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  • Super Crunchers

  • Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
  • By: Ian Ayres
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Today, number crunching affects your life in ways you might never imagine. In this lively and groundbreaking new audiobook, economist Ian Ayres shows how today's best and brightest organizations are analyzing massive databases at lightening speed to provide greater insights into human behavior. They are the Super Crunchers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book on

  • By Jon on 01-31-08

Easily Digestible Information

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Reviewed: 12-07-18

Before 'Big Data' was a term, data mining was the competitive edge that innovative companies used. This book provides an excellent introduction to data mining and statistics with plenty of real-life examples. Even for people who aren't interested in data science, they should have an understanding of some common usages of data mining, such as Amazon's and Netflix's recommendations. These technologies, like any tools, can be both good and bad. The recommendations save us the trouble of finding products we would like. However, relying too much on recommendations from people just like ourselves narrows our exposure to diversity.

  • No Land's Man

  • A Perilous Journey through Romance, Islam, and Brunch
  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 847

If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and Thoughtful

  • By The Reading Date on 11-06-14

Minority breaks into the entertainment industry

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

It's long in certain parts (when he attended an all boys' boarding school) and short in other parts (when he worked with Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'). A theme that keeps popping up is his awkwardness around girls, which gets tiresome quickly. It's funny in some parts. It is interesting to see the challenges that minorities must face to break into the entertainment industry.

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

Develop a fact-based world view

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Reviewed: 11-29-18

This book is about developing a fact-based world view. Most people think the world is in the same state as they remembered it decades ago -- Africa is filled with people in extreme poverty, population is increasing exponentially, and most women in the world don't receive an education. In fact, most of the population is in the middle and birth rate has decreased dramatically in many countries.

Ten reasons why we get it wrong:
1. Gap (categorizing by extremes, such as rich and poor)
2. Negativity
3. Straight Line (think a line on a chart will continue into the future at that same angle)
4. Fear
5. Size (misjudging the size of things due to lack of reference)
6. Generalization
7. Destiny (think people don't change)
8. Single (a problem has a single cause)
9. Blame
10. Urgency (jump to action without knowing all the facts)

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content. Unfortunate delivery.

  • By Jennifer Soudagar on 11-13-15

This is how the Danes do it.

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Reviewed: 11-18-18

When the couple moves from the UK to Denmark for her husband's new job at Lego, the author works as a freelance writer and on the side, writes about why Denmark is the happiest country in the world. Typical of her journalistic nature, the author delves into wide ranging topics contributing to the Danes' happiness, such as free education, social healthcare, gender equality, work/life balance, subsidized child care, renowned pastries, Danish design, and much more. On the flip side, there are a lot of rules and regulations to ensure order and equality. For example, the couple was surprised when the neighbors presented them with a list of rules on flying their flags in the yard or while bicycling, they were told by a stranger that the bicycles didn't have the right lights attached. Their questions on these requirements are usually met with 'This is how the Danes do it.' This book wouldn't be enjoyable for those who find the Danish lifestyle to be too rigid with their rules and acceptance of status quo because it's tradition.

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  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,618

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

Long, Sometimes Sad Tale

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-18

It's a long, sometimes sad tale. At the end, it elicits thought, not happiness. The first part is about Henry Whittaker. He's a clever poor English boy. Instead of going to the gallows when he is caught stealing, his cleverness leads him to ever more wealthy business endeavors. Eventually, he settles in Philadelphia with a mansion built on the highest hill and surrounded by acres of land. The second part is about his daughter Alma, who follows in her father's footsteps as a brilliant botanist. From then on, the book reads like her memoir with rich details of botany and growing up in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The 'Signature of All Things' is the idea that God has left an imprint in all the things he created (like the walnut shaped like a brain and it being good for the brain). This idea encapsulates Alma's pursuit of science and facts, not spiritual beliefs.

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! You’ll love it!

  • By Ginger on 06-21-18

Fiction/Romance Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Stella Lane has Asperger's Syndrome and finds it challenging to navigate the complexity of dating and sex. As an econometrician (person who uses statistics and mathematics to model economic principles), she decides the solution is to practice with a professional (i.e., male escort). It's part fiction, part romance book. This book is like the female version of 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Serial Winner

  • 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success
  • By: Larry Weidel
  • Narrated by: Larry Weidel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

We all know people who seem to move from success to success, with barely a pause or dip in between. They're always excited about the next big project or goal. When trouble comes, they land on their feet. They are role models and opinion makers who lead rewarding lives. In a world full of people who almost win, these are the few who do it repeatedly and consistently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Samuel Nash on 12-15-16

Take actions and be good at what you do

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-31-18

There is a chapter for each action:
1. Don't Hesitate, Decide
2. Don't Just Do It, Overdo It
3. Don't Quit, Adjust
4. Don't Just Start, Finish
5. Don't Settle, Keep Improving

Then within each chapter are more actions and some inspirational quotations and stories. All the actions are basic. Essentially, you need to constantly move forward towards a goal, be good at what you do, deliver quality results, adjust if needed, and start the cycle again.

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  • Great at Work

  • How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More
  • By: Morten Hansen
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce. Now, after a unique, five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his "Seven Work Smarter Practices" that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance. Each of Hansen's seven practices is highlighted by inspiring stories from individuals in his comprehensive study.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book. The ideas are not really new though

  • By Belinda on 03-01-18

Do less but obsess

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Reviewed: 10-24-18

The book is logically structured around the 7 practices to be great at work:

Mastering Your Work
* Put a lot of effort into a few important priorities.
* Create value not just reach goals (for example, the report was done on time but does anyone read it).
* Develop useful skills (don't become complacent in routine tasks).
* Seek roles that match your purpose (what are you contributing to the world) and your passion (how much you enjoy what you're doing).

Mastering Work With Others
* Gain support from others to accomplish objectives.
* Cut back on wasteful meetings and have vigorous debates in meetings.
* Carefully pick cross-functional projects.

There are chapters for each practice filled with examples and guidance. The main point is to do less but obsess. Be great at doing a few important things. That is more valuable than doing a lot of things but at a mediocre level.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Body of Work

  • Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together
  • By: Pamela Slim
  • Narrated by: Pamela Slim
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

These days it's increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career-and explain it? Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Motivational and Immediately Actionable

  • By Bryanda on 10-23-17

Examples are good

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-18-18

I give this book 3.5 stars. The stories are good as examples of how other people found meaningful work and built their body of work through different means, such as employment, side gig, volunteerism, and personal relationships. However, the guidance wasn't inspiring. The author used the analog of ingredients and recipes. Skills, strengths, experience, and jobs are the ingredients. The recipes are how you produce your body of work, such results at work, planning an event, organizing your family activities, helping a charity, and writing a book. The analog just didn't work.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,002

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Good listening to pass the time

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-15-18

It was a free Audible book, so that wasn't bad. Good for listening to pass the time. Bob is chatting with comedian friends like Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Conan O'Brien, and Sarah Silverman. Sometimes it's humorous, sometimes it's just a conversation on certain topics (like how they got their start and what they did when there was a heckler in the audience).