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  • The Dichotomy of Leadership

  • Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,874
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,298
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,262

Every leader must be ready and willing to take charge, to make hard, crucial calls for the good of the team and the mission. Something much more difficult to understand is that in order to be a good leader, one must also be a good follower. This is a dichotomy - a Dichotomy of Leadership. It is, as authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explained in their best-selling first audiobook, Extreme Ownership, “Simple, Not Easy”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stand By to Get Some.

  • By Ron B on 09-25-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

As an AVP corporate manager I was excited to hear a few bits of wisdom in a different form that what this book delivers. Maybe I should’ve read more reviews.

Found myself fast forwarding past the intro, then past chapter 1 after the voice narrator barked into my earbuds like a John Cena radio personality. I guess the affected growling SEAL voice is legit, as this is what they came from.

With anecdotal stories from the battle lines and yelling in my ear about gears, missions and the like, I finally stopped it. Can’t listen to another gravelly war story.

Too bad, wish I wouldn’t have wasted $19!

3 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,284

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars -- more resolution would give it 5

  • By Kelly on 02-02-16

Fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Compelling storyline that you can't help but feel for the characters and the narrator did a wonderful job at imbuing each person's voice. I'd like something with a little more of a plot or takeaway, but it suited my two-hour commute each day just fine. Now I am back to searching for another "Where'd You Go Bernadette"-esque book!

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,446

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

Captivating Plot

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

You couldn't help but feel for the protagonist and anger towards the aggressors. I liked the pace of the book, kept my 2 hour ferry commute exciting. Usually I don't like flashbacks in a book, especially when it follows minor characters. However, the author made it intriguing to hear about how each character fit into the overall plot, and kept you guessing "who dunnit?"

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Status of All Things

  • By: Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Kate is a 35-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner, she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something's changed. Suddenly Kate's real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history. Kate's two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she's really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Predictable

  • By Katpearl on 11-03-15

Good Concept and Distraction

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Although predictable, it was a great commuting book. Good concept and fun idea. Liked the narrator

  • The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Rachman
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103

Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-10-14

Captivating and a delight to read

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Some had suggested it for those who loved the Goldfinch by Donna Tart. In my opinion, while this story developed over the progression of the protagonist's life starting in early adolescence much like the Goldfinch, the unraveling of the characters in Rise and Fall was spellbinding and hard to bear in some parts. May have even shed a tear while riding the bus listening to this non-traditional story. Additionally, there were sever quotes I would stop to highlight in my Kindle so that I could keep them as tokens from a well-written novel.

Worth the length if you like character development and topics on family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful