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Jim Fuqua

Hendersonville, TN United States
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  • A Crack in Creation

  • Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution
  • By: Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR - a revolutionary new technology that she helped create - to make heritable changes in human embryos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An easily digestible intro to the future...

  • By DC Mike on 09-01-17

The Cat is Out of the Bag.

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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: 01-18-19

The power to change human destiny for the better and worse is now here. The author agonizes over her discovery but no one can now control how it is used except here and there on a local scale.

This book tells much about the author's role and her hopes for the future.

Reality is that the discovery will be used for both good and bad. Somewhere in the world someone will put the discovery to every conceivable use. Overall the good is likely to be primary, but the future is a long time. Who knows what the uses will be 100 or 500 years from now. We must just get used to it.

  • The Pentagon's Brain

  • An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. In the first-ever history of the organization, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain", from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expceted but thats not a bad thing

  • By dfcgts on 09-30-15

This book is too judgemental.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This book dwells too much on the author's own judgments on the morality of actions by DARPA and dwells too lightly on the world changing benefits DARPA has delivered to mankind or at least accelerated such as the Internet, GPS, self driving vehicles and other basic research. The book should have left opinionated judgments to the reader based upon facts not judgments held by the author.

It is still worth reading for the facts.

  • Autonomy

  • The Quest to Build the Driverless Car - and How It Will Reshape Our World
  • By: Lawrence D. Burns, Christopher Shulgan
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

In Autonomy, former GM executive and current advisor to the Google self-driving car project Lawrence Burns offers a sweeping history of the race to make the driverless car a reality. In the past decade, Silicon Valley companies like Google, Tesla, and Uber have positioned themselves to revolutionize the way we move around by developing driverless vehicles while traditional auto companies like General Motors, Ford, and Daimler have been fighting back by partnering by with new tech start-ups. It’s not a question of whether the self-driving car will disrupt the automobile industry; it’s a question of when and how, and who will win the race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen, non-technical perspective

  • By James S. on 09-14-18

Change is closer than you think.

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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: 01-18-19

We owe a lot to a few in the development of vehicles that will save the lives of over a 100,000 people a year and vehicles that confine millions more to mindless commutes. This book names names and tells about the journey to the future which is very near.

  • Infinitesimal

  • How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
  • By: Amir Alexander
  • Narrated by: Ira Rosenberg
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

On August 10, 1632, five men in flowing black robes convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a deceptively simple proposition: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and infinitely tiny parts. With the stroke of a pen the Jesuit fathers banned the doctrine of infinitesimals, announcing that it could never be taught or even mentioned. The concept was deemed dangerous and subversive, a threat to the belief that the world was an orderly place, governed by a strict and unchanging set of rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Listen to intrigue and history. Highly recommended.

  • By Henry on 09-02-16

Good Math History

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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: 01-18-19

Infinitesimal may tell you more than you want to know. I suspect that the reviews give the book less than a 5.0 rating is that the book gives the Jesuits a very hard time for holding back math in Italy for at least 100 years by burning one person at the stake and confining Galileo to house arrest for the end of the life for believing that math could progress by considering small units of measurement that had no width. They intimidated many other mathematicians to silence less they suffer the same fate.

Had they stuck to religious matters, calculus may have been discovered a century earlier and in Italy.

The book is filled with an immense amount of detail. It tells of the problems of using geometric solutions as analogous to political solutions to political problems.

  • Habits of Successful People

  • Learn the Habits of the Most Successful People in the World
  • By: Erik Smith
  • Narrated by: Kane Prestenback
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Dо successful thoughts really bring in successes? What iѕ ѕuссеѕѕ, rеаllу? Hоw dо thоughtѕ сhаngе a реrѕоn? Firѕt things firѕt: success iѕ not thе ѕаmе for еvеrуbоdу. Although wе all knеw оf mаnу individuаlѕ whо wеrе considered univеrѕаl ѕuссеѕѕеѕ, еасh реrѕоn, раѕt or рrеѕеnt, still has a diffеrеnt point of viеw whаt ѕuссеѕѕ is all аbоut. Thеѕе inсludе hоw thеir own ѕuссеѕѕ meant tо them, аnd hоw thеу measure thеѕе successes in each оf thеir individuаl оutlооks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Reading<br />

  • By Jim Fuqua on 09-09-18

Poor Reading<br />

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Some good advice. Too much religlon. Most is obvious truth. The reader sounds like a nagging preacher.

  • Summary of The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain by Dr. Steven Gundry

  • By: OneHour Reads
  • Narrated by: Krista Nicely
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Book Summary of The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers In ‘Healthy Foods’ That Cause Disease And Weight Gain by OneHourReads. (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.) In the book, The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers In ‘Healthy Foods’ That Cause Disease And Weight Gain, Dr. Steven Gundry sets out to demystify long-held myths about plant-based foods. These foods, believed for the most part, to be healthy, have been responsible for hurting the human body for so long.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick and rich content !!!

  • By Brenda Barlow on 06-29-18

Probably good summary of book to sell supplements.

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Many irrelevant facts and doubtful assertions as fact to sell vitamins and supplements bearing the original author's name.

The most shocking thing to me that the book asserted "micro" as a prefix to mean "hollow" and not "small". How could anyone with scientific training make such a mistake?

Advertisements for the ideas of the original author now flood the web. I wondered why. Now I know. It is to sell to you.

From this summary, I have no desire to read the original book. The Microbiome Solution by Dr. Robynne Chutkan is a much better book by Audible and covers much of the same subject matter by a gastroenterologist instead of a surgeon trying to sell something.

  • Learn Better

  • Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything
  • By: Ulrich Boser
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

For centuries, experts have argued that learning was about memorizing information: You're supposed to study facts, dates, and details, burn them into your memory, and then apply that knowledge at opportune times. But this approach to learning isn't nearly enough for the world that we live in today, and in Learn Better journalist and education researcher Ulrich Boser demonstrates that how we learn can matter just as much as what we learn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FACINATING & EFFECTIVE

  • By 922Vision on 09-28-17
  • Learn Better
  • Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything
  • By: Ulrich Boser
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks

One of the Best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book is one of the best-researched books on the subject that I have listened to. After listening to the book, I bought the print edition just to make it easier to find the references. It is a bit lengthy for the subject and can be slightly redundant, but it is worth the effort.

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  • American Ulysses

  • A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
  • By: Ronald C. White
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,994

A major new biography of the Civil War general and American president, by the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln. The dramatic story of one of America's greatest and most misunderstood military leaders and presidents, this is a major new interpretation of Ulysses S. Grant. Based on seven years of research with primary documents, some of them never tapped before, this is destined to become the Grant biography of our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Superb Work

  • By Michael J. Nardotti, Jr. on 11-05-16

Extremely good biography of a great man.

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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: 10-01-17

Great detail and completeness from ancestors to descendants. He made the difference at many times in his life.

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,859

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

Great advice. Great book.

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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: 07-23-17

He starts with an autobiography. Finishes with his observations and advice.

I wish more writers would follow his example.

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  • The Euro

  • How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe
  • By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

In The Euro, Nobel Prize-winning economist and best-selling author Joseph E. Stiglitz dismantles the prevailing consensus around what ails Europe, demolishing the champions of austerity while offering a series of plans that can rescue the continent - and the world - from further devastation. Hailed by its architects as a lever that would bring Europe together and promote prosperity, the euro has done the opposite. As Stiglitz persuasively argues, the crises revealed the shortcomings of the euro.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Basic Premise but with wacky ideas thrown in.

  • By Hectoris on 09-28-17

Lessons from Past Problems

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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: 06-23-17

This is an excellent book. It is heavy with complex economics and his recommendations are contrary to current practices. I would like to see a book that presents a view defending past practices and justifying their disappointing results. Until then I will assume that Dr. Stiglitz is correct except possibly on climate change.

With the world population increasing at about 83 million people per year and no end in sight, I think that is a lost battle. Without population control and a decreasing population, it is hopeless. Population control is just not likely to happen due to religious taboos, human nature, and inertia.

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