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  • Every Day Is Extra

  • By: John Kerry
  • Narrated by: John Kerry
  • Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington. Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for 50 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written, and a completely engaged performance

  • By S.R. on 09-05-18

Great story by a great American.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

John Kerry is an example to us all. He, like John McCain, share the passion for a better world and expresses it clearly in the story described in this book. We need more Kerry’s in this world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Washington

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,164

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

A great historical account of the father of our nation

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Although is a long book, is by far the best biographical account of our nations father, General and President George Washington. I particularly love the way the I author interlace the historical event with letters and/or correspondence from Washington or acquaintances of him describing the mood or intention of the moment.
This book also gave me a clear understanding regarding the processes and protocols followed today by congress and the President of the United State. After reading the book I understood the words like “the experiment” when describing our way of governance.
Today, is common and most countries try to imitate the US democratic process, but when George Washington and the federalist started, that was not the case. This book shows a very different George Washington with feelings, concerns, and doubts, making him a human with a great idea and awesome spirit for the good of our country.
This is a must read biography.

  • Fearless Leadership

  • High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck
  • By: Carey D. Lohrenz
  • Narrated by: Carey D. Lohrenz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

As an aviation pioneer, Carey D. Lohrenz learned what fearless leadership means in some of the most demanding and extreme environments imaginable: the cockpit of an F-14 and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Here, her teams had to perform at their peak - or lives were on the line. Faltering leadership was simply unacceptable. Through these experiences, Lohrenz identified a fundamental truth: high-performing teams require fearless leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Mother Jug Knut on 04-30-18

Outstanding reading and leadership material

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Initially, I have red that Carey Lohrenz was referenced while researching about Kara Hultsgreen’s accident. I had read Scott Kelly’s book and was curious as to find more information on the accident, since he says he had reported the problem a year early and nothing had been done of that regard.
Not only did Carey clarified the stall engine problem with the F-14, but it also gave me so much more.

I had been a manager, and at one point a Director of Engineering, for more than 17 years. At the end I became so frustrated with managing that went back to become sole contributor. I highly recommend this book to anyone aspiring to become a leader of any organization.

  • The Restless Wave

  • Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
  • By: John McCain, Mark Salter
  • Narrated by: John McCain, Beau Bridges
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499

In a time when Washington, DC and the country are more polarized than they have been for decades, John McCain is the rare public figure who has earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. He is a model for bipartisanship and political integrity. In his 40 years in politics, McCain has never been afraid to buck trends or ruffle a few feathers. His words are more important today than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true patriot

  • By Diane Peresie on 05-29-18

A great book by a great hero.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I found myself struggling with the GOP, though I call myself Republican. After reading this book, I realized what was buttering me. I am a Reagan republican, I believe in a strong defense, a free and open markets, and a small government. McCain enters in this topic, discuss in detail the issue with Russia, the Middle East, and the Soviet block countries.
This man was there and met many of the leaders and personalities the have and are shaping the world as we know it today.
It was a great story described by an American Hero. I am glad to have read John McCain’s story, it opened my eyes. Thank you for your service to this great nation John McCain.

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  • My Story

  • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,526

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a heartbreaker, with a happy ending

  • By Andy on 11-08-13

A very courageous lady

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This is a life changing story. I am very impress with Elizabeth and her attitude, when most people would have duel in their bad fortune, she carry on and have used her experience to help others. I like what she is doing regarding her foundation and she is a true inspiration to us all.

  • All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

  • By: Paula Broadwell, Vernon Loeb
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In All In, military expert Paul Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The scholar general

  • By Jean on 03-15-12

Too monotonous

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

I admire General Petraeus and was very sad to see the way politics destroyed this great soldier and leader’s carrier. I looked upon this book with the illusion to learn more about this great man, unfortunately the reading is too slow, the reader does not do the general any favor. I would have preferred to read the generals point of view rather than a news paper recount of the events what took place.
Would have love get his thought process. I prefer to hear the story from the point of view of Petraeus, not from a second or third person point of view. I am very disappointed.

  • I Am Spock

  • By: Leonard Nimoy
  • Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190

Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two in One

  • By Lannielui on 07-18-09

Brilliant writing

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Leonard Nimoy will be missed. I love they way he integrates Spock into his monologue and opens to provide a greater understanding of his humble but brilliant mind.

  • Inside Delta Force

  • The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit
  • By: Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,848

Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both a How To book and a bit of history

  • By K on 10-30-11

Superb Reading and eye opening closing

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I started reading this book with an intention of reading about the elite combat unit called Delta Force Team. What I got back was much, much more.
Erick Haney shows the beginnings of the Delta Force, but then went to talk about events I listen to on tv or read about in news papers/magazines as I was in my late teens and early 20’s. It is refreshing and exciting to see the account from someone who was there, from the inside.
His explanation of what is at the root of the Arab issue alone, makes this book worth reading.

  • 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 39,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,008

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

A must read for all managers

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Jocko and Leif do an incredible job transferring leadership techniques used in the battlefield and applying to the corporate world of today. They show managing tools with actual life examples from war in Ramadi Irak and transfer them into a corporate environment. Their method follows discipline and structural approach, showing the reader a step by step guide on how to become an outstanding leader in the corporate world. I would have love to have this reference, back in the days when I was managing engineering teams as director of engineering.

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

A beautiful and endless love story

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

The first time I saw Prince was in the movie Purple Rain, was a great movie, but I was not a big fan. It wasn’t until years later when I met Myte’s dad while working at Intel PR. He was absolutely taken by Prince and the way he treated his daughter. That made me look at Prince in a different light. Years later, I heard of his passing. When I saw this book, I jumped at the chance to hear her side of the story.

Boy, was I taken by her story. You know a book is well written when it impacts you personally, when you morn the losses and laugh the happiness endure by the main character in the reading.

Their story is one of true love, especially hers. I can see that she lived a life time in just a few years.
God bless you and your daughter Mayte, and thanks for sharing your deepest emotions and internal beauty; yes, outside to.

I am very taken by all you went through. You have a beautiful spirit and I pray that you and your prince can become one again in the next life. But more than anything, I which for you to find peace and love in this one again.