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S. White

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  • Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Scott Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.

    S. White says: "A must read for programmers, software developers.."
    "A must read for programmers, software developers.."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dreaming in Code the most enjoyable?

    This book will make any programmer who's worked on professional projects realize if he or she didn't know already... you are not alone. This book "gets it." and gets it in a way that's entertaining for the most part and gives just enough detail to make sense even to the non-programmer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slid in explanations of computer science concepts as they pertain to the story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His voice is a little harsh sometimes. He wouldn't be a good smooth jazz dj let's just say.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Asa Akira
    • Narrated By Asa Akira
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her number-one best-selling adult film series Asa Akira Is Insatiable.

    S. White says: "Entertaining. Exactly what you'd expect."
    "Entertaining. Exactly what you'd expect."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend... The book is the very explicit story of a major porn star.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Asa Akira? Why or why not?

    I doubt it. Kind of seems like she'd be a one trick pony book wise.


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

    She reads well and expressively. She'd probably be a pretty ok actress. I believe she likes what she does. I think some of it was just sort of trying to pander to her fans and not really genuine. I found it kind of um... patronizing? but overall ok.


    Was Insatiable worth the listening time?

    eh It was OK. It had some funny parts.


    Any additional comments?

    eh...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Manual for Creating Atheists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Boghossian
    • Narrated By Peter Boghossian
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it.

    Paul says: "The first atheist missionary"
    "He had me for most of the way..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    ...Then by violating one of his previous rules: Don't get into politics.. .he lost me. I was fine with how he talked to believers and decided to treat faith or "pretending to know something you don't actually know" as a or the problem.

    But then in a later chapter, violating a suggested rule he really should have stuck to himself, he went on a near non sequitur rant about the evils of "academic leftism" that would have made Glenn Beck proud.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Boghossian’s story?

    Should have stuck to the subject of faith and religion instead of delving into politics. Ironically he warned that would turn off potential converts earlier in the book --and most certainly proved that to be true with his own digression.

    It's as if somebody else started writing around chapter 13.

    The word "homophobe" is the result of an evil "tolerance" that has been adopted by the "academic left?" Really? Phobia is what you call in irrational fear. Get over it.

    If intolerance is one of the main criticisms of adopting a belief in organized religion, then doesn't it follow that we shouldn't emulate that aspect?


    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The App Millionaire: How to Make 'Sleep Money' with a Micro-Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Greg Shealey
    • Narrated By Greg Shealey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The genius of The App Millionaire is that it forces you to take a close and personal look at your business goals while challenging your approach on business development. Instead of the axiom of "think big", the author, Greg Shealey, PhD suggests you "think small". This philosophy of micro-business entrepreneurship has afforded many people the opportunity to own profitable businesses with advantages to traditional business models such as very little overhead, a quick start-up time, and lower risk, just to name a few.

    S. White says: "Ugh...Reads like an infomercial."
    "Ugh...Reads like an infomercial."
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    What would have made The App Millionaire better?

    Well I haven't got through the first half of it, but it's driving me nuts. If I hear the words "App Millionaire" one more time... I'm only dissappointed you can't throw an audiobook across the room like you can a regular book. It reads like a bad info-mercial "You too can be an app millionaire but it takes hard work and be organized...bla bla bla... If you're that kind of person you can be an app millionaire (tm)...

    That far into the book and literally NOTHING that will actually help you start a business based on mobile applications.

    Less fluff and more meat. And stop saying "App Millionaire." It's not a witty catch-phrase. After the first 20 times or so... It's like fingernails on a chalk board.


    What was most disappointing about Greg Shealey’s story?

    I don't care about your dad's business. I don't care about how you moved from construction contracting to application development. --actually I might be interested in "how" but so far all I'm hearing is "that" you did. I don't need to know what apps are, or that they're "revolutionary" beyond a really short introduction paragraph.

    So far the only "how" you have in the first third of the book is that you drew out on paper what you wanted your first app to do then hired someone to make it. Gee I would have never thought of that!

    What I DID want to know was something that would help me with ideas I might not have thought of... not "be organized" and "work hard" with long drawn out anecdotes to support those obvious-isms.

    I find the book patronizing and devoid of any real substance with the words "App Millionaire" thrown in ad nauseum. Now maybe the details are in the last half of the book but I honestly can't get through the first half, I'm sorry.


    What three words best describe Greg Shealey’s performance?

    Very well spoken.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The App Millionaire?

    The words or sentences containing "App Millionaire"


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was good. But this kind of patronizing "self-help" book is just not useful to me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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