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  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,059

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

The truth about Grit

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

The trouble with Grit is that the popular press has ran with it and it's taken a life of its own. Deliberate Practice and Mindset feel more robust and better research.

There are some significant problems with the Grit model; it is focused on contrived domains (army boot camp; sat marks) and the research is not as statistically significant as it portrayed in the popular press (Google 'much ado about Grit' and read the meta analysis of Grit research)

Specifically there are problems with the Grit score and the author as gone on record as stating that (for example she strongly rejected using for scoring kids / school for high stakes outcomes)

Taking that into account then this an ok read

  • The Master Algorithm

  • How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
  • By: Pedro Domingos
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

Under the aegis of machine learning in our data-driven machine age, computers are programming themselves and learning about - and solving - an extraordinary range of problems, from the mundane to the most daunting. Today it is machine learning programs that enable Amazon and Netflix to predict what users will like, Apple to power Siri's ability to understand voices, and Google to pilot cars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let the Data Speak for themselves

  • By Gary on 10-16-15

Yet another book that presents machine learning as magic solution to take us nirvana.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

I welcome any book that tries to dispel the myths and break down the complexity into something that accessible...This is not that book.

Machine learning is a great idea, fire your software engineers and have an algorithm the train itself on your data to give you better results.

Unfortunately it doesn't work very well. It takes a highly trained PhD data scientist to select and tune the algorithm to achieve this magic.

Fortunately, this author has the solution. The master algorithm! Well he doesn't have the master algorithm but spends half the book arguing that it would be really great idea if someone would find it. Oh, and then he presents his ideas that kind of get some way towards that algorithm but don't quite work very well.

While there are many parts of the book that are enlightening and informative, the book is let down by grandiose posturing and over complication of the inner working of machine learning.

I really did not need another lecture on the moral guidance for how to live in a world ruled by machine learning. Let's leave that to the science-fiction writers of the 1940s and 50s who frankly did a much better job.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,941

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

I loved Ready Player One; this was fun, but felt contrived and I never quite lost myself in the story.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren

  • June B. Jones #7
  • By: Barbara Park
  • Narrated by: Lana Quintal
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The world's funniest kindergartner is on a mission! Junie B. revamps her image in hopes of snagging Lucille's boyfriend, handsome Warren. Is Junie B. Jones dressed to kill?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read

  • By Victor Barclay on 04-30-18

Not the best but...

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

The audible could be better and make the story better. It could be longer and I'm not saying I hate it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful