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Bruce

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  • By: Hemant Taneja, Kevin Maney
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

An innovative trend combining technology with economics is unraveling behemoth industries - including corporations, banks, farms, media conglomerates, energy systems, governments, and schools - that have long dominated business and society. Size and scale have become a liability. A new generation of upstarts is using artificial intelligence to automate tasks that once required expensive investment, and "renting" technology platforms to build businesses for hyper-focused markets, enabling them to grow big without the bloat of giant organizations. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkably unenlightened

  • By Bruce on 03-27-18

Remarkably unenlightened

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This book has been seriously overhyped. Someone told me of a tech firm ordering copies. It's surprisingly weak. Sketchy and not much more substantial than a newspaper article in USA Today. The author inserts himself in the story repeatedly.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,889
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,798
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,651

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Great book AWFUL NARRATOR

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

I've read this book. I've heard the author in interviews. The narrator is so dead

  • The Reserve

  • By: Russell Banks
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Twenty-nine-year-old Vanessa Cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, the adopted only child of a highly regarded New York brain surgeon and his socialite wife. Twice married, Vanessa has been scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous men. But on the night of July 4, 1936, at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Where was his editor?!?

  • By Ms. on 02-15-08

Much better than other reviews suggest

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-08

I read the other reviews here and went to remove the Reserve from my basket. Due to clumsiness on my behalf I ended up downloading the book. I was pleasantly impressed. The adaptation is fine - the narrator does different voices for different parts but these are perfectly decent. The other reviews made me dread a high-camp series of high pitched voices - far from it - and shame on those reviewers. The only reason I've not given it a higher rating is because I'm a very miserly scorer. The book is nowhere near as good as Cloudsplitter and I've scored it accordingly.

The Reserve was a good holiday listen - don't be put off by catty reviewers!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful