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Johan

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  • Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leonard Peikoff
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (102)

    This brilliantly conceived book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976 entitled, "The Philosophy of Objectivism". The lectures were attended by Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and who also joined Peikoff in answering questions.

    L. Hattery says: "The very best overview of Objectivism"
    "Essential listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Objectivism the most enjoyable?

    Good narrator, excellent content


    Any additional comments?

    There's some issues with Peikoff describing Rand. Remember that this isn't Rand's view of objectivism, despite being portrayed as such - this is Peikoff's view of Rand's view. It's probably the best account of Ayn Rand's opinions to date, but still not her own account.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steven Strogatz
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

    Ryan says: "Engaging, but maybe better suited for non-audio"
    "Cures insomnia"
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    I know the headline is hyperbolic but it's actually true. This book makes me so tired I fall asleep becauase in part of the dull content and in part due to the narrators voice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (789)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Good read, nothing new, somewhat inaccurate"
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    What did you like best about The Steve Jobs Way? What did you like least?

    The best part was the new facts that haven't been revealed before, which (in the era after the official biography) are few and far between. The worst part was that there's a lot of factual statements in this book that is contradicted by either Steve Jobs himself, other authors or witnesses which brings into question the earlier novel facts. All in all, it's a decent introduction but pales in comparison to it's more recent competition.


    Would you recommend The Steve Jobs Way to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to everyone interested in Steve Jobs or Apple, and perhaps even "The Steve Jobs Way", but *not* to anyone looking for "lessons" about this way, because there's very little insight or analysis. That part of the books name seems to have been tacked on after it was written.


    Do you think The Steve Jobs Way needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think there's ample way to both update this book to bring it up to par with it's own name (there's not many leadership lessons to be learned here) but first and foremost, Apple is now in the post-Jobs era, and the company he co-founded are entering it's most interesting period ever. Now is the time to write a book about life after Jobs.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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