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Robert P. Lewis

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  • Full Battle Rattle

  • My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History
  • By: Ralph Pezzullo, Changiz Lahidji
  • Narrated by: Eric Pollins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji served on Special Forces A teams longer than anyone in history, completing over a hundred combat missions in Afghanistan. Changiz is a Special Forces legend. He also happens to be the first Muslim Green Beret. Changiz served this country starting with Operation Eagle Claw in 1980, when he entered Tehran on a one-man mission to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the US embassy where 52 US diplomats were being held hostage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • They need to find a narrator who knows military.

  • By Kevin M. Staples on 05-03-18

The Forrest Gump of Special Forces

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

If you’re an SF history buff like I am you’ll love this book. Changiz is one sharp character, and although he bears no similarity to Forrest Gump in that respect, the fact that he’s been involved in most SF operations from Eagle Claw (Iran) up to Iraq and hunting Bin Laden in Afghanistan makes this a veritable “blow by blow” of SF since the 70’s. amazing. Thank God our nation has people like him.

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,085
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,815

A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If It's Possible for a Narrator to be DESTINED...

  • By aaron on 03-17-12

A description lovers paradise

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I watched the movie quite some time ago, and as with most cases the book has proven to be a completely different, much more masterful animal than the big screen rendition. I only picked this up on recommendation from a book on writing that sung its praises for description and character development...very glad that I did.

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,217

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Life changing, belief challenging & phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

it's few and far between that you find a novel that really makes you feel it, down to your bones, that you actually become a part of the story and find yourself thinking about the characters between reading or listening, but that's been my life for the past few weeks as I listened to Shantaram.

My fiance has been trying to get me to listen to this audiobook to influence my own writing and to help bring my descriptions to a new level... but it did much more than that.

The story and writing is so strong that I feel it should be taught in schools and to aspiring writers to help them understand the most important tool in a writers toolbox: a life well lived.

And the audiobook performance...I have yet to hear another that comes anywhere near what I just lived.

Kudos to the author and narrator... you've broken the mold on this one. And, of course, added Bombay to my bucket list now!

  • The Creature from Jekyll Island

  • A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
  • By: G. Edward Griffin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816

This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting novel. Oh and it's economic history.

  • By Stephen on 08-31-13

The future scenario is happening in the news now, scary stuff

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I have had this book queued for a long time but finally started just before this election. Eye opening in its entirety to hear the historical evidence showing how so much of our education of history is drastically wrong.

The scariest part is the final chapters and doomsday scenario. Reading this after Trumps election in concert with the scores of young roving protestors setting fire to innocent businesses, media (and former president) praising them and news (including financial news) constantly screaming "THE SKY IS FALLING" because the cabals candidate didn't win, while all financials look strong and the stock market rockets upward.

Scary to know this has all happened before in our very recent history. But our version of history has been skewed by those who don't want is to remember their game plan.

  • Pitch Anything

  • An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal
  • By: Oren Klaff
  • Narrated by: Oren Klaff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,288

When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million - and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas. According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn’t an art - it’s a simple science.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just a Teaser - No Real Content

  • By Rick on 11-03-15

A must read for anyone in sales, business development or concern with personal growth

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

I've been a lot of various organizations that push books like crucial conversations or old-fashioned sales techniques and the old ABCs on me.

Bitch anything takes a new approach, and add to neuroscience two lessons learned.

After reading pitch anything, yeah rapid anyone who says that sales is a numbers game. Taking Andre Ranch and put science to work for you!

  • The Jedburghs

  • The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944
  • By: Will Irwin
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The first full history of the pioneering Special Forces units of World War II, dropped behind German lines into France to assist with the D-Day landings, told by a former U.S. Special Forces colonel with unique access to surviving veterans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoyed It

  • By Alex on 01-19-06

Great story

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

The story & history are amazing and should be required reading for all Americans. The recording quality is poor, but still an amazing story.

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  • 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 14,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,529

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

Malcolm outdoes himself on this one

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

As an author who narrated my own first work, I love to hear an author who does the same. As the person who created the story, they are the only one's who can truly capture the nuances, emotions and meanings of each syllable, and Gladwell take the cake on this one.

What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

I can only compare this to other Gladwell books, because of this extremely unique perspective, storytelling and research. I would put this one more on the level of "Blink," my favorite until this.

Which scene was your favorite?

As a father, the stories of the parents whose daughters were murdered.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I actually teared up several times, especially hearing about the murdered children.

Any additional comments?

Kudos.

  • 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 52,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,137

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

A Must have for anyone in business

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

If you could sum up How to Win Friends & Influence People in three words, what would they be?

Learn about people

Who was your favorite character and why?

No characters in this book

Did Andrew MacMillan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really, but it didn't make a difference

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I learned a lot and it influenced the way I act and study people

  • Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant

  • Guide to Financial Freedom
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,221

Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant reveals how some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and learn to become financially free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read/listen to this book - period!

  • By Chris on 11-12-12

Rich Dad Delivers

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

Would you listen to Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant again? Why?

Yes. A great look into the mindset of making money and the different ways one can accomplish moving into the "I" quadrant.

What other book might you compare Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant to and why?

Any good inspirational, business and motivational book

Which scene was your favorite?

The parable about the men hired to deliver water

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

It's a bit too lengthy for that, but would love to if I had the time

  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

  • By: Og Mandino
  • Narrated by: Og Mandino
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

This is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy 2,000 years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life, as told to his apprentice Erasmus. Hafid relates the story of how he became known as the Greatest Salesman in the World. His success lies in the wisdom of ten leather scrolls passed down to him from his master, Pathros.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

  • By Robert on 09-26-10

Choose book over audio

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

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

Yes, it's a good inspirational book for salesmen, but that's about the extent of it. Most other inspirational books can be applied to any form of business or entrepreneurship, but this is pretty focused on sales and sales alone.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I've heard a lot of different types of narrators and accents, but the heavy New England accent of the narrator on this audiobook...that's a first.

Do you think The Greatest Salesman in the World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No