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Jason Karpeles

Audiophile

Dallas,TX | Member Since 2000

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  • 17 reviews
  • 410 ratings
  • 1035 titles in library
  • 58 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (167)

    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"
    Overall

    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
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4469)
    Performance
    (4179)
    Story
    (4191)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Fun book with by an American Master"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stephen King never ceases to amaze me with his prodigious talent. When I discovered Mr. Mercedes was a crime thriller, I was very intrigued. This book seemed to me like a police procedural novel but by Stephen King. I loved this book because this novel had all the excitement of a police novel and the amazing writing of Stephen King. The best part of this novel is how several characters transform throughout the novel. You really care about the characters by the end. Uncanny how he is able to make you love the characters.

    Lots of great lines too...
    Ya? ..... Ya!
    Det Ret

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2604)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2401)

    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.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Better than Kill Decision, not as good as Daemon"
    Overall
    Performance
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    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
    Overall
    (4935)
    Performance
    (4173)
    Story
    (4143)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    Overall
    (2535)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2364)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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"
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    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
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    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""
    Overall

    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
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1596)

    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"
    Overall

    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
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    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"
    Overall

    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
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (121)

    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"
    Overall

    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

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