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S. Cook

Albuquerque, NM USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (241)

    David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence. David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers.

    Matthew says: "Short but defintely sweet"
    "Not terrible, but lots of holes."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were too many holes in a lot of the technology and how the data centers existed. A floating datacenter? Seriously? The logistics of anything like that would be silly. I suspect it was to make them harder to deactivate, but it made it laughable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Hertling again?

    Sure - the concept of a social engineering AI was interesting, but the book didn't get into that as much.


    Could you see Avogadro Corp being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a made-for-TV movie. There wasn't much suspense, and it was a bit formulaic. Nothing overly clever or technical that could confuse anybody.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad book, but in this genre, there's a lot better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Valiant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2990)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2048)

    Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "I can't wait for the next book!"
    Overall

    This series continues to get better after each novel.

    If you enjoy space battles and sci-fi "war" novels, you can't go wrong with all of the Lost Fleet books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Entrepreneur's Success Code

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Burrows, Trump University
    • Narrated By Jeff Burrows
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Succeeding in business does not have to be a struggle. Now you can learn the success codes that will transform you. Veteran business coach Jeff Burrows shows you how to build a flourishing business - and have a life. This may be the most important business lesson you can receive.

    S. Cook says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this audio book. Unfortunately, even after several attempts, I can't listen for longer than a few minutes without getting bored senseless.

    The "interview" format is not compelling, the conversation is near monotone, and the content is slapdash with no understandable flow. It's like this was a challenge on "The Apprentice", and they took the loser's audio book and this is it.

    There are so many good titles for this topic, I'd be embarrassed if I were Mr. Trump. This audio book was a _huge_ disappointment. Get something else.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Millionaire Upgrade

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Parkes Cordock
    • Narrated By Nigel Acheson
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (590)

    Imagine finding yourself sitting next to a self-made millionaire for eight hours on a long-haul international flight. Imagine that person was prepared to share with you the secrets of their success. For one lucky person this actually happened. Inspired by a true story, Millionaire Upgrade is the tale of one very experienced entrepreneur and one very lucky passenger.

    Philippe says: "A complementary book for the Millionaire series"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    This was a great listen. Good summary and introduction to the ideas. There is some detail, but not too much - which made it excellent for listening while driving. I will probably listen to it several times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

    Roger Smith says: "Very Good"
    "Excellent Recent History"
    Overall

    If you're at all interested in Google's history and future direction, this is a great audio book. It's interesting through-out and well paced. I also really enjoy the narrator - he's got an "easy to listen to" voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "Not bad, but it is long..."
    Overall

    I was interested in reading this book after seeing The Aviator. This book is filled to the rafters with details and minutia, which isn't bad, but the abriged version might be better for some people. It is informative and a bit entertaining. It doesn't go into his businesses much, other than how it affected his personal life - so if you're looking to see how he became so rich, this probably isn't the right book.

    The reader (Cashman) is good (not great, but not bad) except for his pronounciation. It is HORRIBLE. It actually is entertaining and part of the fun to try and figure out what he's referring too. The director/producer/audio engineer were either asleep or laughing their asses off. It is seriously that bad.

    I listed to this while jogging or biking long distances, and it was entertaining enough. I wouldn't recommend it for long drives as the details wouldn't keep you up. Also, listening while doing anything that requires any concentration is difficult, because the long lists of details can get drowned out by what you're doing.

    All in all, I'm glad I used my subscription credits for this one. And, if you're very interested in various personal aspects of HRH, it's not bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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