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Kevin

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  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (411)

    Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

    Michael says: "Pretty light stuff on Big Data"
    "Valuable though a tad sensationalistic"
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    From Netflix to surveillance cameras, this is a worthwhile introduction to many of the human implications of living in a world of big data. The book is scholarly, and I learned a great deal. In their effort to reach a popular audience, the language is a little hyperbolic for my tastes, but this is a solid work nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (764)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "A stirring psychobiography"
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    Where does The Passage of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a brilliant picture, compelling in its historical detail, of the complexity of a deeply flawed hero at a pivotal moment in American history and, for those of us who remember, many of our own lives. I am frankly awed by the author's ability to be so close to his subject while maintaining the perspective of distance. The narration was perfectly attuned to this, a voice with the cadence of Cronkite to complement the memories of those troubled times.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need.

    Vic616283 says: "great book."
    "solid, thoughtful, accessible, interdisciplinary"
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    What did you love best about Scarcity?

    The combination of scholarship with anecdote makes for a work which is entertaining as well as informative.The construct of scarcity is an emergent from the collaboration of two smart minds in the developing field of behavioral economics. It matters. This is one I will likely share with my students and my family


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sherry Turkle
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Consider Facebook - it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives.

    Robert Connett says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "informed futurism with a personal touch"
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    Turkle's writing is informed not just by AI, not just by psychoanalysis, but also by the relationship of a mother to her daughter in a changing world. Although the narration is flat or even cloying, it is transcended by the power of the narrative itself. Thanks to the author for this gripping listen / read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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