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Chris Lunt

Mountain View, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 113 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes can make us poor and unhealthy. We often make bad decisions about education, personal finance, health care, family, and the environment.

    Joshua Kim says: "A Book I Keep Coming Back To"
    "Thoughtful but tedious"
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    Good ideas belabored. I respect that they raised counter arguments. I'm happy there's a practicum for "Thinking Fast and Slow", but I'd like more examples in less detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (2789)
    Performance
    (2342)
    Story
    (2365)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "The longest 3 hour book"
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    Would you like to see how long you can string out clumsy and unnecessary exposition? I will explain Cricket on the Hearth in 4 words:
    Paid.
    By.
    The.
    Word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
    • Narrated By TBA
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

    Chris Lunt says: "Good for the periphery"
    "Good for the periphery"
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    Well organized, thoughtfully written, but if you're reading in the space, absolutely no new information. This is a book I'll recommend to readers who aren't already reading blogs and books covering similar topics. I did like the presentation as hopeful without being fervent.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael D. Fayer
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Our intuition about how things should behave is usually right in the everyday world. We see the baseball soar in the air, arc, drop, and lie stationary on the ground. Through data gathered by our senses and basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, the motion of a ball makes perfect sense. But enter the world of the tiniest particles on earth—the motion of electrons, the shapes of molecules—and everything we think we know about the world radically changes.

    Chris says: "No math - wrong"
    "Not appropriate for an audiobook"
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    This book is very dependent on drawings, graphs and equations, and although the offer has kept it to a minimum, you can't follow large parts of the book purely from audio. Somewhere in chapter 14 I broke down and got the paper book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (733)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Unexpected comedy"
    Overall
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    This book has some great laughs, and much credit goes to the narrator, who delivered the lines with aplomb. The book was squirm-worthy much of the time, and the topic was getting a little tired by the end, but enjoyed the book the whole way through, and found Mary Roach to be a unique voice in non-fiction writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why did reading that self-help book make you feel less happy? What's the best way to recover from trauma? Can we actually improve our lives by redirecting our thinking?

    Brian says: "Why programs fail."
    ""But when we use the story editing approach...""
    Overall
    Performance
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    Repetitious. Story editing is the golden hammer, and the author trots it out again and again after dissing the competition. He may be right, but the idea gets stretched thin, and I was losing interest before the book was done.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa M. Schwartz, Steven Woloshin
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not more, diagnoses. Documenting the excesses of American medical practice that labels far too many of us as sick, Welch examines the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients.

    glamazon says: "Agreed, Too Many Medical Interventions"
    "Makes you think twice about looking for trouble"
    Overall
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    I agree with the author that overdiagnosis is a real problem that harms a good number of people, but I don't necessarily agree that the solution is to avoid diagnostic technology. The book is thoughtful and well constructed, that said, it is somewhat monotonous. It's a killer magazine article, but for the casual reader is a bit thin for for a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. Sharon Bertsch McGrayne here explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it.

    Lynn says: "Read Up on Baye's Before Reading"
    "All the wrong details"
    Overall
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    Would you like to hear about warring academic camps, or would you rather understand in detail how Bayes was applied to solve the problems mentioned in the title? If it's the latter, you'll be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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