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  • Rise of the Robots

  • Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • By: Martin Ford
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,446

In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and is soon to do the same for radiologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content and this mechanization IS coming!

  • By Mike on 06-30-15

What a tour de force !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-16

Takes on all the objections while entertainingly stating his case for automation raising unemployment to society changing levels.

  • The Secret Pilgrim

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carre seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom. The man called Ned speaks to us. All his adult life he has been in British Intelligence - the Circus - a loyal, shrewd, wily officer of the Cold War....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic That Only Gets Better

  • By Leonard on 01-05-13

Best listen in the past ten years !

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

This Cold Warrior was mesmerized by the tales of moral ambiguity ; especially the stand alone short stories in Parts 8 and Ten.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abundance

  • The Future Is Better Than You Think
  • By: Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope with Confidence

  • By Dan on 07-25-12

Remarkable, hopeful, scientific, logical approach

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-16

to getting out if the mess that 9 Billion humans impose on this tiny blue speck.

  • Turning Points in American History

  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

These 48 lectures are your chance to relive the most groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States. They offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this lecture series is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Informative, Entertaining!

  • By Quaker on 04-01-15

Great insights into critical events

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Felt like a seminar with a wise , low key leader. Helped me let go of some of my predujices and preconceptions. Optimistic rather than fateful view of events.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Name of Security

  • Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • By: Peter Goodchild
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce, Amy Pietz, John de Lancie, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In the Name of Security re-opens three famous spy cases that rocked America between 1948 and 1954: Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. Each hour-long program combines dramatic re-enactments based on original trial transcripts, archival material, new evidence, the latest assessments of American historians and scientists, and the commentaries of relatives and friends of the accused.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful history lesson, told with verve

  • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 08-11-11

Whitewash of misguided Communist sympathizers

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Alger Hiss perjured himself. The Rosenbergs betrayed America. Oppenheimer became a security risk. But this portrayal halos their roles.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Spy Among Friends

  • Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a spy novel

  • By Kate M. on 08-15-14

The Truth is more remarkable than fiction.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-15

having lived through this period , having savored Cold War spy novels and being a devout anti-Communist, this was Nirvana.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ivanhoe

  • By: Sir Walter Scott
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Prince John has assembled a collection of avaricious nobles to take control of England while Richard the Lionhearted is imprisoned in Austria. This threatens to bring the country to civil war between the Norman nobles and the conquered Saxons. Standing above it all is Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a disinherited Saxon knight who has fought in the Holy Land. Now returned, he wishes to wed the fair Rowena, the highborn Saxon noble, in spite of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite!!!!!!!

  • By Billy Canterberry on 09-21-18

Tally Ho !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Bravo. Heavy in the antisemitism but resolved at the end. An abridgement skipping. 90 % of the derision of Issac of York would be preferable.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,869

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

More egotistical than I recalled .

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Spent more time discussing safecracking than optimal. The excellent part about picking up women may have inspired the bar scene in the movie " A Beautiful Mind "

  • Exodus

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies - the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus - one of the great best-selling novels of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of ALL Time

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 08-22-12

Gripping account of the establishment of Isreal

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-15

While told from the Jewish perspective it does not ignore the moral ambiguities surrounding violence, death and the tragedy of Arabs losing their farms and villages. I am considering reading an abridged version.

  • Secrets of Selling

  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701

How to gain the attention you need to succeed in any economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By JPM on 01-08-15

Wrooom , Vroom ; gentlemen start your motors !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-15

The first rule of selling is to agree. Buyer says ; I want to buy from someone taller. Grant responds ; " I know." Buyer asks; " How did you know ? " Grant replies ; "I have been doing this for years...... Lie down. "
Five time during the presentation ask ;" Do you know enough to make your decision ? "