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  • Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Allen
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    In 2007 and 2008, Time named Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since he made his fortune, his impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and philanthropy. His passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor - combined with the resources to launch and support new initiatives - have literally changed the world. With honesty, humor, and insight, Allen here tells the story of a life of ideas made real.

    Amadeo says: "The part about Microsoft is good"
    "More than just Microsoft"
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    If you could sum up Idea Man in three words, what would they be?

    Empathetic, insightful, intriguing


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was more than just Microsoft. It gave you insight into what seemed like the human side of Microsoft as well as other parts of Paul Allen's life.


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

    ...more than code.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read to learn about the cofounder of Microsoft and many other companies, foundations, and ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1069)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Funny Sh-t"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was entertaining to learn about the director of Clerks.


    Did Tough Sh-t inspire you to do anything?

    Started listening to his podcasts


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (591)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    RealTruth says: "good start, book runs out of sustenace"
    "Automation everywhere."
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's surprising how algorithms will or already do affect our daily lives.


    Did Automate This inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to learn to code more.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone needs a little bit of understanding of how automated algorithms affect them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2300)
    Performance
    (2028)
    Story
    (2035)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "A great read for anyone with a JOB."
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    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 business books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It helps see the life of women in today's workforce. You see what has changed and what still needs to change. It actually helps you see where you can help your family.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a fine job. Although I like it when the author narrates, it seems more personal that way.


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

    It made me take a look at my family's work/life balance and where I could do more to help, encourage and support my family.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read for anyone with a job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    • Narrated By Matt Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

    Robert S. Wegener says: "Listener Beware"
    "Eleven Rings. Nuff said."
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    Would you listen to Eleven Rings again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gaining insight into the teams and personalities that Phil coached. Understanding how he got multiple superstars to work together toward a common goal.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Matt Walton?

    Yes


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

    Finding Zen


    Any additional comments?

    Might be a good read for a youth basketball coach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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