when a naive kid, Harry Constance, joins the service and is befuddled by the realities of a brutal war. You can see this innocent young man evolve into a killing machine to deal with the awfule war in Vietnam. Nevertheless, as good as he is on the battlefield, he finds it difficult to negotiate the politics of life. His lack of knowing or understanding how people will use anyone, to further their own lusts or ambitions is a hard burden which Harry eventually comes to terms with. As a Navy Seal, Harry was one of the best... God bless you Harry, and God bless all of those naive kids who will follow in your wake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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