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Werner

South Guildford, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword)
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password than to exert the effort of hacking.

    T. Combs says: "Some interesting content"
    "Some interesting points but way too long"
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    What would have made Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking better?

    Book should have been more concise - as it is the book is way to repetitive to be enjoyable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of A. T. Chandler’s performances?

    Maybe. If I really wanted to hear the story. But he certainly is not one of my favourite narrators based on this book. But than again he didn't have much to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking?

    Each chapter could have been cut by 50-60%


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler's Blues: The Saga of a Marjuana Importer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jay Carter Brown
    • Narrated By Gavin Hammon
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Told from the viewpoint of an impressionable young entrepreneur named Jay Carter Brown, this memoir quickly dives into the gritty underbelly of the international drug trade. The story begins with minor-league smuggling scams between Canada and the Caribbean that soon escalate to multi-ton shipments of grass and hash from the Caribbean and the Middle East. All goes well for a time, but as the stakes grow higher, inevitable setbacks occur. Drug-runners, police, jealous friends, and rival gangs all contribute to this extraordinary story of a young man who became involved at the highest levels of the drug trade and lived to tell about it.

    Werner says: "Pointless Anectodes"
    "Pointless Anectodes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not a story in the conventional sense but simply a collection of anecdotes, each chapter apparently focusing on a new assembly of characters. There appears to be new storyline or character development and listening became pretty tiring after a while (so I never did finish the story). Like sitting at a bar with some guy who insists on telling one pointless story after another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Salvaneschi
    • Narrated By Andrew Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (29)

    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

    John S. says: "If you're into maritime adventure"
    "Nice sailing story for those who enjoy the genra"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not an 'edge-of-your-seat' adventure story. It's simply the story of one man's journey around the globe. It's not a hard core sailing yarn, so sailing terminology and jargon is kept to a minimum. I found it a bit 'flowery' and over descriptive at first but did get used to the style. I found it a good pleasant listen, but only for those with an interest in sailing stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Midler
    • Narrated By Paul Midler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    John says: "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    "Great trip into a different world"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story that really helps one understand how things work. This is not an academic treaty but primarily the story of one factory (also many other anecdotes are mentioned) and their relationship with one American company as seen through the eyes of an American intermediary on the ground in china.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company have been dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam. Standing in their way are the North Vietnamese, the monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, and disease and malnutrition. When the company is surrounded by the enemy, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Made for the Big Screen"
    "An interesting look at the Vietnam wa"
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    What did you love best about Matterhorn?

    A interesting look at the Vietnam war from the perspective of the troops on the ground. I certainly learned a thing or two about what happened on the ground and some of the dilemmas solders at different levels at the hierarchy had to deal with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malas and Hawk, the two main protagonists.


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    Well and clearly spoken while still being able to capture and embody each of the many characters with their own distinct voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's probably not as gripping as some other war books I have read but it still is a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many characters to keep track of and it helps to have some understanding of the US army hierarchy. There are some character lists on the Internet that are helpful. Simply google 'Matterhorn character list'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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