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Joseph Hayek

Casper, WY, USA
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  • American Soldier

  • By: General Tommy R. Franks, Malcolm McConnell
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

The Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, General Tommy Franks made history leading American and Coalition forces to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq, the decisive battles that launched the war on terrorism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An American's American

  • By Ron Toupal on 08-25-04

Gen. Franks is an officer and a gentleman

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Any additional comments?

I'm a 62 yr old former Infantry captain who served between Vietnam and Desert Storm. I am a liberal democrat who was very opposed to the war in Iraq, although I thought Afghanistan was necessary. I read everything I can about those wars and the lead up to them. So, I suppose that I should not like Gen. Franks. But if there is any military or political person involved in those years that I would like to sit down with and eat some barbeque and drink a beer, it is "Tommy." He has been criticized in other books by journalists. But to listen to his take on the events of 2001-2003 is an enjoyable eye opener. He's honest about his upbringing, flunking out of college and coming into manhood in the Army. He admits that mistakes were made leading up to the wars, but has no apologies for the patriotism that drove him and others. He is honest about those that he could work closely with and about those he found to be sometimes difficult. But he is gracious to all. Having lived in Texas for 20 years I can attest that he represents a true flavor of the best of Texas. So, listen with an open mind. General Franks is an officer and a gentleman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Share of the Task

  • A Memoir
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal
  • Narrated by: Kevin Collins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete ending

  • By Jfadams on 04-23-13

An Honest, but gracious general

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Any additional comments?

Gen McCrystal was a goof ball his first couple of years at West Point and he tells some hilarious stories about this. This is a long book that covers many, many years. He gives the most attention to Afghanistan and Iraq, as I was hoping. The General is a driven work-a-holic (4hrs sleep a night, eats one meal a day, runs 7+ miles a day). He just missed Vietnam and didn't see combat until much later in his career. As intense as he is, he is very gracious to others he talks about in the book. This is largely the story of the special ops in O.E.F. and O.I.F. from the view of the man in charge. The reader is absolutely the best reader of any book I have listened to. I thought I was listening to Gen McCrystal himself. He speaks directly about the death of Ranger Pat Tillman. Finally, he deals head-on with the Rolling Stone magazine reporter and story that cost him his job. Very enjoyable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Eyes of Orion

  • Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War
  • By: Alex Vernon, Neal Creighton Jr., Greg Downey, and others
  • Narrated by: Ralph Morocco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Winner of the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award, The Eyes of Orion is a highly personal account of the day-to-day experiences of five platoon leaders who served in the same tank battalion in the 24th Infantry Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for ROTC Cadets

  • By Joseph Hayek on 07-15-14

A must read for ROTC Cadets

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Any additional comments?

I was an Army lieutenant 1974 - 1978. Never went to war like these lieutenants did. But I had many of the same anxieties these five lieutenants had. These guys are reflecting back several years after the war. They each have their own thoughts and experiences. A couple lived in a bachelor pad. One stayed in the BOQ. One was a scout platoon leader, the others leading tank platoons. Some had great platoon sergeants, one had a horrid PSG. Some loved their company C.O.'s, some had weak C.O.'s. All had one great fear (as I did) "to let their men down." These guys are honest with their feelings, about the SNAFU's in the Army and about the growing up they did. Most of them won "Combat V's". If I were an ROTC instructor, I would make this book required reading for cadets...and then we would honestly talk about it. The reader is a little dry, by the story is so compelling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Panzer Commander

  • The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
  • By: Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like Forrest Gump ( a fiction )

  • By Randall on 11-08-16

From a former tank commander

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

If you could sum up Panzer Commander in three words, what would they be?

Delightful, Humbling, Forgive

Who was your favorite character and why?

Von Luck

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

Nice accent...sometimes German...sometimes French...but always delightful. He tried hard to sound German

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Reconciliation is Necessary for Soldiers

Any additional comments?

I was a tank commander with D. Co. 2/112th AR, 49th Armored Division. Military History was my minor in college. I needed to listen to this book. The reader does a great job. He tries the accent. Sometimes it sounds German...sometimes French. But always delightful. It only takes about 15 minutes to get used to it. The book is delightful!! But...if you want to hate someone...Germans, Russians, Blacks, Democrats, Republicans, Gays, Straights, Muslims, Christians...whoever!!!! You will not like this book Von Luck ends up saying that "forgetting" is good..."forgiving" is better..."reconciliation" is the best. He should know! Think you have a reason for hating??? You should have lived his life. I don't think he ever reconciled with the Nazis, but he did with everyone else he fought or suffered under.

19 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Area 51

  • An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,646

Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality, always more interesting than fiction.

  • By Zack on 05-20-11

Most thoroughly Footnoted Book I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you listen to Area 51 again? Why?

WARNING: If you are a deeply entrenched Neo-Conservative,you will not like this book. Ms Jacobsen is a liberal academic who does not hide her distain for the Atomic Energy Commission, General Curtis LeMay, or the disinformation spun by the CIA and USAF to hide their "blackest" projects. As a college educated, liberal thinker myself, I found Ms. Jacobsen's passion (both in writing and reading this book) to be delightful! I actually bought the hardcover book because I wanted to see if she verified her information with her sources in footnotes. There are 384 footnotes in the book. I personally only randomly checked out 8 of them, but they were accurate. This book covers many topics from the early Cold War era, some of which are only remotely connected with Area 51.



What does Annie Jacobsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her passionate distain for those leaders who mislead and likely endangered many US citizens in the early days of the Cold War comes shining through in her reading. (-:

Any additional comments?

I thought the theory that she presents on what really happened at Roswell was a bit far-fetched. But she is clear that this is the story of one man who was a source for her. Sometimes you have to be willing to read things like that account and give it some thought. That is the price of having an open mind. Very enjoyable audio book!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Books on UFOs That Is Out There

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 08-19-14

Most Reasonable Book on UFO's

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

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

There is sooo much garbage out there on the topic of UFO's, written by nutty ufologists or by arrogant debunkers. It was nice to get a book that looked at the subject from a logical, reasonable perspective. Credible witnesses presented with thoughtful analysis by the author, and no nutty claims one way or the other.

What was one of the most memorable moments of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record?

I really enjoyed the account of the Iranian Air Force pilot who played cat and mouse with a UFO back in the 70's (Iran was a close friend of the US back then). And I especially enjoyed the thoughtful analysis of our government's position on UFO's by two respected university political science professors.

Any additional comments?

Keep your mind open. Listen, like a juror would listen to testimony. You make the call. This is a book for peoplke who like to think through things, not make knee-jerk reactions based upon a mind that is already made up.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

All You Want to Know About Giants of Political Thought audiobook cover art
  • All You Want to Know About Giants of Political Thought

  • Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers
  • By: Knowledge Products
  • Narrated by: Craig Deitschmann
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Francis Bacon said that Knowledge is Power. But we often don't have time to read and gain all the knowledge we would like. The Giants of Political Thoughts provides an easy, systematic way to broaden your mind and your awareness of the greatest documents in our country's history and the great minds behind them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sheds insight to today's politics

  • By Joseph Hayek on 08-30-12
  • All You Want to Know About Giants of Political Thought
  • Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers
  • By: Knowledge Products
  • Narrated by: Craig Deitschmann

Sheds insight to today's politics

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

Reviewed: 08-30-12

If you could sum up All You Want to Know About Giants of Political Thought in three words, what would they be?

The book is a "sampler" of these three great documents. The book gives insight into the "political personalities" that were involved with them, and the changing dynamics of these men's relationships. It's makes me understand that the kind of antagonism that we see in today's politics is as American as apple pie. Lots of insight on Paine, Jefferson, Adams, Monroe, and Hamilton. A little on Franklin and Jay. Probably not the book for someone with a Masters in American Political History, but for an average reader interested in the subject, it's well worth the money.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful