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Andres

Hialeah, FL, United States

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  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1222)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Not what I hoped for"
    Overall

    I may be a victim of poor expectations, but the book was not nearly as funny or witty as I expected it to be. As a window into the life of a struggling stand-up comic who hit it big, it's an interesting read, but not always an entertaining one.

    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
    (7051)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2852)

    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"
    "I really can't recommend this enough"
    Overall

    An absolutely wonderful trip through the history of (unbelievably) nearly everything. If you have even the remotest bit of curiosity about anything from the formation of the universe, to geology, to our understanding of mathematics and physics -- and especially, the men and women in history that formed the foundation of what we now claim to know about our universe -- this book is for you. Bryson hops elegantly from one subject to the next, pausing to not only educate, but also to amuse the reader. Subjects that I would normally have pegged as uninteresting, Bryson manages to make amusing, and often, extremely illuminating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2680)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (242)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Solid for an abridged version."
    Overall

    A lot of the information provided here is strictly common sense. However, it does provide you with a simple structure to simply get things done (pun not intended). As an abridged version of the book, it certainly seems to do the job well of getting the foundation of his methods down quickly and clearly. However, once I finished the book, I found I did want a little more detail and information, which I assume is in the unabridged version. As such, I don't know if I can recommend the audiobook to everyone, but I do plan on picking up the full text at some point in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2402)
    Performance
    (1394)
    Story
    (1420)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "The mind behind a revolution"
    Overall

    Steve Jobs gets all the accolades and all the (well-deserved) credit, but behind the glitz and glam of marketing genius, there's the quiet engineer that revolutionized the world with his ideas.

    I always loved Woz based on both the legends surrounding him and the interviews I have read, but hearing his side of the story was both illuminating and entertaining. As one might expect, the early days leading up to the formation of Apple and his subsequent tenure as part of the company he co-founded is by far the most interesting part of the book. However, his humor and Gina Smith's writing style carry throughout and make the whole book a worthwhile read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assault on Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.

    Walter says: "Partisan but Valuable"
    "Not just for the Democrat faithful"
    Overall

    I'm an avowed fan of Al Gore's but I was impressed on how apolitical this book was. I'd recommend everyone to read this one, from the political junkie to those who choose to avoid the subject of politics entirely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (350)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    Phenomenal overview of the research and theories developed by Jeff Hawkins' latest endeavor into the human mind. I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone remotely interested in the human mind and how it relates to everything from psychology to the development of real artificial intelligence.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (556)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "A little overhyped, but a great read regardless"
    Overall

    An interesting overview of the last 50 years of American intervention abroad. Whether or not you believe this all to be true depends on just who's Kool-Aid you prefer to drink, but regardless, it's a fun and oftentimes enlightening read

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (6000)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (576)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Entertaining and educational throughout"
    Overall

    While I would caution anyone reading this to take a lot of what is presented with a grain of salt, it is still a great whirlwind primer to world of cultural economics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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