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  • The Leader Who Had No Title

  • A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life
  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities.This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life and the world around youin the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun, informative and applicable to everything

  • By Alexandra on 01-02-16

Motivational

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The book did what it set out to do, motivate. But it took me a while to get out of fighting off the apparent sells pitch (of being motivational) to get to the actual story.
But I did enjoy the story and summaries

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,437

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

An exciting view of a loaner geek's God complex!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

1. Loved it.
2. Learned a lot about space
3. Rated PG (anti-religious views espoused throughout)
**SPOILER ALERT**
4. I loved how Taylor wove in what must me the secret yearning of every computer / space geek: get rich, die, get converted into your own autonomous drone, kick ass, rage against the religious-right, go to space, without jerks (i.e. non computer/space geeks), self replicate, explore various story lines of your eternal life as a GOD!
5. Bob is hilarious

  • The World Walker

  • The World Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

Exciting mix of Self help Scifi New Age vs AI-ish

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

a) The narrator kept the book exciting
b) The book touched on many takes on evolutionary progress.
c) The story line was enthralling
d) The writer made us emphasize through every coming of age experience
e) The historical twists enlightened readers along the way

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,958

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

depressing .. ugh!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Summary: Really, avoid this Book 2 if you're already in an emotional low, it might push you over the edge!

I loved the story, for the most part. It is fun in places. But regardless of how real it might be, the AI, Bob, whose body is a ship (!) get's overly emo!... to the point that at least one of the Bob AI's killed himself! What!? This book had just too many downers. I had to go read some self-help books just to get over it.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,371

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Fun trucker fodder: pagan NLP religion propoganda

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The book was a disappointing reflection of some aspects of racist America. There were many pros for pseudo geeky comp sci religious dudes. But there were so many downsides that I'm left with a salty taste in my mouth.

Pros...
* Action/fight scenes made me feel like I was there.
* Seemed to appeal directly to the geeky mindset... through and through..
* The few bits of internet info were cleverly wrapped into the story line
* Appreciated the lesson on nuances of Japanese culture and sword handling
* The meta-verse was cool...I could imagine it today. he was really visionary on the immersive VR and cyber-physical interaction

Cons... **SPOILER ALERT**
* The hero spent too much time talking to a librarian AI about a religion based on pseudo neuro linguistic programming. Even if any of that stuff is real, it didn't make me want to go learn about it. Stephenson tried to be Dan Brown but only turned out to present a lit review for a masters thesis based only on a couple of sources👎
* Better authors might have let those things be discovered in caves & dig sites, not in a library!
* The heroine was involved in a statutory rape scene (30 year old having voluntary rough sex with a 15 year old)
* Heroine didn't need to be 15 years old. The plot would have worked at 18 or 21, and the sex scene would have been legal
* The book is filled with racist stereotypes and was blatantly unapologetic about it!
* This is a book filled with stereotypes like these:
- Jews are the best hackers and business people
- Black people, except for the hero/protagonist are shiftless, lazy, thugs
- Hispanics, except for Wanda, are all backwards missionaries blinded by anyone that speaks in tongues
- Italian Americans are all mafia with a penchant for being white isolationists/supremacists
- All programmers and hackers are White
- Minivans are only driven by "bimbos"
- Russians are clean and act business like but will beat you down with their brawn
- Protestants have the best religion because it's closer to pagan worship but its practitioners are like gullible sheep
- White people are the only people that can be on the top
- Government workers are all blind sheep
- and more...
* Stephenson attacked all religions but extolled the Hebrew language as the best and all other languages (and their related cultures) as irrational and substandard

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  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,783

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

PG-17 Stories Lessons in computer science & crypto

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Why I loved this book?
1. It explained Turing machines in layman terms
2. It made the ultra boring lessons of Turing computability and encryption accessible to regular sysadmins
3. It made heroes out of the engineers!
4. It mocked yuppy culture of atheist academics
5. Made clear the problems with people who hang onto Christian dogmas
6. Revealed the lunatic in each of us.
7. Helped present a human side to the Jewish/Israeli perspective. [while completely ignoring the evil behavior of the current rogue Zionist apparatus]
8. Taught details of business startups
9. Taught ww2 history
10. Taught Greek mythology
11. Taught Philippine history
12. Gave insight into Japanese, Chinese, and Philipino culture.

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,827

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

pg13 - Hilarious office comedy for college grads

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The book started off quirky, but the crazy mental musings of the Andrea kept me laughing throughout. This book had non-stop office satire poking fun at everything from office romances to gossip to cultural stereotypes to ridiculous performance reviews. lol I'm still laughing.
Enjoy! (without children)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,995
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,138

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Game theory, religion bashing, yet enthralling

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I couldn't put the book down. It had me glued to my phone even at work. oddly, it helped me understand stand some things at work.
Warning/Spoiler Alert for folks with conservative values
1. Book constantly bash monitheistic religion and believers
2. Multiple deities are not however bashed.
3. Science, and logic are lauded as the only salvation... but ironically the author sidesteps the point that it was science that caused both the demise of earth and the AI/Singularity
4. A gay couple with 7 children are mater-of-factly presented at the end

  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

  • My Tale of Madness and Recovery
  • By: Barbara K. Lipska, Elaine McArdle - contributor
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

In 2015, Barbara Lipska - a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness - was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, the immunotherapy her doctors had prescribed worked quickly. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This narrator? Not a fan.

  • By Pamela Harvey on 06-17-18

Miraculous story of grit and science

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

This book could easily qualify as a case study in
* Grit / Perseverance
* Neuroplasticity
* Immigrant Life in the 90s
* Life at a NIH brain bank

It was an enthralling story of an immigrant neuroscientist who climbed the ladder from grad student to Director of an organization responsible for collecting, well, brains! On the way, she became the patient of one of the most rare forms of brain diseases and began a journey on experimental medicine and recovery. THANKS for sharing.

  • In the Deep Blue Sea

  • Jack and the Geniuses, Book 2
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Jack, his genius siblings Ava and Matt, and inventor Dr. Hank Witherspoon travel to the Hawaiian island home of Ashley Hawking, a technology billionaire. Hawking and engineer Rosa Morris have built a revolutionary electricity plant that harvests energy from the deep ocean, but someone has been sabotaging the project. In their search for the culprit, Jack and crew navigate an unusual world of characters and suspects, including Hawking and her obnoxiously intelligent son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't like it, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By L. Kirchhoff on 06-27-18

Great kids mystery- STEM & Hawaiian culture

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

1) Solving a mystery is always a great page-turner. It kept the kids and I on the edges of our seats
2) We learned a lot about biodiversity in the ocean and the Hawaiian islands
3) The book was also packed with tech! We got more exposure to Artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, algorithms, and they even made math fun!
We love Bill Nye the science guy!