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Erin Sjostrom

Tallahassee, FL United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 173 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "Accessible Discussion of Forecasting"
    What did you love best about The Signal and the Noise?

    A good defense of general skepticism and accessible explanation of the usefulness and limits of forecasting.

    What other book might you compare The Signal and the Noise to and why?

    Money ball and similar books by Michael Lewis for making data analysis accessible.

    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Any additional comments?

    Unintentionally hilarious name-dropping which I found more endearing than annoying. Almost like somebody told Mr. Silver to punch it up. Lots of clangingly unnecessary references to the food eaten with smart, successful people. Small price to pay for this book,though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Great Morality Epic, Magnificent Narration, Clunky"

    Loved the story and the narration. This thing cries for adaptation as a miniseries or the English Les Miserables. If they do make it into a musical, I just beg that they do not give Russell Crowe a shot at redemption. His Javier was an abomination. Back to the review: could've used another pass by an editor charged with removing some of the grating idiomatic 20th century English from the dialogue. That a quibble, though. Held my interest for 40 hours and that's really all that matters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambassadors

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    Lambert Strether, a mild, middle-aged American of no particular achievements, is dispatched to Paris from the manufacturing empire of Woollett, Massachusetts. The mission conferred on him by his august patron, Mrs. Newsome, is to discover what, or who, is keeping her son Chad in the notorious city of pleasure and to bring him home. But Strether finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman.

    Patricia says: "Henry James can be hard to follow but worth it"
    "Hoo boy, that's a lotta work"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An editor. Fewer run-on sentences. Being able to tell when the sentence is finally, dear god, over.

    Has The Ambassadors turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I didn't know excruciating was a genre.

    What didn’t you like about Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    I only speak ill of the dead.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ambassadors?

    Any sentence that uses the word "serenest" and the like. Any sentence ending in a preposition. Applying these two rules would turn this into a servicable short story.

    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book after finishing All the Great Prizes, the biography of John Hay. Hay was one of Lincoln's two secretaries and lived an astounding life. Henry James was one of his friends and Hay loved this book -- or claimed he did. If sincere, Hay gives bad literary advice.

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