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  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nir Eyal
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (300)

    Why do some products capture our attention, while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? This audiobook introduces listeners to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly - without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down.

    D. Hopkins says: "get a professional studio"
    "Some authors should NOT narrate their own books"
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    Would you try another book from Nir Eyal and/or Nir Eyal?

    No way, if he is one of the narrators.The idea behind the book is great, the story is excellent, everything is very good. Why squander such a wonderful opportunity to share a world-class concept?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nir Eyal?

    Almost anyone ELSE.


    Did Hooked inspire you to do anything?

    Yes: Ditch the audiobook and read the Kindle version. The Kindle version is actually very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening to this book in my car, with high hopes. I had to stop after 5 minutes of painful listening, to change to another audiobook. I didn't want to risk an accident by changing audiobooks while driving, even though I was sorely tempted to do so. Audible MUST review the quality of the recording before releasing a title. This is AUDIBLE, after all, and you should know a thing or two about audio quality.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
    • Narrated By Blake Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (1940)
    Story
    (1933)

    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome Content. Hard to listen to."
    "Great story, extremely poor narrator choice"
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    Would you listen to Zero to One again? Why?

    No. Once is enough, because the narrator's voice is unpleasantly grating, without any "gravitas". He sounds like a teenager. Audible has other excellent narrators. Why choose this particular narrator foir this wonderful book? I'm sure he's a perfectly nice person, but a "professional narrator" he is NOT.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, while driving. But I'm really suffering as I listen to it. Sheer willpower is carrying me through.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible: Please be sure to choose narrators with good voices. This is your business, after all. Thanks.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward Frenkel
    • Narrated By Tony Craine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate audiobook, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space. Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man's journey learning and living it.

    Gary says: "Answers tough questions, but not for all listeners"
    "Great story, well written, superb content."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. The story is wonderful, it is well written and excellently told by the author. Unfortunately, the narrator just doesn't have the necessary gravitas. His voice is high-pitched and is extremely annoying.


    What other book might you compare Love and Math to and why?

    "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson. Great book, but lousy narrator. As a contrast, consider "Einstein", also written by Walter Isaacson, but narrated by Edward Herrmann. Night and day!


    What didn’t you like about Tony Craine’s performance?

    His voice is high-pitched and is gratingly annoying.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same as the book's title: "Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality"


    Any additional comments?

    If somebody could please get a good narrator to do justice to this book, I would buy that new edition in a heartbeat. Ditto for "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson.

    Meanwhile, I have purchased the paper & Kindle editions. I do a lot of driving and I enjoy listening to good books on the road, but I had to pull over and switch to something else with "Love and Math" and "Einstein". I just couldn't suffer listening to the narrators of these two (otherwise fantastic) books any more.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1424)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Joshua Kim says: "Valuable"
    "The author reads excessively fast"
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    What made the experience of listening to FREE the most enjoyable?

    The experience of listening was PAINFUL because the author reads excessively fast. The narrator for the author's "Makers" was much more pleasant to listen to. The author doesn't ever pause. The listener needs some time (ANY time) between ideas to digest the great many thoughts presented by the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Anderson’s performances?

    No. Please get professional readers to read his wonderful books. An example of a truly great reader: Edward Herrmann.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book's ideas are truly fantastic. They should be delivered by a narrator who can do justice to the book. Unfortunately, the author is not such a narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I drive about 15,000 miles per year and I always listen to Audible books. So, I have a lot of experience. This is my first Audible review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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