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  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (861)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "An eye-opener, well told"
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    The title is spot on when is says algorithms "rule our world." The scope, extent and impact of algorithms is mind-blowing.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (386)

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "Rambling tale of Americans in WWII London"
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    I expected this book to be about 3 Americans in London during WWII (Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman and John Winant), but it ended up being more than that. Maybe too much more because, although I liked the book, at times it felt unfocused.

    The stories about Murrow, Harriman and Winant are fascinating and well worth the listen--and if you like reading about London during WWII, you will probably enjoy this book. Just know that the book veers off course at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • California Fire and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Jon Lindstrom
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
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    Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.

    Tim says: "Fire, life.... Living in So Cal"
    "Fire 101 with some good plot twists"
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    Is a fire in which the soon-to-be ex-wife of Russian emigre and business tycoon dies an accident or is it murder by arson? Jack Wade, a "claims dog" fire investigator for California Fire and Life, investigates and in the process the listener learns a lot about fire and Winslow presents it in a very engaging manner.

    Winslow is a really good story-teller and I found this book to be a compelling listen with some great twists and turns in the plot. I've also listened to "Savages" and "Kings of Cool" by Winslow and enjoyed them as well. In each case the narrator has been a terrific complement to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SPQR I: The King's Gambit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (402)
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    John Maddox Roberts takes listeners back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike. So the garroting of a lowly ex-slave and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy.

    Abigail says: "Love these! Need more!"
    "Good story and reader"
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    This is a nice historical fiction novel about a series of crimes in ancient Rome. The story is not going to rock anyone's world, but it was well done and Simon Vance turns in a good performance. I'll probably listen to more in the series although I don't feel compelled to start the second entry right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sam Quinones
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
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    (24)

    In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

    Dave says: "An important story well told; highly recommended"
    "An important story well told; highly recommended"
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    Multiple factors led to an opiate epidemic in the United States and Sam Quinones tells the story in an engaging and fast-paced manner.

    For example, it explains how a one-paragraph letter to the editor of a medical journal was misinterpreted when it was cited in subsequent journal articles (in a pre-internet era where it was difficult to read the original sources) and ultimately characterized as a "landmark study" saying that opiates were not addicting. This error made its way to medical school textbooks.

    Dream Land also recounts how pharmaceutical companies ramped up their sales forces to sell these new miracle pain relieving drugs and how physicians felt almost compelled to prescribe these drugs expansively least they be sued for causing their patients to suffer needlessly or get bad marks in patient customer satisfaction surveys.

    It also tells of the brilliant--business school brilliant, but totally evil--middle market selling strategies employed by the friendly and likeable Mexican farm boys who sold black tar heroin to parts of the country that had already been "tenderized" by years of opiate abuse. In one case an addict told her dealer she was ready to quit and was going into rehab. The dealer congratulated her on making a healthy choice and wished her well. Thirty minutes later he showed up at her house with a "going away present": free black tar heroin. She went back to using.

    These are just a few of the contributing factors to the opiate epidemic. This is an informative, well written and very powerful story that was an eye-opener. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, The Troubles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (376)
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    (342)
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    (342)

    Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

    Top of Mind says: "Another McKinty Gem"
    "Can't Stop Listening"
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    The pairing of McKinty and Doyle is compelling and transformative. Let's hope there are more entries in the Sean Duffy series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Narrated By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (358)
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    (356)

    On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

    Jean says: "Gripping"
    "Essential reading on the financial crisis"
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    This is a informative and engaging inside look at the financial crisis that almost tanked the global economy.

    Geithner provides a well-written and accessible look at the many factors that contributed to the crisis and made it difficult to combat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kim Zetter
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (279)
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    Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

    Greg says: "Amazingly detailed, sober and above all, damning"
    "A View from the Birth of Cyber War"
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    An in depth look at what may have been the first cyber weapon. Unfortunately, it won't be the last. This book provides a good overview of cyber weapons and the challenges they present to nation states.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (920)
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    (920)

    Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "Some interesting ideas"
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    An OK book with some interesting ideas. IMHO this is a popular self-help book...but without much depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1341)
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    (1340)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "It's OK"
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    This is a pleasant enough time travel book with a good narrator and an interesting protagonist, but it's nothing special.

    The plot struck me as weak and at times I felt like I was listening to an abridged version (but I wasn't). IMHO it pales in comparison with some of Connie Willis's books which have more well developed characters and feature plots with much more tension and drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stanley Crouch
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America. Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: A revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.

    Dave says: "A Multifaceted Gem"
    "A Multifaceted Gem"
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    This book is excellent on so many levels: an erudite but very accessible history of pre-war America; a feels-like-you-are-there view of jazz bands battling for supremacy at the Savoy; a phenomenal account of what its like to hop a train in Kansas City and ride to New York City (and how that train ride is a metaphorical change...not just a geographical one)...and so much more.

    This is volume 1 of what will be a 2 volume biography of jazz great Charlie Parker. Author Stanley Crouch does an amazing job of describing the social, political and musical context that influenced Parker. He makes the reader (or, as the case may be, listener) feel like they are there. The only other author I encountered who has done as good a job of providing absolutely fascinating context to help drive a biography is Robert Caro, author of the multi-volume biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

    The performance by Kevin Kenerly is superb and he is up to the task of performing a wide variety of material--whether it be describing the love story between Charlie Parker and his first wife Rebecca, the evolution of jazz, the sociopolitical condition of African Americans in the 20s and 30s, or dialog between a drug addict and an hobo.

    This is much more than a niche book for jazz fans; it's highly recommended for all Audible members who enjoy engaging biographies supported by outstanding narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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