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Steve

Park City, UT, United States

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  • Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It.

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitch Joel
    • Narrated By Mitch Joel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    The DNA of business has changed. Forever. You can blame technology, smartphones, social media, online shopping and everything else, but nothingchanges this reality: we are in a moment of business purgatory. So, what are you going to do about it? Mitch Joel, one of the world's leading experts in new media, warns that the time has come to CTRL ALT DELETE. To reboot and to start re-building your business model.

    Laura says: "Cemented my opinion about tech"
    "Great idea - but big disappointment"
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    This book addresses an important question. My wife and I are both in industries that are being disrupted, so we listened to it together on a road trip and had hoped to get some ideas of how we might address the disruptions. However, we found the book very shallow. The book seemed like a stream of cliches (like pealing the onion, leaning into it, etc.) and extremely poor metaphors (like purgatory and having sex with your data). Take away these weak literary devices and you are left with a bunch of shallow statements - nothing novel.
    The author spends a lot of time talking about being connected. My recommendation would be that he disconnect for a while and think deeply about the content. It sounds like he has access to a lot of insightful people, but he needs to synthesize some novel thoughts of his own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (379)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (325)

    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"
    "Nothing insightful in this book"
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    What could Viktor Mayer-Schöberger and Kenneth Cukier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book makes maybe a couple of interesting observations, but the rest is obvious and repetitive. I found it irritating that the author kept trying to make the same tired points over and over. I found some of the anecdotes interesting, but overall the book was not worth my time or money.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Liaquat Ahamed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

    Toru says: "interesting insight into interwar period!"
    "I just want to understand the great depression"
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    What disappointed you about Lords of Finance?

    For sometime I have wanted to understand what brought about the great depression, so I thought this book might explain it to me. I'm neither an economist nor a historian, but I am interested in the topic. I found the book less than helpful in this regard. The author spends a lot of time touching on what must seem to him as entertaining trivia, but I found it frustrating. The author seems to assume familiarity with both economics and history to be able to provide the context. I had to laugh at the end of the book when the author tells the reader that the purpose of the book was to summarize the influence of the four main characters - I had no clue who the four main characters were, and when he finally named them, I wasn't sure who one of them was.
    All in all I wish I had not wasted the time or money on the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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