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Chaos Monkeys
    Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
    
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        Antonio Garcia Martinez
    
    


    
    
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        Dan John Miller
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
    2,511 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Chaos Monkeys

  • Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
  • By: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This.

  • By John J. on 05-21-17

Verbose Description of Sexual Life and Birth

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Why this bullsh*t in the story. Filler? No one cares about the author's personal life!

  • The Professor Is In

  • The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD into a Job
  • By: Karen Kelsky
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Each year tens of thousands of students will, after years of hard work and enormous amounts of money, earn their PhDs. And each year only a small percentage of them will land jobs that justify and reward their investments. For every comfortably tenured professor or well-paid former academic, there are countless underpaid and overworked adjuncts and many more who simply give up in frustration. Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help job seekers join the select few who get the most out of their PhDs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen early

  • By Mallory Whiteduck on 04-13-18

Mostly useless and potentially harmful

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

The book appears to be as much about the author's own validation of their career path, as it is a guide for others. Much of the content could be removed for a clearer statement of the potentially required procedures to land a job as a tenure track faculty member. While the discussion of the plight of the adjunct is useful for those in that situation (more as a coping strategy), statements about the academic order as a "white male" construct, are both irrelevant and sexist. Depending on who you are, the book may be seen as a service or disservice. The author also places many steps of the job hunting process prematurely, as it is not realistic to be adjuncting before one defends. This, however, is more excusable because of the trend of one upmanship in the current overcompetitive climate of the academic job market. it would have been better to rebuff that approach than to opine at length for a good twenty percent of the book in order to persuade some to simply stop pursuing a tenure track position entirely.

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