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  • The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant

  • A General Who Will Fight
  • By: Harry S. Laver
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

A General Who Will Fight is a detailed study of leadership that explores Grant's rise from undisciplined cadet to commanding general of the United States Army. Some experts have attributed Grant's success to superior manpower and technology, to the help he received from other Union armies, or even to a ruthless willingness to sacrifice his own men. Harry S. Laver, however, refutes these arguments and reveals that the only viable explanation for Grant's success lies in his leadership skill, professional competence, and unshakable resolve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick focus on a interesting man

  • By cosmitron on 07-11-18

The Leadership of U.S. Grant....Sort Of.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-18

If you're looking for a book that covers the leadership skills of Grant throughout his life, this isn't it. This book only deals with his military career including a battle-by-battle review of each of the Civil War battles Grant fought it. The book is exhaustively researched and well written and an enjoyable read but it is only Grant as a military man and nothing more.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Cycle of Hope: A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility

  • By: Tricia Downing
  • Narrated by: Aven Shore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

At 31, Tricia Downing was in the best shape of her life. In the summer of 2000, Tricia, an avid cyclist, drove across the country for what amounted to 18 races in 23 days. She returned from her adventure to a fresh start: a new job awaited her, and determined to make the next summer the year she would make her mark on the world of cycling, she began a rigorous training strategy. But on September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing's life took a detour. While training on her bicycle, Tricia collided with a car that turned directly in her path, and instantly became paralyzed from the chest down.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HOPE

  • By Zoe on 07-12-18

Cycle of Life

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

It has happened to all of us who cycle: We are riding in an event or just out for a ride by ourselves and we wonder “is that car going to stop?” or “that SUV really isn’t going to turn, is it?”. For all of us, then, this book becomes our worst nightmare.

Tricia Downing was a competitive cyclist. Was. Then that nightmare became her reality in the blink of an eye. This is the story of how she literally clawed her way back into competitive sports and became a champion all over again.

If you have ever ridden in a cycling event or run a marathon or competed in a triathlon you’ve seen them those fellow competitors who don’t have the use of their legs. You will gain a whole new perspective of them after you listen to this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Football Flyboy

  • First Lt. Bill Cannon, Piloting More Than His Own Aircraft
  • By: Lisa Reinicke
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reinicke, Richard Rieman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Buster, the football flyboy, was part of the Greatest Generation. Old letters seeded Football Flyboy, letters that are a one-sided conversation of a man who lived for someone more important than himself. The struggles of war and his constant change of location kept him from receiving mail regularly, causing frustration and loneliness. Each letter has been unedited with grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors preserved to demonstrate the letters' authenticity.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THEY DON'T MAKE EM' LIKE THAT ANYMORE....

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-12-18

The Way We Were

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Through the correspondence of a post-World War II pilot, “Football Flyboy” reconstructs the life of (what I hope the author won’t be offended by me calling) an ordinary man. The author found letters written by her father to her mother while he was stationed at various Asian posts immediately following the end of World War II and has used them as an outline, if you will, to reconstruct his life. It is an interesting effect and coupled with information gleaned from family interviews and first hand knowledge she tells the tale of his life.

Again, this is not a football hero or Army Air Corps Ace; Bill “Buster” Cannon was an everyday kind of guy but I think that’s what makes this work. Sometimes it is the everyday people who are the most interesting.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Perfect Run as No.1

  • Aquitaine Reluctant Readers for Boys and Girls, Volume 1
  • By: Brian Lester
  • Narrated by: Joshua Brian Hollander
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

In the wake of a humiliating loss in the NCAA tournament a year earlier, no one imagined the University of Findlay men’s basketball team would rise up from the ashes of the defeat and produce one of the greatest seasons in college hoops history. Ranked number one in the preseason and well aware the expectations for a championship were as lofty as ever, the Oilers learn to embrace the pressure of it all rather than allow it to become a heavy burden to carry in their pursuit of greatness.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Benched

  • By Tom Anderson on 07-12-18

Benched

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I’m sorry but this one got the better of me; I just couldn’t finish it. I made it through about twelve chapters but I just could not get into it. I didn’t hate it, I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t find the story or the characters interesting and the writing just seemed to be a recitation of games.

Maybe a real basketball fan would appreciate it more but, please, let me sit this one out.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Twilight of Royalty

  • By: Alexander Mikhailovich
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Alexander Michhailovich was the Grand Duke of Russia, a member of the Romanov family. In this touching story written in the first third of the 20th century, he interviews deposed European rulers - many of whom were his friends - and shares how they feel about their predicaments and their futures. Twilight of Royalty is an insider's look at the intimate details of royals in exile. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crowning Achievement

  • By Tom Anderson on 07-12-18

Crowning Achievement

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This is not a new book but that is a point in it’s favor. When you are writing about the disappearing monarchies of Europe, writing from the perspective of 1932 is a good thing.

Alexander Mikhailovich was a member of the last Russian royal family so, in a way, this is a book about his family since most European monarchs at the turn of the twentieth century seem to be inter-related in some form or another. So Mikhailovich’s viewing point is unique. After the fall of the Russian royal family in 1917 he became a journalist. Those two things are what make this book valuable. And just for good measure Jim Seybert does an excellent narration.

There once were 18 royal families in Europe. In 1932 that number was down to ten which --- spoiler alert --- is what it still is. Where did they go and how did they disappear? If you really want to know then listen to “Twilight of Royalty”; it is time well spent.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Hello, My Name Is Oliver

  • By: Paymaneh Ritchie
  • Narrated by: E Roy Worley
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Oliver, the funny, SPCA-adopted Beagle-cross is like any other dog and has a basic range of feelings. He just has a lot of them. Anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and loneliness accompany Oliver to his new home where he sheds a few of these issues and teaches his new owners to cope with the rest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By TNelly on 10-17-18

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Book

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Of course, I am a dog lover to begin with it so why wouldn’t I love a book written from a “dog’s eye view”? The only thing I can say in way of a review is if you have ever been around a dog then listen to this book; it’s that simple. It’s honest, engaging and entertaining. A liver treat to all involved.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Live Free or Tri

  • A Collection of Three Short Mystery Stories
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Death and deception: Appearances are often deceiving and that is the underlying premise in this collection of short crime fiction. In "Live Free or Die" naive 21-year-old Emmy falls hard for 31-year-old Jack, an efficiency expert from New Hampshire who is not all what he seems. In "Murder in the Marsh" cyclist Carrie Anne Camack discovers more than she bargained for in the fertile farmlands of Ontario's Holland Marsh. In the final story, "The Cycopaths", a triathlon team's open-water swim training in Collingwood, Ontario, has deadly consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mysterious Fun

  • By Big Cheese on 06-18-18

Two Out of Three

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I’m not sure why a book entitled “Live Free or Tri; A Collection of Three Short Mystery Stories” had only two of it’s three stories about triathlons. One would have thought that the author would have gone for the trifecta (pun intended) and gone for three tri stories but such is not the case.

The stories are interesting but short; too short. Crimes (or maybe not crimes) are committed yet seemingly glossed over. What happened to the womanizer? Who killed the banker in the pallet of carrots? Was the swimmer a victim of an accident or a vicious plot by her fellow teammates? We’re left hanging on all three stories so I was left feeling short-changed.

The bright side was Kate Tyler’s narration. She did a great job and I would have loved to have heard more from her but such was not the case. These short stories were just too short.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas

  • By: Matthew O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Alan Carlson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? What's beneath the neon? Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer-editor Matthew O'Brien explored the Las Vegas flood-control system for more than four years. Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O'Brien's adventures in subterranean Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a flood. He parties with naked crack-heads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get really inside Las Vegas

  • By cosmitron on 07-08-18

The Las Vegas Undercarriage

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

This is a non-fiction work about the storm drains of Las Vegas. Storm drains are not sewers. Storm drains carry off excess rain water and if ever a town needed storm drains it’s Las Vegas. Surrounded by mountains and resting in a geological bowl made mostly of sand, rain water has nowhere to go. Hence, the storm drains.

Now you know they are there the next time you’re wandering down the Strip realize there’s a whole other world going on beneath your feet in those very same storm drains. If you think a book about the storm drains of Las Vegas would be dull, you couldn’t be more wrong. This book is engrossing from start to finish and it is engagingly narrated by Alan Carlson.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. You’ll find yourself amazed by the Las Vegas storm drains and those who call it home.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • End of the Rainbow: An Aggie Underhill St. Patrick's Day Short Story

  • An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 13
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Jax Russell
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

It's St. Patrick's Day, and Aggie, Betty, and Roger are celebrating at an Irish pub in Palm Springs when Betty's leprechaun love interest drops dead. Could it be murder? Join Aggie and friends as they embark on a celebration they won't soon forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romance, mystery, and humor 💋

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 07-07-18

Caution: Addictive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I love short stories. Especially ones in bars on St. Patrick’s Day with green drinks, unusual clientele, murder and robbery. I’d better stop before I give everything away.

“End of the Rainbow: An Aggie Underhill St. Patrick's Day Short Story; An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 13” is utter enjoyment. This is my first Aggie story (no, you don’t have to read them in order) and it won’t be my last. Despite her unusual array of friends and conditions I could learn to love Aggie. It’s only fault is that it’s too short. And Jax Russell does a superb job of telling the tale. Five’s all around!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Repeat with Me: I Am (Inspiring, Aspiring & Motivating) Success Every Moment: In the Spring!

  • By: Edward F. T. Charfauros
  • Narrated by: Monica Jaye
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

This audiobook features self-talk messages that can help you to: strengthen confidence and self-esteem, support self-growth and professional development, succeed with relationships (romance, friendships, career, etc.), and more. Use these self-communicating messages within and guide yourself to be the best ideal "YOU" that you have been yearning to be! Reprogram your inner dialogue with Edward F. T. Charfauros' proven self-communication audiobook that assists him in taking control of his life and his destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get up and Boogie !

  • By cosmitron on 06-28-18

Think Positive, Be Positive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Was there ever a time when we had too much positive thought in the world? Certainly that’s true now so any contribution to positivity is always welcome and “Repeat with Me: I Am (Inspiring, Aspiring & Motivating) Success Every Moment: In the Spring!” fits that bill. Designed as a daily affirmation tool to help you stay positive “Repeat with Me: I Am (Inspiring, Aspiring & Motivating) Success Every Moment: In the Spring!” gives you a motto/mantra to repeat to yourself throughout the day. This is not a listen-all-at-once type of book. It is designed to listen to and concentrate on the positive thought of the day one day at a time and this edition is designed to get you through the Spring.

Since I listened to it non-stop the “I am” and “You are” statements tended to be not only redundant but unnecessary. I also wished there had been a definition of the subject of some of the topics. For example, what was meant by “fun for risk” and “risk for fun”? An explanation of that before the daily quote would have been helpful to me in particular. Lastly, I thought it would have been a nice bonus to have a PDF with a template for the daily “dreams, goals and notes”.

Monica Jaye did a fantastic job of narration! She stayed positive without becoming Stewart Smiley schmaltzy and that would be hard to do with this genre. Well done!

“Repeat with Me: I Am (Inspiring, Aspiring & Motivating) Success Every Moment: In the Spring!” is a great tool for keeping you in a positive frame of mind.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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