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Jean

Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States

I am an avid eclectic reader.

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  • "Boolean Algebra"

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    This is a book that would have been better if I read it instead of listen or it would be a good book for the e-book with whisper-sync. It was a bit hard to follow unless I took notes. Paul Nahin covered the innovative ideas and history of mathematician George Boole (1815-1864) and electrical engineer Claude Shannon (1918-2001). The book explained classic logic vs Boolean logic in depth. He also covered how Boolean algebra is the bases of electronic circuitry that everything today works on. He covered a great deal on data transmission and its importance in day to day live. The world would not function without this innovated body of work. Allan Robertson did a good job narrating the book.

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    The Logician and the Engineer

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    • By Paul J. Nahin
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
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    Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use - from our computers and cars, to our kitchen gadgets and home appliances. How did a system of mathematics established in the Victorian era become the basis for such incredible technological achievements a century later?

    Jean says: "Boolean Algebra"
  • "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of ..."

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    Simon Prebble did a great job narrating the story. The book goes into more depth surrounding the times of Tesla. It gives an overview history of Serbia and surrounding countries. In covering the education of Tesla the author also introduces the reader to the professors that influenced him. Marc Seifer also covers in depth the interaction between Edison, Bell, Westinghouse and investors such as J.P. Morgan, John Aster, Stanford White and others. Tesla health, habits and mental health are covered. Seifer goes into depth covering the wide array of invention of Tesla and many are just becoming a factor in our daily life. It was also interesting to note that there are many more invention that the department of defense placed under a blanket of national security and no information is available on these inventions. This book has only made me want to know more about Tesla and his fellow engineers of the 1890s.

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    Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

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    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
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    Lynn Sherr has written a riveting biography rich in detail, largely because of the co-operation of family, friends and colleagues in sharing reminiscences and correspondence. Sherr also had access to NASA, University documents as well as newspapers and so on. Sherr was an ABC News reporter covering NASA and became a friend of Sally Ride. This is not a hagiography. I felt as if I was sitting down with Sherr over a cup of tea while she related a story about a friend; instead of feeling like I was reading a biography. Sherr cover Rides early life as a rising tennis star to gifted student. This is done by intertwining remembrances of family and fellow students. Ride graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in physics and with a goal of becoming a university professor. She saw an ad in the Stanford University newsletter stating NASA was hiring women. She applied and was accepted. Sherr covers the time at NASA in great detail. She married Steve Hawley a fellow astronaut and they remained friends after their divorce. Sherr tells how difficult it was for Ride to give speeches and be in the public eye because she was such an introvert. Ride was a member of the commission that investigated both shuttle accidents. After leaving NASA Ride returned to Stanford then went on to University of California San Diego where she was a popular professor for many years. She felt that the poor performance by students in science and math was a threat to America’s future so she founded Sally Ride Science to make science cool for girls and boys. She encouraged women to enter science, math and engineering careers. Toward the end of the book Sherr reveals that Ride was in a lesbian relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy for twenty-seven years. The relationship was known only to a tight circle of friends. Sherr states that Ride was intensely protective of her privacy. On her death bed she gave permission to O’Shaughnessy to reveal their relationship or not. Tams choose to reveal their relationship in the obituary and via interviews in this captivating biography. Pam Ward did an excellent job narrating this book.

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    Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

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    • By Lynn Sherr
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    A member of the first astronaut class to include women, NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances, she faulted NASA's rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She also cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.

    Jean says: "Captivating"
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A Peek at Chris's Bookshelf

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  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

    "Balanced approach on controversial topic"

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    In my estimation, this book does a good job walking the tight rope between "drill baby, drill!" and environmental concerns involved in the process of getting natural gas and crude oil from shale. I'm sure that many environmentalists will think that the author spends too little time addressing the ecological concerns and too much celebrating the figures that brought it in to being.

    The history of Fracking as this book lays it out is very interesting. We learn that Fracking isn't a result of Big Oil on their quest for increased global dominance, but rather the small time operators trying new approaches and technologies to make their humble operations profitable.

    My only major issue with the book is the timing. The story over fracking is still unfolding and it's impact on the global scene, local communities and the environment hasn't even come close to being realized yet. Due to that, the book's narrative fizzles out at the end. I was more interested in the first 2/3 than the final 1/3. I'm also not sure why Charif Souki, with Cheniere Energy is profiled in the book so extensively other than his interesting back story.

Daniel

Daniel Channelview, TX, United States 08-31-13

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

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  • "Narrator of the Year"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Masters of Doom to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Wil Wheaton was the perfect narrator for this book in so many ways. Imbued with a sincere passion for the subject, his reading of the two John's story is gripping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carmack. I personally identify with many of his traits, very forward looking and intellectually curious.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to him before.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Commander Keen Must Die.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, Wil Wheaton made this book absolutely sing. One of the best narrations I have heard in some time.

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    Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

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    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"

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  • 4.5 (11375 ratings)
    Steve Jobs (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Dylan Baker

    Steve Jobs

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    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
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    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
  • 4.3 (3721 ratings)
    Einstein: His Life and Universe (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Einstein: His Life and Universe

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    • By Walter Isaacson
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
  • 4.3 (1727 ratings)
    Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard P. Feynman Narrated by Raymond Todd

    Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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    • By Richard P. Feynman
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    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven Petersen says: "My favorite audio book"
  • 4.6 (1291 ratings)
    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson

    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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    • By Walter Isaacson
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    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
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  • 4.5 (573 ratings)
    Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture (






UNABRIDGED) by David Kushner Narrated by Wil Wheaton

    Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

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    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
  • 4.4 (463 ratings)
    Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal (






UNABRIDGED) by Nick Bilton Narrated by Daniel May

    Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

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    Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

    Ann Magor says: "A Shakespearean Drama"
  • 4.4 (304 ratings)
    Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by Gene Kranz Narrated by Danny Campbell

    Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

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    • By Gene Kranz
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    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    Jeffrey Schwartz says: "A different perspective but..."
  • Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Rosenberg Narrated by Kyle McCarley

    Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software

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    Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.

    S. White says: "A must read for programmers, software developers.."
  • Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers (






UNABRIDGED) by Fred Howard Narrated by Larry McKeever

    Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers

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    • By Fred Howard
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    The Wrights' longest flight in 1903 covered 852 feet and lasted 59 seconds. In 1905, Wilbur flew 24 miles in 38 minutes and the issue was no longer how to fly but how to cash in. Their effort to exploit their invention is a suspense story of the best kind; their voyage into flight and into American history is a gripping tale from takeoff to landing.

    James says: "Interesting but not hard to put down..."
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner (






UNABRIDGED) by Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell Narrated by Tanya Eby

    Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

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    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
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    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    R. Milam says: "Great story - but not for the faint of heart!"
  • Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeffrey Rothfeder Narrated by Mel Foster

    Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company

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    For decades there have been two iconic Japanese auto companies. One has been endlessly studied and written about. The other has been generally underappreciated and misunderstood. Until now. Since its birth as a motorcycle company in 1949, Honda has steadily grown into the world’s fifth largest automaker and top engine manufacturer, as well as one of the most beloved, most profitable, and most consistently innovative multinational corporations.

  • Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight (






UNABRIDGED) by Jay Barbree Narrated by Michael Prichard

    Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

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    Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America's modern hero and history's most famous space traveler. Yet, shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight, Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil's life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend - Jay Barbree.

    Brenda says: "Best book I've read in years!"
  • Steve Jobs. La Biografía (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Roberto Medina

    Steve Jobs. La Biografía

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    • By Walter Isaacson
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    La biografía definitiva de Steve Jobs, el fundador de Apple, escrita con su colaboración.Tras más de cuarenta entrevistas con Steve Jobs y con un centenar de personas de su entorno, familiares, amigos, adversarios y colegas, esta es la biografía definitiva de uno de los iconos indiscutibles de nuestro tiempo, del genio cuya creatividad, energía y perfeccionismo revolucionaron seis industrias: informática, películas de animación, música, teléfonos, tabletas y edición digital.Cuando el mundo buscaba cómo construir las bases de una economía digital, Jobs fue un símbolo de la inventiva.

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  • Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age (






UNABRIDGED) by B. Jack Copeland Narrated by Kaleo Griffith

    Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age

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    • By B. Jack Copeland
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    Alan Turing can be regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. But who was Turing, and what did he achieve during his tragically short life of 41 years? Best known as the genius who broke Germany's most secret codes during the war of 1939-45, Turing was also the father of the modern computer. Today, all who 'click-to-open' are familiar with the impact of Turing's ideas. Here, B. Jack Copeland provides an account of Turing's life and work, exploring the key elements of his life-story in tandem with his leading ideas and contributions.

  • Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space (






UNABRIDGED) by Lynn Sherr Narrated by Pam Ward

    Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

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    A member of the first astronaut class to include women, NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances, she faulted NASA's rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She also cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.

    Jean says: "Captivating"
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (






UNABRIDGED) by David Leavitt Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia

    The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer

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    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
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    To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary computer. Then, attempting to break a Nazi code during World War II, he successfully designed and built one, thus ensuring the Allied victory. Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, but his work was cut short. As an openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England, he was convicted and forced to undergo a humiliating "treatment" that may have led to his suicide.

    Rush D. Austin says: "First Audible Book I Returned"