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Dean

a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

Member Since 2009

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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5425)
    Performance
    (2936)
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    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Sociology for the masses."
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    Another hit by Mr. Gladwell. He take something as dry as sociology and presents the theories in vignettes that are so interesting, yet are factual demonstrating the points he is walking the reader through. I wish more teachers were as stimulating as him. One other point, this book is read by the author which I really appriciate. This gives you more the intent and tone of the original author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6639)
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    (5854)
    Story
    (5832)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Great story, absolute power corrupting."
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    The story manages to have a moan character That is not always the driving force in the events as unfolding in the plot. I think as a scifi it is much more than adequate in character, plot, and backstory. I am a growing fan of Sanderson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (961)
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    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Calculus Ergo Modernity"
    "the wonders God hath wrought"
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    a history of how the great minds of the 1600 brought us modern physics and mathematics. I would really love to try an dread some of the original texts of the "math-Masters". to think in the 1600's people could calculate the position of the moon in relationship to the earth within inches...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10264)
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    (9436)
    Story
    (9469)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "fun teen fiction"
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    great post apocalyptic sci-fi. The main character has lots of potential. I first real a reckoners short, and it got me hooked. I have already started the second book in the series. great plot, characters are interesting too, plus the book has enough plot twists to make it bearable. mid-teens in difficulty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1162)
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    (1151)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "interesting interpretation of the PC revolution."
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    I have lived through the pc and Internet revolution, in the trenches of the last 35 years discussed in this book. It seems at times to either have been researched through the social media it looks to be the future of technology or a press piece for the still viable companies discussed there in. I did enjoy the historical discussions of activity in the technological evolution prior to 1960, but it screamed too much of Platonic/Socialistic philosophy...no individual has original thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weapons of Choice: Axis of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (264)

    History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters. Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Great... addicted to another loooooong series!"
    "time travelling modern navy"
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    fun time travelling book. WWII with a modern navy dropped in. very predictable if you have read a couple of the other similarly themed books. This is a fun read, but not extremely thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3216)
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    (1681)
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    (1686)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    R. BREEN says: "Witty and magical"
    "A modern fairy tale"
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    A wonderful fairy tale until the authors interview I thought was written in the 1990's. I was very impressed with the authors story telling style way was reminded of Chaucer or T White. Great story classic fairy tale style, and enough plot for an adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Google Works

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Jonathan Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (458)

    Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary - and frequently contrarian - principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.

    Dave says: "An excellent and thought provoking book."
    "The Google way of business."
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    Not a book for cyclicals or union shops. But a real man(or woman by the specific female gender reference in the book) view of the way to manage fast paced technological change and the people who drive it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weapons of Choice Part 3: Axis of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters. Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand.

    Dean says: "Interesting interpretation of the future past"
    "Interesting interpretation of the future past"
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    The overall story close in future meets recent past I have read several times lately. I think the author would have done much better in not using current names for future events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators Part 2: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Dean says: "A trip down someone else's memory lane"
    "A trip down someone else's memory lane"
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    I have lived through the pc and Internet revolution. I was in the trenches of the last 35 years discussed in this book. It seems at times to either have been researched through the social media it look to be the future of technology or a press piece for the still viable companies discussed there in. I did enjoy the historical discussions of activity in the technological evolution prior to 1960, but it screamed too much of Platonic/Socialistic philosophy...no individual has original thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get Up!: Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James A. Levine
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson, Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    That the average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their day sitting is no surprise to anyone who works in an office environment. But few realize the health consequences they are suffering as a result of modernity's increasingly sedentary lifestyle, or the effects it has had on society at large. In Get Up!, health expert James A. Levine's original scientific research shows that today's chair-based world, where we no longer use our bodies as they evolved to be used, is having negativeconsequences on our health.

    Dean says: "Great motivation to get moving."
    "Great motivation to get moving."
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    Overall the text is great medication to get up and get moving. The only portion of the book I did not understand is why like so many authors I have experienced lately they have to stray from such good content into political or off topic distractions. I really do not understand the relationship of a transgender advocate on a fantastic text about our societal change towards the sedentary? AUTHORS STOP THINKING you have to solve everything at once and stick to your fantastic core topic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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