LISTENER

RocketDog

Columbus, OH USA
  • 6
  • reviews
  • 1
  • helpful vote
  • 8
  • ratings
  • Weapons of Math Destruction

  • How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
  • By: Cathy O'Neil
  • Narrated by: Cathy O'Neil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance - are being made not by humans but by mathematical models. In theory this should lead to greater fairness. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black-box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating and startling look at where big data is blind

  • By Stephen on 10-02-16

Raises great questions and gives context

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

A valuable overview of the impact of our obsession with trying to predict the future through quantification.

A must-read (listen) for anyone who uses big data to make determinations about how others get to live, work or thrive. A must-read for anyone who’s applied for an education, a loan, a mortgage or a job. (Almost everyone?)

  • The Membership Economy

  • Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue
  • By: Robbie Kellman Baxter
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

If you've ever used ZipCar, Amazon Prime, Spotify, NetFlix, Groupon, Weight Watchers, SurveyMonkey, United Mileage Plus, Pinterest, or Twitter, you are part of The Membership Economy, an increasingly popular model that author Robbie Kellman Baxter sees as the inevitable result of technological advancements, social trends, and a generation in transition. The Membership Economy argues that we are now moving away from ownership, but we still want the benefits that come with access.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relevant, but without an "a-ha" moment

  • By Nagy Barnabás on 05-13-16

Excellent insights, a valuable resource

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Citing examples ranging from Netflix to Adobe to weight Watchers, the author provides insights into the compelling reasons we engage and stay with (or leave) member- and subscription-based relationships.

For anyone contemplating the start or pivot of an organization of any kind, there are dozens of ideas and examples presented for consideration.

I particularly like that she offers direct contact and intend to follow-up.

This book is now in my top 10 recommended reads I provide when speaking to fellow entrepreneurs.

  • Life, on the Line

  • A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat
  • By: Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

In 2007 chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005 he and Nick Kokonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma - tongue cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tasteless World?

  • By Exec. Chef 'Special K' on 03-18-14

Still thinking about this story weeks later

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

An intense recounting of an intense life in a profession where obsession is nearly a pre-requisite for success. The structure of the two-person narrative gives this memoir depth. An exploration of the meaning (impact) of family, a life of demanding work with passion, the drive to live and where our choices take us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yes, Chef

  • A Memoir
  • By: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun and inspiring civics lesson

  • By loix on 06-27-12

A fascinating journey

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

This is a wide-ranging story of identity - finding your true North - with the added benefit of sharing the pursuit of a life in the kitchen. Chef Marcus does not blink when revealing the choices he made that had impact not only for him but others in his life. His narration was a powerful, authentic touch.

  • The Devil in the Kitchen

  • Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef
  • By: Marco Pierre White, James Steen
  • Narrated by: Timothy Bentinck
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

In The Devil in the Kitchen, White tells the story behind his ascent from working-class roots to culinary greatness, leaving no dish unserved as he relays raucous and revealing tales featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond, including: Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michael Caine, Damien Hirst, and even Prince Charles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A chef / restaurateur must.

  • By Brandon on 07-18-16

Great slice of life

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

A well-told series of reminiscences that build a well-rounded picture of a life. The narrator is one of the best - he brought the stories to life with a lively reading of conversations and emotion appropriate to the scene.

  • Tribes

  • We Need You to Lead Us
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080

Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Gale S. on 11-02-09

Time-tested and valuable

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

This book may have been written in 2008 but the message has been borne out in countless examples since. I went back to experience it for inspiration and found it. If you are seeking to make a difference and make tomorrow better, the messages in this book are a great first step.