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  • 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 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

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

Great for anyone interested in future of transport

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

the audio book is fast Pace with a great listening speed. the book itself is full of sound reasoning and economic grounding as to why autonomous vehicle are the way of the future.

  • Know This

  • Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments
  • By: John Brockman
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Dan John Miller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Scientific developments radically alter our understanding of the world. Whether it's technology, climate change, health research, or the latest revelations of neuroscience, physics, or psychology, science has, as Edge editor John Brockman says, "become a big story, if not the big story". In that spirit this new addition to Edge.org's fascinating series asks a powerful and provocative question: What do you consider the most interesting and important recent scientific news?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Can I get a refund?

  • By Kenny G on 05-29-18

very few timeless and insightful articles.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

The presentation and pace of the audiobook were very good, nevertheless only about 10% of the contributor's seemed to talk within their area of competence.

I don't know anything about Brockman, but either an unintentionally or intentional bias reoccurres throughout the book, making the curation of the articles very poor given the title of the book. Over I would not recommend this book.

  • Stress Test

  • Reflections on Financial Crises
  • By: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Narrated by: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Credible analysis of the 2008 crisis

  • By Neuron on 09-02-15

wow! I couldnt put it down

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

this is a must read/listen for anyone who wants to learn more about the financial crisis.

  • Mighty Midsized Companies

  • How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers
  • By: Robert Sher
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Drawing upon his own experience and interviews with more than 99 companies, author Robert Sher runs through seven “silent growth killers” that plague midsized companies which, if not addressed, eventually cripple growth. Mighty Midsized Companies offers clear, tangible, actionable advice about dealing with these killers and growing despite them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for Midsized Company Still Operating Small

  • By D. Lawless on 04-10-17

Interesting book for owners of growing company

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

this book provides a great summary of possible growth hindrances for small companies. he gives seven growth killers of which all are profitable for an entrepreneur to learn.

  • One Second After Part 2

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting concept, too long story

  • By john on 06-05-17

Very interesting concept, too long story

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I hope that there is a second series, one where the storyline is lead by character development and not buy an interesting thought experiment. I think that the author brings up some very interesting points that should be considered by most in Western Society. But he does it in a way where he beats the idea into your brain as opposed to allowing the characters to experience this in a manner that interest to the reader.Overall I would recommend this book to other people. because of the nature of the topic at hand.

It reminds me of Suzanne Collins is first book series, the underland Chronicles. if you're not familiar with this book, Suzanne Collins wanted to show the effects of War on children. The theme of the book most definitely led the book while the character development was secondary. this is in contrast to the Hunger Games, where character development was the primary concern of the reader. Meanwhile, the effects of War on children was the medium by which the reader got to know the characters of the book. this is a much better approach to writing and I think it shows Collins development as a writer. I hope Forstchen takes another shot at writing a book with a similar concept and allows the relationships and character development to lead the book through the medium of a post EMP disaster.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,771

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Really engaging book!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

An interesting, counter intuitive, self help book. I am normally not a fan of this type of book. however this one is good. the only reason I gave it 4 vs 5 stars was the ending. IMO, it didn't flow with the rest of the book.

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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,332
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,976

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

story for the sake of style

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

I am not a huge fan of style over substance so while others might like this because it was entertaining it wasn't for mean because I thought there was low hanging fruit that could have infused the story with a lot of meaning.

  • Alibaba's World

  • How a Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global Business
  • By: Porter Erisman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

In September 2014, a Chinese company that most Americans had never heard of held the largest IPO in history - bigger than Google, Facebook, and Twitter combined. Alibaba, now the world's largest ecommerce company, mostly escaped Western notice for over 10 years, while building a customer base larger than Amazon's and handling the bulk of ecommerce transactions in China. How did it happen? And what was it like to be along for such a revolutionary ride?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Daniel on 09-12-15

Great read if you want to learn more about Alibaba

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I really enjoyed this book. it flowed nicely. there wasn't too much filler. more enjoyable, potter provides a wonderful summary of Alibaba's business.

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  • ESPN

  • The Company: The Story and Lessons Behind the Most Fanatical Brand in Sports
  • By: Anthony F. Smith, Keith Hollihan
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

ESPN The Company reveals the inside scoop on the biggest business story in sports, detailing the creative and innovative spirit and practices that drove the programming, products, and services of the most powerful and prominent name in sports media. The authors provide a behind-the-scenes perspective on how ESPN dealt with its many partners and how the company handled mistakes and missteps along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good!

  • By john on 07-17-15

Surprisingly Good!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

I read this book to learn more about the company. Yet, I quickly realize ESPN is just the medium through which Smith shares his sagaious insights on leadership. I cannot stress it enough, I learned a lot about leadership through the people at ESPN. If you are looking for a entertaining case study on leadership read this book.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,696

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Good Listen, but not Isaacson’s Best Work

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

Reviewed: 12-09-11

Would you try another book from Walter Isaacson and/or Dylan Baker?

I am a big fan of Isaacson and although this is a good book it does not compare to Isaacson’s other biographies. The book was not Isaacson’s idea. Jobs approached Isaacson about writing this book. I personally believe that it is too early to determine if Jobs deserves a place among other men about which Isaacson has written. Thus, I will conclude on the book as a whole with two thoughts; if you are looking for a good holiday listen, which will give you a lot of information about Jobs and Apple then this is a good pick. Yet, if you are in the mood for a wonderful biography I would recommend Isaacson’s other books first.

Any additional comments?

Steve Jobs is a very interesting character who truly changed the world as we knew it. As Isaacson makes it very clear throughout the book, Jobs brought together liberal arts and technology. He showed the world that there is universal beauty for which people are willing to pay a premium. There is no doubt that he is brilliant. But many of his personality’s traits are likely to raise great discussion questions. For example, do you think the way he managed people is ok? Does age bring maturity for Jobs? So, in addition to a good holiday read I would also recommend this book to book clubs of all types.

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