LISTENER

C. Walker

TX USA
  • 12
  • reviews
  • 17
  • helpful votes
  • 12
  • ratings
  • On Grand Strategy

  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

For over 20 years, a select group of Yale undergraduates has been admitted into the year-long "Grand Strategy" seminar team-taught by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy. Its purpose: to provide a grounding in strategic decision-making in the face of crisis to prepare future American leaders for important work. Now, John Lewis Gaddis has transposed the experience of that course into a wonderfully succinct, lucid and inspirational book, a view from the commanding heights of statesmanship across the landscape of world history from the ancient Greeks to Lincoln, and beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but fails to offer real lessons.

  • By Zack on 07-04-18

The fox that can dig in

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Being a fox means you may rarely be poor, if you have not alienated everyone, but only the hedgehog can stick to a path to win or lose to the end. But it is the fox who know when to dig in like a hedgehog who wins. Thus, credit is given to those historical figures who knew their strengths and weaknesses, when to fight and when not to fight, and won. The stories of Octavian and Queen Elizabeth are striking, as of Lincoln. Machiavelli's pivot of the relationship of being good to power is greatly appreciated. The power of hedgehogs to create their own enemies and thus their downfall through blindness struck me, as it was told so well. Teaching strategy and predicting the future were both areas that I always wondered about, and found that Gaddis explained clearly. The good professor can prove who is right too. If there's a lesson, once the teacher has done his job, do not look back and if there are tethers, cut them. Even the greats.

  • Clouds of Glory

  • The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 32 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times best-selling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly 20 years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good But Not Great

  • By David Wardell on 05-12-15

A Story of the Perfect Man

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

i heard about the author long sgo in his book on power. Lee is the Perfect case study off the power of love and awe, versus fear in a leader. Macchiavelli always said fear was better, bit Lee shows the opposite. Korda shows the power of leadership where faith. character, skill and action all merge into one man. Lee showed few flaws as a young man and even fewer as a leader. Seeing where he was mistaken through the lens of time, no real man embodied martial efficaciousness and saintly virtue, and evoked admiration as much as he did....with no reward but a quiet end. A perfect warrior, leader, gentleman and engineer. It would be hard to find all of these in American myth of the inventor, businessman or soldier, man or woman. But the best aspire to the same in their own way. Korda note that Lee the man gained his power of faith and philosophy from his wife, who gave him the power of secular sainthood through her strong religious beliefs.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hannah Arendt

  • A Life in Dark Times
  • By: Anne C. Heller
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist - extolled by her peers as a visionary and denounced by others as a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933 and became best known for her critique of the world's response to the evils of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Arendt's Life and Work

  • By Marcus on 03-08-16

Good overview of Arendt and biographer

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Book says much about a woman whose ideas are embedded in thinking. educated men
Also, a compliment to the biographer. I did not have to believe everything but now have a correct essence.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,788

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once over lightly with a nasty tone

  • By Helen Feddema on 08-20-17

feeds humanitarian urges for others

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-17

While at times, a person might think smugly how well things are under control due to use of antibiotics that saved his family more than once from life threatening infections, it is good to know how fast things can go to hell. Also, i always know Woodrow Wilson was a monster, but now know he actually had fangs as well as tentacles. Sometimes too colloquial, usually the humor or remarks hit, not miss. I suggest a time travel review to 2200 at least to catch the easy misses.

  • Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius

  • By: Robert André LaFleur
  • Narrated by: Robert André LaFleur
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

With these 24 accessible lectures, enjoy an adventurous exploration of one of the world's most important philosophical texts. Filled with rich historical context, detailed close readings of key passages, expert interpretations of larger cultural trends, and stories of Confucius and his most notable students (and critics), these lectures are required learning for anyone who wants a solid understanding of Eastern philosophy - and the ways a single book can cross cultures and go on to inspire an entire world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weak content

  • By dean on 03-23-17

Wisdom

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Comprehensive, cultural and practical. I hope i will not need a coffin in practicing remonstrance.
Dr. LaFleur caught a big trend with his observations about the ultimate fate of China. It can almost be plotted from the past to the future. It has yet to rise to the summit. Excellent.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Aging Brain

  • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

We're all getting older every day, and scientific research has shown that starting in our 20s, some brain functions begin a linear decline. But is old age all doom and gloom? Not at all! While it's true that some functions in the aging brain decline, neuroscientists have discovered that many other brain functions remain stable - or even improve - as we age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Older Smarter!

  • By Hadley V. Stacey on 07-16-16

power of knowledge

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

The program gives hope for a healthly, lucent life to a very old age, and tells what sciece knows today. We must learn to use the benefits of modern technology to support, not thwart life.

  • The Art of Manliness - Manvotionals

  • Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues
  • By: Brett McKay, Kate McKay
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

What makes a man manly? Master the art of manliness by learning about the seven manly virtues in this essential guide from authors Brett and Kate McKay. Each chapter covers one of the seven virtues and is packed with the best classic advice ever written down for men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must have for any aspiring gentleman

  • By Gunnar Flovenz on 12-27-11

loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Helpful for the man wjo could not listen as a boy. My family tried hard too. They did not know the men in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

  • Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
  • By: Dario Fernandez Morera
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain - "al-Andalus" - as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: It is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity", Fernández-Morera sets the record straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Courageous book

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-16

Smashes myths

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Even freedom lovers have been fooled that there was freedom in Spain that the inquisitor Reonquistas ruined. Their heirs razed American civilizations and stole their wealth. Now we know that if they had a model for conquest, rule and run, it was Islam. That alone created the dark ages, more barbaric and totalitarian than the barbarians. Who were the Visigoths? You will know when you finish and what happened to them including the persecutions. There was little freedom, no women's liberation, but there was plenty of slavery.


13 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures

  • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

After thousands of years of pondering it, we still find death one of life's most perplexing mysteries. Many cultures view death as a window into the true meaning of life. These 24 lectures looking at this often feared subject are an uplifting, meaningful, and multidisciplinary exploration of life's only certainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything about death and dying you want to know

  • By Jacobus on 03-23-16

Scary Cool

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Much to stand by here with jaws paralyzed ooen, especially later. Animals, killing and war lectures were disturbing. Plenty of facts also about dying snd why culture X does odd things. enjoy it. Perfect narrative and stories. I had a strong reaction against use of some people as philosophers when they are intellectuals. inly concern.



0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of Selling

  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782

How to gain the attention you need to succeed in any economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By JPM on 01-08-15

cool and scrappy

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

Sales in one really good anecdote. Don't you agree that if you see someone circling an object repeatedly, you can close immediately?