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Alexandria, VA, USA

  • 3 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Auletta
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Googled, esteemed media writer and critic Ken Auletta uses the story of Google's rise to explore the inner workings of the company and the future of the media at large. Although Google has often been secretive, this book is based on the most extensive cooperation ever granted a journalist, including access to closed-door meetings and interviews with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, CEO Eric Schmidt, and some 150 present and former employees.

    Brian says: "Interesting, but Tedious"
    "Where's the analysis...?"

    I originally purchased this looking for a view into the organizational culture at Google. As an engineer myself, I wanted a taste of what working there might be like. That's not in this book.

    What is in this book is a synopsis of news reports about Google since Brin & Page were grad students. had you "googled" Google, you would find much of this book. There is some discussion about how Google changed some of the markets it entered (e.g., music, newspapers, books) but I found the analysis superficial at best.

    The author writes as if he has a bone to pick with Google, seeming (as the subtitle would indicate) to begin from an assumption of malicious intent. So, in addition to the lack of analysis, for no additional cost the reader gets a lack of objectivity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar

    Today, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the burgeoning growth of these massive online communities, Wikinomics proves this fear is folly. Smart firms can harness collective capability and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.

    Bruce says: "Editor please"
    "Web 2.0 basics"

    The book explains the basics behind wiki-based sites and other collaborative Web technologies. For those familiar with how these work already, this book will seem pretty basic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Luther: Lion Hearted Reformer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J.A. Morrison
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis

    In this book, dedicated by its author to the "Youth of the Land", is the inspiring story of Martin Luther, who was born to poverty in 1483, who was beaten in school on a regular basis, but who rose above his circumstances to change the course of history.

    Brian says: "Well written and narrated."
    "Not a historical work"

    This book is a) not written in an objective way whatsoever (it is often denigrating to Catholicism of the era as well as patronizing), and b) written for an audience of about a 10 year-old boy. If you're looking for a historical portrayal of Luther, THIS AIN'T IT.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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