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Steaven

Murrieta, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Segall
    • Narrated By Ken Segall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

    Stefan says: "The inner workings of Apple revealed"
    "Insane!"
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    What did you love best about Insanely Simple?

    One of the best book I listen to in a long time. A lot of insights and tidbits to learn from. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and information on the book. It was a pleasant surprise after listening to it for a few minutes that it's not another Steve Jobs glorification or biographical book. It's a very straight forward of how Steve focus on "Simplicity" on everything he touches and thought off.
    This book, I would highly recommend and won't mind listening to it over and over again.


    What does Ken Segall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    First hand experience with the "Master" himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, if I have all the time in the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the book, love it, love it, love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (820)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "It's a winner!"
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    If you could sum up The Everything Store in three words, what would they be?

    Must read for entrepreneurs.


    What other book might you compare The Everything Store to and why?

    Johnny Ive by Leander Kahney, shows the depth of enthusiasm and achievements of both men in their respective fields.


    Have you listened to any of Pete Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, but I really enjoy listening to this one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    From Books to Everything


    Any additional comments?

    Could not stop listening to this book, very well written and delivered, love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6920)
    Performance
    (2729)
    Story
    (2738)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Amazing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My son who is 12 would occasionally listen with me while I'm driving, he would picked up a few snippets and was able to put it in good use at his school. What more if he listen to the entirety. Very well developed narration and really enjoyable listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The logical progression of the book.


    What does Richard Matthews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't read while driving. He has to keep me engaged, which he did with flying colors.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neutral


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Now: Doing Business in the World's Most Dynamic Market

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By N. Mark Lam, John Graham
    • Narrated By McGraw-Hill Education
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    China has more than one billion people. That's one billion potential customers. China Now is your must-have guide to this exciting world of opportunity, written by a top corporate advisor and a renowned business professor who specialize in East-West business strategy. Together Mark Lam and John Graham have worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of American and Chinese executives, and now share with you their most successful strategies, tactics, and insights.

    Steaven says: "Excruciatingly bad Chinese pronunciation"
    "Excruciatingly bad Chinese pronunciation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of China Now: Doing Business in the World's Most Dynamic Market to be better than the print version?

    NO!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book is supposed to advice you on how to deal with Chinese, but the reading is sooooo bad and abhorrent especially the Chinese words that it gets really distracting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get someone who,is willing to invest in time learning how to read pinyin properly before reading for this kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to think hard where are the location being read because the pronunciation is horrid! The voice is fantastic though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why the West Rules - for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ian Morris
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Sometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West’s rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the 20th century secured its global supremacy.

    George says: "I bought it hardcopy"
    "Too subjective, starting with the numbers"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If only the reading of the Chinese words are closer to the proper pronunciation, and the numbers presented are not too subjective.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    At first, it may sound objective enough with all the statistics being presented. After a while you'll realize the numbers are pretty much subjective to begin with. I don't trust the numbers at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Why the West Rules - for Now?

    Most of it!


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator totally bungled it up, all the pronunciation are terrible especially when it come to Chinese "ping-yin" he should have practice how to read pinyin properly before reading the book. The abhorrent pronunciation adds to the argument that the book is very biased to begin with, don't even know how to pronounce proper location, names and common Chinese words. If you think this book is balanced, it totally disagree, it is very subjective to the opinion of the author.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Badass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Thompson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!

    Saud says: "Not Bad, if You're into that Sort of Thing"
    "Pretty Cool!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Badass to be better than the print version?

    although I haven't seen the printed edition, I'm sure listening to a good narrator reading the funny and amusing lines are icing on the cake.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's very light hearted narration of the different characters you seldom hear in the history books. Learned a few people I possibly would never know as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listen this audio book with my kids (teen agers) and even they have a few nice chuckle. Besides, they also learn a few characters as well.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot more people I think that should've been included but, over all, I really enjoyed the book. Great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Leeb, Gregory Dorsey
    • Narrated By Brian Bascle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    The American Dream is close to being replaced by a living nightmare. Key commodities that are essential to our daily lives and that are widely believed to be abundant are running critically short. Even worse, the Chinese are doing what they can to monopolize the world's dwindling resources. The U.S. is now largely dependent on our greatest economic rival for rare earth elements as well as a host of other minerals - all of which are absolutely essential to the development of alternative energies....

    Graham says: "8 Hours to Make Only One Great Point"
    "Very insightful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Red Alert the most enjoyable?

    All claims has been supported by facts and statistics.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ~NA~


    Which character – as performed by Brian Bascle – was your favorite?

    ~NA~


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    More alarmed than scared.


    Any additional comments?

    America, wake up, we are quickly relinquishing our status as the greatest nation on the planet to China. Stop the bickering and start concentrating in the real issue and fix the problems ASAP.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mao: The Unknown Story

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before, and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this is the most authoritative biography of Mao ever written.

    Jene says: "Fills many gaps! Very good..but!"
    "Terrible narrator!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is nothing more criminal in butchering a good book by a lousy reader. The narrator couldn't pronounce a single Chinese word properly, it is so hard to follow sometimes when you have to think twice who the heck he is talking about. Like "Zhou Enlai" was read as "Chao" that's so wrong, it should be more like "Joe" and "Chiang" was read as "Chang" so it gets really confusing. Even as simple as "Jiang qing" was read as "Jiang King" and I won't even start with places. That's another disaster to listen to.
    Long and short of it, the book is good, I like the detailed insights and story, but the narration gets into my nerves. Sorry. my rating is Story 4 stars and Narration 0 stars (If I could).


    What other book might you compare Mao to and why?

    Wild Swan. Book is written by the same author and goes along the same format. I like it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Learn how to read Chinese pinyin first before recording the book.


    Could you see Mao being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No comment


    Any additional comments?

    Please make sure the book reader knows how to pronounce chinese words before reading the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Crane: The Five Ancestors, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jeff Stone
    • Narrated By Kiki Barrera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    For years, Hok has hidden her true identity from her brothers at Cangzhen. Now, at last, she can be herself. And yet, who is she? Calm and thoughtful, Hok is a crane-style kung fu master carefully attuned to others, but she has never spent much time looking inward. After barely surviving the destruction of two warrior-monk strongholds, Hok realizes her old world is gone. She finds her way to the city of Kaifeng and begins a new life.

    Steaven says: "Couldn't put down my iPhone!"
    "Couldn't put down my iPhone!"
    Overall

    Awesome, Awesome story, couldn't wait for the next book to appear on Audible, gotta proceed, end up buying the Kindle edition!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Farmelo
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (156)

    Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics.

    Eileen says: "Excellent biography of great physicist"
    "Strangely awesome!"
    Overall

    At first, I didn't think I would enjoy listening to the biography of a physicist, the subject alone seems daunting. But the author did a great job describing science in the simplest form that even a 5th grader could understand. I learned a lot from this book and highly recommend it to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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