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  • Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World | Steven Johnson

    Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    This history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation has lain wherever people have been working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused.

  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation | Steven Johnson

    Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Eric Singer
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    What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

    Roy says: "Ambitious"
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World | Steven Johnson

    How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    In this volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes - from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    CJFLA says: "Really good and interesting book"
  • The Ghost Map | Steven Johnson

    The Ghost Map

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

    Cheryl Crane says: "Outstanding"
  • The Night Stalkers | Michael J. Durant,Steven Hartov,Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson

    The Night Stalkers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    Here are thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit - the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world. Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.

    Robert says: "A book that does justice"
  • Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age | Steven Johnson

    Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Samuel Cohen
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    Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good for You, New York Times best-selling author Steven Johnson's Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview.

    Mauricio E. Elizondo Perez says: "Learn something new"
  • Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life | Steven Johnson

    Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    Brilliantly exploring today's cutting edge brain research, Mind Wide Open allows readers to understand themselves and the people in their lives as never before. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works and how its systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives.

    Chris says: "Fascinating, fascinating... but short"
  • Everything Bad Is Good for You | Steven Johnson

    Everything Bad Is Good for You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
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    From the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Wide Open comes a groundbreaking assessment of popular culture as it's never been considered before: through the lens of intelligence. Forget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture.

    liz says: "Skips sections"
  • The Invention of Air | Steven Johnson

    The Invention of Air

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
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    Best-selling author Steven Johnson recounts - in dazzling, multidisciplinary fashion - the story of the brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers. The Invention of Air is a title of world-changing ideas wrapped around a compelling narrative, a story of genius and violence and friendship in the midst of sweeping historical change that provokes us to recast our understanding of the Founding Fathers.

    Roger says: "Good scientific history"
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World | Steven Johnson

    How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson, read by George Newbern. From Steven Johnson, the best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, comes How We Got to Now, which tracks the surprising inspirations and unexpected consequences of the most influential innovations.

  • The Innovator's Cookbook: Essentials for Inventing What Is Next | Steven Johnson

    The Innovator's Cookbook: Essentials for Inventing What Is Next

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    Steven Johnson, an acknowledged best-selling leader on the subject of innovation, gathers essays, interviews, and cutting-edge insights from exciting field leaders. Johnson also provides new material from Marisa Mayer of Google, Twitter's Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, and Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's former chief software architect. With additional commentary by Johnson himself, this book reveals the innovation found in a wide range of fields, including science, technology, energy, transportation, education, art, and sociology, making it vital, fresh, and fascinating reading for our time, and for the future.

    Tony says: "Not good for audio format"
  • Steven Johnson on Trusting Your Hunches | Steven Johnson,Kristina Loring

    Steven Johnson on Trusting Your Hunches

    • ORIGINAL (2 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson, Kristina Loring
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    How can you help your hunches help you? Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got To Now," has a suggestion for what to do with those pesky ideas that flit in and out of your mind. Revolutionary Insights is curated from the Computer History Museum's Revolutionaries interview series and is brought to you by Audible. This talk was originally recorded on October 21, 2015.

  • Steven Johnson: The Invention of Air | Steven Johnson

    Steven Johnson: The Invention of Air

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Steven Johnson
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    Steven Johnson talks about his book, The Invention of Air. Recoded live at Book Passage Corte Madera, CA.

  • Steven Johnson on the Myths of Innovation | Steven Johnson,Kristina Loring

    Steven Johnson on the Myths of Innovation

    • ORIGINAL (2 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson, Kristina Loring
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    How is actual innovation different from the myths we make about it? Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got to Now," discusses two common misconceptions. Revolutionary Insights is curated from the Computer History Museum's Revolutionaries interview series and is brought to you by Audible. This talk was originally recorded on October 21, 2015.

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