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Matthew

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    In this audiobook, the brain behind the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, advanced speech recognition, and other technologies devises a framework for envisioning the next century. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain.

    Ryan says: "An optimistic map to technological transcendence"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Fascinating book to listen to, despite the fact that it was written 10 years. It was very interesting hearing Kurzweil's predictions for 2009 and comparing them to what has actually happened. Some of his predictions are spot on, while others are way off base. The book is a thought-provoking speculation on how the development of technology and artificial intelligence might shape our future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (404)

    The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

    Chris Robbins says: "Very funny, but perhaps not for everyone"
    "Thoroughly entertaining"
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    If you're a fan of Christopher Moore, you'll enjoy this audio book. This book follows his pattern of an intriguing, amusing plot and quirky characters, seasoned generously with sarcasm and humor. The performance by the narrator really brought the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (505)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Bizarrely compelling"
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    I honestly don't know how to describe this book. It has a few laugh-out-loud moments, but mostly I found myself listening with half-smile and dumb-founded look on my face, trying to comprehend what I was hearing. Imagine David Sedaris, living as an animal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvetd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    To connect with today's buyer, you need to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in. The rules of marketing have changed and the key to winning is to use this change to your advantage. If you've wondered how to get found in Google or why blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are important, Inbound Marketing is the audiobook for you.

    Cat Goddess says: "DON'T BUY THE AUDIO VERSION!"
    "Solid Introduction"
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    A solid introduction to the world of internet marketing. A little out of-date already, but the fundamentals presented here are very useful. Makes a great starting point for a business looking to start utilizing the various marketing channels on the internet, such as blogs, social media and search engine ranking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (378)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Interesting History"
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    I didn't realize this book was about the history of the discoveries leading to the theories involving the 4% universe, I was expecting more of the theories themselves. Still, it was very interesting learning about the people involved in the discoveries, especially when Saul Perlmutter recently won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the work described in this book. However, it did tend to drag a little at some points.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Search: How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business & Transformed Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Battelle
    • Narrated By John Battelle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    What does the world want? According to John Battelle, a company that answers that question can unlock the most intractable riddles of both business and culture. And for the past few years, that's exactly what Google has been doing.

    T. Goss says: "Trevor Goss"
    "Very intesting recent history of the Internet"
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    Battelle's book provides a very interesting history of Google and it's predecessor technologies for searching and navigating the Internet. A good read for anyone interested in a general understanding of the landscape of the Internet. Battelle is not the best reader, he probably should have let a professional handle it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (455)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "Eh..."
    Overall
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    Story

    Some interesting ideas, but Gleick goes off on too many tangents for my tastes and tended to drag in parts. It was hard for me to identify the unifying idea of the book. I actually didn't finish listening to the second half...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
    • Narrated By Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (73)

    Presenting 12 breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander's experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander's genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.

    Terri says: "Transformative!"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Truly an inspiring book! The author's insights into motivating and productively interacting with other people helped me think about social situations in an entirely new light. The authors do a very good job narrating their own work, and the bits of classical music add a wonderful touch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (650)

    Everyone wants to be an influencer. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters.

    Ahmed says: "Not the book for everyone"
    "Fascinating exploration of human behavior."
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    Fascinating book! The examples and explanations of the principles governing the behavior of large groups of people constantly surprised me. It's almost like Freakonomics, but which much more in-depth and data-driven analysis.

    1 of 1 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
    (307)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (186)

    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"
    "Interesting Philisophical Ideas"
    Overall
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    Although I thought this book would go into more depth about AI, the philosophical questions about what it means to be human and conscious that Brian Christian brings up were quite interesting and thought-provoking. I started to get a little lost in the final chapters, but overall, this was an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 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
    (2744)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1130)

    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"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall
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    Full of interesting tidbits, this might make you look at many things in the world in a new light. I agree with other reviewers that some of the research is questionable, but I think that's part of the authors' point: data can be interpreted differently by different people. Looking at the data behind commonly used statistics can often reveal a different side to the story. As a bonus, it's also quite entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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