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David

NASHVILLE, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1687)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Bizarre, but enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Saw the movie first, but really enjoyed this book. If you don't like and follow the first 10 minutes you might not like it. It is for people with a strange sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1946)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Another Outstanding Michael Lewis book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just when you think things are changing for the better, Wall Street sets the bar lower. Michael Lewis gives another well researched well written book. I enjoyed the performance as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (943)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "Enjoyed it"
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    Similar to John Dies at the End, but very fun. You have to have a strange sense of humor to enjoy these, but I do, and I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soccernomics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Why does England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America play the sport internationally... and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style? Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

    Anthony G Lazaro says: "Very very good."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only thing I didn't like about this one was the reading of all of the tables that seemed to go on and on. It was an interesting study.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1036)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
    "Excellent Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Much of this book seems obvious, but it is amazing how easy everyone can get caught up in the noise. I found it easy to stick with and enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 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
    (7553)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2298)

    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!"
    "Read Thinking Fast and Slow instead"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was OK at best. I felt like it came to too many unsubstatiated conclusions without the underlying proof and in certain cases is just plain wrong. The book Thinking Fast and Slow while a bit drier gives a much better account of the process, the flaws and strengths of "quick" thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9965)
    Performance
    (4464)
    Story
    (4477)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very interesting. Performance is good, without being too smug. The topic itself is thought provoking and makes me want to listen to Blink as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Is Strategy?

    • NONE (56 mins)
    • By Michael E. Porter (C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School)
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Matthew says: "Excellent"
    "Should be titled What is Positional Strategy?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed this one and have recommended to the rest of the management team. It isn't as generic as the title sounds, it is much more aligned with positional strategy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2852)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1224)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the first one much better, but this one is quite enjoyable. If you listened to the first you should definitely give this one a look.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (58)

    In Naked Economics, journalist Charles Wheelan does “the impossible”—he makes economic principles relevant, interesting and fun. Brimming with scores of down-to-earth examples and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, this comprehensive overview will keep listeners smiling and wide awake.

    anonymous says: "Some useful info but a lot more dogma do-do"
    "Not bad, not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book can be a little smug and a little slanted. I tended to forget that it was trying to make the listener understand certain points of view because it got to the point where it assumed certain beliefs as infallable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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