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J D Williams

Tucson, Arizona
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  • The Long Haul

  • A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
  • By: Finn Murphy
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

More than 30 years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a trucker. Since then he's covered hundreds of thousands of miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Murphy whisks listeners down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shines a whole new light on moving industry

  • By Chad on 03-01-18

Came for the Stories, surprised by the life wisdom

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-07-18

The life of a long haul mover is naturally full of interesting stories from the road, and these are in the book. But Finn Murphy is not only a mover, but a man who has taken the injuries and insults of life, and translated them into the practical philosophies that any of us can use to make our own way. Most people don't like movers, they represent the stress of a major life change, and you just don't trust people with your stuff. Have you ever heard a good mover story? Finn always makes it a point to introduce himself and his crew, and reassure the client that they are professionals, and will do all they can to move the items safely and in a timely manner. He personalizes the job with names and faces rather than simply be objectified as "the Mover". Finn notes that we all have to much stuff, and will pay big bucks to move random junk that is not really needed, and could be donated and later replaced for less money. He also shows that the truck industry is truly "equal opportunity" His life is a clear demonstration that while we may fail sometimes, we can learn from mistakes, and build character by getting back on our feet. Finn is a well read man, who knows the human condition, and can write about it. And he closes his book with a story which you will never forget. Great narrator, great listen.

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  • Stalin

  • The Kremlin Mountaineer
  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers "one of the outstanding monsters of history." Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin’s life, character, and career. "It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust," he writes with characteristic candor. "But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but Valuable

  • By J D Williams on 10-18-17

Short but Valuable

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Reviewed: 10-18-17

Stalin was without doubt one of the worst individuals to ever walk the planet. This volume gives a short and concise history of the man and his atrocities if you don't have the time and inclination to spend time with someone who was responsible for more death and destruction than than anyone but Mao in China. But it is time well spent to understand the horror of Communism, in a world where the brutalities of the so so distant past are being forgotten. Hitler's Germany was a paradise ( Except for Jews, Gypsies, Slavs,and the mentally disabled) in comparison to the Soviet Union that Lenin formed and Stalin later lead. There life was lived by all in terror and apprehension knowing that anyone , at any level, was subject to instant defamation and slow death by starvation, overwork in a freezing Gulag, or simply a bullet in the back of the head.

  • Turning Points in American History

  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

These 48 lectures are your chance to relive the most groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States. They offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this lecture series is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Informative, Entertaining!

  • By Quaker on 04-01-15

Refreshing and Intresting

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

Another one of the Great Courses that educates and enlightens. This is a history course instructed by the brilliant Professor Edward t. O'Donnel that puts a laser focus on specific points in the national history that in retrospect became game changers on the American Scene. If you have a love of well presented American History this lecture series is an obvious choice.

  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

  • By: Mark A. Stoler, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark A. Stoler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591

To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical but Not Cynical

  • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

From The Colonial Period Till Today

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-17

In this series of well presented lectures Professor Stoler lectures with impressive logic that so much of what we think we know as taught in American Schools is at best half truths. An example is the belief that many of the first colonists came to the new world in order to have religious freedom. While that is true it was also true that many of these groups meant religious freedom to believe as they did, with the puritans as a wonderful example. Washington is revered as a great general, although he lost most of his battles. But he persevered, he kept the army together, and he inspired and lead a new nation. What are the real reasons we lost in Vietnam? These are some of the stories that need to be heard, if you care about American History.

  • A World Undone

  • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

  • By Andrew on 12-14-12

One of the Best Books on the Great War

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

This is a brilliant narrative of the first world war that truly paints a vivid picture of the causes of the war, and the horrendous carnage that resulted. It's a thought provoking book that brings home the waste and destruction brought on by pride and hubris. I consider the narrator Robin Sachs, to be one of the very best in this business. His voice and intonation are perfectly married with the text to leave a long and lasting impression.

  • Cavalier in Buckskin

  • George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier
  • By: Robert M. Utley
  • Narrated by: Roy Lunel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

George Armstrong Custer: The name evokes instant recognition in almost every American and in people around the world. No figure in the history of the American West has more powerfully moved the human imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically scholarly!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-01-15

One of the best to understand the man and the time

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

While there are some very good books about Custer in a crowded field, such as "Son of the Morning Star", " The Last Stand" and others, this book stands out as one of the best. Most works are clouded by the pre-set opinion of the author, and paint the man as a peerless hero, or a bloody glory seeking imbecile. Robert Utley does neither, and paints the picture of a man driven by ambition, patriotism, and possessed of a completely fearless nature, not unlike other Calvary Icons of his time. Custer was a fascinating man, and his story as well as that of the Seventh Calvary will be told for a long time to come. This is a great place to start, or continue a quest to understand the man. This is a great listen, with a great narrator.

  • One Million Steps

  • A Marine Platoon at War
  • By: Bing West
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months - a total of One Million Stepsin search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling

  • By David T. on 02-20-15

The Marines in Afganistan

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-26-15

This might be as close as you can come to the experience of the Marines in Afghanistan. The stories, and the courage of the Marines in combat will humble you as it did me. It will make you realize that there are still those men in this country who give their all, with no expectation of reward, and every chance of sudden and violent death. Thank God for the United States Marines.

  • Practical Shooting, Beyond Fundamentals

  • By: Brian Enos
  • Narrated by: Don Sobczak
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Brian Enos' Practical Shooting, Beyond Fundamentals - often considered the competitive shooter's bible - includes in-depth coverage of the technical and mental aspects of training and competition, and will offer new insights as you continue to improve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good information.

  • By Jonathon A. on 06-13-16

Mindset for Shooting

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

If you carry a gun as an essential skill of your livelihood, ( As I do) , and you understand that your state of mind is key to reaching that level of performance you hope, and train to achieve, this is your book. If you are a trainer of the art and skill of shooting ( As I am) you will quickly understand the value of this book. Anyone who understands the necessity of the mind in all physical endeavors, and to triumph in violent encounters will in short see the wisdom of this volume.

  • The Emerald Mile

  • The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
  • By: Kevin Fedarko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!

  • By Mike on 04-11-15

A History of America and the Colorado River

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-15

Great book on the Colorado River, Lake Powell, The Glenn Canyon Dam and the River Runners who took advantage of the great deluge of 1983 to break all records. Exciting and inspirational, A history of the Dams- Hoover and Glenn Canyon, the beginning of the effort to save the wilderness areas of America, and the men and women who ran the river. If you love the outdoors and the west you will love this book. Absolutely great!

  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,935

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

A perfect way to Understand the "Drug War"

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-15

The best way to read this, as recommended by the New York Times is to read this and "The Cartel" in sequence as a Part 1 and a Part 2. The two books span 40 years of the longest war in our history, The Drug War. Although this is a fictional account, you can clearly see the real headlines behind the writing, and begin to make some sense of a very complicated story that over these years that has consumed so much blood and treasure. Winslow is a powerful writer, and this is one of his best. These books will consume your thoughts for some time to come. Ray Porter brings the story to life.