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M. Southakakoumar

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  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Segall
    • Narrated By Ken Segall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

    Stefan says: "The inner workings of Apple revealed"
    "Interesting if You're a Fan of Apple"
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    Would you try another book from Ken Segall and/or Ken Segall?

    Its hard to say. While I liked the content of the book, Ken Segall spends way too much time explaining and reminding us of:
    1. Proximity to Steve Jobs
    2. How long he worked with Steve Jobs
    3. Basking in the after-glow of Steve Jobs

    The intro and Chapter 1 was enough, we get it. Now get on with the actual "meat" of the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Insight into the Steve Job's mentality and the war stories of those who worked/lived with his "genius." The least interesting was the amount of time the author spent repeating how long and intimately he worked with Steve Jobs.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8775)
    Performance
    (3009)
    Story
    (3081)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Not As Good As Previous Novels, Arduous Exposition"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Appropriate but it went 7 chapters too long.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really stood out.


    Do you think The Lost Symbol needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Absolutely not. Its too long as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan brown has given us just what we expected but, much like M. Night Shyamalan, he has painted himself into a corner.

    When your early work is extremely successful and you try and duplicate that formula exactly, your audience is disappointed when the new work does not have the same twists, turns or aha! moments. So its best to perhaps pursue other work, cleanse the palate and address anew the things your built-in audience wants/desires.

    The problem with the Lost Symbol was that the book itself came off as 50% exposition and 50% true narrative. So much time was spent explaining the arcane in an attempt to link so many disparate items that when the final reveal of the secret behind the "masons and the lost symbol" the reader is no longer interested nor awake. At times entire chapters came off as interesting as a university lecture on art history held at 7am. Too much, too dry, too early.

    Unless you're a die hard Dan Brown fan, its best to give this one a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (689)

    Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

    David says: "Well....okay...I guess"
    "Amazing Storytelling, Dramatic Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you're a fan of the graphic novels or just caught the bug from the TV — you'll eventually run across the "Governor" in the story lines and this book fills in the back story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    SInce it is a story about zombies, the author expertly describes each encounter and destruction of the Walkers in a way that kept the narrative from growing stale. It sounds/reads as if the authors did their forensic research and that only adds to the drama of this story. Also unlike Hollywood movie productions, this books pulls no punches (no pun intended) and all characters are vulnerable — which makes for a more satisfying and rewarding listening/reading expereince.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Fred Berman added an extra dimension of drama, heartache and action to the written words by physically inhabiting all of the characters in the book, making the listening experience a delight.This is what old radio shows must have been like when the producers allowed you to create the images in your head while augmenting the narrative with the requisite audio cues.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11060)
    Performance
    (9563)
    Story
    (9532)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Great Book Ruined By Uninformed Performance"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For content yes, for performance no. The narrator shows his naïveté and his ignorance of the subject matter by mispronouncing the jargon of the subject matter, saying OS "X" when any Mac enthusiast knows its pronounced OS Ten regardless of how it is spelled. It happens multiple times throughout the book across several technology terms including "iOS" which I cant even begin to explain how Dylan Baker butchers.

    This in turn, pulls the listener out of the narrative and insults those who live/work/play/benefit from the technology sector. Its like hiring a layman to narrate a medical book and spelling out A-I-D-S versus pronouncing "AIDS."

    Furthermore, it sounds like Dylan Baker is not enthusiastic about the subject matter and in his performance it shows. The narration is slow, the cadence off-putting and the delivery destroys what is otherwise an interesting book. Halfway through the audio book, I had to throw in the towel and buy the actual printed book to salvage the experience.

    Listeners would have been better served if the average mac enthusiast or a celebrity mac enthusiast (maybe Richard Dreyfuss?) had read this instead.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs (obviously)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

    Never.


    Do you think Steve Jobs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There's nothing left to tell unless you're covering other aspects of the man, mythos, or the company.


    Any additional comments?

    Please have your narrators be versed in the jargon of whatever technology / subject of the book they are narrating. Incorrect or otherwise uninformed pronounciations of key words breaks the spell of the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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