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  • Once a Warrior King

  • Memories of an Officer in Vietnam
  • By: David Donovan
  • Narrated by: Don Sobczak
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

He was a young American soldier - and the most powerful man in a remote rural District of Vietnam.

In the spring of 1969, First Lieutenant David Donovan arrived in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to work as military advisor with village chiefs and local militia to win the war.

But as he was the highest-ranking person in the entire district, his life there was far more complex than anyone could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on audio!

  • By Trucker john on 02-27-14

Tribute to all Vietnam veterans

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This writing touched my heart. As the proud son and son in law of Vietnam veterans and a retired veteran myself, this book helped me to understand the pain and anguish of loss these men felt/feel. I did not experience the same homecoming from Iraq or Kuwait that these men did from Vietnam so I find it hard comprehend, this book helped me in that regard (too late for my own father but perhaps not for my father in law). I did not suffer the grief of loss in the numbers of friends that many of these heroes did (I only lost one good friend in Iraq) but in some small measure I can empathize. Thank you LT Donavan, for sharing your experiences and your patriotism and your caring and kindness for your fellow man regardless of their country of origin.

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,782

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

Military leadership

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I was originally hoping to gain some leadership lessons that were unique to the SEAL team. While I was not disappointed with the stories (which took me back to my own Iraq experiences in 2003-4) my hopes for something earthshakingly new in leadership lessons were not realized in this book. It was a great reminder and made me think critically about my own faults and shortcomings as a leader over my military and civilian careers. Thank you Mr Willink and Mr Babin for your great service to our country and your sacrifice on behalf of my family and loved ones. Thank you also for your contribution to my continued growth as a leader.

  • Resilience

  • Why Things Bounce Back
  • By: Andrew Zolli, Ann Marie Healy
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Katrina. Haiti. BP. Fukushima. The Great Recession. Those are just a few of the catastrophic disruptions the world has endured in recent years. As we try to respond to such crises, key questions arise: What causes one system to break under great stress and another to rebound? How much change can a complex system absorb while still retaining its purpose and function? What characteristics make it adaptive to change? Provocative and eye-opening, Resilience sheds light on the nature of change.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Misleading Title

  • By Doug on 07-18-12

Some stories seem like they never end

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

Some of the stories in this book possess so much resilience that they go on incessantly. As if they are about to end and they somehow recover themselves and rebuild on their own. I love the fact that the author tells stories but some are overdone.

  • 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 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

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

Outstanding perspective of WWII

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

I knew previously that there were honorable Soldiers from all countries involved in WWII, however this memoir solidifies my knowledge of that. This is the story of incredible adventure, courage and strength. I should have dearly loved to have met this author. My father fought (for the US) in WWII in Europe and I am an avid fan of the history of that era. This is a fascinating portrayal of the good men who served under more than one evil dictator (we are told herein of both German and Russian Soldiers). We also hear of the pride and civility with which the enemy combatants treated each other even though they are fighting against one another.

Highest recommendations to others who wish to learn of not only the horrors of war but also of the compassion and the bonds formed even between opponents.

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  • Cybersecurity 101: What You Absolutely Must Know! - Volume 1

  • By: James Scott
  • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

The internet is here to stay and will continue to evolve. With the introduction and chaotic accelerated growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), online threats will only become more sophisticated and malicious. A baseline comprehension of cyber self-defense is paramount, and proper cybersecurity hygiene is essential to protecting yourself, your family, and your business from hackers and to thwart virtual threats that have gone viral.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very elementary analysis of cyber security

  • By Rob Gray on 08-21-16

Very elementary analysis of cyber security

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

101 is a very appropriate title for this work. It is useful to a senior level cyber security professional in that it brought me back to the "average user" train of thought. I was looking for "normal" user level language to help me to speak to my non-technical user base about security and data protection even though the language herein is rudimentary for me (since I have many years of technical experience). The reading, however, was often choppy and sometimes even robotic sounding.

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  • Future Crimes

  • Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Marc Goodman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345

One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes listeners deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you - and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book for all of us to help protect us

  • By Sandeep on 10-12-15

Lots of good/frightening info

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

Mr Goodman provides excellent info on the threats and bad actor behavior throughout. Also gives info on the good actors and reiterates that the good guys (law enforcement, etc.) can't protect us from ourselves (I.e. When seconds count, first responders are only minutes away). It is up to each of us to protect ourselves, friends, business, etc. Gives good tips at the end so make sure you finish and don't get so discouraged that you give up in the middle.

  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar

  • What Everyone Needs to Know
  • By: P. W. Singer, Allan Friedman
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

In Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®, New York Times best-selling author P. W. Singer and noted cyberexpert Allan Friedman team up to provide the kind of deeply informative resource book that has been missing on a crucial issue of 21st-century life. Written in a lively, accessible style, filled with engaging stories and illustrative anecdotes, the book is structured around the key question areas of cyberspace and its security: how it all works, why it all matters....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For those that don't know, that they don't know!!

  • By Kiel Hunt on 12-14-16

Lots of good background and context

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Mr Singer and Mr Friedman are incredibly thoughtful and thought provoking writers. This book introduces a great many policy conversations. I appreciate that the commentary is unbiased or at least presents both sides (private industry and public/regulatory) of the subjects discussed herein. Thank you Peter and Allan.

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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 3,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

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

Love the "war stories"

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

CAPT Marquet has great stories, examples and take aways that can be implemented in my own life/organization. He does not, however, have a great "radio/announcer" voice - should consider a new voice for future audio books (which I hope to see) - voice distracts from content.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,570

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

Don't normally give all 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Story has great mix of military leaders and business leaders both good and bad examples. GREAT book.

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  • The CEO's Manual on Cyber Security

  • By: James Scott
  • Narrated by: Michael Giunta
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

The CEO's Manual on Cyber Security teaches you how to educate employees as well as develop a framework for security management against social engineering, keeping your corporation one step ahead of the attackers. It also details how enterprises can implement defenses against social engineering within their security policy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If a CEO needs to know this...

  • By David S. Hawkins on 03-14-14

Poor performance of a poor book

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

Mispronunciations abound. Using the wrong words changes the context and message. CEOs of the average company (not including technology companies ) will find this book marginally helpful because of terminology which is only sporadically explained. If you're not a techie then you will be doing a LOT of additional research to make sense of this. Research is not bad but the title of the book implies that this is useful/actionable for a CEO. Most CEOs don't have the time for that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful