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patchman512

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  • Converge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing and Technology

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bob Lord, Ray Velez
    • Narrated By Michael Butler Murray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    To create rich, technologically enabled experiences, enterprises need close collaboration between marketing and IT. Converge explains how the merging of technology, media, and creativity is revolutionizing marketing and business strategy. The CEO and CTO of Razorfish, one of the world's largest digital marketing agencies, give their unique perspective on how to thrive in this age of disruption. Converge shares their firsthand experience working closely with global brands - including AXE, Intel, Samsung, and Kellogg - to solve business problems at the collision point between media, technology, and marketing.

    patchman512 says: "Nonstop self-congratulations"
    "Nonstop self-congratulations"
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    If you want to practice your buzzword bingo skills, this is the book for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1849)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Explains so much"
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    First off, let me say that I agree with other reviewers who find the narrator's precise diction a bit ... annoying. And whoever though that referencing figures in a separate PDF file for an audio book should be fired - or perhaps blinded so they'd understand just how stupid the idea is.
    That said, this is an amazingly compelling and important book. Mr Kahneman explains in understandable terms the reasons for a tremendous amount of human behavior. He's like Malcolm Gladwell's much smarter brother. As I listened, I frequently found myself nodding my head or thinking of specific instances of the behavior being described like The Illusion of Pundits or The Endowment Effect. The writing is clear and understandable even for people like me with little formal training in economics.
    It may take you a little while to settle into the narrative, but stick with it. You'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Roy says: "Is the Internet Turning Our Brains to Mush?"
    "Interesting premise, fair execution"
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    The author alternates between discussing the history & current understanding of neuroscience, and the impact our online existence is having on our brains. He cites growing evidence of people's attenuated attention spans. So it's ironic that his writing style is so pedantic. Still, it is a thought-provoking work.
    As for the production, they could have chosen a better narrator. Mr. Garcia's voice and style are better suited for dramatic works than exposition. I laughed each time he'd use a different voice when reading quotes from academic sources. Seriously?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    From the American South to the ancient ruins of Rome, and from the horrors of the Holocaust to the lingering trauma of Vietnam, Beach Music sings with life's pain and glory. Jack McCall, an American expatriate in Rome with his young daughter, is trying to find some peace after his wife's suicide. But when his sister-in-law begs him to return home, he finds himself drawn into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family's past that can heal his anguished heart.

    Chris says: "loud and lame music"
    "Terrible production, mediocre book"
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    The producers of this book seemed bent on ruining what is otherwise a very capable reading by inserting random music clips. One would assume this was for dramatic effect, but the volume is far too loud -- often drowning out the reader -- and the music rarely seems related to the story. I've listened to many audio books, and I've never before come across such an amateurish production.
    As for the story, I agree with the reviewer who called it pure melodrama. The characters are mostly one-dimensional. We're told who to like and dislike with no possibility of confusion. Also, because the main character is a food critic, the author uses some ridiculous food similies that left me shaking my head.
    I chose this book because it's on my son's summer reading list for high school English. I can only assume his teacher chose it as an example of heavy-handed narrative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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