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Elsa Braun

Burlington, WI, United States
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Perfect

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Great story, well told. Good ending and beautiful language throughout. Includes well done court room drama.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A bit preachy

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Zak has great training ideas and videos on YouTube, but this book, especially the first five chapters, is a bit tedious and preachy. It doesn't get into any of the good training stuff till later in the book. I'd be cautious about buying this book if you have read other Dog-Training books.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

Amazing

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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: 02-13-17

Hope author continues the series.

Excellent plot and character development. The dog is a central character, which makes this series so charming.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Hodgepodge of information often unrelated to a specific IT project failure scenario.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Jarringly inconsistent. The 90 minute book starts with a long introduction that is not informative. Next, the author covers a number of failed IT projects, which are fascinating topics and should make for a fascinating book. However, the author focuses on minor details while scrimping on information about project background, goals, personnel and what led up to the failure. Most disconcerting were the inaccuracies. Example: Bitcoin was a failed project because the project manager took drugs as trade for the original collection of bitcoin. A more standard explanation is that bitcoin is an experiment in a decentralized digital currency based on blockchain technology, that if successful, could become a disruptive technology. The originator of bitcoin is unknown and his/her identity is one of the Internet's great mysteries. The book ends with a bunch of project management rules. I found these unwelcome because I have several excellent books devoted to project management and project management rules.

Absolutely fascinating and we'll researched

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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: 10-01-16

Not only a gripping read, but beautifully researched, and organized. Having lived through most of the advances covered in this book, I still learned a lot. I don't see this often enough where the authors covered the why of each advance and the missteps, rather than simply reporting the technical milestones. I've listened to this book three times so far.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Unique plot is a winner

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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

Great audio book all around. The plot gets a tiny bit long-winded at times and some of the underlying science is off, but the story line is so unique and wonderful I still rate it a five

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Great Story along with Great Technical Research

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. A great book for anyone interested in technology and/or geek culture. This book does a great job of covering the phone network in the age of phone phreaking. The topic of network hacking with all its issues is well researched and expertly woven into the various story lines.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Exploding the Phone?

Finding out from many of the cases how proprietary technical details of the phone network were easily available to anyone

What does Johann North bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was competent with technical terminology, both with respect to pronounciation and voice inflection.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

This remains one of my favorite books, in large part due to how well the author blends together research, technical material and a great story. I'm from this era and a lot of this information was new to me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Don't do it: Be fooled by the Title

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

Extremely dated for 2015. IBM said "Computers will never take over the world" This comment does not refer to IBM's Watson technology but to a 1960's article. The reigning AI of chess playing programs was mentioned and compared to programs that play checkers. I realize some AI enthusiasts my not have been born when Deep Blue beat Kasparov in 1997.

Great Intro to Cryptocurrency

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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: 04-12-16

What made the experience of listening to The Age of Cryptocurrency the most enjoyable?

The combination of history, interesting narrative, and good basic explanation of cryptocurrency technologies. This book also provided an interesting summary of many of the various cultures associated with bitcoin and related technologies.

What other book might you compare The Age of Cryptocurrency to and why?

In a way this book reminds me of "Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell" because it also does a beautiful job of covering a tech subculture and a technology that is not that well understood. In this case the subculture was from the 1950s & 60s and ushered in the era of hacking communication networks and communicating over social networks.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great interlacing of faith and science

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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: 02-15-16

An unusual catholic Saint. An accomplished scientist. Great research untangle the origins of geology and give credit where credit is due. I'm going to buy a paper copy of the book for my library. The narrator was one of my favorites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful