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Daniel S. Mayer

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  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,025

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

fun history of a comedy journey

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

a enjoyable trip down the history of a comedy journey that is entertaining and interesting.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,822

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

interesting take on the future

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

much to disagree with but that doesn't really matter as it presents and interesting possible future to think about through the provided lense.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,392

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By MaeC on 01-31-18

explains complex algos with ease and simplicity

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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: 09-09-17

interesting and very good at taking the hard subject and making it understandable. fun what can be applied to real world problems and what to avoid even trying to us logic with ;)

  • Remote

  • Office Not Required
  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

The "work-from-home" phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new audiobook from best-selling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits. Most important, they show why - with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo - more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Rework but this book was a disappointment

  • By Paul on 10-08-15

great intro to remote working concepts

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

if you have been rote working for awhile this all should be default operation in function for you, but if you are a new comer this is the starting manual.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Advantage

  • Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234

This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Advantage

  • By ALWALEED on 05-07-15

organizational changes structure

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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: 07-30-17

if you are looking to perform some organizational changes and revisit how your leadership functions this book can provide a nice framework to go about it. while clearly most focused on exec it can be relavent to a department leadership group as well.

  • The Grid

  • The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
  • By: Gretchen Bakke
  • Narrated by: Emily Caudwell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

The grid is an accident of history and of culture, in no way intrinsic to how we produce, deliver and consume electrical power. Yet this is the system the United States ended up with, a jerry-built structure now so rickety and near collapse that a strong wind or a hot day can bring it to a grinding halt. The grid is now under threat from a new source: renewable and variable energy, which puts stress on its logics as much as its components.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needed more... and less

  • By J. Pegg on 11-22-16

given the topic this is thrillingly good

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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: 06-08-17

seriously an infrastructure book that is fun to read and informative. a great read, recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 106,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,064

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

amusing for a self help like book

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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: 12-21-16

books like this are kind of a waste other than forcing some self reflection which is good every now and then. This book will trigger that along with some laughs so that is good, also quick and good to listen to while cooking.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dandelion Wine

  • A Novel
  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

Ray Bradbury’s moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author’s most deeply personal work, a semiautobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking Story

  • By Julia Blake on 02-25-17

not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

this was a series of stories about a boy growing up a bit during a summer... with lots of magical / silly dreams... I could see how it would appeal to some but it didn't stir childhood memories and freedom feelings in me.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,221

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, well written, & well read

  • By Stephen on 03-18-08

overall very interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I liked most of the examples but had seen many on blogs and such already still this added depth

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,356

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story all should know, not all can endure

  • By Daniel on 12-19-11

excellent quick history of humanity

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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: 10-02-16

it makes a compelling case for the large impact of a few key variables to the development of societies.