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  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "A Google Search of a book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The best books of this genre are first person, deep insight and forward looking. This book came across as a cross between a Google Search and a history lesson. Felt like a "formula" and instead of making me want to know more it made me care less than I did before I started reading.

    Has Automate This turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like the genre, but not this book.

    What aspect of Walter Dixon’s performance would you have changed?

    The Performance was dry and added nothing to the story.

    Any additional comments?

    I only finished the book so that I could give an honest review and not miss anything of value. At times it was painful. The Author should have known that it didn't come together, BUT the editor has no excuse. This has all the marks of a book that might have been interesting with great editing and more science, it had neither.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same.

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ray Johnston
    • Narrated By Dave Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Hope Quotient is a revolutionary new method for measuring - and dramatically increasing - your level of hope. Hope is more than a feeling; it’s the by-product of seven key factors. When these are present in your life, they cause hope to thrive. Using seven years of research, powerful biblical illustrations, and compelling human-interest stories, Ray Johnston explains how these seven essential factors will support, sustain, and strengthen your hope.

    Gary says: "Hope for us all!"
    "This is NOT a non-fiction science based book"
    What disappointed you about The Hope Quotient?

    The author is a preacher and self promoted authority on Hope because hope comes from the bible and god. This is NOT a non-fiction science based book.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Johnston again?

    No - this book was a religious based text.

    Any additional comments?

    I think religious based books promoted as science based are deceptive. Kind of funny that religious folks approve of deception to get their message out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Art Markman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Think smart people are just born that way? Think again. Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

    Tad Davis says: "Research-based tips on thinking"
    "A 2 page PDF of a book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would have made a better 2 page handout. It's not that it was devoid of original thought it's just that the 2 pages of original (and very good) thought are so muddied by useless overused examples. I suspect the author fell in love with his own words. A 45 minute corporate presentation does not a good book make.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Art Markman again?

    not unless he gets a editor and co-author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "I started to eat differently the day I read this."
    What did you love best about Salt Sugar Fat?

    This is an overall great book. It is a first person review of the history and science behind what the food industry knows about your impulsive tastes and how they use Salt, Sugar and Fat to control an addictive like desire.Once You educate yourself, you can choose whats best for you.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narration was good enough to make me want to remember the words and how it made me feel when I first heard them.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interviews with industry insiders.

    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book if your interested in knowing more about how the choices about what you eat are really being made by food industry professionals, especially if you think your the one choosing. You will be surprised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "A most useful & entertaining book. Best this yr.?"
    Where does Brain Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read / listen to a lot of books on the subject and am constantly irritated buy the authors who write about the same major studies and appear to have the depth of a google search, so I very much appreciated that Brain Rules is written and read by a grumpy scientist who comments on and includes only double blind studies, because everything else that is included in other "popular" books is just snake oil.

    What other book might you compare Brain Rules to and why?

    "Thinking Fast and Slow". Because it's a science based book that questions what we perceive as reality.

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

    Your brain is busy and fills in the spaces with what it expects. But what you expect isn't always what happened.

    Any additional comments?

    John J. Medina --- has put together well thought out chapters that come across like that rare teacher who is fascinated by the subject and wants to share both the material and fascination with you.The Book and audio book have links to chapter reviews and Videos.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pamela Meyer
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    People - friends, family members, work colleagues, salespeople - lie to us all the time. Daily, hourly, constantly. None of us is immune, and all of us are victims. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day. Now there’s something we can do about it. Liespotting links three disciplines - facial recognition training, interrogation training, and a comprehensive survey of research in the field - into a specialized body of information developed specifically to help business leaders detect deception....

    Joshua says: "About 1/4 of the book is about Lie Spotting"
    "The Book is a Lie"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I could not be more disappointed in this book. In short the interesting part of the book was filled with contradictions.

    A light read of the book will appear informative, but the problem occurs when over several chapters the information on how to spot a lie is contradicted time and time again.

    Later in the book the author reviews the need of businesses to have trained consultants conduct deception audits. I was left with the impression that the entire purpose of the book was so that the author could sell or recommend such services by saying "look I wrote the book on how to spot a lie"

    I understand how some readers (especially small and medium business owners) might love the concept of being able to tell, or having a consultant tell them when someone is lying to them. However this book appears to me as dangerously painting a desire to know how to tell if someone is deceiving you, with a science.

    If you are interested in exploring the subject I would recommend that you read.
    "What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide"

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain Mechanic: A Quick and Easy Way to Tune Up the Mind and Maximize Emotional Health

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Spencer Lord
    • Narrated By Spencer Lord

    You have the incredible power to change the way you think, perceive, and react to stress - for the better - through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been known to be widely successful in the treatment of problems associated with anxiety, depression, mood, personality, addiction, weight, and emotions. Until recently, access to CBT was only available through professional therapy. Now with The Brain Mechanic, Spencer Lord delivers a concise, entertaining, and easy-to-use guide that demystifies cognitive behavioral therapy.

    Stephen says: "Best Intro To CBT I Know"
    ""The Brain Mechanic" needs a complete overhaul..."
    What disappointed you about The Brain Mechanic?

    To me it felt like the Author fell in love with his one concept and turned what might have been a good magazine article or research paper into a mindlessly repetitive book.

    I listened to the last 3/4 of this book because I could not believe how bad it was and didn't want to warn other listeners off without being fair enough to listen to the whole thing. Consider yourself warned.

    How could the performance have been better?

    I like it when an Author reads their own works because they often bring a personal passion, but If you had a coworker that talked to you in the same way that this Author preaches at you, then you would take a different hallway to avoid him.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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