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  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,405

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16

Entertaining and interesting, but not instructive

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

The format of this book is very interesting and the variety of the questions posed makes for a very entertaining piece of work which may also serve as first inspiration for a child or a teenager to engage in a scientific career.
Too bad the answers never serve as a start to actually go a dig deeper in the methods of scientific research.
You can learn about scientific research from this book as much as you can learn about It security watching Mr. Robot.
Surely the audiobook format penalizes the work of the author, a renowned Web cartoonist.
The performance of Wil Wheaton is very good!

  • The Career Playbook

  • Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional
  • By: James M. Citrin
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Figuring out a career and getting a great job has never been more difficult. On top of that, today's graduates are looking for not only good jobs but positions that will help them launch careers in which they can grow and prosper. But knowing what to look for and how to actually land a great job is exceptionally challenging when you're trying to get an interview, make enough money, and position yourself for advancement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good career tips book.

  • By Fabrizio on 09-07-15

Very good career tips book.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Apart from the last 2 chapters, one inspirational(about career success =~ happiness, maybe something that needs to be explained in the USA) and the other mostly an ad space, the book is a real little gem, consistently providing actionable and updated tips about all aspects of the career journey in all of its chapters.
The audiobook version has a very high quality audio and narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,763

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Michael on 04-23-17

Practically nothing is said

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

This book has maybe 1, max 2, concepts worth remembering.
Everything else is padding, scientifically inaccurate, boring, almost offensively pointless padding.
Maybe read at a young age it may have a bigger impact, maybe even a positive one, but for busy adult people any summary of the book will do.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems

  • By: Richard Ferber
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In the first major revision of his best-selling, groundbreaking classic, Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation's foremost authority on children's sleep problems, delivers safe, sound ideas for helping your child fall and stay asleep at night and perform well during the day. Incorporating new research, Dr. Ferber provides important basic information that all parents should know regarding the nature of sleep and the development of normal sleep and body rhythms throughout childhood. He discusses the causes of most sleep problems from birth to adolescence and recommends an array of proven solutions for each.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Worked!

  • By W. Scott Mills on 01-30-13

Great science-based resource for parents

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

If you, like me, would only listen to science-backed argumentations and you also are going through the emotional rollercoaster of expecting a child, I really cannot recommend this book enough.
Getting ready to tackle all sleep-related problems thanks to the expert suggestions of a sleep clinic professional is priceless, especially when as it is usual, you are surrounded by many people giving you unsolicited, trivial and unscientific advice.

This narration is just a bit too slow, but it is clear and free of any major errors.

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  • Triumph of the City

  • How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
  • By: Edward Glaeser
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

America is an urban nation. More than two thirds of us live on the three percent of land that contains our cities. Yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime ridden, expensive, environmentally unfriendly. Or are they? As Edward Glaeser proves in this myth-shattering book, cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urbanophile Brain Candy

  • By Clay Downing on 12-18-15

This is a must for all environmentalists!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

This is a book that deserves to be a staple on the shelves of all those calling themselves environmentalists, especially in the USA apparently.
I personally was born with an innate affection for the city life, but having explained in detail why living in the city is, and will be for the time being, the most logic AND "human" choice, and not by some journalist but by a scholar, is one of the great pleasures in life.
The book also opened a bunch of new ways of thinking about the city and introduced me to many new concepts.

Not recommended to hardcore NIMBYs, people who put anything, including animals, before the value of human life and welfare.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Getting Things Done

  • The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  • By: David Allen
  • Narrated by: David Allen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,803

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Productive Right Away

  • By Lisa on 02-10-08

Ruined only at the end

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Opposite to the impression of many pointing at the terms used in this book as boring, I am someone who finds business jargon more clear and concise than layman's talk in certain domains.
I still have to apply the whole system, but even reflecting on the basic principles and tools presented in the book is definitely worth the listen.
The only low point of the book is at the very end when Allen starts talking about teleology, Ying and yang, dualism and a bunch of other mumbo-jumbo that really doesn't fit with the rest of the book which I would define unique in its actionability.

Narration is clear and consistent, editing is perfect, but everything is a little slower then it could've been and monotonous, even in the few funny remarks interspersed in the book.

  • The Brain That Changes Itself

  • Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science
  • By: Norman Doidge M.D.
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472

In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading

  • By Jen on 01-12-09

A surprisingly scientific feel-good book

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

After reading other titles where the scientific studies are cherry-picked and reinterpreted by the writer to fit his intended message, I was pleasantly surprised to listen to a title where inspiring accounts and the mini-biographies all have a scientific focus.

The performance tone is a too monotonous.

  • Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making

  • By: Randall Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Randall Bartlett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

Economic forces are everywhere around you. But that doesn't mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, with these 12 fast-moving and crystal clear lectures, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for beginners, nothing you for an economist

  • By V. T. on 07-08-15

Potentially life-changing.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

I cannot say this for myself, since I am since long a fan of Freakonomics and interested in behavioral economics, but to those who are looking for something that could really change their lives for the best, this is absolutely a must.
Clear, actionable and with the right tempo and digressions.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War

  • By: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Andrew R. Wilson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art of War Boot Camp

  • By SAMA on 12-11-13

Really enlightening analysis of a classic

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

I thought no more could be said and learnt from what is one of my favorite books.
Instead this exclusively academic approach proves to be engaging and enlightening since the very beginning.
The exposition is well tempo-ed and clear.
Highly recommended!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fooled by Randomness

  • The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533

This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great information but...

  • By Ken Premo on 03-26-14

Really pointless. Flaws in the audio too.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

The book contains the badly organized thoughts of a trader who started playing with computers and only later read that what he was doing had a certain scientific relevance, rarely considered by traders like him. And he must have felt like the prophet because that's how he exposes in most of the book, introducing anonymous characters and, worst of all if you're looking for a scientific book, his own terminology for concepts that already have one.
This book is the last straw: I will never again buy books about scientific concepts that are not written by a scientist.
Regarding the audio editing, the division in chapters of the audio doesn't follow that of the book, although extremely long (almost awkward) pauses have been left between the (too many) chapters and paragraphs of the book, making the listening frustrating.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful