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Matthew

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  • Bell Labs: Life in the Crown Jewel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Narain Gehani
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Narain Gehani tells the fascinating story of the transition Bell Labs is undergoing as it adapts to new business conditions. Bell Labs researchers, who once were free to focus on innovation, research excellence, and prizes, now have to worry about business relevance. The culture of lifetime employment is gone and the pendulum has swung from basic to applied research.

    Greg says: "Boring  couldnt finish listening"
    "Terrible, Self-Indulgent Drivel"
    Overall

    This is only the second audiobook that I haven't been able to finish. The author manages to make a fascinating story incredibly boring by assuming that the readers care about his management decisions. And with chapter titles like "I Arrive at Bell Labs", you know it is only going to get worse as it plods along. Don't waste your time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (326)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Listen to something else"
    Overall

    This book was a disappointment, and I struggled to see it through to the end. The author relies too heavily on analogy in his attempt to elucidate difficult concepts. Many of the analogies are contrived or just plain silly, and once introduced - Greene beats them to death. If I never hear "space-time loaf" again it will be too soon.

    The narrator is clearly unfamiliar with many of the words used by the author. His pace is plodding and his tone is monotonous. Occasionally he even comes across as arrogant, which annoyed me because he clearly doesn't understand what he's reading.

    Interesting ideas. Some informative background info on the development of string theory. Style and clarity of thought are lacking. I'll never buy another book read by this narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "Americas Guilty Conscience"
    Overall

    Chomsky isn?t afraid to air the country?s dirty laundry. Listening to this work is like carefully examining your face in one of those lighted magnifying mirrors. Gradually, you begin to see all the flaws, pimples, and wrinkles that are easy to miss at first glance. Chomsky forces the listener to take an objective look at American foreign policy from a global perspective, and it isn't pretty.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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