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Jad

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  • Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fred Vogelstein
    • Narrated By J. P. Demont
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (201)

    Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google - and how it’s reshaping the way we think about technology. The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.

    Bradley says: "Great book, But Narrator Needs Technical Help"
    "This is a must read for every tech enthusiast!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dogfight the most enjoyable?

    I rarely write any reviews about books I listen to. But this was a great one. The facts and the personalities conveyed in this book are crucial to understand how Apple and Google grew together to become the companies they are now. Some stuff are really fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book contains two story lines in my opinion. One is how Apple and Google evolved as companies and the struggles and strategies they underwent. And the other one which to my surprise has won my ears and heart, is the story of how Steve Jobs got along with 1-) Google's Cofounders Sergei and Larry, and how Steve Jobs handled his cancer during that. It shows very clearly that his attitude towards things was shifting back and forth with his illness and how desperate he was.


    Have you listened to any of J. P. Demont’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration tone was perfect, accentuated when needed but not over the top. Sometimes the characters' voices got mixed up and in certain conversations didn't know who talked to know (maybe it's due to my poor focus sometimes). But this is my first listen to Demont and I would certainly do it again. Cheers


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments in the book moved me, Apple's pre iPhone release preparations, Apple's iPhone unveiling specifics and how Jobs practiced and how the iPhone was being stitched up for the demo. The relationship fissure between Google and Apple, how Apple and google worked together to get maps up and running.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3031)
    Performance
    (2640)
    Story
    (2626)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "Lovely story about Dan's journey"
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    Well narrated (it's dan!)
    Amazing story (never knew he went through so much)
    An awesome reminder that mindfulness can be achieved by anyone even if they think theyre not cut out for it!
    Give this one a listen, its worth it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Watts
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (552)

    Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

    Doc S. Hodges says: "A life changing look at ancient philosophy"
    "Brilliant!"
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    This audio cannot be described! It is astonishingly mind blowing!
    Kept my brain at full throttle! Allan Watts is a brilliant and genius philosopher and public speaker. Get this and listen to the most awesome things you can ever hear.

    Please note that this audio has tremendous replay value and one must hear it over and over to truly understand it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Horowitz
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (969)

    Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

    bigdatamark says: "Exciting and insightful view of a "wartime CEO""
    "Loved the book"
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    Great insight on what a wartime CEO should be like. All we hear is how a CEO should be peaceful, great to hear the second part of the story for a change.
    The book is basically split into two parts, first part being the story behind Netscape, Loudcloud and OpsWare and the second being and management dos and do nots if youre managing a big corporation. I enjoyed the first part much more.

    The narrator was not that super though. Could have picked someone with a tone more suited for the book he was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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