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Tomer

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands | Member Since 2009

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  • Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Today, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the burgeoning growth of these massive online communities, Wikinomics proves this fear is folly. Smart firms can harness collective capability and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.

    Bruce says: "Editor please"
    "unenjoyable and dusty"
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    maybe it's already too old of a news by now, but I found this an unenjoyable book, telling me lots of stuff I already know (and I don;t come from this industry).
    don't waist your time on it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2534)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1238)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Fascinating story, almost until the end..."
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    Great read telling the story of the bankers class of London at the turn of the 20th century. Fascinating and surprising story almost until the end (it seems like Follett couldn't think of a good ending to the story, it comes to a "bad movie" ending....).
    All in all - worth the read, but don't be disappointed of the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingslayer

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    He had known this day would come. No man could escape the entire might of the Sovran forever. He just found it humorous that it was an enemy of the Sovran that had caught him instead. Bound, kneeling before a queen whom he had hounded for a straight year, he should have been anxious. Or at least a little worried. Instead, a strange sense of relief filled him. It was over. His mad escape from Brindisi's justice was over. "That is a very calm expression on your face, General Darius Bresalier," she observed. Her tone was idle, but her eyes were as sharp as a hawk's.

    M. McCormick says: "Argh!!!"
    "wonderful tale"
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    Well written, well read tale which kept me enchanted for hours! a jewel I have not encountered before, going to look for much more Raconteur from now on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (113)

    Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

    Christopher says: "Superb and surprising"
    "Wait to the end?!"
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    If it wasn't an Ian McEwan book, I would never have finished reading. It's a tidies, uninteresting story, that moves slowly and uncharmigly through the motions of an annoying, grey, 3rd grade secratery in MI5 (don't late the name of the organization fool you - it's still boring) and her contact with a new novelist (more interesting character, but very shelowly explored). The whole thing feels almost as if McEwan wants to create a frame for some short stories, which are probably the only great thing in the book.
    Just because I know McEwan, I knew there will be a twist at the end, and curious to know what he has come up this time, I hang in there. We'll let me tell you that: the finale is also disappointing.
    If you are a great McEwan fan like me, you will forgive him for this book, but I really think it's not worth spending any time on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9147)
    Performance
    (3556)
    Story
    (3596)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Yet another masterpiece from Ken Follett"
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    I just love the storyline, the characters, the hero's the villains, the setting, the description of the medieval times, the fact you can virtually see it all playing out in your imagination. I love Ken Follett, and enjoyed this book immensely - I recommend it to everyone! Not less brilliant by the way is John Lee, the narration is just brilliant!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (6059)
    Performance
    (3631)
    Story
    (3667)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "charming"
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    I guess this was revolutionary for it's time, the amount of references in later sci-fi back to this book is pretty amazing and pretty much worth the read just for them. The Humour is a bit flat, or maybe just too old?!
    Stepen Fry is off course, as always, wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13226)
    Performance
    (5561)
    Story
    (5604)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Wonderful book, top preformance!"
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    The story by Ken Follett is an enchanting, wonderful story. one of those books you don't want to put down. I found myself listening at any possible moment, sometimes through work... the performance by John Lee is also great - this is probably the best listen I purchased up to date!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Martin Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    From the bestselling author of Buyology comes a shocking insider’s look at how today’s global giants conspire to obscure the truth and manipulate our minds, all in service of persuading us to buy. Marketing visionary Martin Lindstrom has been on the front lines of the branding wars for over twenty years. Here, he turns the spotlight on his own industry, drawing on all he has witnessed behind closed doors, exposing for the first time the full extent of the psychological tricks and traps that companies devise to win our hard-earned dollars.

    Doug says: "The Conspiracy Against Our Subconscious"
    "wonderfull and frightening at the same time"
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    This is an amazing read about the way consumer branding works. it's like a roller-coaster - I found it wonderful but also very frightening: any idea you might had about "big brother" is used, and more.
    I recommend this book to everybody, certainly if you are a part of this industry but maybe mainly as a consumer - know how you are being brain washed, brandwashed...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1299)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Thats fun!"
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    Going through the ages with a drink in your hand (or head) is a fun way to go through history.
    the last two parts are a bit too long and detailed, making them a bit of a bore. but all in all a fun read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (209)

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "Fascinating!!!"
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    Very comprehensive read, dealing with the full range of human life in the middle ages including politics, culture, religion and chronology.
    Very vibrant and existing period in human history, too often dismissed as 'dark' and thus unimportant - now. after this read, I beg to differ!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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