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  • How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

  • Tales from the Pentagon
  • By: Rosa Brooks
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Rosa Brooks - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Once, war was a temporary state of affairs - a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today America's wars are everywhere and forever: Our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Today military personnel don't just "kill people and break stuff". Instead they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Read for Military and other Govt Leaders

  • By bettsgjb on 10-06-16

It's a marathon.. But be patient...

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Very detailed analysis of the military industrial complex and how it is spreading. It's a marathon of a book, and often time loses the civilian reader in nuanced inner workings. Nevertheless it paints a shocking picture our current state of perpetual war.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,042

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Gladwell Does it Again

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Malcolm provides solid evidence and explanation for those we call successful or best in class. There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

N/A

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

Absolutely. I found it hard to put the book down

  • Three Minutes to Doomsday

  • An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History
  • By: Joe Navarro
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was "reading" body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of Clancy with the best of Law & Order

  • By Lord Emsworth on 07-17-17

Overrated!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author could have thrown away about 20 chapters of the book and spent more time on the story while allowing his skill to speak for itself. He spent way too much time praising his own ability. The cornball sing-songy delivery by the narrator was the perfect complement to a stereotypical government agent. Nevertheless, what he was able to uncover cannot be praised enough! Just let someone else do it for you.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Navarro again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of George Newbern’s performances?

No! I don't know if he was using the cornball sing-songy voice because it was his take on what an FBI agent would sound like, but it got annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust

Any additional comments?

Shocked at the number of people giving this a 5 star story and performance.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Relentless

  • From Good to Great to Unstoppable
  • By: Tim S. Grover
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,203

Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Tim Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: You keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In "The Relentless 13", he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Philadelphia on 06-13-15

Great sports stories...not inspiring.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

I was engaged for the first half of the book. However as it progressed it turned into a collection of anecdotal locker room stories.

The performance at times started to feel a little forced.