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Colin

hounslow, N/A, United Kingdom
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  • Dealers of Lightning

  • Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
  • By: Michael Hiltzik
  • Narrated by: Forrest Sawyer
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

The riveting story of the legendary Xerox PARC, a collection of eccentric young inventors brought together by Xerox Corporation at a facility in Palo Alto, California, during the mind-blowing intellectual ferment of the '70s and '80s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio quality is bad, story is awe inducing

  • By David Phillips on 01-14-15

the jurassic age of computing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-03

xerox parc was the fertile crescent of modern computing gadgetry. everything we use today seems to have roots going back to that time and that place. this is an enthralling book for students of technology. well worth a look!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Linda Hamilton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Alice in Wonderland is a literary classic that has beguiled and enthralled children and adults for generations. Experience the greatest adventure ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • truly essential

  • By Colin on 03-24-03

truly essential

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

no child should grow up without reading this book. i can't even begin to enumerate the things that make it great!

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

  • By: Susan Jeffers Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Susan Jeffers Ph.D.
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Dr. Susan Jeffers, an eminent teacher and counselor who has helped millions turn their lives around, can help you become more powerful in the face of your fears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had heard all this a long time ago

  • By Roy on 04-06-03

strangely unbad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

i am extremely cynical about self-help books, (hey, i'm british. we just don't go in for that sort of thing!) but one of the things i like about audible is being able to try things i wouldn't normally want to read.
i was very pleasantly surprised by this. ok, some of it was a bit cringemaking and rubbed my sensibilities up the wrong way, but it was really quite challenging and made me feel a whole lot more positive about my life for almost a whole day!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,161

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

well, what a surprise!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

i don't know why i bought this. i didn't expect to like it at all, but what d'you know? it was excellent! very, very funny, slightly unnerving in places and his passion for food makes you feel sort of inspired to...oh - live life for pleasure... well, i'm not expressing myself well, but take it from me, it's well worth a listen!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A History of the Middle East

  • By: Peter Mansfield
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield, drawing on his experience as a journalist and a historian, explores two centuries of history in the Middle East. He forms a picture of the historical, political, and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient, from Bonaparte's marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • am i the only one who liked this?

  • By Colin on 03-24-03

am i the only one who liked this?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

other reviewers seem unimpressed but i thought it was a fine book, covering the whole sweep of the history of the area. it seemed well balanced (at least, moreso than most histories of the area - face it, everyone who writes about the middle east has their axe to grind, but this bloke seemed at least to be trying!) and very informative. well worth the effort!

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Western Canon

  • The Books and School of the Ages
  • By: Harold Bloom
  • Narrated by: James Armstrong
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Harold Bloom explores our Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty-six authors central to the Canon. He argues against ideology in literary criticism; he laments the loss of intellectual and aesthetic standards; he deplores multiculturalism, Marxism, feminism, neoconservatism, Afrocentrism, and the New Historicism.
Insisting instead upon "the autonomy of aesthetic," Bloom places Shakespeare at the center of the Western Canon.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A personal and opinionated book on the Canon

  • By Steffen on 07-23-12

zzzz

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

a book that states its case clearly and sets out to map the milestones of an entire culture. i have to admit, i found it heavy going at 22 hours but if you're less shallow than me and if you want to know why certain authors have been held as worthy of praise, check this one out.

24 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • still a winner!!!

  • By Victor on 01-09-03

all-time classic

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

i grew up with this book. it made me choke with laughter when i was 11 and it makes me honk with laughter now. if you haven't read it, get it now! now! NOW!!!!

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Reengineering

  • By: Dr. Michael Hammer (President, Hammer, Company)
  • Narrated by: Dr. Michael Hammer
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

To succeed - or even to survive - in today's global economy, companies must refocus and reorganize in order to create value for the customer. This change, in essence, marks the end of the Industrial Revolution and of the organizations that were designed for that era. Hammer's work provides both a preview of tomorrow's businesses and an understanding of what must be done to prepare for an economy in which all the familiar rules have been broken. This material should be required for executives and frontline workers, for students and investors, for everyone who wants to be prepared for the new...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • stop talking!!!!

  • By Colin on 03-24-03

stop talking!!!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

oh! oh! oh! someone make him stop! sorry, i know this guy is a business guru and all that but i just find his voice incredibly irritating. and, yes, i know i probably sound negative but if you have to listen to something for 3 hours you don't want it to be in this voice!

  • The Nudist on the Late Shift and Other True Tales of Silicon Valley

  • By: Po Bronson
  • Narrated by: Po Bronson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

One of Silicon Valley's best journalists brings us observations of the technology Mecca's everyman, from dreamers on the brink of success to some of the more obscure, colorful characters in the landscape. An Audible.com audio exclusive!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good!

  • By Colin on 03-24-03

pretty good!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

ok, not a life changer, but there are some real interesting stories here. i listened to it while i was studying a course that covered the history of computing, silicon valley, etc., so this was a real good alternative view of what goes on behind the scenes. well worth a look if you're interested in the topic.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Going Wireless

  • By: Jaclyn Easton
  • Narrated by: Jaclyn Easton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Created specifically for executives and managers, Going Wireless shows how mobile technology is impacting every industry, including yours. Award-winning journalist Jaclyn Easton delivers the unexpected: In addition to in-depth discussions about mobile commerce, Internet cell phones, and Palm-type handhelds, she also examines wirefree options you've probably never heard of, all of which are transforming the way companies communicate, manage, market, and sell.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Her reading style

  • By Mark K. on 06-04-04

strangely unsatisfying

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-03

sounds good, doesn't it? yet it doesn't seem to hit the spot. there was little detail about how these things worked and it seemed inconceivable that she could get so excited about even the most prosaic, humdrum aspect of wireless technology. good as an overview - maybe as a first port of call that will put you on the right track when deciding what avenue to explore but don't expect to get a full picture.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful