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Adam K

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    (444)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (398)

    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.

    Adam K says: "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
    "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
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    I was blown away by how exciting the author made this story. It's a fascinating look into the underground hacker culture and a wake up call to anyone who hasn't paid much attention to computer security in the past. You'll learn about the basic methods hackers use, including technical hacks and social engineering.

    The story was very approachable, Parmy Olson does a good job explaining everything tech related in a fair amount of detail without making the embarrassing mistakes that many journalists make when reporting on technology. (I'm hardly all-knowing in this area, but I'm a programmer and pretty tech savvy, so I probably would have caught any obvious flaws)

    The narrator does a wonderful job adding life to the dialogue and uses different voices for each character when reading chat logs and interview quotes. I almost felt like I was listening to a Stieg Larsson book. If you're at all interested in hackers or how a couple kids from different sides of the planet can take down the websites of massive corporations, get this book!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6242)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2381)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Great book, loved the narration"
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    The narration of this book was brilliant. I loved the soothing voices of the two narrators, it helped me relax and enjoy the book even when I was stressed out at work.

    The book itself was well written, delightfully descriptive, and had a classic 'boy meets mentor and learns to use his powers' plot with a unique fictional Japanese twist. Even though the series continues with more books, this one wrapped up nicely by the end with no annoying cliff hangers like some other long series I've read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David J. Schwartz
    • Narrated By David J. Schwartz
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (599)

    Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

    Brittany says: "Life-changing literature."
    "Pretty basic stuff, wasn't very helpful"
    Overall

    The title: "Thinking BIG" kind of implies that he's going to talk about taking your ideas to the next level, improving yourself to recognize undreamed of potential, etc. I was pretty disappointed. I'm only 23, but I consider myself a pretty successful and driven guy. I landed a great job (dream job actually) right out of university and I'm thinking about starting up my own company in a couple years. I already have a pretty decent level of confidence and I try not to make many excuses in any aspect of life.

    This book is more for someone who has a low self esteem and feels hopeless in his/her current job. It's for someone who doesn't take chances and always gives up on dreams. Unless you're one of these people, this book will not change your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3719)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1618)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Funny, fascinating, and eye-opening"
    Overall

    I'm a foodie, I love to cook, watch the Food Network and I've even entertained the idea of becoming a chef someday if I got bored of developing software. I also love Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show on Travel Channel, so a when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.

    Bourdain's writing and narration is fantastic. If you love his show, this book will not disappoint. He takes you through his life from childhood to rock bottom, and then back to great success. He's a lot of fun to listen to and gives the most in-depth, dirty, honest look into the restaurant industry you could imagine. I've since changed my mind about wanting to be a chef. :)

    Get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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