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Thomas

Wake Forest, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1864)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Best book I've read on body language"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is well written, well narrated and very practical. I was able to apply what I learned immediately. I appreciate the author's careful word choice throughout the book (avoiding over promising about what one can learn from body language) and the clarity of expression. However, this should not be the only book about body language that you read since it is written from the narrow perspective of an FBI agent. Other books cover a broader array of emotions and situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ken Binmore
    • Narrated By Jesse Einstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    This Very Short Introduction offers a succinct tour of the fascinating world of game theory, a groundbreaking field that analyzes how to play games in a rational way. Ken Binmore, a renowned game theorist, explains the theory in a way that is both entertaining and non-mathematical yet also deeply insightful, revealing how game theory can shed light on everything from social gatherings, to ethical decision-making, to successful card-playing strategies, to calculating the sex ratio among bees.

    Reg says: "Not an introduction"
    "No PDF File of Figures Provided"
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    The author's presentation of game theory is understandable and would be easy to digest except for the lack of a PDF with the figures that are constantly referred to. This is an oversight on par with the lack of valet parking at the emergency room entrance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Critical Decision Making

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto
    • Narrated By Professor Michael A. Roberto
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (166)

    Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability.

    PHIL says: "Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise"
    "Worthwhile and true to the title"
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    The content is based on years of research and presented through means of case studies. It is very well organized and easy to digest as an audio book. It was worth the listen and helpful for developing decision making skills.

    1 of 1 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
    (895)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (779)

    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"
    "Surprisingly Entertaining for Nonfiction"
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    What did you love best about Automate This?

    The author of Automate This struck a good balance between technical content, engaging story telling, issues of relevance to understanding our changing world, and topics that are just interesting even if not significant. Topics include automated stock trading, medical diagnoses, musical composition, and others. The performance was so good it never caught my attention, it simply delivered the content to my ears without causing a single distraction.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wapshott
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    As the stock market crash of 1929 plunged the world into turmoil, two men emerged with competing claims on how to restore the balance to economies gone awry. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not. He met his opposite in a little-known Austrian economics professor, Friedrich Hayek, who considered attempts to intervene both pointless and potentially dangerous.

    Anandasubramanian says: "An unbiased evaluation of both the major economist"
    "Biography, History and Economic Scholarship in One"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is a masterful combination of world events, the personal experiences of Keynes and Hayek, their interactions during their lifetimes, and their continuing influences up to the present day. Listeners with some background in economics will find this book more enjoyable than those that don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dambisa Moyo
    • Narrated By Ken Perlstein
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Winner Take All is about the commodity dynamics that the world will face over the next several decades. In particular, it is about the implications of China’s rush for resources across all regions of the world. The scale of China’s resource campaign for hard commodities (metals and minerals) and soft commodities (timber and food) is among the largest in history.

    Barton Berg says: "Reader is Terrible"
    "Narration is so bad can't tell if book is good."
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    Would you try another book from Dambisa Moyo and/or Ken Perlstein?

    Do not get a book performed by this narrator unless it is a children's book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    How could the performance have been worse? Only if a heavy foreign accent were added. The narrator's intonation and rhythm were that of someone who does not speak the language. Multiple mid-phrase pauses so effectively obscured the meaning of all but the shortest sentences that they seemed calculated to do so. Combine this with frequent mispronunciations and word substitutions (e.g., casualty for causality) that the listener finds he is inadvertently learning cryptology rather than economics, which is the topic of the book.


    Was Winner Take All worth the listening time?

    No. If you want to understand the content of this book, read it rather than listen to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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