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Mann

Hi. My name is Mann & I am an Enterprise Communications expert by profession. I have always loved reading books and primarily enjoy books on Finance, Science & Technology and History. I do hear an occasional Fictional book though I prefer to read them instead.

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  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
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    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "A Fascinating & Engaging Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. All those who love reading about science and its impact on our society will enjoy this book a lot. Very well researched book. The best part is the interweaving of the human side and scientific side of the story. Thomas Hager is an exceptional storyteller who brings to context different historical events and their reverberations on our contemporary life.

    I always hated Chemistry as a kid and now I feel, if only I had read this book when I was young, my perception of the subject and its relevance would have been way different.


    What other book might you compare The Alchemy of Air to and why?

    Most Human Human. The books is extremely beautiful series of essays on Computing and Artificial Intelligence. Its another realm of science presented with its larger role in the society and meta-philosophy. The book though gets more exciting towards the latter half.


    What about Adam Verner’s performance did you like?

    Awesome performance by Adam.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Follies by Geniuses.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "End this depression now (Its really catchy)"
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    The book is an extremely well researched and clear explanation of Keynesian solutions to current financial crisis. Indeed after listening to this book, I had to pursue with a deeper appreciation of Free Market Economics vs Keynesian Economics. Paul Krugman is himself an extremely respected economist and makes compelling arguments in the book on different policy actions taken in last 5 years, & how he would have done them differently and why.

    If you like to keep a tab on the economics and global financial markets, this book will be fascinating read for you. It will answer some of you questions and kindle a few more.

    I highly recommend it to all those who like reading economics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "The real side of world's greatest conqueror"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I like reading history as it teaches fill in so many blanks in our understanding. This book tells the story of world's greatest conqueror. We all have been largely mis-fed about Genghis Khan and Mongols in all. They have been showcased in the contemporary media as merciless conquerors with not civility. The books will surprise you with the progressive steps Mongols took under Genghis Khan's rule.

    Some of the striking legacies of Genghis Khan's Mongol empire are:
    - Segregating of state and religion
    - Merit bases society and administration
    - Supremacy of law. Even the ruler was subject to the same law under Mongol empire.
    - Diplomatic immunity
    - Secular society
    - Paper based currency by Kublai Khan (Genghis Khan's grandson). He also unified the China as we know today.

    And of course Mongols were supreme military strategist and warriors who conquered everything between China and central Europe.

    I am following this book with Civilization, which furthers the story from 15'th century onwards and saw emergence of the West above the Asians.

    Interestingly, the West drew heavily on Mongol innovations which ultimately triggered the Renaissance in Europe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    I loved the epilogue where the author kinda summarizes Genghis Khan's tale and the efforts put in collating all this information. The book spans across 3 centuries of Mongol empire and would have required immense amount of research to test the veracity of different interpretations.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s performance?

    I loved both of them. They brought to life such a remarkable story which is portrayed so wrongly in contemporary media.


    Could you see Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    (1462)
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    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Highly proababe you will love this book"
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    What did you love best about The Drunkard's Walk?

    You will love this book if you love stats and probability. A very very interesting tale of how these subjects govern our lives to a great extent. Highly recommended


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Christian
    • Narrated By Brian Christian
    Overall
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    The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can "think". Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Turing Test convenes a panel of judges who pose questions - ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to moral conundrums - to hidden contestants in an attempt to discern which is human and which is a computer.

    Roy says: "A Wedding of Computer Science and Philosophy"
    "When computing meets humanity."
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    Would you listen to The Most Human Human again? Why?

    Definitely. The book specially gains momentum in the second half with some extremely thought provoking essays and insights into the realm of artificial intelligence and what computing holds for us in future.


    What other book might you compare The Most Human Human to and why?

    Information. Though I prefer The Most Human Human more than information. This book is about a human struggle to define his humanity against computing. Its more philosophical in nature too.


    What about Brian Christian’s performance did you like?

    I loved his intonation and pauses. His grasp over the subject matter seemed complete. He navigated the complex terrain of computer science with remarkable poise.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Most Human Human.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read of people involved with technology. This book offers some beautiful essays into the nature of technology and how AI may unfold in future. But yeah, it is a little slow in the beginning but gain momentum in the second half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (408)
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    In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics.

    Roddie says: "Must read, listen too!"
    "Proxy wars of modern era"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anyone interested in understanding and making sense of financial events and economic reasoning behind them should find this extremely beneficial read.

    The book introduces the readers to the veiled wars on the financial systems of the modern world being waged in the boardrooms of governments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and historical references of the story.


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

    Yes. Though it gets a little heavy sometimes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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