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Robert ONeill

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  • Armageddon

  • A Novel of Berlin
  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: Graham Rowat
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

At the end of World War II, American army officer Captain Sean O’Sullivan is commissioned with rebuilding Berlin. Reeling from the death of his brothers at German hands and faced with the direct horrors of the Holocaust, O’Sullivan struggles against his animosity towards the nation he is helping restore. Meanwhile, Soviet forces blockade Germany in a bid for power, and the Western Allies must unite to prevent a communist takeover. When the airlift begins, the Allies find their deepest convictions tested as they fight against a threat even more dangerous than Hitler. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Legendary author

  • By Robert ONeill on 02-13-19

Legendary author

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Can a completely hackneyed narrator ruin a potentially OR probable good book? The answer lies within. Was it intended to sound like a News reel from the 1940s. UNlistenable. Have to parachute out after a few chapters.

  • The Network Imperative

  • How to Survive and Grow in the Age of Digital Business Models
  • By: Megan Beck, Jerry Wind, Barry Libert
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Digital networks are changing all the rules of business. New, scalable, digitally networked business models, like those of Amazon, Google, Uber, and Airbnb, are affecting growth, scale, and profit potential for companies in every industry. Digital transformation is affecting every business sector, and as investor capital, top talent, and customers shift toward network-centric organizations, the performance gap between early and late adopters is widening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is informative and fun.

  • By J. Madden on 05-18-17

Textbook

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Very thorough and comprehensive. Probably an ideal textbook but students would not be able to leave the course with practical knowledge and experience. Very academic, professorial, esoteric, journalistic, MBA and beyond. It’s like what a team of consultants will meet about and draw out on the board for two years and charge $12 million before your team can thank and excuse them and begin practical application. It needs a companion workbook to map out actual practical steps.

  • Amazon FBA Product Research Blueprint

  • The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Most Profitable Private Label Products to Sell on Your Private Labeling Empire, Even If You've Never Found One Before
  • By: Kevin Bosch
  • Narrated by: Mike Stedman
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

This hot new audiobook reveals how to guarantee yourself a profitable Amazon FBA product every time...even while everyone else is getting wiped out by launching bad products! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative book, I highly recommend.

  • By Tiffaney Burke on 02-01-19

Short and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Some interesting content. Listened at 1.25 speed but if The Simpsons were looking for talent to play an announcer or vacuum cleaner salesman this narrator would be an excellent cast member.

  • Modern Monopolies

  • What It Takes to Dominate the 21st Century Economy
  • By: Nicholas L. Johnson, Alex Moazed
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

What do Google, Snapchat, Tinder, Amazon, and Uber have in common, besides soaring market share? They're platforms - a new business model that has quietly become the only game in town. A platform, by definition, creates value by facilitating an exchange between two or more interdependent groups. So, rather than making things, they simply connect people. The advent of mobile computing and its ubiquitous connectivity have forever altered how we interact with each other. Yet, few people truly grasp the radical structural shifts of the last 10 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly notes for myself or highlights of the book

  • By Gary H. on 11-16-17

Good content

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Interesting topic to nerd out on. With all due respect the narrator while articulate and professional sounded dry and like an old professor lecturing a class you may need a catnap in. The other issue early on is that it started out smelling like a sales pitch for the authors’ consulting business. That just makes ones BS radar start beeping. But good credible content thereafter.

  • Matchmakers

  • The New Economics of Multisided Platforms
  • By: Richard Schmalensee, David Richard S. Evans
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Many of the most dynamic public companies, from Alibaba to Facebook to Visa, and the most valuable start-ups, such as Airbnb and Uber, are matchmakers that connect one group of customers with another group of customers. Economists call matchmakers multisided platforms because they provide physical or virtual platforms for multiple groups to get together. Dating sites connect people with potential matches, for example, and ride-sharing apps do the same for drivers and riders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great complement to Platform Revolution

  • By Mother of Chickens on 10-13-16

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

Perhaps a little too much repetitive jargon and the narrator, while professional, was a little too much like a 60s radio announcer and while he was clearly not the author/expert, his tone came off as condescending. Good content.not easy to listen to. Like the professorial teacher you tune out. It’s a good idea for a white paper they turned into a book.

  • Google AdWords

  • A Quick Beginners’ Guide to Using Google AdWords: Website Analytics Guide to Marketing, Advertising and Search Using Google AdWords (Volume 1)
  • By: John Slavio
  • Narrated by: Alan Sewell
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Are you looking to increase traffic to your website or web service? Google AdWords is among the best ways to do so. This audiobook aims to help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of Internet marketing, specifically in the Google AdWords space. We will walk you through the benefits of using AdWords and the types of advertising you can do. We will show you how to set up an account and build a campaign. And finally, we will reveal to you the secrets of keyword selection, the power of ad descriptions, and the best conversion optimization techniques.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for those interested in using Google Adword

  • By Lovely Day on 06-27-18
  • Google AdWords
  • A Quick Beginners’ Guide to Using Google AdWords: Website Analytics Guide to Marketing, Advertising and Search Using Google AdWords (Volume 1)
  • By: John Slavio
  • Narrated by: Alan Sewell

1950s are back!

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Extremely sophomoric. Sounds like student level writing. And dragged even lower by the douchebag narrator or DJ from the 1950s. An embarrassment to google. Possibly Ok for junior high reading level.

  • Machine, Platform, Crowd

  • Harnessing Our Digital Future
  • By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs. MIT's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both How AND Why for Techies

  • By Dan Collins on 08-11-17

Astounding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Incredible comprehensive revelatory unfathomable analogous to harnessing the weather but practical in terms of ranging from inventing an umbrella to migrating to another planet...it helps explain the last 20 years and the next....this review was written by AI so it may not be comprehensible to most

  • Tubes

  • A Journey to the Center of the Internet
  • By: Andrew Blum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Blum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

Almost everything about our day-to-day lives - and the broader scheme of human culture - can be found on the Internet. But what is it physically? And where is it really? Our mental map of the network is as blank as the map of the ocean that Columbus carried on his first Atlantic voyage. The Internet, its material nuts and bolts, is an unexplored territory. Until now. In Tubes, Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet's physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing a fresh look at the online world we think we know.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen to this while driving

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-24-12

Incredible journey

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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: 11-07-18

Comprehensive intelligent interesting. This is a must read for any young gifted person to understand what the internet is to help lay the groundwork for the next iteration and probably make billions. Should be a documentary. Fascinating.

  • Blitzscaling

  • The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
  • By: Reid Hoffman, Chris Yeh, Bill Gates - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Yeh, Reid Hoffman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

What entrepreneur or founder doesn't aspire to build the next Amazon, Facebook, or Airbnb? Yet those who actually manage to do so are exceedingly rare. So what separates the start-ups that get disrupted and disappear from the ones who grow to become global giants? The secret is blitzscaling: a set of techniques for scaling up at a dizzying pace that blows competitors out of the water.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it

  • By Juan M. Gironella on 12-05-18

Knowledge blitz

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Smart insightful informative intelligent practical relatively easy listening trying to get to 10 stupid words. Why be concise when you can say something with 5 stars why not use 50 words wtf audible

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  • Dawn of the Code War

  • America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat
  • By: John P. Carlin, Garrett M. Graff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

The inside story of how America's enemies launched a cyberwar against us - and how we've learned to fight back. In this dramatic audiobook, former assistant attorney general John P. Carlin takes listeners to the front lines of a global but little-understood fight as the Justice Department and the FBI chases down hackers, online terrorist recruiters, and spies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master class

  • By Robert ONeill on 10-20-18

Master class

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Incredibly comprehensive account of the past present and future of cyber security. Well written and understandable to the lay person. This is a seminal work and should be the primary textbook for a required course for decades to come. The topic sounds technical but this transcends cyberspace and affects every one of us. Revelatory and freaking frightening.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful