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Janis

Fremont, NH, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (595)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    RealTruth says: "good start, book runs out of sustenace"
    "Loved it! Fascinating! Listening a second time."
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    Where does Automate This rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Non-fiction story line about how math and computers have put us into space-age living environment. This is for everybody, not just math savants and quants.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    • Narrated By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    With compelling realism mixed with equal doses of self-deprecating wit, youthful bravado, and hard-earned humility, Symptoms of Withdrawal chronicles Lawford's deep and long descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent formidable path back to the sobriety he has preserved for the past 20 years.

    Fortunee says: "Discovery of Real Freedom"
    "Born with the silver spoon"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Chris Kennedy Lawford's got it all: fame, money, fortune and family. He's honest about his addiction to alcohol and drugs. He pins it on his family and himself. It is refreshing at least. Too bad he squanders it all and divorces his wife and kids in the end just after you think he's got his act together. Spoiled rich kid. Boo hoo.

    What did I learn from it? My life's not so bad after all. Chris could have offered more learning concepts about how to make better life choices, especially if you have an addictive personality. This is a tell-all autobiography to air out his dirty laundry and try to redeem himself. I'd say he's still messed up.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Kennedy Lawford before, how does this one compare?

    average


    Did Christopher Kennedy Lawford do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He fawns over the males: the Kennedys, his cousins, his father, movie stars. Very little about the predominate females: mother, aunts, grandmother, sisters, his wife. Lots tabloid tales about bimbos and escapades. What's more important, Chris? Feels a bit empty and out of balance. But then, I'm a female so why should I have expected more from Chris on this side of the table?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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