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Michael

High Ridge, MO, USA

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  • The Numerati

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen Baker
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Every day, we produce loads of data about ourselves simply by living in the modern world: we click web pages, flip channels, and shop with credit cards. Now, in one of the greatest undertakings of the 21st century, a savvy group of mathematicians and computer scientists is beginning to sift through this data to profile us as workers, shoppers, patients, voters, potential terrorists, even lovers. Their goal? To manipulate our behavior.

    Stephen says: "Good but not the best of the genre"
    "High Expectations, poor results"
    Overall

    I was really excited to delve into a book on this topic and unfortunately this book did not meet any of my expectations. The book treats technology, data mining, etc. with a certain mysticism. It never goes in depth about the technology of the "Numerati". Much of the book cites interviews and examples. These interviews are interesting to a certain extent, but they are filled with the author's speculation; much of which is in a tone that questions the "Numerati"'s usefulness and overall good to society. Throughout the book the author's comments gave me the impression that he is against technology. This book is a political/ideological discussion. The author's background is history, not technology or math, and it is very evident in this book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Mingling: Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeanne Martinet
    • Narrated By Jeanne Martinet
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Does the idea of going to a large party make your palms sweat and your mouth go dry? You are not alone. Many people suffer from minglephobia, a secret terror of large parties. Jeanne Martinet's tried-and-true cure is her unique system of techniques and strategies for overcoming social fears. Now you can relax and thrive at any business or social event!

    Chris says: "Very helpful for the mildly shy."
    "Smooth Finish"
    Overall

    I found this audio book to be very insightful at times. The book did get off to a rough start. As the book progressed I began to notice that the ideas Martinet present provide a cornerstone for the topic of interacting with people. I feel certain that one of my favorite authors on this topic, Leil Lowndes, listened to this audiobook and was able to elaborate and extend it to create her own award winning audio books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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