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  • Killing Rommel

  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humble Hero

  • By Mark Patterson on 11-19-08

Decent story line

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't a bad book. The story line wasn't incredibly captivating. It was hard to visualize the story as it was read.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Another military style book, maybe Band of Brothers.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The story takes a detour at the beginning to the main characters earlier life in college. I thought it was leading to some part of the plot but ended being of no significance in my opinion. There were a few captivating moments in the story. But overall was a mediocre book.

  • 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 41,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,121

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 must on any professional reading list

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

If you could sum up Extreme Ownership in three words, what would they be?

They nailed it!

What did you like best about this story?

How they took a story from their experience in combat and applied their concept to the story and then to a civilian world business example.

What about Jocko Willink and Leif Babin ’s performance did you like?

Well read and narrated. Very simple to understand and follow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily, but I seldom listen to any book all in one sitting. Great book though.

  • Why We Lost

  • A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
  • By: Daniel Bolger
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Over a 35-year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in meetings with top-level military and civilian players, where strategy was made and managed. At the same time, he regularly carried a rifle alongside rank-and-file soldiers in combat actions - unusual for a general.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An apolitical account of our recent wars.

  • By Don Middleton on 04-07-15

Good book on Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

What did you like best about Why We Lost? What did you like least?

This book drew a good broad picture on the wars and why they failed. You can see from a managerial perspective of the wars the many shortcomings that came from lack of planning and execution on the coalition's part in the matter of sustainment operations for the war country. It was a long listen and had a big focus on the Iraq war and not nearly as much on the war in Afghanistan. The author described many small stories in the wars that really didn't tie into the bigger picture of the story. Kind of seemed like filler.

Do you think Why We Lost needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,728

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

A must for any professional reading list

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

The author laid the material out very well and easy to understand. It is so practical the way the author explains understanding habits. Any leader in any professional industry should read this. This will help you understand the habits of others and potentially their behavioral tendencies.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the story of Paul O'Niel changing the culture of ALCOA by focusing on the safety of his workers resulting in quadrupling of profits for the company.

What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not sure

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

How habits are changed or formed

Any additional comments?

No

  • Crucial Conversations

  • Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
  • By: Kerry Patterson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Grenny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,504

Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There is something useful here

  • By Michael on 11-20-13

Decent short read/listen

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book, but behind a few other books first. Some great concepts, but the author jumps around quite a bit from concept to concept.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The author needed to stay on subject or story long enough to finish the thought or story he was telling.

What about Joseph Grenny’s performance did you like?

There were some really good concepts and examples for how/when to apply the concepts for crucial conversations.

Do you think Crucial Conversations needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the book is detailed enough.

Any additional comments?

No

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,417

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

What disappointed you about The Forever War?

Very disappointing storyline. There is next to no reading on the fighting in the war they were in. Story was just not that deep or interesting. You spend a good portion of the book wondering where the storyline is even going. There are some interesting concepts about space travel, it was just not my cup of tea.

What was most disappointing about Joe Haldeman’s story?

Lack of substance in the storyline.

How could the performance have been better?

More detail and buildup to a bigger story. The book needed more information on the fighting in the war.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Abandoned in Hell

  • The Fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate
  • By: William Albracht, Marvin Wolf
  • Narrated by: Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

In October 1969, Captain William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared. At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army regiments - some 6,000 men - crossed the Cambodian border and attacked.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By joe on 04-12-16

Great story from Vietnam

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

This was a good book. Not as captivating as I thought. Author didn't give a lot of detail in first half in order to draw a good mental picture. These men went through hell and the book describes that fairly decently.

  • American Spartan

  • The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant
  • By: Ann Scott Tyson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Some have called him "Lawrence of Afghanistan". To the Pashtun tribesmen he is "Commander Jim", leader of the "bearded ones". He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, one of the most charismatic and controversial U.S. commanders of modern memory, a man who changed the face of America's war in Afghanistan when his critical white paper, "One Tribe at a Time", went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and on Capitol Hill in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE TRUE ARMY OF ONE!!!"THE SPARTAN"

  • By Hunter on 07-17-14

Must read

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

Incredibly written and read. Flows smoothly and keeps you wanting more. This book will make you rethink how we have approached both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.