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Tom G


Montreal, Canada | Listener Since 2005

  • 7 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 185 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014

  • Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar

    Today, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the burgeoning growth of these massive online communities, Wikinomics proves this fear is folly. Smart firms can harness collective capability and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.

    Bruce says: "Editor please"
    "This book is now outdated"

    I purchased this book, as well as Crowdsourcing, the latter of which is the much of the same subject matter, but from 2008, instead of 2007.

    The narrator of Crowdsourcing is also much better, with the Wikinomics narrator sounding like he had to take smoke break every 10 minutes, having the raspy voice of a 60 year old chain smoker. Not exactly the sound of a young technology writer. His emphasis when reading is also so measured, it sounds like he's narrating a 1960s PBS documentary. He has no relationship to the material: he actually almost breaks into laughter as he says "Web 2.0".

    Buy Crowdsourcing instead.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "So boring I couldn't finish it"
    Would you try another book from Tina Fey and/or Tina Fey?


    What was most disappointing about Tina Fey’s story?

    She had a really normal life. Let's face it, most of our lives aren't really that interesting. And her storytelling isn't all that great. She needed 30 Rock writers to work on it.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Tina Fey’s performances?

    No, she was weak and tried too hard. Like Alec Baldwin as the Oscars host.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. :(

    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea why some people found it so funny. Listen to the sample and decide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"
    "Tim Wu is an excellent writer and strong thinker"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this as it is mind expanding. It provides big picture context from which one can put the current internet power struggles into perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "THE worst performance I have ever heard"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has not had exposure to international accents and cultures.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't finish it to say.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Campbell Scott?

    1. Saul Reichlin2. Christopher Lane3. me

    What character would you cut from For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    None. Masterpiece.

    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I can believe it was Simon & Schuster audio that produced it is that it was done in 2006, before audiobooks really took off due to smartphones. True performers are now hired, not hacks. Mr. Scott may be a talented man, but he is not a talented reader in this particular instance. His accents are truly atrocious. A Russian sounds like a Spaniard who sounds like a first generation immigrant from Jersey. Thank the Lord that Mr. Hemingway is dead and didn't have to listen to this butchery or the bells may have tolled for Mr. Scott, who is probably a very nice man.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Fantastic and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very engaging and well written by George Crile. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, but the narration by Christopher Lane is so good that it it the first time I will look at what else he has narrated just to hear his performance. Just delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crowdsourcing: The Coming Big Bang of Business and How It Will Change Your World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Howe
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Crowdsourcing" describes the process by which the power of the many can be used to accomplish feats that were once the province of the specialized few. Crowdsourcing activates the transformative power of today's technology, liberating the potential within us all. It's a perfect meritocracy, where age, education, and job history no longer matter. If you can perform the service, design the product, or solve the problem, you've got the job.

    Martin says: "A repeat from other books"
    "Good book."

    This is a good book with a good narrator. While it's very introductory in the concept of Crowdsourcing, the fact is that most people still are not familiar with the term.

    Good job.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Assault on Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.

    Walter says: "Partisan but Valuable"
    "Fantastic but for the narrator."

    It's too bad Al Gore himself didn't read it. He's a much more credible speaker when the material is intellectual in nature. The narrator sounded like a actor from a wise-guy film or a detective from a pulp fiction novel. He also had that annoying tendency to prounounce Iraq with the "I" raq sound instead of the correct "E"raq enunciation.

    The arguement itself was very well developed, with Gore taking us through the founding of the nation and educates the listener on the principles behind which the US was founded. His version could use a few clarifications, such as the fact that the US constitution borrowed so much from the French, but that can be forgiven. His ending message returns to the environment, but it is not necessary for a listener to be an environmental activist to be interested in this book. An interest in the new developments in terms of political power in the US is sufficient. Overall, a remarkable achievement for a politician.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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