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Bryden

Mt nasura, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • The Story of Electricity

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dr. Jack Sanders
    • Narrated By Edwin Newman
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In the 19th century, scientists working with chemistry and magnetism began discovering a rich variety of electrical phenomena. These were to be applied later in inventions including motors, alternating current, radio, batteries, the telephone, and much more. This is the story of a new branch of science that changed the way the world does physical work and the way it controls information, spurring the Industrial Revolution, followed by the Information Age.

    Bryden says: "A great background from first principals"
    "A great background from first principals"
    Overall

    Very listanable narative packed with titbits of history that are not widly known

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

    Karen says: "Witty,entertaining, real spies"
    "Fascinating insight into wartime politics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Roald Dahl's intriguing career is reviewed in this excellent book. I was fascinated by how this 'childrens author' was connected to the political elite during the most tumultuous period of modern history and how famous many of his then colleagues became.
    Including 007 author Ian Fleming and ad-man David Ogilvy.

    Simon Prebble's voice and style are perfect match to this novel making it a joy to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (409)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark C Walker says: "Disappointing"
    "An Infomercial for harvard business school"
    Overall

    This book had the chance to be a fascinating set of case studys but is sadly just an elitist advertisement for harvard business school and its graduates. As if no successful company had ever been built without the blessing of HBS Alumni.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

    Amazon Customer says: "A must-read for technologists"
    "Possibly the best business book available"
    Overall

    I found this book to be a refreshing no BS analysis of the business of innovation

    It is well articulated well researched and puts forward a clear, precise and consistent idea that is backed up and explained in real world case studies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flip It: How to Get the Best Out of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Heppell
    • Narrated By Michael Heppell
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    It seems we're all growing more negative. Bad news on the TV and in the papers makes us all feel fed up and we find it easier to talk about what's wrong instead of looking for what's good. But imagine knowing a simple trick that you could use to help you feel better about everything. That simple trick does exist, and it's time to learn how to "Flip It".

    Genny says: "Great Pep Talk"
    "An exercise in stating the obvious"
    Overall

    This is real lowest common denominator stuff written and read in a rather patronizing manor. Go and check out some of Brian Tracy's stuff instead

    However if your in a dole Que it might really help.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7524)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2268)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "a 3 seccond look at the mind"
    Overall

    another set of fresh ideas from malcom gladwell nicly narated by the author with specific real life examples some claims seem a little stretched but i enjoyed listening to the cases put forwared

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1488)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Full of interesting thought experments"
    Overall

    very simalar subject matter to Nassim Taleb's "fooled by randomness" but approched from a different angle. contains great background history of the development of statistics and the author makes an effort to present some difficult subject matter in an interesting way with varying levels of sucess.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    World-renowned novelist Mark Helprin offers a ringing Jeffersonian defense of private property in the age of digital culture, with its degradation of thought and language, and collectivist bias against the rights of individual creators.

    mosselyn says: "Ranting, raving, and rambling"
    "Self Indulgent Rubish"
    Overall

    The auther fails to asemble any coherant arguments to support his position and reguarly falls into nonsensical rants that give the whole book a "get off my lawn" feel.

    Sadly quite dissapointing

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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