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Jason Karpeles


Dallas,TX | Member Since 2000


  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    G Barth says: "Very worthwhile listen!"
    "Interesting book"

    This book and Blink (Gladwell), I believe are related. This book explains how to capture knowledge and Blink explains why it works.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Better than Kill Decision, not as good as Daemon"

    I am a big fan of Daniel Suarez. For all of his books you have to be willing to suspend disbelief a bit. The premise of the story is clever and the story is good (although slow at times). If you really love science you might like the beginning. Otherwise it may be a bit boring.

    There are many ways to take measure of a good book. How you feel reading the book and how you feel after reading it when you reflect back is a good measure for me. Great books make you feel good in both time frames. Good books only make you feel good in one. In this case, this book was good while reading but not so great on reflection. I give it a 5 because it is still better than most of the books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "One of the most useful books I have ever listened"

    This book is extremely useful, both personally and professionally. There are key marketing concepts as well as powerful self-help tools. I have read this book several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Short but fun"

    This was a short but sweet mini novel. Probably not worth the credit but certainly a great short listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Penn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late 20s, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling.

    D. Littman says: "terrific book about bikes & history"
    "A delightful story and history of cycling"
    Would you listen to It's All About the Bike again? Why?

    Yes, there is so much information in this book

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The writer's experience finding the best parts was fantastic

    What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    So much history I never knew

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Final Theory: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Alpert
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper

    Columbia University professor David Swift is called to the hospital to comfort his mentor, a physicist who's been brutally attacked. With his last words, the dying man gives his former pupil a seemingly random string of numbers that could hold the key to Einstein's last and greatest secret: Einheitliche Feldtheorie, The Theory of Everything.

    Jerry says: "Such a mixed bag..."
    "Da Vinci Code "Formula""

    This story follows the Da Vinci Code formula quite closely. If this does not bother you, this is a very good story with very plausable science and solid history of Einstein's life. If you like science, you should love this book.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Great concept but boring"

    This is a classic and a great concept. However, I was waiting for the storey to develop and it never really did. The idea of the Dyson Sphere is fascinating and the SciFi was good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Thomas L. Friedman is the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and an extensive world traveler. Offering up an engrossing look at international systems, Friedman deftly explains the current trends toward globalization that are radically changing our world. With a first-class narration by George Wilson, this book is an engaging and highly informative listening experience.

    Virginia says: "Thought-provoking but worrisome"
    "Important book"

    This book lucidely explains why globalization works in a way that an Economic text could never do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "Hundreds of acedemic papers distilled"

    There are very few books that tell so much information in such a lucid way. This book is about one of the most important subjects in science and it is written in a way that is amazingly easy to understand. Quite an achievement.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "OK but juvenile"

    there are elements of this book which are very interesting but to be honest there were times I was embarassed for Card. The writing is a little juvenile. It was almost like a child was telling the story at bedtime and you knew that this is not how the world works (in any time).

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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