Big Data does a fairly good job pulling together modern and historical uses of big data to help understand the concept beyond its link to computers. However, there are now many books on this topic and this is the most lifeless that I have read.
The historical, early uses of Big Data are the most intriguing part of the book, as they are uncommon in books on this topic. The writing, however, was monotone and a bit of a slog. Also, the author used the word "rather" to the point of extreme annoyance.
Recommend Signal and the Noise and Automate This instead.
I am a huge fan of zombie literature, but could barely make it through this audio book. The narrator makes every character sound like either a moronic surfer stereotype (the male characters) or an annoying twit (the female characters). The action sequences were slow, using false feeling military jargon spoken by unrealistic military personnel. If this is meant to be a very young adult book, then perhaps it is alright. If you are above the age of 13, then I believe that you will be sorely disappointed as I was.
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