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Gregory T. Hansen

Los Gatos, CA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (356)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "Awesome in its scope, great characters!"
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    If you could sum up Existence in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking storytelling!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Existence?

    The inexorable logic and analysis, as well as sheer human courage, that leads to thwarting a terrorist threat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the one where Tor Pavlov defeats and intelligent laser with the assistance of her AI "son", then tells him she's proud to have him as her partner. This scene sums up the book's intertwining of large concepts with human minutia.


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

    What if at first contact, the others say "have I got a deal for you ..."?


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by the three voices was awesome - it really helped keep the intricate story lines and personalities straight. Great job, all!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1415)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "He knocked it out of the park"
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    Any additional comments?

    Eric Ries' reading of his own book is very clear, very compelling, and well-paced. The material he presents is very relevant to those in today's fast-moving startup environment, as well as those internal entrepreneurs that are fortunate enough to be working with the support of a larger organization. The primary thesis of the book, that progress in an entrepreneurial environment must be measured and accounted for differently than the more frequent "next versions", is well-supported by example. I highly recommend this book to get a new perspective on what you do every day at work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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