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Roger Smith

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  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
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    (11459)
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    (10330)
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    (10427)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Stop at Insurgent"
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    If you loved Divergent, then enjoyed Insurgent, you will be disappointed with Allegiant. The author just did not have a good story to tell. The characters did not develop, the story was shallow, the action was weak. All of the magic of Divergent was gone and only the names of the two main characters remained.

    But, I know that many of you need closure on this trilogy. So you are going to buy this an listen to it. You will be very disappointed with the first half, but will get the closure you are seeking by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Leander Kahney
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (340)

    The best-selling author of Inside Steve's Brain profiles Apple's legendary chief designer, Jonathan Ive. Jony Ive's designs have not only made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world; they've overturned entire industries, from music and mobile phones to PCs and tablets.

    Idan B. says: "Was hoping to get to know the man behind the name."
    "Fascinating"
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    Very good story about John Ive. Not as good as the Jobs biography. But still very insightful. Like most writers about this new topic of "design" he treats it like the next penicillin or a cure for cancer. So a little pretentious, but for Apple it has been the key to billions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (2865)
    Story
    (2884)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Ah Ha, now I understand"
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    Now I understand how the computerized stock market can be and has been gamed. Essential listening for all stock market investors. When you finish it, then listen to "Dark Pools".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

    Gary says: "Definitive history on Electronic Trading"
    "Beyond Flash Boys"
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    If you read Michael Lewis' "Flash Boys" you were introduced to the high frequency trading world. But that book left out a lot of the details and covered none of the history. This book will explain how the current, computer driven stock market came from and fill in the details on how it works. Fascinating and dangerous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
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    Overall
    (25123)
    Performance
    (23064)
    Story
    (23070)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Awesome Engineering and Adventure!!!"
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    This is an awesome story! I have never seen anything like it. "MacGyver on Mars" like someone else said is the closest I can come. It has adventure, suspense, science, engineering, and even botany. You would not think those last few would be selling points, but in the right author's hands they are great. This has got to be a movie someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Syrup

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Maxx Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    When Scat comes up with an idea for the hottest new soda ever, he's sure he'll retire as the next savvy marketing success story. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America, there are no sure things. Suddenly Scat finds himself scrambling to save not only his idea, but his yet-to-be-realized career. With the help of a scarily beautiful and brainy girl called 6, he sets out on a mission to reclaim the fame and fortune that, time and again, elude him.

    Kris says: "Perfect Satire"
    "No Story"
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    There are two "Max Barry"s at work. The first we will call "MAX" because he writes really amazing books like Jennifer Government and Lexicon. Then there is the second we will call "max" who writes junk like Syrup and Machine Man. The two books of the second Max are terrible lame stories. You should avoid those. But you must read/listen to the books of the first because Lexicon and Jennifer Government are awesome.

    For you Max Barry readers - where does that place the book Company? In my opinion, it is somewhere in between, good, clever, and interesting, but not awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tim Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Roberts
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    Overall
    (123)
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    (98)
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    (97)

    The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This is not a book by designers for designers; this is a book for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking into every level of an organization's products or service to drive new alternatives for business and society.

    Cameron says: "Starts strong, then becomes an Ideo advertisement"
    "Way to full for itself"
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    ....You can transform the word by using design thinking to design solutions to colossal problems which non-designers can't touch. Everyone like Edison who has done anything great has now been rebranded as a design thinker. Design is cool. Design thinking is amazingly powerful, but you mere mortals cannot understand it....

    But they avoided really explaining what "design" and "design thinking" really are beyond ... learn from the user ... and make lots of prototypes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
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    Overall
    (644)
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    (480)
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    (470)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    David says: "A history of the world before the West mattered"
    "Thank you for the history"
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    From a Christian country I knew almost none of this history. It was very helpful to see the past centuries from the Muslim perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    Overall
    (772)
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    (656)
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    (654)

    Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

    Joel says: "Haven't We Heard All of This Before?"
    "Boring Food"
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    Um, this is really boring. He talks about all of the food that is bad for you and wonderful it tastes. But it does not have the magic personal style from his stand-up routines. So it just rushes over story, after story, after story, after story, after story ... about food. I just gave up half way through. Not funny.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4188)
    Performance
    (3716)
    Story
    (3730)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Inside the Mind of a Hacker Addict"
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    Very interesting tromp through the adventures and addictions of a phone and computer hacker. By the end I was convinced that he was a danger to national security. Thank heavens he turned his talent to helping defend systems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13398)
    Performance
    (12166)
    Story
    (12197)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "50%"
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    The book starts with a good idea, then starts building. But somewhere it gets lost in trivial details that do not progress the story. Finally, it just rehashes a sci-fi story and calls it quits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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