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Rand Vollmer

20208 Heritage Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
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  • Radical Inclusion

  • What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership
  • By: Martin Dempsey, Ori Brafman
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Forty-one-year Army veteran General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and 41-year-old UC Berkeley associate professor Ori Brafman have been friends for almost 10 years. Though they have almost nothing in common, their collaboration has produced a powerful message. Their new book, Radical Inclusion, examines today’s leadership landscape and describes the change it demands of leaders. The nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great team.

  • By Jordan Morris on 09-02-18

Essence of Effective Leadership a Complex World

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Marty and Ori do a great job of explaining through examples from GEN Dempsey's impressive career, the keys to effective leadership in the Military, as well as in Industry. I recall a Speech Marty gave upon his return to Heidelberg, Germany in 2004, where he explained that "My Division in Baghdad was assigned 20 Brigades - normally a Division Commander leads just four or five Brigades. No way I could direct the actions of that many units. I saw my role as providing a vision and guidance, enabling my Team to get the Job done, and then protecting them from that 6,000 mile screwdriver emanating from DC." This Book explains why old autocratic leadership models won't work in the information age, and why "Radical Inclusion" is the most effective approach to leading a modern organization.

  • The Swarm

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely happy

  • By Katy Troe on 08-09-16

Another must listen Ender prequel

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Get to know Mazer Rackham and the dark side of the International Fleet. Well done.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,674

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

entertaining, but deeply flawed

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Would you try another book from Stephenie Meyer and/or Ellen Archer?

doubtful

Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favorite?

Daniel

Was The Chemist worth the listening time?

yes - I listened to entire book - but disappointed in the storyline

Any additional comments?

Author states that an airplane flew overhead, and commented that from the sound, it was probably a 3 place; - really? More importantly, the book's CIA Protagonists kill and torture as if that is just routine way of doing CIA business. It glorified better living thru drugs. Finally, just because they uncover evidence that USA VP Pace was guilty of developing Weapons of Mass Destruction, that it was ok for them to target him for assassination.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,455

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

One of my favorite business reads

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

A unique and important concept, concise, and top notch presentation. A Must read for any business owner, even if they already know what to do, and how to do it!

  • Wiser in Battle

  • A Soldier's Story
  • By: Ricardo S. Sanchez
  • Narrated by: Ricardo S. Sanchez
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Wiser in Battle is the first book about the war in Iraq by an on-site commander. Former Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez served as Commander of Coalition Ground Forces from June 2003 to June 2004. Wiser in Battle offers the full story of his tenure, providing a first-hand account of Saddam Hussein's capture, the battle of Fallujah, and the never-ending quest to take out Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening overview of the first missteps in Iraq

  • By Stacey on 07-04-08

A good man given mission impossible

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

I worked for LTG Sanchez in Baghdad. Don't agree with some of his politics, but have tremendous respect for his extraordinary efforts in an impossible situation. Sanchez's reading of his book helps one understand what really went on in Iraq during 2003 and 2004.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foreign Influence

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013

Buried within the black ops budgets of the Department of Defense, a new spy agency has been created. Unfettered by the oversight of self-serving politicians, it reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. Its job is to target Americas enemies - both foreign and domestic - under a charter of three simple words: Find, Fix, and Finish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Armand reads...

  • By Anonymous! on 08-17-10

character development lacking

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-10

Reader was good, storyline interesting, but book could have been much better. An example -When author described the main character as having been a professional athlete - makes one wonder why he was not described as having played three years of triple A ball for the Yankees. Many of the charactors could have come to life, but they did not.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bounce

  • Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very eye opening

  • By Joao Coelho on 06-14-10

a knockoff of Gladwell

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-10

Very interesting book if you've never read Malcom Gladwell's work - if you have, don't waste your time on Bounce.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Guerrilla

  • Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
  • By: David Kilcullen
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge."Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent if advanced

  • By Krista M. Haas on 06-18-10

A must read for military and politicians

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-10

Kilcullen makes sense of the asymmetric battlefield: what works, what does not, and why. Anyone who has been or will be going to Iraq or Afghanistan will appreciate this work. All of our politicians need to read this book. Others may find it boring in part because the reader reads very precisely (slowly), including a painful reading of hundreds of acronyms at the beginning that no one will remember anyway – this makes sense in the written version as a reference, but should not have been included in the audible version. Minor error: MNFI is Multi National Forces Iraq, not Multi National Forces One. Kilcullen deserves 5 stars – packaging of his spoken version cost him a star.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Gold Coast

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997

Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart, funny, sexy and just great! DeMille's Best!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 05-02-13

No Lion's Game

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-09

Lion's Game was one of my all time favorites. This book did not come close. I didn't like the characters, the plot, nor the reader. I know the author thinks this is his best work, but I disagree.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,966

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addicted

  • By Cynthia on 05-12-10

not for me - ever

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-09

If you like books with a lesbian criminal as the protagonist, maybe you will like this book - seems many folks did. I'm just sorry I wasted three hours of my life trying to find a reason to continue listening. Alas, I could not.

1 of 17 people found this review helpful