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Hans Rigelman

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  • AI Superpowers

  • China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
  • By: Kai-Fu Lee
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

In his provocative new book, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee - one of the world’s most respected experts on artificial intelligence - reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US, the leader in AI, at an astonishingly rapid pace. Building upon his longstanding US-Sino technology career (working at Apple, Microsoft, and Google) and his much-heralded New York Times Op-Ed from June 2017, Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on not just traditional blue-collar industries but will also have a devastating effect on white-collar professions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compelled to listen at 2x speed

  • By Jaccred on 09-26-18

Realistic Look at AI Applications

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Kai-Fu Lee does an excellent job describing the development of technology that has spurred our present age of innovation in artificial intelligence. He paints a clear picture of AI's impact on society that is potentially utopian and dystopian. The upside is massive profits for AI developers and the dangers are in the economic upheavals when people are thrown out of work. But this book is more than just an examination of the advantages and disadvantages of a new technology. This book shows a personal and human side of a corporate superhero who realizes life is more than just crunching data and optimizing outputs. Life is about connecting with the people around us and demonstrating love. Well done Mr. Lee!

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,026

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Time Travel with an Attitude!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This is no innocent little group of historians running a secret time travel program for research purposes. The story might give you that impression as it slowly unwinds. But suddenly it knocks you on your arse and takes off on a high stakes action adventure that you were not expecting. Wow! And this was just the first book in a series?!

  • Plastic

  • A Toxic Love Story
  • By: Susan Freinkel
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we're starting to realize it's not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. As journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this engaging and eye-opening book, we're nearing a crisis point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immensely entertaining and informative

  • By Danya on 12-30-12

Excellent Coverage of a Thorny Topic

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

This book was a real eye opener to me, and I thought I knew plastics pretty well. Freinkel does a great job explaining the technology of plastic development as well as popular plastic fashion applications and the economics and politics of plastic life cycle management. Audible narration is spot on!

  • Compass

  • A Story of Exploration and Innovation
  • By: Alan Gurney
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

This book chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the compass, an instrument so precious to 16-century seamen that, by law, any man found tampering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger. From the time man first took to the seas until only 1,000 years ago, sight and winds were the sailor's only navigational aids. It was not until the development of the compass that maps and charts could be used with any accuracy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Steve Bird on 11-27-05

Interesting Story of the Marine Compass

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Technology is constantly moving forward, but we often don't realize the struggles and sacrifices made by those involved. This book takes us back a few hundred years to follow the lives and challenges of marine navigation such as magnetic variations and compass deviations due to ship construction as well as rough weather. The book is technical but readable. Audible narration is well done.

  • Claus

  • Legend of the Fat Man
  • By: Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by: James Robert Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica, and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat, and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient. Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions - time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By cindilla on 12-19-12

A Super-Silly Adventure to the North Pole

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This is a clever and funny romp with a familiar and not so familiar cast of characters who helped shape the legendary fat man in the big red suit. The Audible narration is told in a perfect tongue-in-cheek style. Appropriate for children, though some humor may be a little crude for the little ones.

  • A. Lincoln

  • A Biography
  • By: Ronald C. White Jr.
  • Narrated by: Bill Weideman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insight into Lincoln

  • By Julieann on 02-17-10

Great Biography and Analysis of Lincoln

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

There are a number of good biographies about Abraham Lincoln. This one does an excellent job of weaving Lincoln's story with a personal analysis of his actions and thinking behind them. What a remarkable human being divinely appointed for his time and place!

  • The Source

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 54 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present-day Israel and the Middle East conflict.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By GGS Engineering on 09-11-15

Nice Blend of Historical Fiction with Archeology

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Great story telling and excellent narration! The only reason I didn't give this five stars overall was for Audible's transcription from the original books-on-tape format. The chapters appear to be arbitrary and the text is out of order, so it was impossible to sync with the Kindle version. This was disappointing.

  • The Fires of Spring

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

David Harper is an orphan, seemingly doomed to loneliness and poverty. As an adolescent con artist and petty thief, David spends his days grifting at an amusement park, the place where he first learns about women and the mysteries of love. Soon he discovers that his longing to embrace the world is stronger than the harsh realities that constrain him. Featuring autobiographical touches from Michener's own life story, The Fires of Spring is more than a novel: it's a rich slice of American life, brimming with wisdom, longing, and compassion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Typical Michener Story

  • By Jay on 08-06-16

A Wonderful Coming of Age Story

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This early Michener novel about a boy growing up in 1920s America introduces some very interesting and memorable characters. This audio narration from the early 90s is still great!

  • Forgotten Ages

  • The Complete Saga
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

The greatest military leader of his time. The most talented code breaker her people have. Sworn enemies. When deadly secrets from the ancient past are unearthed, secrets capable of fracturing the world and destroying all life on the planet, these two enemies will have to work together. They are humanity's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some breaks in logic, but an enjoyable listen

  • By Greg on 07-19-16

Engaging story with a romantic flavor

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This series started out as an interesting mystery with a lot of action, but then turned into more of an annoying romance with too much dialogue. The last book seemed to follow a "Guess who's coming to dinner" episode of Fantasy Island. The story also focuses almost solely on our heroine, with little other character development. I found the introduction of the telepathic practitioners as odd, since the author seemed to spend most of her time in the heroine's mind anyway. I gave it a four only because I don't care for silly romances.

  • Farewell

  • The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century
  • By: Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud, Catherine Cauvin-Higgins (translator)
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

1981: Ronald Reagan’s inauguration marks a new escalation in the United States’ Cold War with the USSR. Months later, François Mitterrand is elected president of France with the support of the French Communist Party. The predicted tension between these two men, however, is immediately defused when Mitterrand gives Reagan the Farewell dossier, a file he would later call "one of the greatest spy cases of the 20th century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ESPIONAGE GEEKS TAKE NOTICE

  • By DS on 12-28-12

KGB Spy Helps Take Down Soviet Union

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Great documentary and analysis of a Russian agent who fed secrets to the west during the early 1980s. His actions along with the political and economic climate at the time helped the US and its allies win the Cold War.

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