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John

Cambridge, ON, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (303)

    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
    "Builds on previous books, bit by bit."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Makers to be better than the print version?

    Anderson mentions Ponoko a number of times in the book but when I went looking for them online I didn't know how to spell their name. That meant I had to do some searching. There is an appendix at the end of the book that would be so much better as a printed resource.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    3D printers are going to become common place. That along with digital design tools are going to increase the speed of innovation.


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

    I was inspired by this book to source a 3D printer. I'm now looking at building the business case for buying one.


    Any additional comments?

    This book can get a bit repetitive. I flew through the first 3/4 of the book. The last section seemed a little further from the core premise and didn't seem to flow as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (716)

    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"
    "The Human Side of Tech"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Automate This in three words, what would they be?

    This book is about technology but it's told from the human side. The stories of the people that make it all happen are both interesting and encouraging. As much as the theme of this book can have scary implications I came away hopeful for the future.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources. He needs the help of his long-time friend, General Boris Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency, FSB-2. Karpov is one of the most determined, honorable, and justice-hungry men that Bourne knows. But Karpov has made a deal with the devil. In order to remain the head of FSB-2, he must hunt down and kill Bourne.

    Kenneth says: "A Lesson Learned"
    "Not a Ludlum"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Dominion better?

    I've been a big fan of the Bourne series and this one just feels like a money grab by the publisher. I actually didn't finish this one which is a surprise for me. I normally push through to the end but I decided this book was letting me down. The action sequences held my attention but the connecting pieces just didn't hold my attention.


    What about Jeremy Davidson???s performance did you like?

    The story wasn't just read it was acted. I quite enjoyed that.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (752)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "The Surprising Truth About Drive"
    Overall

    A thoroughly enjoyable read. The themes were repeated in such away that I could absorbed them even in the audio format. I've been encouraging others to read the book by listing the three factors of drive. This tells me that the material was presented to that I could actually benefit from it. In some ways the book was too long in there there wasn't new material added when the existing topics were covered. I wholeheartedly recommend the book to managers, even parents!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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