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Sterling Okura

Salt Lake City | Member Since 2007

  • 5 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 724 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2015

  • Magical Worlds of the Wizard of Ads

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Roy H. Williams
    • Narrated By Roy H. Williams

    Wizard of Ads books have become known for their unique blend of principle, practicality, and lore. Now here's the third book in the series, with yet more sage guidance and dozens of fascinating true stories. Drawing on the teachings of his renowned Academy, the Wizard shares his unique perspectives on the roles neuroscience, chaos theory, poetry, and art play in the field of human persuasion.

    Sterling Okura says: "Not About Advertising"
    "Not About Advertising"

    This is a self development book similar to "The Secret" or "Chicken Soup For The Soul".

    Although the content was nice, it was NOT what I paid for.

    The description promised powerful branding through long term memory, errors in advertising that cost mountains of money, quick sales miracles without advertising hype,and a gravity well that gently draws customers in.

    I couldn't find any of these tips in the content. There were lots of stories, but no concrete examples of these promised tips.

    First time after several dozen Audible purchases that I wish I could get my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Entertaining Physics SciFi"

    Influx is a fun read, though not as gripping as his Daemon series. The first half of the book is slower paced with a lot of technical information, but the pacing picks up in the 2nd half with the exciting action we've come to expect from Suarez.

    The world of Influx is not as strongly developed as the augmented-reality gamer paradise of Daemon, and as another reviewer noted, the suspension of disbelief is more difficult with this story. However, the humor and lighter tone helped me to just go with it and enjoy the fun, silly ride.

    Even though the beginning was slower paced, I found the scientific explanations of new technology and the psychological explorations of futuristic interrogation quite interesting.

    Things really get fun when the action turns on. I loved the manipulated-gravity combat tactics that took Ender Game's "the enemy's gate is down" concept to entirely new levels.

    While the story is about a secretive and ruthless government division suppressing miraculous breakthroughs in physics and technology, Suarez continues to acknowledge his gamer geek cred with a shout out to Leeroy Jenkins, and a nod to the greatest first-person-non-shooter (that would be Portal of course). One of the many enjoyable characters was a GladOS-like female AI that ran a secret facility and tried to kill people while cheerfully engaging them in friendly conversation. She even used laser-turrets for security.

    The story ties up neatly, but there are rogue AIs left that could make for an interesting sequel (please).

    As a big Suarez fan, I pre-ordered Influx and started listening within minutes of it being available after midnight. While it was different than his other books, I was definitely not disappointed and eagerly look forward to his next release.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Entertaining For Geeks"

    I found the story highly entertaining, as my appreciation for geek/hacker/gaming culture makes me a target audience for this book. The writing is simple and a bit awkward at times, but the story is very enjoyable.

    If you're looking for a break from heavy sci-fi, "Ready Player One" is a light fun adventure. Can't wait for the movie. Also looking forward to Cline's second novel and watching him evolve as a writer.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty

    Is it possible to Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing? Yes, and much more.

    Joshua says: "I knew this was abridged, but......."
    "Abridgement Is A Rip-Off"

    I'm a huge Tim Ferriss fan. Waited until midnight to buy this on release day. I've purchased audio and multiple hardcopy versions of 4HWW (including a personalized autographed revised edition).

    What I read in Four Hour Body was great. Unfortunately a ton is missing. The audiobook details say it's abridged, but promise information that is NOT contained in audiobook.

    Missing info includes: Reaching Genetic Potential in 6 months, Running 50K in 12 weeks, Sleeping 2 Hours Per Day, Reverse Permanent Injuries, Add 150 Lbs to Lift in 6 Months, Pay For Beach Vacation w/ Hospital Visit.

    I'm sure the unabridged book is great. And this rating would have many more stars if not for the false advertising of missing information.

    Off to purchase kindle version now...

    105 of 108 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Informative & Highly Entertaining"

    This has been the most enjoyable non-fiction audio book I've listened to in a long time.

    It's a fantastic adventure with wild real-life characters. I have a bunch of new heroes now, and have had fun putting together my own "epilogue" by reading the websites & blogs of the characters in the book.

    Born To Run also ties in evolution, anthropology, history, and marketing with running. Made me very glad I'd switched to running in Vibrams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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