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AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 14 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 87 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

    Amazon Customer says: "I judged a book by it's cover-story"
    "Just as disappointing as "Art of the Start""

    Garden-variety advice, garden-variety prose. Can't argue with the advice, but it's simply the sort of thing anyone's mom tells them. "Be a good person".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

    Silly question, really. If you prefer reading, read. If you prefer listening, listen. The book itself is unquestionably unmissable.

    What other book might you compare Thinking, Fast and Slow to and why?

    Not sure - I've read a lot of books on neuroscience and cognitive psychology...such as The Language Instinct, the Happiness Advantage, Predictably Irrational, The Invisible Gorilla etc. This book is definitely in a class of its own. Much more comprehensive. I love that this wonderful man waited to gain a lifetime of knowledge before coming out with his magnum opus.

    What does Patrick Egan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't speculate on this. The best I can say is that the reading did not detract from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Christian
    • Narrated By Brian Christian

    The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can "think". Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Turing Test convenes a panel of judges who pose questions - ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to moral conundrums - to hidden contestants in an attempt to discern which is human and which is a computer.

    Roy says: "A Wedding of Computer Science and Philosophy"
    "Quirky, poetic, definitely enjoyable"

    I feel a bit guilty only giving this four stars (not five), but I have to make it consistent with my grading scale. This book is unquestionably enjoyable. It is definitely a refreshing perspective, a very thoughtful exploration. Startlingly poetic.

    But, not particularly "meaty", in my opinion. That is, it doesn't delve into computer science - it's mostly anecdotal in its narrative. Nevertheless, highly entertaining.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Tornado

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Geoffrey A. Moore
    • Narrated By Geoffrey A. Moore

    Whether you're marketing innovative technological products or managing the people who do, this guide will help you maximize your company's success and profits. Geoffrey Moore's Crossing the Chasm explained the gap in the "Technology Adoption Life Cycle" products must cross before reaching the mainstream market.

    Jason Comely says: "Good, but not "blown away""
    "Another must-read for technologists"

    I work in the technology industry, and have worked with every "stage" of customer Moore has listed here...from the visionary/enthusiasts to the laggards. His characterization of these customer stages is so spot on that it's actually funny.

    Before the next technological marvel product comes around, get your basics right, so you can recognize which stage your particular product is in!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert

    Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

    Amazon Customer says: "A must-read for technologists"
    "A must-read for technologists"

    I work in the technology industry, which seems to progress in fits and spurts, through disruptive innovations that become mainstream products within mere years, not decades. This book was eye-opening in its exploration of disruptive innovations, the conditions under which they succeed, their effect on "established" (if) a disruptive innovation can be defended against by the established players..

    Very interesting read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "Made me nostalgic"

    As a computer engineer/scientist, I found this book to be simply beautiful. Like stepping into your grandmother's attic and discovering treasures, which brings back a flood of memories. It reminded me of the beauty of the field of information science. But more than that, it brought to life the familiar theories pounded into us through dry textbooks. It tells the stories of the people behind the thoughts that changed the way our world works. It weaves together disparate fields. As any great book should, this will make you look at the world through different eyes.

    So beautiful.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Bob Loza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Is the Internet erasing national borders? Who's really in control of what's happening on the Net--Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United Nations, or powerful countries?In this provocative new book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu tell the fascinating story of the Internet's challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s, and the ensuing battles with governments around the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mostly delves into questions of law"
    "Mostly delves into questions of law"

    I expected this book to "follow the money", and delve into the extent to which the interests of large corporations have molded the evolution of the internet. Instead, this book investigates the legal implications of a "borderless" medium such as the Internet. In other words, how do the laws of one land apply to content that originates in another land? How do companies comply with the variable free speech laws of different nations (China vs. the U.S. for instance).

    For me, I found it getting tedious about halfway through. Possibly more interesting to a law student.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Inside an astronaut's world"

    Mary Roach is not squeamish about inquiring into every dark nook of an astronaut's demanding job. But, in doing so, she reveals the extraordinary mental strength and courage possessed by these individuals.

    Throughout history, the people who pursue science out of pure passion have taken astounding risks, made extraordinary leaps of faith, their desire to *know* easily outpacing fear. That is what makes books like these a joy to read...being reminded that people like that exist, and they are the reason civilizations progress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. The content is interesting in itself, but the writing style takes the book beyond the realm of the ordinary. Dan Ariely knows how to twist a phrase. Wry humor peeks out in unexpected places, surprising and delighting.

    Delightful insights into the human psyche and social norms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crowdsourcing: The Coming Big Bang of Business and How It Will Change Your World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Howe
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Crowdsourcing" describes the process by which the power of the many can be used to accomplish feats that were once the province of the specialized few. Crowdsourcing activates the transformative power of today's technology, liberating the potential within us all. It's a perfect meritocracy, where age, education, and job history no longer matter. If you can perform the service, design the product, or solve the problem, you've got the job.

    Martin says: "A repeat from other books"
    "A little overenthusiastic"

    The author is definitely someone who has drunk the Kool-Aid, down to the last drop. Nevertheless, this is a useful collection of examples of a growing trend, a social shift. I didn't find myself in complete agreement with the author on everything, nevertheless it is a viewpoint worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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