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Jowanza

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  • 70 titles in library
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  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1210)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "Great Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book a friend. While this book has some technical aspects it's very accessible. It covers the topic of forecasting and prediction extremely well.


    What other book might you compare The Signal and the Noise to and why?

    I can't think of a book I could compare to Signal and the noise.


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

    I thought all of the characters were similar actually.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought a lot of the introductory content was moving.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eddie Huang
    • Narrated By Eddie Huang
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (259)

    Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

    Andy says: "authentic"
    "Funny and informative"
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    I really enjoyed this one. It made me laugh a lot, forced me to think deeply and inspired me to chase my dreams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David G. Schwartz
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Sarno's casinos - and his ideas about how to build casinos - created the template for Las Vegas today. Before him, Las Vegas meant dealers in string ties and bland, functional architecture. He taught the city how to dress up its hotels in fantasy, putting toga dresses on cocktail waitresses and making sure that even the stationery carried through with the theme. He saw Las Vegas as a place where ordinary people could leave their ordinary lives and have extraordinary adventures.

    Andrew says: "Great Listen - Thanks to Dr. Dave"
    "Fun and informative"
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    I enjoyed every second of this one. I would never have guessed on the origins of this city but this book puts it all neatly into place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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