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Ken Makita

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  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Segall
    • Narrated By Ken Segall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

    Stefan says: "The inner workings of Apple revealed"
    "Simple Is Good"
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    What made the experience of listening to Insanely Simple the most enjoyable?

    Stories about Steve Jobs and Apple


    What other book might you compare Insanely Simple to and why?

    Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. Insanely Simple is a good supplement to it, a more detailed take on Steve's decision making.


    What does Ken Segall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The confidence in narration. Probably because he's narrating a life he lived and wrote.


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

    Here's To The Crazy Ones.


    Any additional comments?

    Good stories on management and business strategy. Give this a try even if you despite Apple for whatever reason. This could be the Insanely Simple reason to change your mind.

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  • Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the Battle for the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Arthur
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
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    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Digital Wars starts in 1998, when the Internet and computing business was about to be upended - by an antitrust case, a tiny start-up and a former giant rebuilding it. Charles Arthur here examines the differing strategies of the three best-known tech companies in their battle to win control of the exploding network connecting the world. Microsoft was a giant - soon to become the highest-valued company in the world - while Apple was a minnow and Google just a start-up. By February 2012, Apple was worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined.

    Mr. Michael A. Prince says: "Excellent insight into the history of the internet"
    "Interesting History of Tech Giants"
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    What did you love best about Digital Wars?

    The wide coverage of story regarding technological advancement in software and hardware involving Google, Microsoft, and Apple.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Digital Wars?

    I realized it's also a good supplement to Walter Isaacson's work on Steve Jobs


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Rashbrook – was your favorite?

    Steve Ballmer. It's... quite apt.


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

    No. I was focus and eager to go through all the details.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in Information Technology should give this a chance.

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  • The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, the international best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible. Read by the actor Feodor Chin. Recording memories, mind reading, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis - no longer are these feats of the mind solely the province of overheated science fiction. As Michio Kaku reveals, not only are they possible, but with the latest advances in brain science and recent astonishing breakthroughs in technology, they already exist.

    Ken Makita says: "Good Guide to History of the Mind"
    "Good Guide to History of the Mind"
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    If you could sum up The Future of the Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Geeky, intellectually satisfying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wholeness of it. Instead of just fact dropping, Michio Kaku guides you through a tour of scientifically accurate history of our mind.


    Have you listened to any of Feodor Chin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but this is a good listen. At times my brain played tricks and I thought it was Michio Kaku narrating it, not Feodor Chin.


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

    "Telling the future by recounting the past".

    I'm rubbish at this.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audiobook because I'm a fan of Michio Kaku. If you love science, especially in regards of bio-physic, you will love this.

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  • Gordon Ramsay: On Top of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neil Simpson
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
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    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Best known as the host of Fox's Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay is one of the most driven, successful, and irate chefs around. He has thrown Hollywood actresses out of his restaurants and is notorious for his anger, but his food has been served to numerous heads of state, and he is one of only three chefs in England whose restaurant is rated at three Michelin stars. Sometimes hilarious and frequently heartbreaking, this is Gordon Ramsay’s full life, from tenements and poverty to top-notch restaurants and fame.

    Rocco says: "Like Ramsay? Read this Book. As simple as that."
    "A must read for Ramsay fans"
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    Would you listen to Gordon Ramsay again? Why?

    Yes. I like Gordon Ramsay, as a person and as a chef. His life story is quite inspiring.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gordon Ramsay?

    The part about the birth of his children.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Aspel – was your favorite?

    Gordon Ramsay, obviously.


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

    Smiles, mostly. Maybe a few laugh every now and then, like, "yes, this is Gordon Ramsay."


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Gordon Ramsay, and his television series Kitchen Nightmare (UK), you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Here is Anthony Bourdain's long-awaited sequel to Kitchen Confidential, the worldwide best seller. A lot has changed since then - for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business, and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores these changes, moving back and forth from the author's bad old days to the present.

    Ken Makita says: "I like Anthony Bourdain."
    "I like Anthony Bourdain."
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    If you could sum up Medium Raw in three words, what would they be?

    Food, Fascination, Folklore


    What other book might you compare Medium Raw to and why?

    Kitchen Confidential, because Medium Raw was its sequel. A worthy one, too.


    What about Anthony Bourdain’s performance did you like?

    In Kitchen Confidential, his performance was perfunctory, but it didn't bother me because I liked the stories. In Medium Raw, his narration style improved significantly, and closer to his television performance. Listening to this, you can tell his passion in certain subjects. It's personal, and personal is good.


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

    Yes. Day off, comfortable couch, and maybe a glass of wine.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not into Anthony Bourdain or world of culinary art in America, chances are you will not like this one.

    You must read its prequel, Kitchen Confidential, before you start on this one. For continuation's sake, and better understanding in how Anthony Bourdain came to be, well, Anthony Bourdain. They are memoirs, but they read like a good novel. I'm waiting patiently for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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