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Eric

Hackensack, NJ, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (233)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Not as good as The World is Flat"
    Overall

    I was surprised that Thomas Friedman did not compare and contrast the current global warming situation with the Dust Bowl tragedy of the 1930s. During the 1930s, the U.S. government had refused to recognize the plight of the mid-west farmer and the devastated communities of the plain states. It took a government sponsored effort to combat and fix the problem.

    In addition, this books could have been shortened by 2/3. Much of this book consisted of long and drawn out examples of global warming.
    All in all, this book was interesting and informative but too lengthy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis sets out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world's most important technology entrepreneur, the man who embodies the spirit of the coming age. He finds him in Jim Clark, who is about to create his third, separate, billion-dollar company: first Silicon Graphics, then Netscape - which launched the Information Age - and now Healtheon, a startup that may turn the $1 trillion healthcare industry on its head.

    Kenneth says: "A fun book about Jim Clark"
    "Skip this AudioBook"
    Overall

    This audiobook was very boring.
    No real lessons learned.
    No valuable insights.
    Skip this Audiobook...

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (500)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Ronald says: "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    "Read like a Masters Thesis"
    Overall

    This book read like a masters thesis in political science, political ideology and political theory. I was hoping to read more about Barack Obama's struggles as a youth and examples stories of situations that occurred that helped build his character.

    All in all, this books was interesting but not very entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Library of Congress Series on the Digital Future: Collection

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Weinberger, Brewster Kahle, Juan Pablo Paz, and others
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Digital Future, a series of eight lectures hosted by the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center; David Weinberger, former senior Internet adviser to the Howard Dean presidential campaign, discussed how weblogs work & their value in gathering knowledge; Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Director & Co-founder of the Internet Archive explains how he first developed the idea and tools to archive the Web; and more.

    Eric says: "This series was free on CSPAN"
    "This series was free on CSPAN"
    Overall

    Not worth the $$$ especially since this series was once available free on CSPAN. I hold a BS in Computer Science from a Big Ten University and I am employed as a Computer Systems Support Engineer and I had a difficult time following some of the speakers from a technical perspective.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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