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  • No Way Out

  • A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan
  • By: Mitch Weiss, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

In a remote enemy-held valley in Afghanistan, a Special Forces team planned to scale a steep mountain to surprise and capture a terrorist leader. But before they found the target, the target found them. The team was caught in a deadly ambush that threatened not only their lives but the entire mission. The elite soldiers fought huddled for hours on a small rock ledge as rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-gun fire rained down on them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By TRey on 07-20-17

Started slow, then was great

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

You have to just get through the first part. The second half of this book is riveting. I highly recommend reading this.

  • Lead like Reagan

  • Strategies to Motivate, Communicate, and Inspire
  • By: Dan Quiggle
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde White
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Lead like Reagan is a guide to more effective leadership, inspired by the Great Communicator himself. Drawing upon his time serving Ronald Reagan, author Dan Quiggle relates lessons learned first-hand from his front row seat to history. Using Reagan and other prominent business leaders as examples, Quiggle illustrates what leadership looks like at the highest levels, why such leadership is effective, and how it can be successfully emulated.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull, obvious, painful

  • By Alex on 10-19-18

Dull, obvious, painful

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This is more about the author than Reagan. Content is all obvious and cimmk. Sense. The few fragments of usefulness came accross as preachy.

  • House to House

  • An Epic Memoir of War
  • By: Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As raw as it gets

  • By Robert on 09-24-07

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

out of the three or four dozen books of this genre that I have read, this ranks in the top five. Very engaging, a true page-turner, and written by an amazing Patriot. Thank you David bellavia for your sacrifices and the sacrifices of your family. It's those sacrifices that allow me to be a father to my children. we are all forever in your debt.

  • The 80/20 Principle

  • The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less
  • By: Richard Koch
  • Narrated by: Richard Koch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802

Find your "critical 20%" and transform your time - and life - forever! The 80/20 principle - also known as the Pareto principle - is the well-verified observation that in business, economics, and life generally, about 80 percent of all results flow from a mere 20 percent of our efforts. In this thought-provoking and highly informative program, Richard Koch unveils the secrets to how this mysterious but practical principle actually works... how it is affecting your life right now... and how you can start using it to your advantage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long version of a short topic

  • By Susan B Sampson on 09-05-16

Obvious. Common sense.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Spoiler alert, the entire book can be summarized by the title. There, I saved you the time of reading this book.

if you have never heard of the 80/20 principle maybe you'll get some value from this book. For the rest of us if you've spent even 5 minutes thinking about how you could use the 80-20 principle then this book is a waste of your time.

  • The Third Door

  • The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers
  • By: Alex Banayan
  • Narrated by: Alex Banayan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 714

The Third Door takes listeners on an unprecedented adventure - from hacking Warren Buffett’s shareholders meeting to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to celebrating in a nightclub with Lady Gaga - as Alex Banayan travels from icon to icon, decoding their success. After remarkable one-on-one interviews with Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Larry King, Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Tim Ferriss, Quincy Jones, and many more, Alex discovered the one key they have in common: they all took the Third Door.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story saved my future...

  • By Laurimar Melendez on 07-08-18

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Very well written and full of interesting nuggets of wisdom from some very successful people. Couldn't put this one down.

  • A Handful of Hard Men

  • The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia
  • By: Hannes Wessels
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry. In the fight, he showed himself to be a military maestro. After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story- Title says it all... Hard Men

  • By rowca on 10-05-17

surprisingly dull and not well narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

what little detail is actually provided is of completely insignificant and uninteresting factoids. The majority of this book is dry and reads like an AAR. with a better narrator this could have perhaps been more interesting.

  • One Mission

  • How Leaders Build a Team of Teams
  • By: Chris Fussell, Charles Goodyear, General Stanley McChrystal - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Fussell, General Stanley McChrystal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

When retired four-star general Stanley McChrystal and former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell cowrote Team of Teams, they drew on their experience transforming the US military's Special Forces into a flexible and nimble force that could defeat Al-Qaeda's decentralized network in Iraq. They proved that the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of small teams could be scaled up to large organizations while breaking down the silos that frequently cause problems.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just Can't Get Through This Book

  • By Jeff on 09-24-17

very dull and mostly obvious

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

unless you are at least a middle manager at a large Enterprise this book is somewhat pointless. Most of its points are more or less common sense and obvious, though I'm sure many people will find Value in at least parts of this book.

  • SEAL Team Six

  • Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
  • By: Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,757

When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • unique among these books

  • By Allan on 06-13-11

excellent, a real page-turner

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I have read dozens of books in this genre and this is definitely in the top tier. I very much enjoyed this book and

  • Marine Sniper

  • 93 Confirmed Kills
  • By: Charles Henderson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has been only one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legend of Marine lore. He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines. His record has never been matched: 93 confirmed kills. This is his story. Powerful, chilling, and all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • history at its best

  • By sheridan on 03-27-08

Dull

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

the story of this Marine is certainly worth telling but the author managed to make this a very dull book

  • American Spartan

  • The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant
  • By: Ann Scott Tyson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Some have called him "Lawrence of Afghanistan". To the Pashtun tribesmen he is "Commander Jim", leader of the "bearded ones". He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, one of the most charismatic and controversial U.S. commanders of modern memory, a man who changed the face of America's war in Afghanistan when his critical white paper, "One Tribe at a Time", went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and on Capitol Hill in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE TRUE ARMY OF ONE!!!"THE SPARTAN"

  • By Hunter on 07-17-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

The story was very well-told and engaging. It's difficult not to become emotionally invested in Major Gant's story. What was done to him was a disgrace and a black mark on the Army's record.

Thank you Jim for your service to our country and the Afghan people. You're an inspiration, a patriot, and despite what some pinhead say, you're the true embodiment of what it means to be a green beret.