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  • Life After Google

  • The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
  • By: George Gilder
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

You can say goodbye to today's Internet, New York Times best-selling author George Gilder says. Soon the current model of aggregated free content populated with "value-subtracted" advertising will die a natural deat. In Life After Google, Gilder takes listeners on a brilliant, rocketing journey into the very near-future, into an Internet with a new "bitcoin-bitgold" transaction layer that will replace spam with seamless micro-payments and provide an all-new standard for global money. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a lot of inside baseball

  • By R.J. on 09-29-18

"The blind spot of AI is that consciousness..."

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

How true, how brilliant: "The blind spot of AI is that consciousness does not emerge from thought; it is the source of it. ... inside the machine (the determinist scheme), you find cogs and gears but no cognition. The oracle programmer must be outside. How a software programmer can miss the essence of his own trade is a mystery, but Chesterton understood the myopia of the expert: The argument of the expert, that the man who is trained should be the man who is trusted, would be absolutely unanswerable if it were really true that the man who studied a thing and practiced it every day went on seeing more and more of its significance. But he does not. He goes on seeing less and less of its significance."


  • The Oligarchs

  • Wealth and Power in the New Russia
  • By: David Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 22 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

A brilliant investigative marrative: How six average Soviet men rose to the pinnacle of Russia's battered economy. David Hoffman, former Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post, sheds light onto the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men Hoffman reveals how a few players managed to take over Russia's cash-strapped economy and then divvy it up in loans-for-shares deals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supreme Chronicle of Murky Times

  • By ivan on 03-01-14

Does author w/ an unimpeachable CV sell out?

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

What disappointed you about The Oligarchs?

If you are not curious about and haven't independently researched subjects involving 911, Hussein's WMD, NSA operations, Africom, Gulf of Tonkin, Operation Northwoods....the probability is you'll love this title.

I will invest in work I feel places integrity primary, that is balanced and facts based, and claims any potential biases in advance. The Oligarchs is antithetical to these values.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mind and the Brain

  • Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
  • By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has it all

  • By Dacia on 03-27-12

Understand the casualties of scholar denialism?

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

Would you listen to The Mind and the Brain again? Why?

If you have no 'agenda', i.e. if you are open, repeated reading or listening will reveal deeper meaning, greater significance. If you think not, do it then, just to prove you are right.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mind and the Brain?

The very long human history of retarding and destroying discoveries is objectively documented by many. Evidence in fascinating detail: "The Mind and the Brain" provides an insiders experience of a scientific revolution and the human causalities perpetrated by scholar denialism. One isn't required to have formulated a 'better' model before revealing the intellectual corruption of the existing one. Humans suffer and die when the various but small 'information mafia' succeed. This work points to objective data/findings from which rational and I would add, obvious arguments are made.

Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Arthur Morey's delivery is most agreeable for me. In fact, the best I've experienced so far.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Scholars Holocaust

Any additional comments?

Do not permit any reviewer to pursuade you that this work has anything whatever to do with religion or your constructs of it. I would say, one who suggests so has (a) not read the book or (b) has made 'enemy' with what is, and conjured supporting attributes upon it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Embracing the Now

  • Finding Peace and Happiness in What Is
  • By: Gina Lake
  • Narrated by: Toni Orans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The Now - this moment - is the true source of happiness and peace and the key to living a fulfilled and meaningful life. Embracing the Now by Gina Lake is a collection of short essays about the Now that can serve as daily reminders of the deepest truths. Full of clear insight and wisdom, it explains how the mind keeps us from being in the Now, how to move into the Now and stay there, and what living from the Now is like.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By EC Knightingale on 01-27-14

Had this been submitted to me to satisfy

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

Reviewed: 03-17-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

a college level term paper requirement, I would have failed her. It is painfully repetitive, lacking innovation or fresh perspective. The material and standard could not have been any more transparent in the great body of work by Eckart Tolle. She credits him of course, then proceeds to restate his work: Quite astonishing.

Would you recommend Embracing the Now to your friends? Why or why not?

no

What aspect of Toni Orans’s performance would you have changed?

n/a

Was Embracing the Now worth the listening time?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • iWoz

  • How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way
  • By: Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,315

Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Another Apple History!

  • By Daniel Dennis on 04-08-08

With self respect, and remarkable candor and

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

Reviewed: 09-02-13

Would you listen to iWoz again? Why?

I have and I will.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Woz living Woz

Any additional comments?

With self respect, remarkable candor, and clarity, Woz shares an historical recount that is unassailable on grounds of his contributions, and his character. The path of least resistance for a person like him is to answer the passion born from his outlying engineering IQ. As this unfolds, other important skills go underdeveloped. He does not attempt to hide or distort this fact. He also does not claim he can't do it, rather he makes it very clear it's just not his thing.

I learned about the integrity and character of the story teller by his unpacking of his story vs first and second hand promotion which, obviously is effective right? He got sacrificed pretty bad on more than one occasion because well, he's got some really significant blind spots that probably would not exist if it were not for heavy duty compensation from his strengths. Amazingly, amazingly it's all good though, learning moments, keep it light, and keep moving forward, "still I had a lot of fun and I would do it again because I love this stuff" , referring to programming, concerts, and so on.

I love this guys attitude. I relate to how he thinks, deeply.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Importance of Being Extraordinary

  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Eckhart Tolle delve into everything from ancient spiritual texts to contemporary pop culture as they tackle questions we all wrestle with, such as Who am I? What is real? and What is the meaning of life? Yet even as they discuss weighty topics such as the economy and addiction, the mood remains graceful, loving, and even humorous. Through their combined wisdom and perception, Wayne and Eckhart bring you inspired lessons for an exhilarating spiritual awakening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very uplifting!

  • By Tabitha Speaight on 03-16-15

It was painful to listen to Wayne Dyer

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a. If described as a contrast of consciousness and claimed consciousness; can you perceive the dissonance? I would have been much better informed PRIOR to purchase.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Eckhart Tolle again?

Absolutely yes to Tolle. Absolutely NO to Dyer.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Eckhart Tolle ’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from The Importance of Being Extraordinary?

Dyer

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ayn Rand and the World She Made

  • By: Anne C. Heller
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Ayn Rand is the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. Through them, she built a right-wing cult following in the late 1950s and became the guiding light of Libertarianism and of White House economic policy in the 1960s and '70s. Her defenses of radical individualism and of selfishness as a "capitalist virtue" have permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Premises with Contradictions

  • By Patrick King on 12-17-11

Place no faith in another's interpretation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-11

There's no point. This was a gift of no value. Ayn Rand might say, "My work is me, the closest you'll get short of a mind meld."

Ayn Rand's work must be read directly if one wishes to know Ayn Rand. Even if an authors intention is good and true, then at best the product is the unintended consequence of second mind interpretations.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful