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John

John

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  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
    "Hobbyists out to make a dent in the universe"
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    A well written book on the niche subject of making stuff using digital and 3D printing technologies. A likely read for hackers, people who like to tear things apart to find out how it works inside, people who want to make things with their computer, and aspirating product designers doing really cool stuff. Also, the author provides a good view into the manufacturing ways of the future (and its not just in China).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Daniel Burrus, John David Mann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Today we all face more impossible challenges than ever before. But flash foresight lets you transform the impossible into the possible, revealing hidden opportunities and allowing you to solve your biggest problems before they happen.

    Roy says: "Time Sensitive"
    "Profound in its simplicity"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Flash Foresight the most enjoyable?

    This book is a surprisingly good read. It lays out a solid methodology for identifying new business opportunities, which others have missed. It is simple and straight forward, but profound in its approach and clarity. While the author suffers from being somewhat of a "hype machine" in his other writings and website, this does not detract from the core of this book.

    Is it a timeless classic? No. The examples used in the book will become dated quickly over the next few years. However, it is definitely worth a read for anyone seeking to find new and innovative opportunities. I would have expected this book to become popular with the start up gurus of Silicon Valley, but it appears to have found very limited traction there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (378)

    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"
    "Weak with inconsistent analysis of global trends"
    Overall

    A good listen, but unfortunately this book does not deliver a compelling overarching theory of technology development for the future. This is primarily due to Dr. Wu's limited analysis of global economic trends beyond the shores of America. The USA represents about 25% of the global GDP at present. However, the book fails to robustly analyze and account for the impact of the 'rest of the world' (i.e. the remaining 75% of global GDP) in his prescription for the future. This is a significant weakness in his analysis.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Rothkopf
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Each of them is one in a million. They number 6,000 on a planet of six billion. They run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, world religions, and, from the shadows, the world's most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations. They are the global superclass, and they are shaping the history of our time.

    Nathanael says: "If you are a believer this book is for you."
    "Pass"
    Overall

    The core message and rare nuggets of compelling data of this book are lost by the author's need to justify his own social standing and habit of descending into the 'weeds' on semi-relevant tangents. If the length of the book were shortened by half, it could be a more interesting read.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (391)

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

    Marcelaine says: "I laughed and cried, what a great listen!"
    "Compelling"
    Overall

    This is a compelling literary effort written long before Obama’s current run to become President of the United States. It is an impressive work having a surprising candor. Well worth a listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Competing in a Flat World: Building Enterprises for a Borderless World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Victor K. Fung, William K. Fung, Jerry (Yoram) Wind
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Competing in a Flat World isn't just theory; it's based on the extraordinary experience of Li and Fung, the world's largest sourcing company and today's pre-eminent example of a "flat world" business. Together with top Wharton professor, consultant, and author Jerry Wind, Li and Fung executives Victor and William Fung show how to redesign your business to succeed in this radically new era.

    John says: "Flat"
    "Flat"
    Overall

    This book covers a firm grasp of the obvious. The last few chapters improve. But, if you have read Thomas Friedman's book, don't bother with this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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