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Mark

Evanston, IL, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Krebs
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies - and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks - he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.

    RRiley says: "Risky topic, but Br. Krebs hits it out of the park"
    "Who knew that Spam was so interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Spam Nation the most enjoyable?

    Great book that really digs into the spam problem and what drives those to spend so much time and effort sending spam.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gabriel Weinberg, Justin Mares
    • Narrated By Drew Cuthbertson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Traction is a guide to getting customers, written for startup founders, marketers, and those interested in how today's startups grow and get traction. This book shows you how the founders of several of the biggest companies and organizations in the world like Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Paul English (Kayak.com) and Alex Pachikov (Evernote) have built and grown their startups.

    Zach says: "Decent book ruined by bad narrator"
    "Pretty basic information covered in book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book listed the ways to get traction but it was so high-level and basic that those that know anything about the web won't really learn anything new.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was pretty annoying since you could hear him take a deep breath before each sentence he read... very annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Horowitz
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (421)

    Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

    Mark D. Adams says: "Exciting and insightful view of a "wartime CEO""
    "Not relevant to small businesses"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Hard Thing About Hard Things better?

    Too focused on running large companies and not relevant to small business owners


    What was most disappointing about Ben Horowitz’s story?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Hard Thing About Hard Things?


    Any additional comments?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone Is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mitch Joel
    • Narrated By Mitch Joel
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    At last, here's THE audiobook that 21st century entrepreneurs have been waiting for - the inner-secrets of how highly successful Internet capitalists make millions by knowing who to reach and how to reach them online. From viral loops to social networking to how to cut through all the cyber-clutter, Six Pixels of Separation is mandatory listening for anybody who wants to expand their business via the Internet.

    Darren says: "10,000 Foot View - No Real Meat or Potatoes"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    The book was way too basic and didn't really dive into anything. More of a "what is the internet" type of book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Shields
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Mesmerized, at times unnerved, by his 97-year-old father's nearly superhuman vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an investigation of the human physical condition. The result is this exhilarating book - both a personal meditation on mortality and an exploration of flesh-and-blood existence from crib to oblivion. It's an exploration that paradoxically prompts a renewed and profound appreciation of life.

    Mark says: "Too much of the author's uninteresting story"
    "Too much of the author's uninteresting story"
    Overall

    There are bits that have interesting facts about aging but you have to sit through boring stories of the author's life in between the interesting points. I frankly don't care who he dated, stories of him going to ballgames with his dad, etc.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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