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  • The World as It Is

  • A Memoir of the Obama White House
  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547

For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A work for posterity, not tomorrow's talking points

  • By Josh on 06-14-18

A sad reminder of what things were and are.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I'm a little bit better for having 'read' this, and a little more sad for having taken that era for granted.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,081
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,422
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,442

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

I think this would have been more effective with a female narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Considering the majority of dialogue came from the female protagonist, I thought the use of a male narrator did the book a disservice.

Some of the character setup felt a bit like bad television, and I had to fight back a little bit of annoyance that the metrics they are obsessed with don't demonstrate the negative impacts distraction had on at work productivity, but I finished it in 2 days so it caught my interest.

I was expecting the story to play out more like fountainhead, so I think I was disappointed not to see a more substantial representation of their opposition. I don't even think anyone thought to say hey guys your spy cameras are super illegal.

Still, I am obsessed with books that portray a near future with rich detail about the way technology advances, even in cases like this where it is a particularly near term projection. It is incredibly difficult to do, and it was done really well hear.

So overall I'd say it was fine. 100 percent.

(You'll get that later)

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sapiens
    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,050 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,979

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Vital knowledge

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

One of the most important books I have ever "read." Should be required for every student.

  • Disrupted

  • My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688

For 25 years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession - until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't drink the Kool Aid

  • By Margaret on 07-03-16

I'm deeply offended and I love it

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

As a 28 year old tech executive I'm certainly not incentivezed to peddle Lyons viewpoint, but he has an awful habit of being on point in his view of the darker side of this extended bull market. His greatest revenge against Hubspot is how talented he is, and I'm glad he finally landed where he was meant to. Now I'm watching Silicon Valley wondering where Dan's marks are, no surprise there is a recurring theme of bad CEO decision making.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful