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  • On Grand Strategy

  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

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

Unfocused

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

The author failed to create a clear, focused narrative. He was regularly sidetracked down unhelpful paths and did not provide a clear picture of the topic.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,168

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

The kind of book you don't want to end.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Absolutely amazing book. I looked forward to every commute, even hoping the drive would be slower than usual.
The story was original and fun and the narration was excellent.
So made 80s references made it especially fun for someone who grew up then. It would be great even for those who weren't familiar with that decade though.

  • Omega Rising

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337

Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi -- For a Change

  • By James on 12-21-14

Simple and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

The Author's black fleet trilogy was so good I thought I'd try this series.
Unfortunately, with shallow and simple characters and a plot line that was completely predictable, it didn't live up to the other books.

  • Leadership & Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • struggled

  • By Misty on 01-24-17

Leadership fable

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

When authors choose to tell a fictional story to illustrate their ideas it's usually because the ideas are pretty thin.
That's the case in this book as well. The central idea is to treat others the way you know you should. Good idea but it could have been presented in a pamphlet.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,629

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

Rip-roaring Ride!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

No augmented humans, no shields on ships - just warp drives and big guns on battleships in space. The story is great with interesting characters and a fast-moving plot. Things make sense and there's little disbelief that you'll have to suspend. Mark Boyett does a great job with the performance as well, differentiating voices and putting the emotion into the dialogue.

It was a great listen and I'm downloading the sequel immediately. The third of the series doesn't appear to be on audible however.

  • Unstoppable

  • Harnessing Science to Change the World
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056

Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future. In Unstoppable, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The End is Nye

  • By Mark on 09-06-17

Bye is always great

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

Nye is always an engaging author and speaker. Very well written and persuasive book. Would recommend to anyone interested in science and/or the environment.

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,881
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,180
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,175

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

Richard Armitage is awesome

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Richard Armitage does an incredible job with narrating this story, differentiating the voices and adding emotion throughout.
The story itself requires attention to follow and is more of a morality tale than a drama. Interesting though.

  • Homeland

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,849

This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among the drow, all trust is foolish.

  • By Pi on 04-26-13

Amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

When you look forward to your commute each day, you know you've picked up a great audiobook. I listened to this trilogy over the span of two weeks and found the characters interesting and the story engaging.

The writing is a bit simplistic at times but the narration by Victor Bevine is great.

Thoroughly enjoyable and I've moved on to the next series of Drizzt books.

  • Naked Statistics

  • Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basic, but very well explained

  • By Philo on 05-17-13

Solid and digestable summary of statistics

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

Reviewed: 11-06-13

Very well written - engaging and interesting. It's a stats class that woudl have been fun to take in school. Covers basic stats from mean and median up to regression analysis and things to watch for when interpreting these statistics.

Due to the content, it's sometimes difficult to follow in the audio version and a visual would have been helpful but otherwise, a useful and worthwhile discussion of important understandings of the use of statistics in the real world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,361

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Good but not the best

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

Reviewed: 10-20-13

Gladwell is a gifted writer and an exceptional narrator. He brings these talents to bear on his newest book and deliveres a great performance as usual. Unfortunately, the content isn't as strong as a couple of his previous books. The connections between the stories and his overall premise is a bit stretched at times and occasionally difficult to see how they relate.

Still a good buy however with some solid takeaways and as usual, a new perspective on the world.