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Matteo Lombardi

I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

Barcelona, Spain | Member Since 2011

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  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nick Bilton
    • Narrated By Daniel May
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    (565)
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    (501)
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    (500)

    Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

    Ann Magor says: "A Shakespearean Drama"
    "Very well written, not sure if the facts are good"
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    The book is very well written, it is fun and fast paced. It gives you a lot of details about how it happened and insights in how ideas are made. Once I finished, I went to google Jack Darsy and though... hummm, what if this book was a publicity stunt to counter balance him? Who knows... although the subject is interesting I dont have time to research it, so my take away is more on how an idea is made, how it develops and the role of luck and such things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1842)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1697)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Not the usual Brandon Sanderson"
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    I love Brandon Sanderson and this book is good, but is not the incredible masterfull work I have read from him in other books. Also, its a book that is not Epic Fantasy which are all the other books I read from him. Its a good read, not a great one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rolf Potts
    • Narrated By Rolf Potts
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    Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.

    Matteo Lombardi says: "review of a well seasoned traveler."
    "review of a well seasoned traveler."
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    I like to read books where I come out with something. I've been thinking about reading this book for a long time, since Tim Ferris was a fierce supporter. But I struggled to see what pointers I could take on this book.

    Many of the "conclusions" are opinionated, posing a right and wrong way of traveling. Myself, I travel rather similar to how the author of the book has done, but I find that most of his advice is common sense, the rest is just his opinion, which sometimes coincides with mine, and sometimes not.

    For someone that has never traveled outside of package tours, this book my pose a different way of traveling, something that many people can enjoy and learn from if they try. I was expecting to find something creative and different from what I saw, instead I just saw criticism of those that do package tours, drugs or alcohol.

    I'm not saying the way he travels is not interesting, I'm saying that if this is what you like, this is what you will do. If someone rather go to a club med, well, there can be something in that too, different tastes make up for different traveling ways.

    My self, I like to mix up a bit of everything.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10975)
    Performance
    (9230)
    Story
    (9314)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Again, on my top 5!"
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    After reading The Name of the Wind I could not stop, I jumped right in The Wise Man's Fear. It is like the first book, if not better. With more magic and with our hero exploring many different sceneries. Highly recommended series, too bad the 3rd book is not yet available, so it was with a pain that I finished this book. Now I was just waiting for The Second book of the Storm light archive to come out, and I will be on it next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13150)
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    (10753)
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    (10876)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "On my top 5 books"
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    I loved this book. To compare it to some of my favorites, it inspired me like The Way of Kings or The wheel of time series. I love the character, the type of magic, the apparent normalness of it all. Like if the magic that happens in the book could truly exist, like if it was rational.

    Its a long book, and there wore a few parts that wore a bit too slow, but in general this is an amazing book, with great narration. Loved it, just hope the 3rd book comes soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River God

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Danger surounds all those who oppose the ruling elite. But Taita, a wise and formidably gifted enunch slave, begins the dangerous journey towards his glorious dream: to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the nile.

    Matteo Lombardi says: "Couldn't finish it"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    I didnt like the narration and the story. Its nice that is in ancient egypt but I didnt find I was learning a lot about how things wore done then. I read 50% of the book and gave up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Disapointing"
    "Great book, not incredibly exiting though"
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    I loved the book because it helped me understand history by passing it thru the caracters stories. Its not an incredibly exiting book, and is not as good as Pillars of the Earth, but I loved reading it. its caracters as always display all sorts of emotions, and there are some sex scenes. If you like Ken Follet and history, you will like this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8982)
    Performance
    (6392)
    Story
    (6430)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Didnt really like the magic system"
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    I love Brandon Sanderson, been reading quite a lot of things from him. I'm not really sure why I didnt like Mistborn so much. I give it a 4 star because it was a good book, and I might even read the following book, but I wasent particularly trilled by it.

    The Way of Kings is my advice, best book of the kind I have ever read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2496)
    Performance
    (1410)
    Story
    (1434)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    H. Brown says: "Well done!"
    "Read after books 8 to 10. But I didnt like it"
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    I have read this book after book 10, which most here agree is one of the worst of the series, perhaps even possible to skip it without hindering the whole series.

    Although many have liked this book I found it to be almost exclusively the story of Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran. Although I like the caracteres, I was expecting many more interesting things to be added to the plot, for example I would love to know the story of Rand's father and mother, both biological and step father, this is a part of the story I was always missing and curious about.

    anyways, I'm not sure if there is much to this book, maybe it would be possible to skip it all together, read a sumarry somewhere and race to the new books by sanderson, which I've heard pick up the pace quite a bit

    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
    (354)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (194)

    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.

    Douglas says: "Exceedingly Important Reading!..."
    "So Shallow I couldent finish"
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    I imagined a book like this would be based on research. I've only read 50% of the book because it was so Shallow I couldent go on, but so far all of autors arguments wore "Because me and my friends can't read more then one page, then it means the whole world can't read more then one page". Sorry, I read a book per week and although I think internet is making us more shallow and read less, I was hopping to encounter some solid research, instead this books seams a description on how the autor and his friends are behaving, which is not very usefull in my opinion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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