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  • Conquistadors

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Following in the footsteps of the greatest Spanish adventurers, Michael Wood retraces the path of the conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. As he travels the same routes as Hernán Cortés, Francisco, and Gonzalo Pizarro, Wood describes the dramatic events that accompanied the epic sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good starter on Conquistadors

  • By John M. on 08-21-13

Masterpiece of Unexpected Detail

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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: 08-26-16

Probably one of the best books I've read in the past two years. Lucid. Erudite.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Machine Age

  • Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
  • By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for the periphery

  • By Chris Lunt on 03-02-14

Sooo Many Examples

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

If you are up to date with the tech world, most of this books will be repetitive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adolf Hitler

  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 44 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs, and dramatic interviews with Hitler's colleagues and associates, this is the definitive biography of one of the most despised yet fascinating figures of the 20th century. Painstakingly documented, it is a work that will not soon be forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Person

  • By Mark on 11-25-14

An exceptional audiobook

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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: 07-13-15

It's hard to walk away with anything but horrible fascination as you learn of Hitler's rise

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,591

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Starts out great but just regurgitates things that have been in the news

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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: 06-05-15

Overall I really enjoyed the audiobook. Learning about Elon musk's early life was fascinating and the way that it shaped his future drive and ambition. However, if you follow Elon musk the second half of the book will be about things you already probably know. I wanted to get a deeper understanding of who he is and maybe a interview or two, But you don't get to peel back the onion much on him

Sapiens
    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,043 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,972

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Utterly fantastic

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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: 06-03-15

This audiobook captivated me from the start. As a history buff, Most books on the subject follow a typical trajectory; however, sapiens read say wonderful tale of humanity from prehistory

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,067
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,682

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project is coming

  • By Gary on 09-12-14

Eye opening book!

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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: 03-05-15

Intense and captivating. We are all surely going to kill ourselves. At first I didn't like the narrator but now I love the way he talks

1 of 2 people found this review helpful