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Mike M. Javanmard

javanomic

CA

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  • The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Avinash K. Dixit
    • Narrated By Matthew Dudley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Game theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It’s the art of anticipating your opponent’s next moves, knowing full well that your rival is trying to do the same thing to you. Though parts of game theory involve simple common sense, much is counterintuitive, and it can only be mastered by developing a new way of seeing the world. Using a diverse array of rich case studies - from pop culture, TV, movies, sports, politics, and history - the authors show how nearly every business and personal interaction has a game-theory component to it.

    Mike M. Javanmard says: "Missing the visuals"
    "Missing the visuals"
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    It is difficult to listen and keep up without the visuals. I do not recommend trying to listen to this. It will leave you going back and fort trying to draw out the diagrams.
    I may buy the book in printed format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Pilling
    • Narrated By Tim Andes Pabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In Bending Adversity, Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. Through their voices, Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Japan.

    Mike M. Javanmard says: "The Reader"
    "The Reader"
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    Good writing and matched my experiences of Japan. However, I did not care for the reader. If I was not stuck on a plane I would not have finished listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (434)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Kept Listening"
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    I kept listening and it threw off my sleepiing pattern. I could not fall asleep to the book as I kept wondering what would happen next.I do not know if it was te story or the narrator that gripped my attention. I highly enjoyed it despite losing sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kenzaburo Oe, Paul St. John Mackintosh (translator), Maki Sugiyama (translator)
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of 15 teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime. The boys are treated as delinquent outcasts - feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, their hosts abandon them and flee, blockading them inside the empty village.

    Mike M. Javanmard says: "Depressing"
    "Depressing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    an excellent story but depressing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the child who took care of the dog


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the main character refused to sell out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the killing of the dog


    Any additional comments?

    this book depressed me and made me lose faith in my fellow human beings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1009)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "very touching"
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    If you could sum up The Things They Carried in three words, what would they be?

    thought provoking, well done,honest.


    What other book might you compare The Things They Carried to and why?

    I cannot think of one


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

    the steady emotion of the writing.


    If you could take any character from The Things They Carried out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    the old man at the Canadian border.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4789)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2662)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Great Story but..."
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    A great performance of the story. The story was good too but it could be confusing if I had not heard the previous stories Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead, first

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3390)
    Performance
    (2926)
    Story
    (2931)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Call me a fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the humor that Scalzi brings to his stories. I keep finding myself downloading his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1383)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Interesting but got bored with it"
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    This was a good story but for some reason I got bored with it. Why? Dont know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1199)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Thinking of Planting Trees"
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    The story was interesting except the ending was to clean and happy happy. It felt good for a short period of time to realize that everything worked out but it would have been more effective if it had a sad more realistic ending.
    I enjoyed the Australian accent of the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2669)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1939)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "A True Classic"
    Overall
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    I had heard of this book but had never read it. I could not stop listening to this story. I would eat leave the table and back to listening.
    The ending was depressing and a bit melodramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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