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B. P. Johnson

Wisconsin | Member Since 2009

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  • 151 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. W. Singer
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself. Singer’s previous books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers - predictions that have proved all too accurate. Now he explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: robotic warfare. We are now seeing a massive shift in military technology....

    Nelson Alexander says: "Techno-Sprawl: A Dissenting Opinion"
    "I never new....?"
    Overall

    First, I am not a military guy or a war monger. I simply wanted to learn. I was excited with the incredible technology being employed and its many applications. But I was also amazed at the consequences of our use of this new technology and the profound impact it has on us not just here, but throughout the world. The impact of these technological advancements not only changes our strategy for defense and war, but forces compelling questions of how we deal with this now and in the future.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this rather lengthy book. But I also learned so very much. Singer did a masterful job in analyzing technology and war, top to bottom. I highly recommend this read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How We Decide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (509)

    Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need to figure out how we decide, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer, and others, as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of "deciders" - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence.

    Sarah says: "Summarizes information from several superior books"
    "Great "learning" book"
    Overall

    While very clinical and borderline cerebral at the start, the book opened up to apply the clinical knowledge. I felt this was a huge "learning" book. All the facets of our brain that work independently and collectively to help us make all types of decisions in every kind of situation. It was fascinating to better understand how we think... how we decide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18409)
    Performance
    (8558)
    Story
    (8600)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Simply the best!"
    Overall

    A great read you can't put down. My only regret is the passing of Stieg Larsson and the end of this incredible trilogy and our infamous character, Lizbeth Salender.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy: An Isaac Bell Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (486)

    It is 1908, and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name. Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder.

    Bob says: "Entertaining"
    "Great crime mystery"
    Overall

    Scott Brick does another outstanding job as a multi-voiced narrator... he's simply the best. As for the book, another Clive Cussler (and Justin Scott) work of art. Incredible research into the history of naval operations, New York and Washington D.C. in circa 1905 which are the setting for this crime mystery of the time. Interesting, suspenseful, outstanding characters (which only Brick can bring to life) and a great story to boot. Loved the book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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