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Yokosuka, Japan | Member Since 2009

  • 6 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 166 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Great story, fine reader."

    Firstly, I don't really understand the complaints about the reader. I thought he was fine.

    This is a great book, very timely and obviously one of Steve Jobs last works with him commissioning it so that his story would be told, warts and all. I couldn't put it down.

    It so sad to think that we hoped Steve Jobs would show up for the announcement of the iPhone 4S when he was in fact so close to death. The book details the back story behind the releases of the iPhone and iPad and you get the impression that Jobs put all of his strength into them once he knew that his time was limited. The impending tragedy of his early death in some way contributed to some of his greatest achievements.

    Only being a recent Mac convert, much of the early history was new to me. I probably disliked Steve Jobs and Bill Gates equally throughout the 90s but my impressions of them changed throughout the book. I really have a much greater respect for Bill Gates as a result of the character that is revealed in the book. I feel I have understood what Steve Jobs was about and what he was trying to achieve. Steve Wozniak comes across as the wonderful Tom Bombadill character that we know and love.

    It' s hard to summarize what I feel about Steve Jobs. So much to admire, but such a flawed character. Very thought provoking story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
    "Interesting history of a time of different world."
    What did you love best about A Spy Among Friends?

    The cold war tensions are now dissolved. With the collapse of the Soviet Union it is unlikely that there are any spies motivated by socialist ideological ideals anymore. The book give an interesting peak into the motivations of communists within the Establishment from before the war to the 1960s.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kim Philby's father. He seems like a wild character, I'd like to read about him too.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Great Betrayal or how the Establishment behave behind closed doors.

    Any additional comments?

    I didn't really appreciate the accents. It's a factual story and I don't need to here Russians speaking in comedy Russian accents. I wasn't sure if the narrator was imitating William Hague or whether that was his natural accent as he seemed to go out of character at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "A must listen for those interested in IT security"

    Kevin Mitnick's story told in full for the first time. An almost unbelievable story of high tech deception.

    However, I wish they had had Kevin Mitnick read the book himself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alan S. Cowell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London's Millennium Hotel. Hours later, the Russian former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill, and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Vladimir Putin himself of engineering his murder.

    stuartcw says: "Slow but gets there in the end."
    "Slow but gets there in the end."

    The initial part of the book is detailed and slow going but the story picks up when it gets to the hunt for the Polonium around London and into Europe. While it covers Russian politics and intrigue in great depth we are never really sure, even at the end, who, if anyone, authorized the poisoning but with such a full exposition of the background and facts the listener is well equipped to come to their own conclusion and realize why we may never know the full details of the story.

    The chapters regarding Polonium should be required reading for anyone involved in public safety.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Jones
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In November 2002, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, left on what was to be a routine 14-week mission to maintain the International Space Station. But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle exploded beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride home.

    Dan says: "Very good story"
    "Details America's partnership with Russia in Space"

    I learnt a lot about the recent partnership between America and Russia and how the International Space Station came about. The most memorable part of the story for me was the detailed description of life on the Mir Space Station which was much scarier than I had imagined.

    The book also shows the difference between the mentality of the Cosmonauts and Astronauts and between NASA and the Russian space agency. I have greater respect for both sides now.

    Even though the prose was a bit long winded at times I'm definitely going to listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics was Reborn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louisa Gilder
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A brilliantly original and richly illuminating exploration of entanglement, the seemingly telepathic communication between two separated particles - one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics.

    Mark says: "A nice mix of theory and history."
    "A Trek Through The History of Quantum Physics"

    Listening to how the ideas developed really gives you an insight into the personalities of the familiar characters in the world of Quantum Physicists and an appreciation that some of today's accepted dogma was highly controversial at the time it was proposed and split the community into believers and non-believers.

    I really enjoyed the narration but I'm going to have to re-listen at least one more time as the gentle tones of the reader lulled me into sleep several times on my train commute and bedtime read.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why England Lose: And Other Curious Phenomena Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
    • Narrated By Colin Mace

    Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn’t America play the sport internationally… and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?

    Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, "Why England Lose" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

    stuartcw says: "Great Book except for the tables"
    "Great Book except for the tables"

    If the commentators of the UK World Cup games had read this, their analysis would be much more grounded as most of the popular soccer fallacies are thoroughly statistically debunked.

    However many large tables are read out verbatim. The conclusions are fascinating but reading out rows of figures just doesn't work in an audiobook.

    This is a must listen for fans of UK soccer. It is both educational and amusing. I spurted out my coffee on one occasion.

    I'll never look at soccer in the same way again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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