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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,782

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

It builds

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I picked this up right after We Are Bob. It took a few chapters for me to really get into it, but man I’m glad I stuck it out. It builds and builds getting better and better. Highly recommend.

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,341
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,263

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Christine on 12-01-18

It was good...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Interesting podcast type of format, but it allowed for additional detail. If you can’t get past the use of the F Bomb a lot...skip this.

  • The Urban Farmer

  • Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land
  • By: Curtis Allen Stone
  • Narrated by: Diego Footer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

There are 20 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A dry telling of some great information.

  • By Kyle Adams on 11-25-17

Very detailed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Having watched quite a bit of Curtis’ YouTube content, this was a full collection of what he provides there. Very, very beneficial information.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,270

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Blocking off time each day to work without distractions will make you more productive

  • By M.J. on 11-17-16

Academics ONLY

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-17

If you work in any kind of operational environment, this is not the book for you. I really struggled through the first 4 chapters...straining to not give up. Those first chapters consist of the author referencing other academics, as if this was a research paper. I finally skipped that last half of chapter four. On to the good part, so I thought... Give me some rules, as the title explains. Well, those don't help either unless you work at a university and can lock yourself in an office for at least 5 hours a day. Let me sum it up, turn off your phone and email (wow, thanks...original idea there that is not in hundreds of other books, but yeah, good advise). Then, get rid of all of your social media....eye roll. He even talks about one "professor" who happily tells the world that he gave up all email on January 1st 1990....yeah, 1990.... Ok, now batch your work. Yet, another example of another "professor" that only teaches in the fall and researches in the spring and summer so he can "deep work".

I was looking for a couple pointers on how to "focus in a distracted world", and what I learned was that I need to become a university professor.

137 of 146 people found this review helpful

  • The Total Money Makeover

  • A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,967

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy makes sense

  • By Alexandra on 02-11-14

Life Changing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Like many others, my family's life has been transformed by this book. I've listened multiple times and referred it to many people.

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,375

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Must read for anyone that works...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Honey and vinegar...that easily sums up this book, but there is so much more to it than that. Even thought it was written almost a century ago, you would never know. No matter what business or industry you are in, this is a must read if you want to take it to the next level.

  • It's Our Ship

  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership
  • By: Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
  • Narrated by: Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The story of Captain Abrashoff and his command of USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. By governing his ship through his unique management techniques, Abrashoff turned the Benfold into a model of naval efficiency, with amazing cost savings, the highest gunnery score in the Pacific Fleet, and a highly motivated and top performing crew. Here, Abrashoff focuses on leadership, motivational, and management insights.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the book was fine, just want unabridged

  • By Daniel on 04-20-15

Go to Book for Leadership

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I have listened to this book numerous times. It is a go to for me. The stories are great and the lessons of leadership are timeless. It's an easy read/listen. It's a top three leadership that I've ever read, and I've gone through a lot of them...

  • Hobby Farming for Dummies

  • By: Theresa Husarik
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

Do you long for the country life? Hobby Farming For Dummies is a practical guide that will show you how to handle all the basics of small-scale farming, from growing healthy crops to raising livestock and managing your property. You'll see how to decide what to farm, provide shelter and utilities, select plants, and protect your investment. It's all you need to dig in and start growing!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just for me

  • By Roswell P. Kitten on 03-01-15

Mmeehhh

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-17

It's ok. I forced myself to finish it in case I might get a good nugget. It's not captivating.

  • Death by Meeting

  • A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Jack Arthur
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

In his latest engrossing work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive and not too academic

  • By Jim Hill on 12-18-04

Really good...but...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-16

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Lencioni, and this is a great story/read. However, the vast...vast majority of leadership is not the executives on the C floor. They are the middle managers. I have yet to find a really good resource for this very overlooked area of leadership. All of Lencioni's works are aimed at the CEO and Executives. I do get great insight from his engaging style, but there are not a lot of examples, if any, for leading from the middle of an organization.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,859

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

A little disappointed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-16

***Update. I now “get” this. I follow the Jocko podcast and have read the dichotomy of Leadership. It all makes sense now. My previous review was short sighted and clouded by ego.

I work in the IT field and a leadership capacity. We have different divisions that we are required to work with in order to complete the mission. What I felt lacking was a discussion on how to handle leadership in other areas that directly impacts your mission, yet they don't "pull their weight". There is a big fierce between making an excuse and actually having an impediment that you cannot control no matter how much you take ownership. What I heard was that we should "talk" with them and build relationships. That's great to say in a book, and believe me I have tried, but it's lacking true real world application. I am a vet and thoroughly respect the authors, but for me, there was little meat that I can actually use.