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wilsonchua

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  • The Future of Success

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert B. Reich
    • Narrated By Robert B. Reich
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The dizzying exuberance of the Internet-driven marketplace offers unprecedented opportunities and an ever-expanding choice of products and jobs. This is a boon to us as consumers, but it's wreaking havoc in the rest of our lives. Using examples from everyday life, Reich delineates what success is coming to mean in our time and suggests how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives.

    Kenneth says: "What you knew, but hadn’t articulated"
    "Very enlightening and enjoyable to listen to."
    Overall

    As an ISP here in the Philippines, i am always on the lookout for trends that we can 'ride' on. This audio book provides us with a lot of insights into how things became the way they are.

    Usually, books of these types are typically boring. NOt so with the book as the author has sprinkled it liberally with real world examples and annecdotes.

    highly recommended!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (748)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "SANS Security Primer meets Angels and Demons"
    Overall

    I have only read up to chapter 23 and so far am thrilled with what i have heard so far. This novel is both entertaining and educational!

    Would be aspiring hackers can learn a lot of technics just by following the fast paced twists and turns of the drama.

    Cant wait to get to the ending of the novel!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (407)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Unrealistic Security Policy!"
    Overall

    While I enjoyed the book for the most part of it, I find the security posture by the SP people not to be realistic.

    Any security professional worth his salt will ensure that the USB port is blocked. Also, a highly secured environment will have monitors in place to alert security professionals when a file copy operation is done.

    I will not comment on the ending so as not to give it away. But i can say though that it leaves room for a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9158)
    Performance
    (3565)
    Story
    (3605)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Riveting audio sequel to Pillars of the Earth"
    Overall

    After having gone through the audio of Pillars of the Earth, i just had to listen to what happened to Jack's descendants.

    World Without End is an epic that takes place a few generations later. While it still caused me to loose sleep and some work because it was engrossing, the ending was not as powerful as Pillars had been.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    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"
    "Mostly Republican Bashing!"
    Overall

    If i were a US Citizen, i would vote for the democrats after reading this book!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mark J. Penn, E. Kinney Zalesne
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Mark Penn argues that the biggest trends in America are the Microtrends, the smaller trends that go unnoticed or ignored. With years of experience as one of world's most highly regarded pollsters, Penn identifies the new microtrends sweeping the world, such as "Single Women by Choice" and "Sun Haters". Microtrends highlights everything from religion to politics, from leisure pursuits to relationships and will take the listener into the worlds of polling, targeting, and psychographic analysis.

    Greg B says: "Interesting ideas, but fell asleep"
    "Great Insights into the future"
    Overall

    I love this book! It allowed me to see the forest instead of the trees!

    And the author is right. I see myself in some of the weird and funny trends that the book describes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (573)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Very explosive if true."
    Overall

    We have always wondered why the Philippines is deep in debt and hardly able to regain its premier economic position in the late '50s.

    If only 50% what the author claims is true, then it would be explosive! As more people read this book, they will be exposed to this idea of how the US government can use 'developmental loans' as a way to 'conquer' countries--and How the US is actively corrupting the leadership of each of these countries. Isnt this illegal?

    This can form the legal basis for developing countries around the world to repudiate their loans and thereby help lift the plight of the poor in all the developing countries.

    Countries like the Philippines are budgeting the majority (more than 60%) of our national budget just to service these debts. Debts that are a direct result of morally reprehensible EHMs. Money that could go to feed and educate millions of people, are being funneled to service these debts.

    How much more independent can the Philippiens, if it were not saddled with these dubious 'development' loans? Find out by reading this book. If what the author claims is true. He should be held up as a modern day hero for his courage in exposing this practice.

    45 of 57 people found this review helpful

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