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  • The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IMHO, TGD is Lewis' Best Work of Fiction

  • By Tim on 06-02-05

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Not what I had expected from a Christian author. The stories were interesting on the theoretical level. His interesting viewpoint on the idea of humanity and death was worth listening to, but his conclusions were too open.

  • On Killing

  • The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
  • By: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
  • Narrated by: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555

The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More to it than I knew.

  • By Larsen on 09-12-11

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Helps open up the concept of killing on a wider perspective. Uncovers conditioning and it’s effects on the military and society.

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  • This Kind of War

  • The Classic Korean War History
  • By: T. R. Fehrenbach
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

This Kind of War is a monumental study of the conflict that began in June 1950. Successive generations of U.S. military officers have considered this book an indispensable part of their education. T. R. Fehrenbach's narrative brings to life the harrowing and bloody battles that were fought up and down the Korean Peninsula.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "On their society must fall the blame"

  • By Aser Tolentino on 10-07-12

Outstanding history of the Korean Conflict

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

The author did an outstanding job of displaying America’s reluctant call to the “far frontier“ at the beginning of the Korean conflict. He lays out the follies of America’s position, and provides solutions for the future by informing his readers. The speaker does a great job bringing the characters to life through his tones.

  • The Purpose Driven Life

  • What on Earth Am I Here For?
  • By: Rick Warren
  • Narrated by: Rick Warren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

Translated into over 50 languages, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey that has transformed millions of lives. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ FOR CHRISTIANS

  • By CYNDI on 06-08-15

Great points but hard to stay plugged in

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I found it difficult to stay engaged during portions of the book, and took a break in listening to it because it didn't keep me drawn in. Author occasionally becomes emotional, which was distracting. But he has a lot of great points & a good overall thesis.

  • Left of Boom

  • How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
  • By: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work, he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustratingly [REDACTED]

  • By Csaba Turkosi on 12-29-16

Not what I thought it would be

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

The book is more about his personal life and issues than learning how to get ahead of terrorists' cycle to prevent incidents. So much of the book is redacted that it takes away from the story (with long musical pauses).

  • Knowing the Enemy

  • Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror
  • By: Mary Habeck
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

After September 11, Americans agonized over why 19 men hated the United States enough to kill 3,000 civilians in an unprovoked assault. Analysts have offered a wide variety of explanations for the attack, but the one voice missing is that of the terrorists themselves. This penetrating book is the first to present the inner logic of al-Qaeda, and like-minded extremist groups, by which they justify September 11 and other terrorist attacks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very articulately researched

  • By edquigle on 07-28-17

Very articulately researched

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

the author clearly did in depth research and shows a great understanding of the enemy's perspective and how to "defeat" them. The book is likewise often dry because of the sheer volume of "data" laid out in her review. I was disappointed that she spent only about one paragraph synthesizing how the information tied together to motivate the 9-11 attackers and didn't address the issue in much detail.

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  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait to put this to work-track needs editing

  • By Bret on 07-26-13

Great leadership book

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

The book is great. The reader's voice isn't quite what I'd imagine when considering a naval captain. There were a few repeats in dialog.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,653
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,540

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

This book changed not only the way I listen & interpret what I hear but how I deal with issues from negotiating to talking politics. Glad this expert was willing to share his experiences. The readers voice is a little gruffly, which fits the context of most of the book but not always.

  • Tiger Force

  • A True Story of Men and War
  • By: Michael Sallah, Mitch Weiss
  • Narrated by: Harry Chase
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

The product of years of investigative reporting, interviews around the world, and the discovery of an astonishing array of classified information, Tiger Force is a masterpiece of journalism. Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for their Tiger Force reporting, Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss have uncovered the last great secret of the Vietnam War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story, well told

  • By edquigle on 06-18-16

Amazing story, well told

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

Reader does a great job covering the story and investigation in an intriguing manner. I heard about this war crime from my Captain's Career Course instructor and was disturbed to see just how bad the massacres were, and how terrible men can be when they are not held accountable for their actions.

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  • Red Team

  • How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy
  • By: Micah Zenko
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Red teaming. It is a practice as old as the Devil's Advocate, the 11th-century Vatican official charged with discrediting candidates for sainthood. Today, red teams - comprised primarily of fearless skeptics and those assuming the role of saboteurs who seek to better understand the interests, intentions, and capabilities of institutions or potential competitors - are used widely in both the public and private sector.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive

  • By Pax S Whitmore on 07-12-16

Interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Wasn't as good as I had hoped, but quite informative. The author repeats some of the same points and stories in part, but it's overall a well rounded, well researched, book. Would recommend to anyone in the intelligence community but not necessarily for the average reader.

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