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Roger Smith

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  • What Would Google Do?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
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    Overall
    (997)
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    (310)
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    (313)

    In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

    Justin says: "A great place to start...."
    "My 3rd Google Book"
    Overall

    This was my 3rd book on Google and I enjoyed it immensely. The author provides a different perspective and different facts from the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Syrup

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Maxx Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    When Scat comes up with an idea for the hottest new soda ever, he's sure he'll retire as the next savvy marketing success story. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America, there are no sure things. Suddenly Scat finds himself scrambling to save not only his idea, but his yet-to-be-realized career. With the help of a scarily beautiful and brainy girl called 6, he sets out on a mission to reclaim the fame and fortune that, time and again, elude him.

    Kris says: "Perfect Satire"
    "No Story"
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    There are two "Max Barry"s at work. The first we will call "MAX" because he writes really amazing books like Jennifer Government and Lexicon. Then there is the second we will call "max" who writes junk like Syrup and Machine Man. The two books of the second Max are terrible lame stories. You should avoid those. But you must read/listen to the books of the first because Lexicon and Jennifer Government are awesome.

    For you Max Barry readers - where does that place the book Company? In my opinion, it is somewhere in between, good, clever, and interesting, but not awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tim Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Roberts
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    (118)
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    (95)
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    (94)

    The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This is not a book by designers for designers; this is a book for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking into every level of an organization's products or service to drive new alternatives for business and society.

    Cameron says: "Starts strong, then becomes an Ideo advertisement"
    "Way to full for itself"
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    ....You can transform the word by using design thinking to design solutions to colossal problems which non-designers can't touch. Everyone like Edison who has done anything great has now been rebranded as a design thinker. Design is cool. Design thinking is amazingly powerful, but you mere mortals cannot understand it....

    But they avoided really explaining what "design" and "design thinking" really are beyond ... learn from the user ... and make lots of prototypes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
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    (627)
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    (465)
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    (455)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    David says: "A history of the world before the West mattered"
    "Thank you for the history"
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    From a Christian country I knew almost none of this history. It was very helpful to see the past centuries from the Muslim perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    Overall
    (715)
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    (607)
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    Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

    Joel says: "Haven't We Heard All of This Before?"
    "Boring Food"
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    Um, this is really boring. He talks about all of the food that is bad for you and wonderful it tastes. But it does not have the magic personal style from his stand-up routines. So it just rushes over story, after story, after story, after story, after story ... about food. I just gave up half way through. Not funny.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Inside the Mind of a Hacker Addict"
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    Very interesting tromp through the adventures and addictions of a phone and computer hacker. By the end I was convinced that he was a danger to national security. Thank heavens he turned his talent to helping defend systems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    (13207)
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    (12022)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "50%"
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    The book starts with a good idea, then starts building. But somewhere it gets lost in trivial details that do not progress the story. Finally, it just rehashes a sci-fi story and calls it quits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Long, Charles Butler
    • Narrated By Matthew Del Negro
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    (358)
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    (250)
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    (248)

    On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery. This book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.

    Sarah says: "Only 1/2 way through and loving it"
    "Everything in New York is not Really Amazing"
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    Like many books about living in New York City, the author treats absolutely everything that happens in a normal person's life like it is amazing just because it happened in New York. If the same events were told of a person living in Iowa, it would be called boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    Overall
    (893)
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    (746)
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    (744)

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

    Madeleine says: "The Financial Times' Critique Doesn't Detract"
    "Sometimes Difficult, Always Enlightening"
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    This book has caused quite a stir among business leaders. So I had to read it. It is a difficult book to stick with. But every chapter reveals some facts, analyses, or opinions that are very enlightening. The author is French so you get a very different perspective on history and the objectives of an ideal society. A fair distribution of assets is never possible. I think the author recognizes this. For every possible policy to balance assets, the author provides historical examples of why that will not work in the long-run. In the end I am learning that societies have always been very unbalanced in the distribution of wealth and assets. Only the degree changes, but not the basic fact ... it is almost a law of economics.

    The most striking fact is the comparison of incomes and asset ownership.

    Top 10% of Income Earners, are the owners of 60% of all real assets.
    Middle 40% of Income, owns about 35% of all real assets
    Bottom 50% of Income, own about 5% of assets.

    This is a very big chunk of the population that are really poor. This extreme difference is the norm in many countries and across many time periods. Only the exact numbers change.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Machine Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts. Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon. A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement.

    Ken says: "Better living through engineering?"
    "Not the Usual Max"
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    I really like Max Barry's stories. But this one ... not so much. Imagine working on a story and you draw a line down the middle of the paper. You put the exciting parts on the right side and the dull details on the left side. Then you throw away the right side and white the entire story just with dull details. That would be this book.

    He did some interesting development of a couple of characters. But all of them do dull stuff over and over again.

    My thoughts - skip this and go read Lexicon or Jennifer Government. Both much more interesting and they kept the exciting parts in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (682)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Great Again"
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    Love Max Berry's stories. This one has a great, original idea, great characters, adventure, romance, intrigue. Always fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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