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David S. Hawkins

Newport Beach, CA | Member Since 2002

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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read: Maximize Your Retirement Savings...the Smart Way! [Smartest 403(b) and 457(b), too!]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daniel R. Solin
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In his straight-forward, no-nonsense style, bestselling author Daniel R. Solin offers the new rules for investing for retirement. He shows readers how to quickly and simply determine their own needs, get control of their assets, avoid scams and sucker bets, discover untapped resources at retirement, and eventually get income out of tax deferred plans - the smart way.

    Lazaro says: "A must read"
    "Smart for sure, but is it up to date?"
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    This was an excellent listen, along with it's companion "The Smartest IRA Book You'll Ever Read". Very insightful, if you shuffle your 401K allocations to match with the recommendations about varios index funds, you will have achieved an instant ROI with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The CEO's Manual on Cyber Security

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Scott
    • Narrated By Michael Giunta
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The CEO's Manual on Cyber Security teaches you how to educate employees as well as develop a framework for security management against social engineering, keeping your corporation one step ahead of the attackers. It also details how enterprises can implement defenses against social engineering within their security policy.

    David S. Hawkins says: "If a CEO needs to know this..."
    "If a CEO needs to know this..."
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    Then I will eat my hat. This topic is important, but this was hardly written in a way that makes sense to me. I mean what does a CEO need to know about Chrome Extensions? That there are important security topics to consider as a CEO is true, that you will gain any of those insights in this read is a fantasy.

    This book tries to explain technical details, but if I were a CEO, I would want to understand how security will affect my business. Not get a blow by blow explanation of various terms related to security. Especially when simply looking it up on Wikipedia would have been more informative.

    I also had to laugh as the narrator spelled out PWNED. Not knowing how it is pronounced is embarrassing for something that is supposed to be an authoritative read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Parmy Olson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.

    Ulrike says: "Good book but horrible performance"
    "Not so Anonymous Review"
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    Just finished listening to this audio book. I found it a well written, fast paced and exciting read. While I haven't been involved in this specific area in my career, this book helped me connect the dots about much that has happened in the news over the past few years.

    Those of you here in this group that are deeply entrenched in this space may be well informed. If you are new to this area, this book is an excellent and gripping primer on what is relevant about hacking and the many breaches published over the past few years.

    I very much recommend this as an excellent listen!

    If you are no hacker, but would like to feel a bit of the excitement and speed of how this whole world works, I suggest listening to it at 3X speed...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The IRA/401k Dilemma: How to Plan Your Retirement, Not Uncle Sam's

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas R. Andrew
    • Narrated By Douglas R. Andrew
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    It's never too soon to think about your future. Is it going to be your retirement....or Uncle Sam's? Here's how to plan your retirement, solve your IRA/401k dilemma, and free yourself from the IRA/401k trap!

    Neal says: "A 2 Hour Road to No Where!"
    "Great companion to the "Smartest 401K Book...)"
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    Excellent resource. Only thing I came away in this one with that is disconcerting is that there is little in the way of direct advice on what to invest in. However, the extrication strategies seem sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Heinlein Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (70)
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    (70)

    This collection features four classic, dramatized Robert Heinlein stories: "Universe", "Requiem", "The Green Hills of Earth", and "The Roads Must Roll".

    Chris says: "Heinlein at his Best"
    "Radio Drama's Beat Audio Books!"
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    I have read all these stories, but because they were produced with influence of the author, but with dramatic license, the stories came alive! Since driving and texting, or watching videos is not viable, I don't understand why more radio drama doesn't exist. This is enjoyable and such a great set of stories by the Grand Master.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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