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David F.

Fairfield, CT, United States
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  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 849

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

Didn't Enjoy As Much as I expected

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I found this book organized in such a way that I couldn't follow the points being made. The stories were interesting but it moved from President to President without a point that I could discern before I gave up. I was disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Business Law: Contracts

  • By: Frank B. Cross, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Frank B. Cross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What remedies are available if someone breaches your contract? These questions and the other important issues of legally enforceable promises are covered in these eight lectures. As you'll learn in these eight lectures, contractual agreements are one of the principal mechanisms for ordering life in society. Professor Cross lays a comprehensive foundation in the practical and intricate body of law that governs contracts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This lecture makes sense

  • By Cynthia on 01-11-14

Good Primer for Anyone in Business

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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: 10-05-18

Great overview at just the right level of various legal contract issues with realistic examples. Doesn't try to make a lawyer out of the listener but covers key concepts.

  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,335

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I thought

  • By Christopher on 11-03-15

If you're interested in a DevOps Primer...

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

It's a creative and painless way to explore new thinking about traditional IT operations and development models in businesses. Not a how to model but a good way to get started about a possible shift in thinking.

  • Caesar

  • Life of a Colossus
  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caesar and his times

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-31-15

Wow There's a lot here

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book has a lot of information in a lot of detail. It's a fascinating walk into a different time and does a great job of explaining some of those differences in putting historical events into context. sometimes it leaves us wanting for more details or for information that just isn't there and it does so unapologetically and with an explanation as to how historians think. If you enjoy this time period and enjoy these sorts of histories then this will be a great book for you.

  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful

  • The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
  • By: Sean B. Carroll
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo--Evolutionary Developmental Biology--is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging but rewarding

  • By Terry A. Gray on 05-26-10

Good but Deep

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Lots of great information and a fun adventure in science. This was one of those books that was sometimes difficult to follow in an audio format. It came together but lots to follow and digest.

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,649

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • private

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

A Good Action Story

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

This was my first James Patterson book. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I'll definitely be listening to more. Fun story and lots of action. Well worth the time.

  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen for Anyone!

  • By Debbie on 06-09-14

Really Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

It's fascinating how many of the things we hold true aren't. The speaker does a great job of factually backing up his perspective and presenting some interesting and practical medical myths.

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,115
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,134

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

It just stopped

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

The story was pretty good but when it ended, it felt like I was just getting into it. It had one of those feelings of a season finale with a cliffhanger. There were a number of side plots only marginally relevant to the main plot and the development of the characters in the final scene was somewhat lackluster.

It's a bit too bad because the idea was an interesting one.

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  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Detailed

  • By Carmyletta Renee on 05-07-18

An interesting examination of success

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

This is a data filled, we'll supported discussion of grit and what can make us all successful. Not much direct direction on how to improve but good topics on what makes some of us successful.

  • Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century

  • By: Jeffrey Rosen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Rosen
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Although the courts have struggled to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and law enforcement, the proliferation of intrusive new technologies puts many of our presumed freedoms in legal limbo. For instance, it's not hard to envision a day when websites such as Facebook or Google Maps introduce a feature that allows real-time tracking of anyone you want, based on face-recognition software and ubiquitous live video feeds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining & thought-provoking. Highly recommend

  • By Joseph on 10-27-13

Great information on important topic

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

This is a great course for anyone interested in privacy topics and the law. Good, solid information for all of us