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  • The Big Nine

  • How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity
  • By: Amy Webb
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

In this book, Amy Webb reveals the pervasive, invisible ways in which the foundations of AI - the people working on the system, their motivations, the technology itself - is broken. Within our lifetimes, AI will, by design, begin to behave unpredictably, thinking and acting in ways which defy human logic. The big nine corporations may be inadvertently building and enabling vast arrays of intelligent systems that don't share our motivations, desires, or hopes for the future of humanity. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but Frustrating

  • By Kathy Schramke on 03-26-19

Beyond Expectations! Loved It!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-19

Being a Futurist myself, I've always admired Professor Any Webb's writings, reports and the great work she does drawing a picture on how the future would look like and especially give an extra spotlight on average things that we are experiencing currently but with a different lens, they could be instrumental in shaping our future.

The Big Nine is a book about the Future, and most importantly, the Future as influenced by the tech titans of today and mostly tomorrow... It dives into many aspects of the factors that drive this future and what would the role of each of the company in it with contrast to our needs and expectations.

I was particularly impressed with the narrative of the 3 scenarios Ms. Webb included that could really be made into a movie that I would watch!

The only "Low" part of the book (for me) was that it was targetted mostly for North American rather than a global audience, hence at some points, I felt that I would be offended if I were Chinese per example and that Americans should do something before it was too late; Now despite that it was an analysis of a possible scenario, I guess the language used could've used a little better neutrality.

But overall, 5 Stars! an excellent Book!

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,124

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

A Memoir of Becoming Educated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I didn't try to research the author before I started reading, and I relied on the book being selected as of the top memoirs in 2018. But WOW! the story and the deep description of the scenes and flow & sequence of events are fantastic and what the author became throughout her story is inspiring.

  • The Industries of the Future

  • By: Alec Ross
  • Narrated by: Alec Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044

Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what's next for the world, mapping out the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next 10 years - for businesses, governments, and the global community - and how we can navigate them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok review of what is now. Not much future.

  • By Sam on 05-06-16

One the books I wish I have written!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Simple to understand some really complicated items, Alec J. Ross did an excellent job describing the industries of the future, I have the book twice, once as a Hardcover and listened to the Audiobook performed by the author.


Despite that I don't necessarily agree on some parts described in the book, I do consider it a very valuable asset for those who are interested in the topic of the Future!

I would consider the last part of the book, PURE GOLD, as Alec dives into some history of the regions based on his own experience and draw a very interesting link between the geopolitical scene and innovation. (and again, I don't really share the opinion on some historical views,)

Highly recommended!

  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,777

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

A light touch on the story of a brilliant woman

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

A slice of a story of an amazing woman that influenced our world and brought light that empowered women everywhere since. The story lightly tackles the life of Mme. Curie.

I found it very nice with the blend of romance and historical fiction, I do wonder which part was the author's imagination and which part was coming from the reading diaries and stuff. But overall, it's short but very meaningful.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On the Future

  • Prospects for Humanity
  • By: Martin Rees
  • Narrated by: Martin Rees, Samuel West
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Humanity has reached a critical moment. Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century. Various outcomes - good and bad - are possible. Yet our approach to the future is characterized by short-term thinking, polarizing debates, alarmist rhetoric, and pessimism. In this short, exhilarating book, renowned scientist and best-selling author Martin Rees argues that humanity’s prospects depend on our taking a very different approach to planning for tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science, the future, and great wisdom

  • By Philomath on 10-29-18

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Clear, easy to read, thought-provoking and insightful. For anyone who is interested in the topic of the Future.

Loved it!

  • HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management

  • By: Renee Mauborgne, W. Chan Kim, John P. Kotter, and others
  • Narrated by: Susan Larkin, Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Most companies' change initiatives fail. Yours don't have to. If you listen to nothing else on change management, listen to these 10 articles (featuring "Leading Change" by John P. Kotter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you spearhead change in your organization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth my time

  • By Brian K. Hill on 12-26-16

If you listen to nothing else on C.M.. this is it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Just like what the cover says... If you read nothing else on change management, read these 10 articles.

It combined multiple views on Change along with useful tactics and strategies, that went through the individual, the teams and the organization.

Highly recommended to anyone exploring the topic of Change management & transformation.

  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,317

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So cute!!

  • By KindleKat64 on 02-06-19

Cute & Short

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

A lovely short and engaging story... despite that it's not my regular genre, it was lovely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,916
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,203

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be required reading

  • By Blue Zion on 12-22-18

Progressive! a Subjectively Objective description

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

You really need to have an open mind to read this book. after I have checked the profile of the Author, he mostly represents almost everything that I am Not, hence to try to read through his subjectively objective description of the facts kept me on my toes.

But overall, the book is very well written, organized and portrayed. but at the same time very progressive. It does challenge your thoughts/cultures/ almost everything you knew about this world.

I highly recommend... With Cautions :)

  • Without Saying a Word

  • By: Kasia Wezowski, Patryk Wezowski
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulligan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

One wrong move can undercut your message. Believe it or not, our bodies speak louder than our words. Postures, gestures, and expressions convey reams of information - and often not what you'd expect. A smile, for example, is usually considered welcoming. But crook one corner of your mouth higher, and you project superiority, subconsciously chasing other people away. Without Saying a Word explains how even the subtlest motions have meaning. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More list than book

  • By C. Zacharias on 10-04-18

A very comprehensive book on the topic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

It's a very comprehensive book on body language and trade secrets of communication. The sections are divided properly and you can benefit from it regardless if you were a beginner or a pro on the topic.

The only point that I didn't like about it (which is not necessarily a bad thing), was that despite the excellent job the author and narrator did on making the Audio version more "visual", you do need to refer to the attached PDF, which kind of breaks the flow in case you were listening to the Audiobook while you were driving per example.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Power Moves

  • Lessons from Davos
  • By: Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Adam Grant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,001

Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media. These former pillars of traditional power have been replaced by networks of informed citizens who collectively wield more power over their personal lives, employers, and worlds than ever before. So how do you navigate this new landscape and come out on top?  Adam Grant, Wharton organizational psychologist, went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the epicenter of power, and sat down with thought leaders from around the world, to find out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disorganized

  • By mike a on 01-16-19

Great Interviews in a Podcast format Audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Great research showing the best of today's most talked about issues from a POWER related point of view. Adam is known for his way of identifying exceptional topics from simple conversations and this another example of his talent with a high profile audience from the World Economic Forum in Davos 2017.

Compact and very well edited and produced. Highly recommended.