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adam

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  • 4 3 2 1: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.

    Jax says: "Too much detail."
    "A tour de force"
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    This book requires some serious investment in time and thought but oh what a return on that investment. I was sucked into the four lives of Ferguson. Loved it!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Leslie Berlin
    • Narrated By Amanda Carlin
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans say they cannot live without their cell phones, Troublemakers reveals the untold story of how we got here. This is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and early 1980s. Together they worked across generations, industries, and companies to bring technology from Pentagon offices and university laboratories to the rest of us. In doing so they changed the world.

    Bob says: "The Robot Uprising Has Begun"
    "Great history of a brief period"
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    Great history of a brief period of time that led to today's high tech industry. Very enjoyable!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Duff McDonald
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    With The Firm, financial journalist Duff McDonald pulled back the curtain on consulting giant McKinsey & Company. In The Golden Passport, he reveals the inner workings of a singular nexus of power, ambition, and influence: Harvard Business School. Harvard University occupies a unique place in the public's imagination, but HBS has arguably eclipsed its parent in terms of its influence on modern society.

    Andy says: "why hbs is the worst idea of all time"
    "Excellent presentation"
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    Excellent presentation of the authors thesis. Unfortunately the bookdoes seem to get bogged down in too many specifics regarding hiring and firing and the coming and going's of the faculty and alumni. I still recommend it however I can't give it five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Luke Harding
    • Narrated By Nicholas Guy Smith
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died 22 days later. The cause of death? Polonium - a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters.

    william says: "A very informative book."
    "Tries to bite off more than it should"
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    Fascinating story about Putin's many criminal enterprises including murder. Incredibly well researched but seems to ramble on about the minutia of his investigations. The book could have been about a third shorter. Author should have limited this book to the well documented crimes committed by Putin and his gang. He should have devoted his next book to the geopolitical actions.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (509)

    One of America's preeminent military historians, James D. Hornfischer has written his most expansive and ambitious book to date. Drawing on new primary sources and personal accounts of Americans and Japanese alike, here is a thrilling narrative of the climactic end stage of the Pacific War, focusing on the US invasion of the Mariana Islands in June 1944 and the momentous events that it triggered.

    adam says: "Outstanding history"
    "Outstanding history"
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    An excellent and comprehensive history of some of the most brutal conflict this country has ever know. A marvelous biography of two well known figures (Spruance and Tibbets) and two lesser known Naval heroes (Kaufman and Turner). I highly recommend.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Razor Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2790)
    Performance
    (2549)
    Story
    (2551)

    When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

    green ice cream garden says: "Best book this year!"
    "Hysterical"
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    Absolutely Hysterical!! Hiaasen at his best. If you have ever spent any time in the keys you will recognize so many characters and situations. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Lyons
    • Narrated By Dan Lyons
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (2403)
    Story
    (2398)

    For 25 years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession - until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital.

    Margaret says: "Don't drink the Kool Aid"
    "Funny but worrisome"
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    An entertaining but worrisome account of the startup world and a potential for another internet bubble. Also is an interesting description of the the generational shift in business. The end sounds a little paranoid but all in all a really good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Antonio Garcia Martinez
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2283)
    Performance
    (2045)
    Story
    (2042)

    Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

    John J. says: "Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This."
    "Good story a little too technical"
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    Story is exciting early on when discussing the start up world. The discussions of Facebook office politics is also interesting. Unfortunately he did lose me when describing the technical aspect of advertising exchanges. Overall a worthwhile listen just to get an understanding about the culture that exists around Silicon Valley.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (6765)
    Performance
    (3737)
    Story
    (3742)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "What a ride through the Cold War"
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    Spy Fiction the way it used to be. Plot development and character interactions. Plenty of action, but not all conflict is resolved just by killing (although there is plenty of that). The length does require some time investment. It is well worth it. The only complaint is, there maybe just a little too much sappy dialogue between lovers.
    The narration was excellent.
    Highly recommended if you have the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (836)

    As cyber attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

    David S. Mathew says: "We are all wandering in Dark Territory."
    "A well researched and terrifying account"
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    The author has explicitly researched the history and current state of cyberwarfare.
    Highly recommended for readers (listeners) interested in current policy development and the (possible) future of practice of diplomacy and warfare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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