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SHELDON

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United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Bamford
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, the foremost expert on National Security Agency, charts its transformation since 9/11, as the legendary code breakers turned their ears away from outside enemies, such as the Soviet Union, and inward to enemies whose communications increasingly crisscross America.

    Joshua Kim says: "NSA Sunshine Policy"
    "Interesting Story/Insight, OK performance"
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    Story is very interesting. Bamford has access to info / insights that are rare for an outsider of the Intel community (hmmm) and this book is put together fairly well.

    The reader constantly mispronounces company names (like pronouncing Booz in Booz Allen like Bozo vs. Booze) also says some technical acronyms/terms in ways that are just off. Those things happened more than a handful of times and takes away from his overall decent performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (202)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "Very Informative but could be better edited"
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    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed the content of this book. Facebook's creation and rise is an intriguing story and David captures a lot of it very well. I had seen the movie "The Social Network" and this book presents a far more comprehensive and less dramatized view of the company.

    I think those interested in FB's creation, entrepreneurs, and general lovers of business would probably enjoy this book. Very interesting to follow the technical and business decisions... it took a lot of courage not to sell.

    My only "dislike" is I thought they could have done better editing the audio. Every reader is going to take breaths at pauses and ends of sentences but the listener doesn't need to hear him inhaling or wetting his lips/tongue. A good audio editor would remove those gaps/noises.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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