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Ben

San Francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (678)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Good book, horrible audio"
    Overall

    The format of this book is not lend itself well to an audio recording. The chapters, section and subsections can be hard to follow, and the reader, however wonderful he may be as a James Earl Jones stand in, is not the right voice for the job.

    If you enjoyed Chip and Dan's last book, Made to Stick, or if you enjoy their column in Fast Company, this is a somewhat formulaic product from the dynamic duo. I found their treatment of the topic to be a little elementary, simplified presumably for the lowest common denominator. For more academically rigorous intellectuals, I would recommend reading something in the area of behavioral economics, like Predictable Irrationality, rather than spending time on a drawn out metaphor about an elephant and it's rider. 3 stars for the book but only 2 for this audio recording.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joseph Menn
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    In this disquieting cyber thriller, Joseph Menn takes readers into the murky hacker underground, traveling the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica and London to Russia. His guides are California surfer and computer whiz Barrett Lyon and a fearless British high-tech agent. Through these heroes, Menn shows the evolution of cyber-crime from small-time thieving to sophisticated, organized gangs, who began by attacking corporate websites but increasingly steal financial data from consumers.

    Wade T. Brooks says: "A Great Book"
    "what he said"
    Overall

    I have to agree with one of the other reviewers - this book is much less about the theater of cyber crime and cyber terrorism, and much more the anecdotes of one figure in the drama. Mildly entertaining, it left me unsatisfied, having expected something more from the interview I heard on NPR.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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