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Paul

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (9264)
    Performance
    (8077)
    Story
    (8092)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Paul says: "Loved the honesty!"
    "Loved the honesty!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - tells the story behind a great American company in the context of the past 20 years. Seems to portray Bezos' strengths and weaknesses without exaggeration. Inspiring and frightening.


    What does Pete Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pete disappears in the telling. An easy voice to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - but enjoyed it piece by piece!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Starts well and ends well. Comprenhensive!

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Max Tegmark
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (2042)
    Story
    (2031)

    How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

    catherine says: "An accessible book on AI that left me optimistic"
    "Compelling and inspiring"
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    A most important subject matter intelligently and respectfully presented. The future of life is in our hands whether we like it or not. This book is both optimistic and hopeful, laying out the challenges we face and the progress already made by a great number of smart and resourceful people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1863)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1577)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Joshua Kim says: "Pros and Cons of "Why Nations Fail""
    "The foundations of nationhood - exposed!"
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    Where does Why Nations Fail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my top book - ever. I'm an immigrant to the US and read one book a week, and over 30 years that's a lot of books. I'm not sure that this book will be so compelling for US born Americans - but it certainly could be. Comprehensive and complete. Maybe a little long and disjointed for some listeners - but not for me. I loved every moment! Go Brazil!


    What other book might you compare Why Nations Fail to and why?

    Perhaps "The man who loved China"... or "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" - both of which explored sweeping changes throughout history. This book is more though - it exposes the interweaving social systems that cause history to unfold as it does


    What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dan is a non obtrusive narrator. A master of the craft.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too many sections and stories to savor and digest.


    Any additional comments?

    I have 3 teenagers - and these 2 landmark books - "Why Nations Fail" and "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture" would be my first 2 additions to their "education". I know better than to suggest them though (the education of parents through experience :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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