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J. KINSELLA

Boston, MA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (424)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark C Walker says: "Disappointing"
    "Worth the listen"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Intelligent Entrepreneur in three words, what would they be?

    Follow the stories of three Harvard Business School graduates from 1998 class as they launch their startup ventures. The story takes you from their entry into HBS through eventual success, and drives home 10 key lessons critical to all entrepreneurial success.

    It is a little bit of an HBS puff piece at times (I mean really, how many times can you use the phrase "elite business school" in a sentence with Harvard) - but is really quite well written with valuable content.

    I would recommend to other readers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (219)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "Content light, author narrated"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first thing you should know about this book: the author loves Facebook. The second thing you should know about this book: I think the author holds a secret crush on Zuck.

    I'm a big reader of tech non-fiction, so hoped to get a back story look at the history of Facebook. Unfortunately this reads more like a Wikipedia entry than a work of a tech historian. The best example is the handling of the Winklevoss twins, which is one of the best known public controversies involving Facebook. While the author mentions the lawsuit, he glosses over it like a political spinmeister bent on protecting a candidate.

    There is surprisingly little information in this book that you won't already know if you are in the technology industry, or can find out via a quick Google search if you are not. In fact, for a more expanded treatment of this book, just watch the movie The Social Network. ;)

    This one reads like it came out of Facebook corporate PR.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use a professional narrator. Author-read books are usually poorly done, and this one is no exception.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think I did ;)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Dyson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses - led by John von Neumann - gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results....

    Monte Johnston says: "Needed an editor"
    "Wandering narrative"
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    What disappointed you about Turing's Cathedral?

    Lack of structure in the book. It switches between history and personal prognostication of the author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Dyson again?

    Probably not


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration was fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Turing's Cathedral?

    It is actually two books: 1) a history of computing centered around Princeton personalities, and 2) author's dabbling in computer futures


    Any additional comments?

    Did I just listen to that audio book, or did the audio book listen to me? Say that phrase a few hundred times and you will know what it feels like listening to 2nd half of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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