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Mark Bolgiano

Data Scientist

Takoma Park, MD | Member Since 2000

  • 6 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "A coherent framework for thinking about teams"

    This was a worthwhile listen - short, sweet, and a great distillation of what most experienced team leaders have in their head as common sense. The five dysfunctions are real, readily applied in the real world, and I have yet to find a colleague who didn't immediately appreciate this way of looking at how people work together to solve problems.

    Constantly wondering why your team isn't as effective as it should be? Listen to this book. I did, and it really helped me in how I lead my team (I am VP-Technology for a professional services firm). This is the first audio title, after 3 years of, that made me want to go out and get the hard copy of the book for my office reference bookshelf.

    4 of 4 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

    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?"
    "Profound: a look back that helps you look forward"

    In my 12 years of constant Audible listening/reading, There are few that I have enjoyed as much as The Information. As a CIO and data scientist who also happens to be a total history freak, I gained some truly profound insights into the nature of the information stack, from signal to message to language to semantics.

    I have read this twice in the last 6 months and have recommended it to hundreds of colleagues. It is very well crafted writing, delivering vignettes at just the right level of length, depth, and, taken as a whole, breadth. You do not need to be a "technology person" to enjoy this.

    Very well read by Rob Shapiro as well - this gets my highest recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Awesome: this is one of Steven King's best ever."

    I've enjoyed several King stories on Audible, and 11-22-63 is one of the best. The reader Craig Wasson is brilliant and adds much to the story which I literally could not put down. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of Trust: How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

    Thomas says: "A real eye opener"
    "What a disappointment"

    I was expecting a thoughtful analysis, and after a few hours of this empty drivel I bailed.

    This really felt like a reverse-engineered apology for the Bush hubris in international policy. I know nothing of the author's intentions or methodology, but the product smacks of strong prejudice and weak research.

    Some of it is laughable; most of it is annoying.

    All of it is a waste of precious Audible listening time. Keep looking.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloister Walk

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kathleen Norris
    • Narrated By Debra Winger

    Mark Bolgiano says: "Wonderful"

    I have to steer my fellow Audibilians toward "The Cloister Walk". Let me make this short and sweet, just like the book. Here's three reasons why I loved it -- and why you might too:

    1. Kathleen Norris had some very practical things to say to me as a human being, with all of the positive/negative, physical/spiritual, temporal/eternal things that being human can mean.

    2. I found her style of gently revealing an idea to be simply elegant. The thoughts were substantial without being overly dense or heavy - in other words, I gained understanding without gaining a headache.

    3. For me, Debra Winger's voice is to sound what Monet is to sight - pleasing, skillful, wonderfully textured, and rendering each word perfectly.

    Overall, a real joy to listen to. Try this one.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "EXCELLENT! Universal appeal"

    A great story - different from other sci-fi, gripping, thought-provoking. After I finished listening to it, my 7 and 12 year old boys enjoyed listening at bedtime every night. Because of all the dinnertime conversations about the story and characters, my wife, who doesn't like digital audio, went out and bought the book and is almost finished with it.

    The boys and I have also enjoyed two of the sequels: Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon. Even if you don't usually read sci-fi, try this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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