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Listener Since 2006

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 164 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By Anthony Rapp

    On October 23, 2001, Apple Computer, a company known for its chic, cutting-edge technology, if not necessarily for its dominant market share, launched a product with an enticing promise: you can carry an entire music collection in your pocket. It was called the iPod. What happened next exceeded the company's wildest dreams. Over 50 million people have inserted the device's distinctive white buds into their ears, and the iPod has become a global obsession.

    aharris says: "An enjoyable listen"
    "An enjoyable listen"

    I enjoyed this audiobook. I knew it was a fluff piece and it didn't have character development, etc, but its a book about the iPod, so that's not what I was looking for. It was an interesting look at the making of the iPod and some very "fanboy" observances. As much as I enjoy my MP3 player (not an iPod, btw), it IS just another means to listen to my own audio collection, albeit a very cool one.

    And agreeing with the previous reviewer, the chapter on shuffle-mode was quite a bit long in the tooth and really only worth a couple of minutes mention.

    The quality of this audiobook's recording was substandard. The voice was "tinny" and not as clear as most other audiobooks, which is ironic as heck.

    Overall, though, if you consider yourself a tech fan, I would recommend this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tyler Cowen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor

    How will we live well in a super-networked, information-soaked, yet predictably irrational world? The only way to know is to understand how the way we think is changing. As economist Tyler Cowen boldly shows in Create Your Own Economy, the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a very long time. Not since the Industrial Revolution has a man-made creation - in this case, the World Wide Web - so greatly influenced the way our minds work and our human potential.

    Jeff says: "Awful!!"
    "On Autism?"

    Decent discussion on Autistic theory, basically nothing about creating your own economy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Edward M. Hallowell

    In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder, all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated.

    aharris says: "Found this very helpful"
    "Found this very helpful"

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It gave me a lot of great tips and ideas for managing my ADD. I have listened to it multiple times (duh) and its not only informative but inspirational. Very highly recommended. I'll most likely download the unabridged version as well.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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