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Blashy

Québec, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • The Truth (with Jokes)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    Al Franken reveals the alarming story of how Bush (barely) beat Kerry with his campaign of "fear, smear, and queers", and then claimed a nonexistent mandate; Republicans decided that Terri Schiavo would make "a great political issue"; Conservatives sought to undermine Social Security by using a strategy borrowed from...Vladimir Lenin; and more.

    Blashy says: "Great take on the Bush years & funny."
    "Great take on the Bush years & funny."
    Overall

    A no nonsense book about the horrendous lies the Bush administration told and kept on believing until the very end... even when everyone else knew it was all bulls**t. Oh and it's funny!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wess Roberts
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Discover the leadership secrets of the warrior who centuries ago shaped an aimless band of mercenary tribal nomads into the undisputed rulers of the ancient world-and who today offers timeless lessons in win-directed, take-charge management. Based on historical research-and filled with illuminating maxims-this essential guide offers the wisdom of a man who unified thousands, led the charge, kept the peace, picked his enemies wisely, and negotiated brilliantly.

    Blashy says: "What "secrets" ??? Any leadership book has more!"
    "What "secrets" ??? Any leadership book has more!"
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    It's a very interesting book on Attila but as far as leadership goes there is nothing you will not find in other more thorough leadership books.

    This one you have to listen and then ask yourself how you would apply what he says in today's world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    michael says: "Disappointed"
    "WAY too technical !!"
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    I wanted the biography of Alan Turing, now this book has his biography but well over HALF the book is just technical math stuff about the various projects he worked on throughout his life.

    If you are a math enthusiast and are interested in hearing a good 7 hours of it, this book is for you.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Topol
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Until very recently, if you were to ask most doctors, they would tell you there were only two kinds of medicine: the quack kind, and the evidence-based kind. The former is baseless, and the latter based on the best information human effort could buy. Well, Eric Topol isn't most doctors, and he suggests you entertain the notion of a third kind of medicine, one that will make the evidence-based state-of-the-art stuff look scarcely better than an alchemist trying to animate a homunculus in a jar.

    Lynn says: "A Rx Prediction for Health Care"
    "Not at all about The Digital Revolution"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book is for the most part a rant on the inadequacies of medical science. If I wanted a book on that subject I would have bought one.

    I wanted a book that goes in depth on how the digital revolution is making health care better.

    A very negative book too, just keeps on complaining over and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2674)
    Performance
    (1416)
    Story
    (1409)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "A brilliant performance of reason vs. fiction."
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    There is not much to say but to simply get this book, a must have in any collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10404)
    Performance
    (9690)
    Story
    (9691)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Genius storyline."
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    What a gripping book. Although you have to be familiar with the 80s and it's geek culture.

    If you are, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (2420)
    Story
    (2426)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Not his best work, but good none the less."
    Overall
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    His D@emon and Freedom are in a class of their own and this book does not come close to being as engaing.

    What it does have is a more "where we are now in tech" approach. It lives in the realm of possibility in 2012 which makes it interesting.

    But it drags on too much.

    Had it been 1/2 as long it would be worth 4 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5026)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3012)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Must read for the tech savvy"
    Overall

    Anyone who knows anything about technology HAS to read this. It's amazing how close to our time the book is technology wise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (954)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "No substance and the humour is bad"
    Overall

    America (The Book) was an excellent book but this follow up is a total dud.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (654)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "Top 5 books I've read"
    Overall

    I just finished this book for a second time and it still remains among my all time top 5 books.

    There is something about hearing this man's life that just speaks to me. He did not do anything grandiose but what he did do he did it in a grandiose way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Sidney Poitier is one of the most revered actors in the history of Hollywood. He has overcome enormous obstacles in extraordinary times and is a role model for many Americans because of his convictions, bravery, and grace. Poitier reflects on his amazing life in Life Beyond Measure, offering inspirational advice and personal stories in the form of extended letters to his great-granddaughter.

    Blashy says: "What a life this man had."
    "What a life this man had."
    Overall

    Amazing biography and some morale common sense lessons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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