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Last updated: February 9, 2020

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Audiobook: James Taylor

I just listened to ‘Break Shot: My First 21 Years‘ by James Taylor on Audible. Taylor recounts his first 21 years in very personal and moving terms while interspersing his wonderful music.

The audiobook is only 90-minutes long and worth every minute. Here are a couple of highlights that really resonated with me:

  • “Memory is tricky. We remember how it felt, not necessarily how it was. Songs grow out of memories.”
  • “We want to go back and fix something that has already vanished and can never be corrected. But we can correct it in a song . . . .”

This audiobook is free to Audible members and free with a trial through April 2, 2020. I would have gladly paid for this gem of an audiobook.

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Audiobook: 'Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations'

Retired Admiral William H. McRaven was involved in high profile special operations missions, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. 

He narrates the audiobook skillfully. I felt as though I was sitting in my living room hearing Admiral McRaven tell tales that made me feel great pride in being an American. Uplifting and highly recommended.

Ret. Adm. Bill McRaven interviewed by Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA on the “Intelligence Matters” podcast.

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Audiobook: ‘An Officer and a Spy’

Before listening to An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris, I knew only the broad outline of the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal filled with blatant antisemitism that divided France from from 1894 until 1906. The twists and turns during this 12-year period are amazing and exciting. It is sometimes hard to believe this all really happened. Émile Zola’s 1898 open letter to the President of France accusing the French government of antisemitism was both courageous and dramatic.

Robert Harris’s writing is superb and based upon through research. The book has a lot of detail which added to my enjoyment. As a result of this detail, I felt as though I was actually in France.

I enjoyed learning about an important chapter of French history filled with intrigue. The ending is amazing and left me wanting more, despite the length of the audiobook (a little over 16 hours).

The audiobook is narrated by David Rintoul, an accomplished Scottish actor. His intonation and pronunciation are exceptional and added greatly to my enjoyment of the audiobook.