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Kevin Riggs

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  • Osman I

  • The Life and Legacy of the Ottoman Empire’s First Sultan
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Osman I is one of history’s most important leaders; the founder of the Ottoman Empire, which conquered Asia Minor, most of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans before reaching the very walls of Vienna. Even after its demise, the politics of the Balkan states are very much influenced by the Ottoman past, and Muslim populations remain in the European lands once occupied by the Ottomans. The Middle East’s politics and conflicts trace back to the dissolution of the empire, and in Turkey, the Ottoman legacy remains a topic of national debate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More an Ottoman History

  • By Kevin Riggs on 02-05-19

More an Ottoman History

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

For a short book, it covered far more history before and's after Osman than simply his life.

The notes cover a large portion of the first part of the book, including the fact that there are no extant historical documents from Osman's lifetime.

A decent history but not particularly focused on Osman I.

  • Atomic Habits

  • Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,314

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving - every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Personal 2018.11

  • By Robert F. Jones on 11-10-18

Good Actionable Content

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This was a decent follow up to Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit but not as engaging to me.

What Clear lacks, by comparison, in the narrative space he makes up for with an actionable approach.

This is a decent investment for the time required. I would suggest reading Duhigg first.

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  • It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times best-seller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good to listen. Hard to implement.

  • By aayushvarora on 10-07-18

Good but mature

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This is a good handling of professional tensions. The drawback for me was the language used. The cursing added nothing that wasn't better dealt with through examples. Having worked through various professional cultures the accuracy of the stories told meant more than the exaggerated passion that followed through the profanity.

  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 43 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but not terrific listening

  • By History on 10-18-11

Great for interested readers

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Thorough treatment of over a half-century of European history.

I was drawn to this repeatedly.

I wish I'd had the written version to keep up with the audio book at times and to make notes for future reference.

  • Rediscovering Holiness

  • By: J. I. Packer
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

In this revised and updated edition of Rediscovering Holiness, the highway is once more clearly marked out for a new generation of listeners, pointing to true freedom and joy, both now and in eternity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not About Legalism

  • By Jerry on 02-13-10

Great topic & An Historically Great Treatment

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

The contents are good but something about the language, the authors metaphors and style, were challenging to me.

I recommend the book but understand anyone finding it a difficult book in which to stay in context at times.

I look forward to reading/listening to this again at a later date in hopes the voice & style feel closer at hand for me on 2nd consumption of the delivery.

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  • Cyber War

  • The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
  • By: Robert K. Knake, Richard A. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security-and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary

  • By Ken on 06-07-14

Great context setting book

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

I enjoyed this book but felt it could've been slightly more limited in volume whole still delivering the same overall value.

I would easily recommend this for readers seeking a socio-political understanding of the context and risks of national cyber operations.