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  • Uberland

  • How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work
  • By: Alex Rosenblat
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Silicon Valley technology is transforming the way we work, and Uber is leading the charge. Upending our understanding of work in the digital age, Uberland paints a future where any of us might be managed by a faceless boss. Based on award-winning technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat's experience of riding over 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees, Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Good, The Bad, and The...

  • By MC on 03-16-19

Okay book, rough narration

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The narration of this book sounded very robotic, with weirdly placed intonations. The book itself was okay. For a book with a narrow scope it could have gone into more detail, or simply been shorter. If you are super curious about Uber then it might be of interest. But if you just have a general interest in the topic, its not going to hurt you if you skip over this one.

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  • Disney U

  • How Disney University Develops the World's Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees
  • By: Doug Lipp
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

When it comes to world-class employees, few organizations rival Disney. Famous for their friendliness, knowledge, passion, and superior customer service, Disney's employees have been fueling the iconic brand's wild success for more than 50 years. How has Disney succeeded in maintaining such a powerful workforce for so many years? Why are so many corporations and executives drawn to study how Disney continues to exemplify service and leadership standards? The Disney University, founded by Van France, trains the supporting cast that helps create the world-famous Disney Magic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mechanical reading.

  • By Richie Balkissoon on 12-17-18
  • Disney U
  • How Disney University Develops the World's Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees
  • By: Doug Lipp
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen

If your not a manager, you won't like this book

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This book is basically a business book to inspire managers. It is not a good story unto itself. It name drops way more than it should. It was a struggle to even get half way through. This book is going to have a very limited appeal outside or managers.

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  • Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Digital Videos

  • Fifth Edition
  • By: Alan Rosenthal, Ned Eckhardt
  • Narrated by: 5395 MEDIA LLC
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

In a new edition of this popular guidebook, filmmakers Alan Rosenthal and Ned Eckhardt show listeners how to utilize the latest innovations in equipment, technologies, and production techniques for success in the digital, web-based world of documentary film.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must-listen to all the documentary filmmakers

  • By ALEKSANDR on 11-13-17

Not the best for beginners, and a tough listen

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This review will be short and too the point. As a book for beginners, this is not the best choice. As an audiobook, it was really tough to listen to. The narration was very dry and monotone and a real struggle to listen to, even at times where the content was interesting. In paper, or digital form, for someone with an intermediate level of knowledge in film making, this would an okay choice. In this form, I would pass.

  • Edit Better

  • Hollywood-Tested Strategies for Powerful Video Editing
  • By: Jeff Bartsch
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bartsch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Edit Better was made for video editors who consider themselves advanced hobbyists or growth-minded professionals, artists who know that the tools of editing matter far less than the knowledge of how to use those tools powerfully. This audiobook does not illuminate the workings of Avid, Final Cut, or Premiere, and is not a meditation on film editing. What it is: a provocative, wide-ranging collection of strategies and tactics for the creative application of TV and video editing, no matter your editing tools.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally an audiobook about editing video!

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 08-07-14

An audiobook on editing can work and its brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

If you are just starting to learn the art of video editing this book is a must. The focus isn't on the technical details, but rather about processes, strategies, approaches, and what to look for in shots to make your cuts smooth and seamless. The author lays out 74 rules, broken down into sections, and you will want to take notes on each and every one.

The narration was great. It was engaging and a pleasure to listen to. Of all the books I have listened to, and read, on film making in the past few months, this is one of the best.

  • Cheap Movie Tricks

  • How to Shoot a Short Film for Under $2,000
  • By: Rickey Bird
  • Narrated by: Matt Weight
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

From this audiobook, you'll learn: how planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow; everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget; tips on how to find locations and not get arrested; Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes; sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry, including puppetry; screenings, promotions, and juicy tips on film festival strategy; and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A better title might be "Cheap Horror Movie Tricks

  • By johnny renton on 06-22-18

A better title might be "Cheap Horror Movie Tricks

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

As I am learning how to be a better videography, with the plan be to film a show of my own, and doing so on a budget, I thought this book might offer some good tips and insights.

I didn't expect anything ground breaking and I knew going in that it wouldn't be fully applicable to me since what I will be making is largely unscripted. But even with those lowered expectations I was still a bit disappointed.There was some interesting tips and ideas. I wrote about a page worth of notes that I think will be useful, and some of the stories that were told were at least mildly interesting.

Overall I found the tone of the book to be a bit, well exactly the tone you would expect of a book with a VHS tape box as its cover. Its not bad, but it doesn't feel authoritative and insightful. It felt like a lot of the suggestions were genre specific, with a lot of mentions of zombie, horror and slasher flicks. If I had known a bit more about the authors background, then I might not have been so surprised by this.

I think for someone with a goal to create a short film for under $2000 then this book will be helpful. It won't be something you carry around everywhere. But it could be helpful. And in audiobook form, its ideal for commuting as its light, easy to digest, and at least gets your mind thinking about your own project, perhaps in a new light that could be useful.

If your not producing a short film, you can skip this book. If you are, there are certainly worse things you could spend your money on and it might offer just enough tips and ideas to be worthwhile.

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