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  • Advent of the Algorithm

  • The Idea that Rules the World
  • By: David Berlinski
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Simply put, an algorithm is a set of instructions-it's the code that makes computers run. A basic idea that proved elusive for hundreds of years and bent the minds of the greatest thinkers in the world, the algorithm is what made the modern world possible. Without the algorithm, there would have been no computer, no Internet, no virtual reality, no e-mail, or any other technological advance that we rely on every day.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Self indulgent, slow and hackneyed info-tainment.

  • By Charle on 04-10-15

Self indulgent, slow and hackneyed info-tainment.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Any additional comments?

Because Berlininsky can't be troubled to come up with original metaphors from one book to another, I feel no reservation at all to copy and paiste this review from another book of his. They seem to fit all of his works very well

As if David Berlinski hid 6 pages of information at random intervals within a thesaurus, "The advent of the algorithm" closely resembles a sophomore's expository writing assignment that desperately pads his under researched book with monotone landscapes and irrelevant details, in what only can be described as a half hearted attempt to fill the required number of pages.

Every chapter is a tedious forest of recycled clichés and tired metaphors lifted directly from his other books. Lacking all restraint, he launches himself shamelessly into excruciatingly long accounts of the furniture, the shape and size of professor's heads, the bridges in Prague, the gestures and emotions of people not present to hear his arguments, and the smells that may or may not have filled the rooms of various historical figures. "They shine like diamonds on a jeweler's black velvet cloth" to quote Berlinski from both "A Tour of Calculus" and "The Advent of the Algorithm"

I blame both the author and the editor for this extravagant waist of print space and my time.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A Tour of the Calculus

  • By: David Berlinski
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Were it not for the calculus, mathematicians would have no way to describe the acceleration of a motorcycle or the effect of gravity on thrown balls and distant planets, or to prove that a man could cross a room and eventually touch the opposite wall. Just how calculus makes these things possible and in doing so finds a correspondence between real numbers and the real world is the subject of this dazzling book by a writer of extraordinary clarity and stylistic brio.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Top Poet among Mathemeticians

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-27-14

Ponderous, Meandering and Verbose.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

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

A book that covered the topic of Calculus.

Any additional comments?

As if David Berlinski hid 6 pages of information at random intervals within a thesaurus, "a tour of calculus" closely resembles a sophomore's expository writing assignment that desperately pads his under researched book with monotone landscapes and irrelevant details, in what only can be described as a half hearted attempt to fill the required number of pages.

Every chapter is a tedious forest of recycled clichés and tired metaphors lifted directly from his other books. Lacking all restraint, he launches himself shamelessly into excruciatingly long accounts of the furniture, the shape and size of professor's heads, the bridges in Prague, the gestures and emotions of people not present to hear his arguments, and the smells that may or may not have filled the rooms of various historical figures. "They shine like diamonds on a jeweler's black velvet cloth" to quote Berlinski from both "A Tour of Calculus" and "The Advent of the Algorithm"

I blame both the author and the editor for this extravagant waist of print space and my time.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Demonology

  • An Overview
  • By: Marilynn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Torry Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Demonology presents information from ancient sacred texts about the most significant demons and the manner in which to combat their various forms of attack. If you want to protect yourself from the infernal spirits, demonology will give you a framework from which to begin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Infernal Research Notes

  • By Troy on 02-13-15

A little less than an intro class

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

Reviewed: 11-10-14

What disappointed you about Demonology?

It lacked cross cultural perspective. Demons are a global phenomenon, but this is more a Catholic bibliography than theological or anthropological study.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nate Silver's signal and the noise.

What aspect of Torry Clark’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator mispronounced several words.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

More data than information, it was akin to a freshman paper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,091
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,021

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

A clash of kinks: complication to no end

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

Reviewed: 12-24-13

What would have made A Clash of Kings better?

A plot that actually leads the reader somewhere.

Has A Clash of Kings turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which scene was your favorite?

Valar morghulis. Mysterious now, but when you learn what it means you'll wunder why you fell for such an obviuos ploy to keep you buying books.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger. Martin is a sadist, making you love someone, torturing them, then making them disappear or die.

Any additional comments?

O.K., so you ignored my warning about this series of cheap hooks, cliff hangers and gimmicks designed to keep you reading until the end of time. This is the high watermark of the series, in that you have invested yourself in characters you like and there aren't more developed plots than you can follow. You are being set up. Everyone and everything you love will be taken away and replaced by excruciating blather about court gossip, clothes and historical trivia in this alternate reality. Martin is a cheat. No plot line will pay off and it will only leave you frustrated.

See the south park parody of Martin; it is spot on.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,557
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,476

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

This song keeps Dragon on and on.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Teenagers interested in rough trade porn.

Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

the voices change in book 3. You'd think Roy Dotrice would have thought to review his notes before he made everyone scottish.

What character would you cut from A Game of Thrones?

George R. R. Martin

Any additional comments?

I felt abused!

Cheap gimmicks, cliff hangers and hooks that never, ever payoff; I quit reading in the fifth book with 8 plot lines, 2doz. main characters, maybe 3x as many minor characters & no hope of tying up all the loose ends short of an asteroid strike. Whenever something interesting develops, Martin abandons it for 50 chapters or jumps to action on another continent.

Meandering, tedious and lacking any unity, these books are 4000 pages dedicated to horney teenagers interested in the rough trade porn that happens every 5th chapter where a woman is stripped, beaten, humiliated and/or raped in excruciatingly lurid detail. Aside from misogyny, Martin also has a pathological fascination with purilance, crusty wounds, feces and bodily fluids of all types. AND STILL NO DRAGONS! I felt sick when I heard two additional books are in the works, each with an estimated 1800 pages. Do not attempt these books without plenty of hand sanitizer.

DO NOT EVEN START THESE BOOKS. GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!

PS South Park, Black Friday episode is an accurate portrayal of Martin.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea

  • Why the Greeks Matter
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Best selling history writer Thomas Cahill continues his series on the roots of Western civilization with this volume about the contributions of ancient Greece to the development of contemporary culture. Tracing the origin of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European horsemen into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, he follows their progress into the creation of the Greek city-states, the refinement of their machinery of war, and the flowering of intellectual and artistic culture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this Audiobook; a good model

  • By Mike on 04-13-04

If Homer and Olive Oil make you think of cartoons

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-04

....then this is probably not the book for you.

But for the serious student of any of the liberal arts( philosophy, politics, history, literature, sociology, fine arts, ect.) this is a must read. Another of his series of histories, Cahill has an encyclopedic grasp of the evolution of modern western society. Lively and at times risque, he gives a persuasive arguement for the study of the classics.

It's a good read.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful