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Dan Collins

Katy, Tx United States | Member Since 2017

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  • 69 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 76 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2018
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  • Cat's Cradle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2137)
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    (1697)
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    (1700)

    Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

    Robert says: "KV at his best."
    "Strangely Compelling"
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    This was my second Vonnegut book. I had previously listened to "Mother Night". I did not like this one as much as Mother Night but I must admit that there is something about Vonnegut that brings your thoughts back to his odd tales. This is a book that keeps on giving because the listener feels strangely compelled to make sense of something that, I get the impression, the author never cared if it made sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Technology Projects to Mainstream Customers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Geoffrey A. Moore
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (377)
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    (379)

    Here is the best-selling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries. Crossing the Chasm has become the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. This edition provides new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing, with special emphasis on the Internet. It's essential reading for anyone with a stake in the world's most exciting marketplace.

    Holly Fischer says: "Incredible insight"
    "Sadly Dated"
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    Disclaimer: I am a software solutions engineer so my perspective on the topic of marketing might not be all that useful. I had trouble focusing on this book and the unfortunate business case examples were so dated that they tended to be the only thing that I can remember about it. But that is a little hyperbolic.

    This book is useful for people like me especially in light of the software revolution that is sweeping the industries in the late 2010s. I believe that in listening to this book I have saved myself numerous heartaches in any future endeavor I might make in the software space.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Human Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward O. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (297)

    Searching for meaning in what Nietzsche once called “the rainbow colors” around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination, Edward O. Wilson bridges science and philosophy to create a 21st century treatise on human existence. Once criticized for his over-reliance on genetics, Wilson unfurls here his most expansive and advanced theories on human behavior, recognizing that, even though the human and spider evolved similarly, the poet’s sonnet is wholly different than the spider’s web.

    Neuron says: "Still don’t know the meaning of my existence"
    "Brave and Petty all at the Same Time"
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    When you tackle an enormous topic like this you get four stars from me without even blinking. I listened to this book on recommendation from Ray Dalio's Principles audiobook. You can see where the author has had an impact on Ray's thinking. I might have given this four or five stars on the story aspect but I found the author's strong anti religious stance to be off-putting and more importantly unnecessary. It did nothing but clutter an otherwise well put together and well stated point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    (12902)
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    (11310)
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    (11307)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Only complaint, too short"
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    In this book, the author forces you to rethink what is an advantage and what is a disability. The business application of this concept is that the reader is emboldened to take on the Goliaths in their own arena of business. Because strengths, pushed to the extreme, can become weaknesses. Read on, David.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Sonmez
    • Narrated By John Sonmez
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (811)

    Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun listen invites you to dip in wherever you like.

    Adam Walker says: "Should be called a developers roadmap to success!"
    "not really a book about software development"
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    This Book is passably well done and the author does a decent job surveying a number of topics. If you are looking for a book about software development specifically, this is not your book. but if you are interested in a book that covers not only software development but marketing, real estate, stock market, investing, spirituality, Fitness, health, diet this is your book!

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8240)
    Performance
    (6859)
    Story
    (6805)

    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 Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Understanding Understanding "
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    it is a pleasure to listen to somebody so excellent expound upon a topic that they know so well. But if you were looking for a book that takes a complex topic and makes it simple, this is not the book you were looking for. this is the second book I have listened to by this author and I have enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first. Which was quite a lot. I will also note that you do not need to listen to anything else to find this book enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lessons of History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1148)
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    (893)
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    (886)

    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

    Chris McLaws says: "This is a must for every Educated Person"
    "Patterns in History"
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    This book is made for those of us who Ray Dalio would say are looking for "another one of those". It isn't that history repeats itself. It is more that we have not changed all that much in all of recorded history. Call it a lack of options or a lack of creativity, the result is patterns that tend to manifest and repeat. This book explores those patterns juxtaposed against various frames of reference (like morality for instance).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crash of the Titans: Greed, Hubris, the Fall of Merrill Lynch and the Near-Collapse of Bank of America

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Greg Farrell
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
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    (188)
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    With one notable exception, the firms that make up what we know as Wall Street have always been part of an inbred, insular culture that most people only vaguely understand. The exception was Merrill Lynch, a firm that revolutionized the stock market by bringing Wall Street to Main Street. Merrill Lynch was an icon. Its sudden decline, collapse, and sale to Bank of America was a shock. How did it happen? Why did it happen?

    Charles says: "A Dizzying Story About the Fall of an Icon"
    "Portrait of a Systemic Failure"
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    This book did a fantastic job of canvasing the myriad players that had a part in the fate of Merrill Lynch. At times I found myself getting confused but the author does a good job of weaving a narrative that brings all the relevant story lines to a head at the right time. I especially liked the way the ending resolves the trajectory of some of the most colorful characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brett King, Andy Lark, Alex Lightman, and others
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (191)

    The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year-long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts, and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we're likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action.

    Stephen D. Brown says: "All Headlines"
    "Aggressive Coverage of a Broad Future"
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    I was impressed with this book. It was unrelenting in the way it approached the future and diligent to chase every relevant technology rabbit. Like most books in this genre, it probably suffers a bit from being overly optimistic in how rapidly we will adopt technology. but the book makes a good point where our preferences will become less and less important and why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ethereum: An Essential Beginner’s Guide to Ethereum Investing, Mining, and Smart Contracts

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Herbert Jones
    • Narrated By Dryw McArthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    This guide aims at expediting your discovery of smarter investment strategies by providing basic information about Ethereum to help you seamlessly build your investment portfolio, while confidently navigating the various concepts of mining, smart contracts, and gaining returns. This guide is also fully aware that Ethereum is still in its infancy and is laced with unique risks and complexities.

    Dan Collins says: "Useful but not Unique"
    "Useful but not Unique"
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    This book is a decent overview of Ethereum and for anyone looking to get started into leveraging the Ethereum blockchain - it is a great place to start. The content would appeal to a moderately technical resource.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fintech: Hacking, Blockchain, Big Data, Cryptocurrency

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eliot P. Reznor
    • Narrated By Alex Lancer
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Fintech: Hacking, Blockchain, Big Data, Cryptocurrency gets you up to speed fast, including an exploration of the history and future of cryptocurrency. Fintech is full of real-life examples of how big data impacts people just like you. These examples are backed up countless data expert studies, all of which will arm you with a knowledge primed for success for using big data immediately - small, easy-to-implement changes and practical takeaways for immediate action.

    Randall says: "Excellent informative book. "
    "Technology Casserole"
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    When the subtitle of a book is longer than "War and Peace" you shouldn't expect much by the way of a coherent message. This book is a loose collection of long essays on a variety of topics. Some of the content is pedantic but it is also true that I could see a non-techie listening to this and getting a lot out of it. I was least impressed with the "hacking" part but even that had value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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