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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
    (163)
    Performance
    (145)
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    (150)

    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"
    "Details, lots of details"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    General McChrystal's book provides lots of details about how decisions were made, and how operations were executed. This book is interesting as historical record, and as source of practical advice. IWO


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details.


    What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Almost as good as General McChrystal ;)


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

    My Share of the Task. You should know better than to ask me questions about making movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Marshall: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Debi Unger, Irwin Unger
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (10)
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    A major historical biography of George C. Marshall - the general who ran the U.S. campaign during the Second World War, the Secretary of State who oversaw the successful rebuilding of post-war Europe, and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize - and the first to offer a complete picture of his life.

    Jean says: "Disappointing"
    "Provided a Balanced Perspective"
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    Would you listen to George Marshall: A Biography again? Why?

    Yes. As part of my research in combination with the Kindle version.


    What other book might you compare George Marshall: A Biography to and why?

    The Wise Men.


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Heller's performance was excellent. It was as if General Marshall was critiquing his own life and accomplishments.


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

    Stoic Tenacity in Tumultuous Times


    Any additional comments?

    General Marshall remains one of my heroes. Admirers of General Marshall should not be afraid to read this book. It will only confirm what you've probably known all along. He was an imperfect human being that rose to the occasion at critical points in history. And, he like Dwight Eisenhower, believed in General Fox Connors advice: "Always make a big deal about your job; never yourself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for Battleship Yamato

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Yoshida Mitsuru, Richard Minear (translator)
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    Requiem for Battleship Yamato is Yoshida Mitsuru's story of his own experience as a junior naval officer aboard the fabled Japanese battleship as it set out on a last, desperate sortie in April 1945. Yoshida was on the bridge during Yamato's fatal encounter with American airplanes, and his eloquent, moving account of that battle makes a singular contribution to the literature of the Pacific war. The book has long been considered a classic in both Japan and the United States.

    Austin says: "Brutally Honest Account of Institutional Idiocy"
    "More intimate perspective of the Japanese Sailor"
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    Would you try another book from Yoshida Mitsuru and Richard Minear (translator) and/or Graeme Malcolm?

    Probably not.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The way that Mr. Mitsuru describe each person and how they were dealing with the situation. Mr. Mitsuru created a visual image of each person that felt very complete.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration matched the pace of the story and enhanced the story. I think Mr. Malcolm's narration significantly enhanced Mr. Mitsuru's portrayal of the people and their plight.


    Was Requiem for Battleship Yamato worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas, Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Reese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Six close friends shaped the role their country would play in the dangerous years following World War II. They were the original best and brightest, whose towering intellects, outsize personalities, and dramatic actions would bring order to the postwar chaos, and whose strong response to Soviet expansionism would leave a legacy that dominates American policy to this day. In April 1945, they converged to advise an untutored new president, Harry Truman.

    Jeffrey J Bachovchin says: "Disappointed: Couldn't Get Passed the Narrator"
    "A lot to cover in one book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I learned a lot. This book filled in some gaps in my knowledge the Wise Men.


    If you’ve listened to books by Evan Thomas and Walter Isaacson before, how does this one compare?

    No


    Did The Wise Men inspire you to do anything?

    It found the narration both annoying and humorous. I didn't realize I'd been pronouncing Staleen's name wrong all this time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Karen DeYoung
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero, a beacon of wise leadership, and, according to polls, "the most trusted man in America". From his humble origins as the son of Jamaican immigrants, to the highest levels of government in four administrations, he helped guide the nation through some of its most heart-wrenching hours.

    Rami says: "Nice, informative, entertaining"
    "Balanced biography"
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    If you could sum up Soldier in three words, what would they be?

    Balanced and informative


    What other book might you compare Soldier to and why?

    I can think of no book that is a fair comparison to this book.


    What does Coleen Marlo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was good.


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

    I wouldn't base a film on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a well written and balanced biography. I recommend it to anyone interested in knowing more about Secretary Powell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (361)
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    (362)

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Prairie says: "An Excellent book on Modern History"
    "Transparent and Self-Serving"
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    This book confirmed what I suspected about Secretary Clinton: Very Smart, Very Articulate, Very Capable, but never quite able to rise above her own self-interest. I think everyone should read this book to learn about Secretary Clinton’s time in office, and to contrast her account of the events that took place with the historical record. Whether you plan to vote for or against Secretary Clinton for President, this book is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donovan: America’s Master Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Dunlop, William Stephenson (foreward)
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
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    (18)
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    The fascinating biography of the man who laid the foundation for the CIA. One of the most celebrated and highly decorated heroes of World War I, a noted trial lawyer, presidential adviser and emissary, and chief of America’s Office of Strategic Services during World War II, William J. Donovan was a legendary figure. Donovan, originally published in 1982, penetrates the cloak of secrecy surrounding this remarkable man. The result is the definitive biography that Donovan himself had always expected Dunlop would write.

    Jean says: "Fascinating Biography"
    "Wild Bill"
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    This was an excellent biography of Bill Donovan. Eric Martin's narration was splendid. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel like I have a much better understanding of Bill Donovan’s role the creation of our intelligence service.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George F. Kennan: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Lewis Gaddis
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hilgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (54)
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    (53)

    Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.

    Amazon Customer says: "Kennan: a man who needs to be studied"
    "We need the benefit of George Kennan's wisdom"
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    I had known nothing about George Kennan before I read this book. I feel much more informed of Mr. Kennan the person, diplomat, policy adviser and teacher. George Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis is a very well written book that all should read for knowledge, and because it is relevant to the challenges we are facing today with the Russian relationship. I hope that some folks at State and the White House are dusting off copies of the Long Telegram, the Foreign Policy article by X, and the report by Task Force A of the Solarium project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Eisenhower, Julie Nixon Eisenhower
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    After President Dwight D. Eisenhower left office in 1961, he retired to a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Living next door was his teenage grandson, David; they would be neighbors for the rest of the decade. Based on personal stories, letters, diaries, and the reminiscences of Eisenhower’s closest friends, Going Home to Glory is both an intimate chronicle of the elder statesman’s final years and a coming of age story.

    Ken says: "Wow - Living History - Right Before Our Eyes"
    "Gives you a more complete understanding of Ike"
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    For the reader that is new to Dwight Eisenhower, I suggest reading Going Home to Glory before reading any other Dwight Eisenhower biographies or memoirs. The knowledge learned from this book will make other biographies, and Dwight Eisenhower’s own memoirs, richer. In addition to providing insight to Dwight Eisenhower the person, Going Home to Glory is a well written account of the poignant relationship between grandfather and grandson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paula Broadwell, Vernon Loeb
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In All In, military expert Paul Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

    Jean says: "The scholar general"
    "Average"
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    I did not find this book very interesting and don't feel I learnt much about General Petraeus.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Frederick Kempe
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    A former Wall Street Journal editor and the current president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, Frederick Kempe draws on recently released documents and personal interviews to re-create the powder keg that was 1961 Berlin. In Cold War Berlin, the United States and the Soviet Union stand nose to nose, with the possibility of nuclear war just one misstep away.

    theenglishmajor says: "I am scared in retrospect"
    "Practical information we can use today"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Berlin 1961 to be better than the print version?

    They are both good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Berlin 1961?

    Everything was memorable.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Hecht’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This compares well with his other performances. I wish Paul Hecht could read all books.


    If you could rename Berlin 1961, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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