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Taufiq

Technologist, proponent of Automation, believer in the human spirit and power of collaboration

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 46 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1111)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Sounds like a metaphysical fad book"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Haidt and/or George K. Wilson?

    Not really heard much of the book, but it sounds like a fad book
    With the elephant, blending of science n Buddhism ?? Wtf
    I'll change my review if I get a chance to listen more. Paid 3.95 and got what I paid for. So much for the specials


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steven Strogatz
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

    Ryan says: "Engaging, but maybe better suited for non-audio"
    "Worst book I have listened to. Don't waste yr time"
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    What disappointed you about Sync?

    The author is fascinated about fireflies, and it's mentioned throughout the book. There is little else in the book other than brief mention of other systems.
    Certainly the title is misleading..


    What could Steven Strogatz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Slow robotic narration


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I ebony trust audible reviews again, only Amazon's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3121)
    Performance
    (2266)
    Story
    (2275)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Jeff says: "Great for the stories."
    "Lots of detail. Gives excellent insight"
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    If you could sum up In the Plex in three words, what would they be?

    Long detailed insightful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Plex?

    How Google was affected by the China problem


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Youtube story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me stay awake and listen more.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book. lots to listen too and insightful. I learnt a lot - thats what I expect from a book. The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (796)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Engrossing"
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    Where does Automate This rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It weaves a good story and has many examples.
    I now see algorithms in action in even more places - clearly an effect of 'focusing'
    It also offers a glimpse into the future.
    In any case this is a book not to be missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11981)
    Performance
    (10377)
    Story
    (10354)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Takes you through a Journey"
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    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of my list


    What did you like best about this story?

    Immerses you


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not listened to other Dylan performances. I would again gladly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. its best enjoyed over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an awesome book. Its truly a journey from Steve's early years through the tough times and successes.
    You can see him grow and learn from this mistakes. Many examples along the way give you insight into his personality which is not always good. Its an honest biography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (480)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Michael says: "Starts well then becomes non-Audible"
    "Terrible Audiobook on all accounts"
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    What disappointed you about Naked Statistics?

    That start was boring both in content and presentation


    What could Charles Wheelan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Irrelevant examples, tried to make a sensational start


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness I purchased it. I should not have listened to the other user reviews.


    Any additional comments?

    Within the first 5 minutes I was disappointed about my purchase from Audible.
    Sounds like this book is written for people who hate math but feel they need to understand statistics.
    I really dont care about the authors childhood experiences. This book lost me right from the start and it got more uninteresting as it progressed.
    I should not have listened to the other user reviews.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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