In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.
Let's set political views and proclivities aside for a moment. Business leaders and managers of both big and small companies could benefit greatly from some of the lessons in this book about leadership. Great leadership. Mediocre leadership. Poor leadership. There are reference points on all of these to be found here. That alone makes it worth the read.
What I learned about the government and the FBI and how both operate were so beneficial. I had no clue about why some things happen the way they do. I have such a better understanding of why certain things happen the way they do and also the ORG chart of the government. Fascinating.
After reading this book I have more confidence in my government than I have ever had before. I also went on to the FBI website and checked out their job openings. I feel truly blessed to know that an organization of such integrity is looking out for the American people against bully's and people meaning to do harm for their own greed and personal gain. It feels amazing to me to know that there are men out there with such integrity and values.
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Within Strange Tales you will find 22 weirdly twisted stories. Some will frighten, others will shock, but all will stay with you long after the final sentence has finished. If you love the Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales From the Crypt, or Tales from the Darkside then feel free to come closer and begin. Who knows what you might find?
I feel bad for authors when I return a book. I feel bad now. This isn't a BAD book. It's just not up to snuff with what I'm used to. Stephen King, Bentley Little, etc. I like horror that makes you think and sneaks up on you. This... not so much. I've only listened to the first 4 stories, but I am returning this book, because I just can't read anymore. And although the narrator isn't bad, he's not good for this particular book. For me anyway.
I DO think this book would be enjoyable for teenagers and maybe young adults that haven't been exposed to truly seasoned authors (not sure if that's the right metaphor). This book is a bit amateurish for me and I just can't keep listening. I don't think the author is terrible and I do think he has potential. I just think that (for me) he has a ways to go before his writing catches up to the caliber of story that I'm used to. I do NOT mean for that to be discouraging. It was simply a VERY predictable read for me.
If you thought Twilight was well written, you'll probably really enjoy these stories. And I hope you do :-)
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Once upon a time, waiting for the mail was filled with warm anticipation. But the suicide of the local mailman has left the residents of this tiny Arizona town shell-shocked. Nothing this bad has ever happened here. And now, there's a new mail carrier in town, one who's delivering lethal letters stuffed with icy fear. Nothing - not even the most outstanding citizens or the most secret weaknesses - is safe from the sinister power of this malicious mailman....
THIS was a whole new concept in horror. I was pretty impressed. Bentley Little is twisted. I don't even know who to compare him to. This book was clever and very original.
I expected the mailman to just be some run of the mill psychopath killer or something. No! This book was MUCH more than that. I really enjoyed it. Just twisted enough to make you very uncomfortable without going to far like I feel he does in some of his books. It left me unsettled. Which for me.. I kind of enjoyed :-)
Definitely worth the read. If you have read Bentley Little before and liked him, but wasn't crazy about how far he goes, you'll really enjoy this book. He goes just far enough to scare you and like I mentioned before, the concept is brand new and unlike anything I have read before.
Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn't set foot outside their front door in 17 years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker's baby growing inside her - Kelsey. Kelsey knows she's supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.
This book was easy to listen to, but left me feeling like I had just read something along the lines of Twilight. NOT for anything supernatural, just for the age group. Definitely NOT what I would consider an adult novel. If you're younger, you'll probably enjoy it.
Retired, divorced banker, and now hot air balloon pilot Tim Feely doesn't know the world is being eaten alive by zombies. It's early in the morning, and the first of the undead are only now appearing on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Right in Tim's town, in fact. So when he takes Julie and Lucas up into the air for their first hot air balloon ride, before the news reports start, and before the car accidents and looting begins, he has no idea just how crazy the ride will be.
I suck at writing reviews. I'll give it a shot. This was one of my favorite stories from the series. It ended way too soon. Yah.. I get it. Novella. I would have loved another hour, though. The personal, family relationship and references to different characters in the AUD series sealed it for me. I love that. It's like becoming reacquainted with an old friend or something. I was a bit stymied by the last part, though. It brought you up to ten/15 years ish after the outbreak and it kind of came out of no where for me. I was wondering if the audio book skipped or something? I'm still confused about that, but... still want more and isn't that what it's all about? Definitely worth the purchase price, if you are a fan. And even if you haven't read the AUD series, this can kind of stand alone as well I think. This wouldn't be a bad place to start to dip your feet into the AUD series and see if it's for you :-) .
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It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.
Why DUMB as a review title? Because when I reviewed Josh Bazell's first book I loved it and I named my review SMART! Because I thought it was. This book insulted my intelligence, though. Don't waste your credit or your time. From his gratuitous use of profanity and vulgarity, to its overabundant use of clinical terms. Just stop already. It doesn't make the author or the characters sound smarter or more interesting. It just bores you to the point of annoyance and disappointment, because you had such high hopes for his follow up novel.
The narration was good, but not great. If you can't talk like someone, please don't try. Oh... and did I mention that I would prefer not to have an author's political views shoved down my throat? Whether I agree with them or not.
I'm bummed. I was so excited about this book and it was a gigantic let down.
Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.
This may be one of my favorite books all year. I have read (listened to?) over 50. I can't wait to read (listen?) to whatever this author comes out with next. The story was unexpected, fresh and new. I loved it. New spin on an old topic. I found myself Googling the medical and statistical facts for about the first hour. Then I decided everything panned out and Josh Bazell really did his research. I didn't want it to end. This was a super, fast listen and I was bummed when it ended.
There were a couple of moments in the book that I thought were just blatantly gratuitous sexually. However, if you're a guy, I don't think you'll even notice. :-) As a woman I thought it was overkill, but not a big enough turn off to make me like it any less. Just a personal preference.
I got a tiny bit lost at the end as far as time jumping (is that even a thing?), but ultimately it came together enough to not really matter. I was so pleasantly surprised by how smart and refreshing this book was and I'm super excited. It's actually a book I would consider rereading in the future.
The audio sucked in several spots and please, please, please, leave sound effects OUT of it. They don't work. They are lame and distracting. However, Robert Petkoff did a fantastic judge narrating and I would definitely listen to him again.
Read this!!! If you like Harry Bosch and Jonathan Kellerman you'll absolutely LOVE this book. It's smarter and edgier. I'm so excited to read Josh Bazell's next book. Great job!
A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.
Two of the stories in this book I loved. Two of the stories I could barely get through. It's worth the listen, though.
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Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.
This is one of the best books I have listened to in a while. Chris Andrew Ciulla was fantastic at the narration. The book was really creepy, but not in an over the top kind of way. The story was outside of the box and left me thinking every time I drove by an odd looking house. I have been in a book slump and this kind of took me out of it.
It's an easy listen without a lot of slow spots. Not boring and not over the top. Kinda perfect.
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Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhood - swimming and sleepovers, movie nights and dad jokes. But then there were the other things...the darker things...the shadow that followed her home from the cemetery and settled into the corners of her home, refusing to let her grow up in peace. Now, after three years of being away from the place she's convinced she inadvertently haunted, and after yet another family tragedy strikes, Maggie is forced to return to the sweltering heat of a Savannah summer to come to terms with her past.
I usually really enjoy Ania Ahlborn and i have read the majority of her books. They are creepy and unsettling. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. However, I thought this book was terrible. Everything about it. It was impossible to get past the monotone narration. I kept listening thinking the book itself would redeem the narrator. It never did. She spoke in blocks of words. It was impossible for me to like the character, because of it. Having said that, the book was incredibly predictable and reminded me of something I would have read in the 8th grade that would have scared me. I feel awful writing such a bad review. Honestly though, don't waste your time or your credit on this one.
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