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The Deciding Factor audiobook cover art

A Shallow Treatment

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

This book is written by two executives from the Fair Isaac Corporation, made famous by the FICO (credit) score.

While I found some of the history and story compelling, most of the book was full of descriptions of the customers they served, the goals, a very shallow explanation of what was done, and the results that were obtained. Long on self congratulations and short on explicit details of what went into the project making it successful.

If you're a serious student of business intelligence, data mining, machine learning, operations research, or other "hard science" and mathematics approaches to business operations, you'll find this disappointing.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies audiobook cover art

Rip roaring good fun...a tolerable fortune

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

Just enough zombies to turn ordinarily staid Jane Austen into a story with twists, turns, chills and thrills to keep the pages turning.

Seth Grahame-Smith does a good job of interleaving the zombie story into the original while keeping the basic interpersonal drama going.

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A mix of entertaining pieces--best for fans

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

Reviewed: 10-03-12

I hadn't read much Stephenson outside of his books, many of which I have read (the ones I haven't read make a much shorter list).

This was a good smattering of pieces (well, I anticipate it will be; I've had it in my library for four days and it's half gone already).

My only complaint is that the narrator #FAILs in geek vocab: ASCII is pronounced as-key, not a-es-see-two, and mojo is pronounced moe-joe, not moe-hoe.

You'd think the producer could pick up the phone and ask someone rather than guessing...

The good news is these miscues are rather rare in this book.

If you're a Stephenson fan and sort of know what he's about, this is a good read. If you're a die-hard Stephenson fan and you've read everything you can get your hands on, this might be worth a shot. I am happy I spent my credit on this one.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Ascent of Money audiobook cover art

Interesting history and future of money

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

Reviewed: 03-16-12

I really enjoyed this. First off, Niall Ferguson narrates and has a pleasant Scottish accent. He's energetic, and his read is a lot like hearing a well-done lecture.

The material is also timely and he ties the history of debt, leverage, and money into the things that are happening today. It's nice to know this isn't a one-off event, that it is merely an echo, perhaps a larger echo (which might not make physical sense, but you get what I mean) of past events.

I enjoyed listening to this book, and will probably listen to it again in the future. I usually pick up nuances I missed the first time around when I do that, and this is one book it would be easy to do that with.

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An Optimist's View in the Face of the Cold War

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

Reviewed: 03-16-12

A pleasant early 60's read from the science fiction wayback machine. An "Audible Frontiers" production. I'm certain they picked up the rights for a song, but they have done a good job with this story.

The main character Enoch has been the keeper of a way station where alien beings transit through on their way to interesting parts of the galaxy, and his contact with them expands his mind an ultimately provides the opportunity to connect mankind with a greater community and bring an end to war.

You sort of see where it's going by the end of the first third, but the author was very imaginative and it is an interesting, pleasant, and short enough listen to keep you occupied.

I enjoyed it, but I won't listen to it again.

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Three-year Old RAND Report You Can Find Free

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

Reviewed: 10-26-11

This is a three-year old RAND study for the Air Force describing the threat picture as it was then preparatory to standing up the 8th AF (which didn't, ultimately; what we got instead was US Cyber Command and the individual service components).

There is nothing ground breaking here, and for the price vs content, I would not recommend buying it. Instead look to the RAND site for a free PDF copy of the report and spend an hour looking it over.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Juliet, Naked audiobook cover art

Entertaining And Well Done Audiobook

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

My first Hornby was a mislabeled abridged version of High Fidelity and the abridgment made it abominable. This one is read in three voices, two male and one female, and the vocalizations are excellent.

The only thing that detracted was the mispronunciation of the word 'urinal,' which the female narrator pronounced you-righn-all (with a long 'i' in the middle).

The book is a solid read and I find the character interactions to be very well done, and indeed, the introspection that is related throughout moves the arc of the story along quite well.

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Not nearly up to date as I hoped

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-10

This was a classic of self help psychology that has now been overcome by current research methodology and advancements, and is now sadly, and unfortunately, likely never to be up-to-date again. Detracting from this is the editorializing by Dan S. Kennedy about how closely his writing style matches Dr. Maltz'. The "one voice" assertion breaks down at the first, extended mention of it. Not recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Predictioneer's Game audiobook cover art

Interesting material, missing figures

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-10

BBdM has an interesting quantitative approach to political science and this book shines in its description of using it to solve current events issues.
I am disappointed that the figures referred to in the book are not available as a .pdf download, as I have gotten from numerous other Audible books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Flags of Our Fathers audiobook cover art

Great book, subpar narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-05

Weighing in on the book, like so many others, I thought it was great.

However, CORPSMAN is pronounced like the CORPS in Marine Corps - the P and the S are silent. The narrator pronounces it inconsistently - wrong much of the time and occasionally, getting it right. Very jarring and frustrating. Cor-man. Cor-man. Cor-man. CorPS-man. Ack.

Bradley was a CORPSMAN, an honorable and distinctive rate. Honor those men by pronouncing it correctly.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful