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  • Flat Earth News

  • By: Nick Davies
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street's unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A scathing critique of the news media

  • By Csaba Turkosi on 04-10-16

Two books in one - half only about UK newspapers

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the inner workings of the press, and sound explanations for the increasing amount of "churnalism" over originally researched and fact-tested stories. The book divulges very interesting mechanisms behind the sway of PR-people over the media, the economy of fast and readable headlines, and unscrupulous wartime coverage in favor of Irak 1 and 2 despite the press having solid sources saying that Hussein had no WMDs.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately, that is only half the book. The other half concerns frontal attacks on particular British Fleet Street Newspapers. The author has his own bones to pick combined with solid resarch based on personal experience and many professional contacts. This sometimes feels a bit personal, but the big problem is that those parts are largely irrelevant to readers outside the UK, even if meticulously researched and easy to read. In conclusion, this could have been a five-star listen for me if an "international edition" of maybe 9 hours was available,. If you aren't in Britain, you might get bored with Fleet Street name games.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: By Stephen Covey -- Summary

  • By: Save Time Summaries
  • Narrated by: John Steele
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 53

WARNING: This is not the actual book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Do not buy this book summary and review if you are looking for a full copy of this insightful and impactful book, which can be found back on the Amazon search page.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
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  • By Amy Beth on 09-05-18

Need a rundown of "7 habits"? Read a website.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-14

What would have made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: By Stephen Covey -- Summary better?

Several of the "chapters" in this summary are just marketing for other products. More real content would be needed to take this anywhere beyond 1 or 2 stars. Apart from that, it simply confirms my worst impressions of the self-help genre.

What could Save Time Summaries have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This review is exceptionally shallow. It does not present any arguments from the book (which I assume are there) - almost only reads the chapter headlines and sales pitches aloud.

Did John Steele do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

There are no characters. The question does not apply.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: By Stephen Covey -- Summary?

Again, no scenes. The review is so short, that I would have cut nothing. Additional material was needed for me to get much out of this.

  • The Design of Future Things

  • By: Donald A. Norman
  • Narrated by: Bill Quinn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

In The Design of Future Things, best-selling author Donald A. Norman presents a revealing examination of smart technology, from smooth-talking GPS units to cantankerous refrigerators. Exploring the links between design and human psychology, he offers a consumer-oriented theory of natural human-machine interaction that can be put into practice by the engineers and industrial designers of tomorrows thinking machines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The design of future cars - a view from 2007

  • By Lieberoth on 01-17-14

The design of future cars - a view from 2007

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

Reviewed: 01-17-14

If you could sum up The Design of Future Things in three words, what would they be?

Don Norman is one of the foremost minds in the psychology of things, and how we interact with them. Always a pleasure to hear his thoughts, although already a bit dated.

What did you like best about this story?

The book is on one hand a good view of design psychology in a time where machines are becoming more and more smart and automated, and interaction more a question of them communicating with us in the right way (and second guessing us gently rather than forcefully) than us understanding their workings fully.

Any additional comments?

Sadly, a lot of the book is about cars and "smart homes", and it was written before the true advent of cloud computing and the smart phone. It's absolutely worth a listen, even if it's a view from the recent past, which is fascinating in itself.

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