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Paal Skjetne

Trondheim Norway
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  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,318

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Some valuable insights but

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

… some of it was kind of "obvious" to someone grown up on scandinavian social democratic tradition.

The examples are good and illustrative.

The analysis of the Biblical story of David and Goliath was the most interesting in my view.

  • Jony Ive

  • The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products
  • By: Leander Kahney
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

The best-selling author of Inside Steve's Brain profiles Apple's legendary chief designer, Jonathan Ive. Jony Ive's designs have not only made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world; they've overturned entire industries, from music and mobile phones to PCs and tablets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A history of apple though the lens of design

  • By Scott Stamile on 04-16-15

Ive is writing his own monograph

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

Not a biography as such more about industrial design and how it has changed Apple and the industry as a whole.

Very interesting reading.

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

Broad view on viking age

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

Any additional comments?

It certainly broadened my view on the vikings, especially on the norman and slavic fronts. I think the author maybe devaluated the Icelandic achievement of making land fall in Newfoundland, but maybe this was purposley done to put more emphasis on the importance the vikings had on Carolingian empire and the birth of the russian identity? Very good story line I was never bored! Recommended! I might listen to it again!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Everything Store

  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,544

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the honesty!

  • By Paul on 01-29-14

Will change your view on amazon.com

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

Any additional comments?

Very interesting. Both in terms of Bezos's personal career, and in understanding how much work, persistence and sacrifice has gone into building amazon.com. It also exposes how big money makes the playing field uneven. It also gives a glimps on how business models can be changed. Facinating!

  • Hatching Twitter

  • A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Daniel May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Since 2006, Twitter has grown from 100 obsessive users to more than 500 million today - over 32 million of those in the UK alone. But how did such a radical transformation happen in just five years, and what does it mean for business, politics and the internet?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story

  • By manasi on 10-12-17

The random walk that payed off

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

Any additional comments?

Very interesting to see the winding path of chance, circumstances, personalities and how exponential growth and fame can change or bring out different sides in people and groups. Very good and entertaining story!

  • Bottled & Sold

  • The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water
  • By: Peter H. Gleick
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Bottled & Sold shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last 100 years - and why we are poorer for it. It's a big story and water is big business. Every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy a plastic bottle of water, and every second of every day a thousand more throw one of those bottles away. That adds up to more than 30 billion bottles a year and tens of billions of dollars of sales. Are there legitimate reasons to buy all those bottles?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good information

  • By Jennifer Bollschweiler on 11-20-15

Interesting topic but boooooring read (listen)

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

Reviewed: 02-26-14

Any additional comments?

Nothing new, the author has done some work on energy costs of bottled water, and yes like most packaged and long hauled bewerages it is not very environmentally friendly. The book is extremely US centric show casing some of the absurdities of the US system compared to e.g. the European perspective with respect to at least the regulatory part. The fact that advertising is deceptive and that there are quaks out there peddling miracle water should not come as a surprise (maybe the US regulatory impotence should), but it is worth three chapters in a book. Water is an interesting topic and the book could have been much more interesting than it turned out. Common sence: stay off the bottled water unless you need it for convenience or if in areas where safe tap water does not exist. Try one of the other books on the topic, I gave up about an hour short of the end.

  • Family of Secrets

  • The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
  • By: Russ Baker
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre said that "words are loaded pistols". In the hands of Russ Baker, they are hydrogen bombs. On each and every page of his masterpiece, Family of Secrets, he explodes the myths and lies that powerful forces have perpetrated on the American consciousness. He digs beneath the surface in a form of journalistic archeology to reveal the hidden history of one of America's most powerful families, leaving no stone unturned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Relevant, Impossible to Put Down

  • By Cletus van Damme on 12-14-12

Don't know why I'm shocked

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

Reviewed: 11-26-12

Any additional comments?

Read/listen too it and make up your own mind.

I think this book exposes a couple of inconvenient truths about democracy and power:
- democracy needs powerful backers, not only populous but financial wise too
- democracy might not be as democratic as we would like to believe it to be
- why should the American rise to fame and superpower saga be anything different from the rise of any other "empire" in earlier history?

It is a tough world out there, but we the people must put our faith in our institutuions, political systems and the rule of law. The sad fact seems to be that we cannot expect the people at the helm of these institutions to be so, and the media which is subject to the same rules of economy and short sighted quarterly earnings doesn't seem to be helping much.

I felt shocked, but upon reflection, that was probably because in everyday life you don't like to reflect on the reality of the game.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits for Managers

  • Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing Potential
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

This audio is a synthesis of Stephen R. Covey's two-day interactive and intensive workshop on leadership. In this audio program Dr. Covey teaches managers and leaders how to define their contributions, develop greater influence, leverage hidden resources, give constructive feedback, and unleash the full potential of their team against critical priorities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Covey Got Nothing New To Say

  • By Daniel Y L on 03-28-07

Good enough for a short synopsis

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

Any additional comments?

It was maybe not so enlightening as I had hoped, but that might be due to my own background and maybe to the editing of the abriged version. It's short enough to listen to twice if you miss out on one of the points ;-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,719

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

Reads like a detective story - wait it is one!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-12

Any additional comments?

I don't know why I liked this book exactly, maybe it was the suspence, the thrill of "will he make it", "can he get away with it", or maybe it was to hear how a perfectly "normal" kids facination can grow into a major problem for himself and society. But it also shows how society's fears can infringe on the individuals rights. I guess this story is slightly one-sided but what the hack - ehh - heck its a very good story. Having knowledge of some of the systems mentioned in the book I feel it gets an important message accross; technology is only as "fail proof" as the humans put in charge of it.

  • The Pixar Touch

  • The Making of a Company
  • By: David A. Price
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882

The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough

  • By Bruce on 02-03-10

Interesting "pixels"

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

Reviewed: 09-19-12

What other book might you compare The Pixar Touch to and why?

Steve Jobs biography.

Any additional comments?

Interesting book about the dawn of todays best storytelling group - how technology, talent, individuals and percistance has payed off! Interesting info on the behind scenes of each film!