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Violet Weed

The Truth shall Set Ye Free


  • Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud: Transform Your Business Using Social Media, Mobile Internet, and Cloud Computing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ted Shelton
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche

    The combined impact of social technologies, the mobile Internet, and cloud computing are creating incredible new business opportunities. They are also destroying unprepared companies, transforming industries, and leaving behind workers who are unwilling or unable to adapt. Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud reveals a compelling view from PwC of how the social mobile cloud and a combination of new technology changes are key players in a digital transformation in business and society that is moving more quickly and cutting more deeply than any technology transformation ever seen.

    Richard says: "Where's the beef?"
    "The best thing about this book was the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Somewhat. I think the author of this book is a thoughtful, but intellectually lazy person, Clearly, he did not have someone pointing out inconsistencies or 'faulty syllogistic conclusions'

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had an experienced content-editor assigned to blue and red pencil the manuscript and demand supporting statistics that were NOT 'freely available via google'.

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

    I have not listened to any other of Steven Menasche's audio readings. He is a SUPERB reader on par with Ruby Dee's narration of "Their Eyes Were Watching God". Bravo!

    Did Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to write a rebuttal. The guy is an ageist of the worst kind.

    Any additional comments?

    I've already published my critique of this book in an commercial article, so you 'do not own' any part of my review no matter what your 'conditions of use' stipulate. I would be quite surprised if you published this rather negative review, but I don't care. I've added the author's name to my list of 'never hire' and the narrator's name to my list of 'use this guy whenever possible'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clay Christensen
    • Narrated By Mel Foster

    In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution) build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact. By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers.

    BRIAN says: "Starts slowly and then... it pops!"
    "2 big a fan of the faker S. Jobs for my tastes"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I would not recommend this book, because most of my friends do not know the tech people I know, such as Jobs and Gates. So they are not likely to 'see through' baloney when they read it. For this book it is JOBS that is overblown by the author's hero worship. Jobs had no integrity and furthermore he LIED about the Xparc story. He STOLE the windows/mouse/icons ENTIRELY from Xparc. The machines he saw in the late 70s were ready-for-real-time not 'rudimentary' as he claimed. I WOULD KNOW. I WAS THERE. I don't like it when someone writes a book but does not do 'due diligence' before quoting someone. Jobs was a man who had no integrity and that is really all of us have. He even STOLE MONEY from WOZ who was the REAL hero of Apple, NOT Jobs.

    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?


    What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was great. He is a consummate 'reading professional' and I would listen to him read again, given the chance.

    Do you think The Innovator's DNA needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    YES. It needs a serious revision to fix the LIES.

    Any additional comments?

    Bah humbug. Too much laziness in the writing business these days. Not enough serious content-editors available, I suppose.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    Jen says: "Worth reading"
    "I ♥ this book!! Very intriguing & educational 2."
    If you could sum up The Brain That Changes Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Plasticity is real.

    What other book might you compare The Brain That Changes Itself to and why?

    The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku. I don't really like how Mr. Kaku 'pushes' his particular cultural beliefs about God, but he does write very interesting books. But I prefer The Brain that Changes, because it highlights what I've long understand about humankind. We are resourceful beings who love to help others by uncovering 'truths' and overturning prejudices. The book also supports my own belief in Intelligent Design and therefore a Maker of everything including human beings. Mr. Kaku's books are 'missing' that 'God' element. (Although I do not think the writer of The Brain That Changes... intended to help clarify God to his readers, BUT HE DOES.) :)

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

    He is an excellent reader. With wonderfully emotive voicings, and a good sense of word rhythm, his reading style & expertise adds greatly to the story itself. I'd definitely listen to other books for which he is the reader.

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

    I cannot select one area in particular because the entire audible book was exciting to me. It almost makes me want to go back to university, get a science degree, maybe a medical degree, too, and become a research scientist. It confirmed for me what my own life style has taught me: if one has a lifelong hunger for knowledge & understanding, a disdain for 'partying', and a love of consistent outdoor exercise and communing with nature, there does not have to be any obvious deterioration in one's middle years (I consider myself at 65 to be just at the beginning of my middle age because of how I have lived my life). This book reinforces my thoughts on aging unlike "The Secret Life of the Grownup Brain" which was a poorly researched book, at best.

    Any additional comments?

    I was about to cancel my audible book subscription, but this book really makes up for the bad ones. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Writer is indulging in faulty syllogistic baloney"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The narrator had a pleasant voice, I suppose, but frankly I think I prefer to listen to the deeper timbre of a male voice. That was a surprise, given I give a LOT of speeches and know that my voice is decidedly 'female' (aka 'higher pitched'). hmmm.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It highlighted what I already knew, garnering a stronger sense of urgency. The problem is that too many people, no matter their AGE, buy into the bull that as you reach your 'middle years' (which the writer suggests is 40-thru-60s) you mentally slow down. I believe she confused MENOPAUSE with 'aging'. Hormonal replacement will help her, :).

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    NO. Unfortunately she appears to have written a book designed to entertain, but not backed up by FACTS, only by theories, and like so many theories (quantum theory comes to mind), it is not provable thus it is FICTION. Personally I do not have time to read FICTION and I certainly don't like having my time wasted by listening to FICTION. (In the case of Quantum Theory, think 'Science FICTION."

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narration was good, albeit I prefer a male voice.

    Do you have any additional comments?

    This is the kind of rhetoric that 'demeans' older people. I for one didn't like it when I heard it from others at a very young age. I was a professional programmer from the age of 12 on, and often heard baloney about 'older' programmers. Back then in the 60s I KNEW it was baloney, and I was offended because I felt it denigrated people who had vastly more experientially acquired UNDERSTANDING than I did... and even then I thought "one day they'll be saying this about ME". Now 53 years later, I find I have to fight back harder against the sheepule (most people ARE sheepule after all) who are wont to believe anything that others say particularly if said with the 'voice of authority' or frequently in public media/social media outlets. It is appalling that there are those who actually believe an 18 year old can know more about ANY subject than an expert in the same field who has many more years of experience. I was a great programmer at 12, but at 65 I am a phenomenal people leader, and I know it, even while, as I said, I have to fight back stronger than when I was in my teens-30s against being judged based on my age. THANKFULLY I have a LIFETIME of being judged on my SEX. It should be noted that personally I am a REAL feminist, in that I believe that men and women are created to be equal BUT different. Women are generally smarter than men (when they bother to learn how to use their brainpower) and men are always stronger than a woman of the same size/build. It is FACTUAL. There are compensating things one can do to 'balance out' such physical realities, of course. I have studied martial arts for 47 years now, AND carry (know how to use) a gun. I also spend an inordinate amount of time LEARNING. It is very important to constantly be learning something new, if you intend to keep your mind active throughout your life. Ditto for your body. I walk 5-6 miles EVERY day at a fast pace and have recently discovered, much to my chagrin, that people in their teens through 50s are frequently not as fit as ME. That is important. But even more important, I now realize I'm going to have to budget my time to write a book refuting these baloney claims about deteriorating mental abilities of people in their 'middle years' (btw I think the middle years are from 50-85 today in the first world). My family members in their 90s are emailing / texting me DAILY, and are not slipping mentally AT ALL, btw.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Very well written and narrated book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Parallel Worlds to be better than the print version?

    I would assume that the audio version of Parallel Worlds is 'better' than the print version, because I would not read the print version anyway due to being extremely busy running my companies. I thoroughly enjoyed (am enjoying) this book, which I've listened to twice all the way through and am on the third listening.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No such thing as 'favorite character'. You are asking questions related to fictional writing. Oh wait! This IS a book on Cosmology including String and M Theory so from that perspective, 'theory' being, after all, FICTION since most of the theories described in this book are not provable. So I get it now. this is a book of Science Fiction. Okay then. But unfortunately I do not remember the name of my favorite character only of my most unfavorite character. That would be a tie between Einstein and Hawkings.

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

    I don't think I have heard him narrate another book, but he did a fine job on this one.

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

    Cosmology: proves and disproves the existence of God.

    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable book. I walk 4-5 miles every day and have enjoyed this book for over two weeks of walks now. I think I'll need another week to fully grasp all that is hinted at in this book. It certainly has been helping my dream life, which is usually quite vivid but NOW I'm dreaming about worm holes and 10th dimensions, etc etc. etc

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Not worth the price! Advertisement 4 the author"
    What would have made Just Listen better?

    If the author wasn't so stuck on himself and if he could be consistent in how he categorizes people. He can't write his way out of a wet paper sack, it doesn't matter that he has a medical degree and fancies himself to be a 'shrink'. He is NOT a good mentor. Waste of time.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Goulston again?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was ... hmmm, he was an actor without a job. He was reading the book as though he were reading to a six year old at bedtime. Too slow, too 'emotive', but since he was reading tripe who can blame him, really? The narrator was a clear speaker, with an interesting voice, he just did not have anything worth reading. I would listen to another book he narrated, yes, but not by this author.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Just Listen?

    Just about everything. The author clearly was only advertising HIMSELF. He did not have a content editor, that was obvious to this longtime content editor. If you want to learn how to communicate with people that might be perceived as 'difficult' then buy Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People". Although published in the 1930s the overall message of Mr. Carnegie's is truly 'timeless'. His message doesn't focus on Mr. Carnegie but on his AUDIENCE. I have listened to that book several times and it has greatly helped me improve my communication style and mentoring abilities. By the way, there are no 'difficult people', there are only lost and lonely souls trying to communicate with a world that is getting crazier and crazier. I didn't hear any acknowledgement of that from the author, who, as a shrink, SHOULD know that. Dale Carnegie is timeless. HE knew about people.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't think Audible should buy books for sound recording without actually READING them first, and clearly, no one read this book. People are far too busy to waste time listening to someone 'I I I' himself. Hey, we can all do that in front of our own mirrors, we don't need to pay to listen to someone else laud himself. (I don't care if you post this review or not, but I've been a professional 'behind the scenes' content editor and ghost writer since the age of 17 and that's 48 years now. This book was not worth the few bucks it cost. "Psychiatrist" indeed! Now I know why I never bothered with those people. P.S. I'm returning this book. P.P.S. The only reason I continued to listen to this book was that I listened to it on my walk today and today I did a 10-mile walk AND I have a new cellphone and only this one book downloaded onto it. Oh well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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