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    • Farsighted

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern, Steven Johnson - introduction
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    There's no one-size-fits-all model for the important decisions that can alter the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. But Farsighted explains how we can approach these choices more effectively and how we can appreciate the subtle intelligence of choices that shaped our broader social history. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of Johnson

    • By Jim Haynes on 09-15-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Ghost Map

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 838
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535
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      4 out of 5 stars 534

    This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Cheryl Crane on 01-14-07

    Regular price: $24.49

    • How We Got to Now

    • Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133

    In this volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes - from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really good and interesting book

    • By CJFLA on 10-29-14

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Where Good Ideas Come From

    • The Natural History of Innovation
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Eric Singer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 803
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 547

    What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ambitious

    • By Roy on 12-08-10

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Night Stalkers

    • By: Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 692
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 510
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 509

    Here are thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit - the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world. Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A book that does justice

    • By Robert on 10-05-07

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Wonderland

    • How Play Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    This history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation has lain wherever people have been working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It will delight you

    • By T. Leach on 02-09-17

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Everything Bad Is Good for You

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    From the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Wide Open comes a groundbreaking assessment of popular culture as it's never been considered before: through the lens of intelligence. Forget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • nice to hear "the rest of the story"

    • By stacey nelson on 03-17-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Invention of Air

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 120

    Best-selling author Steven Johnson recounts - in dazzling, multidisciplinary fashion - the story of the brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers. The Invention of Air is a title of world-changing ideas wrapped around a compelling narrative, a story of genius and violence and friendship in the midst of sweeping historical change that provokes us to recast our understanding of the Founding Fathers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good scientific history

    • By Roger on 05-03-10

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Mind Wide Open

    • Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 540
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    Brilliantly exploring today's cutting edge brain research, Mind Wide Open allows readers to understand themselves and the people in their lives as never before. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works and how its systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating, fascinating... but short

    • By Chris on 02-02-05

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Farsighted

    • How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern, Steven Johnson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Plenty of books offer useful advice on how to get better at making quick-thinking, intuitive choices. But what about more consequential decisions, the ones that affect our lives for years, or centuries, to come? Our most powerful stories revolve around these kinds of decisions: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war. Full of the beautifully crafted storytelling and novel insights that Steven Johnson's fans know to expect, Farsighted draws lessons from cognitive science, social psychology, military strategy, environmental planning and great works of literature.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Steven Johnson on Trusting Your Hunches

    • By: Steven Johnson, Kristina Loring
    • Length: 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    How can you help your hunches help you? Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got To Now," has a suggestion for what to do with those pesky ideas that flit in and out of your mind. Revolutionary Insights is curated from the Computer History Museum's Revolutionaries interview series and is brought to you by Audible. This talk was originally recorded on October 21, 2015.

    Regular price: $0.99

    • How We Got to Now

    • Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Steven Johnson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Innovation starts with a problem whose solution sets in motion all kinds of unexpected discoveries. That's why you can draw a line from pendulums to punching the clock at a factory, from ice blocks to summer movie blockbusters, from clean water to computer chips. In the lively storytelling style that has made him a popular, best-selling author Steven Johnson looks at how accidental genius, brilliant mistakes, and unintended consequences shape the way we live in the modern world. 

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Future Perfect

    • The Case for Progress in a Networked Age
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Samuel Cohen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good for You, New York Times best-selling author Steven Johnson's Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Learn something new

    • By Mauricio E. Elizondo Perez on 03-12-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • How We Got to Now

    • Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson, read by George Newbern. From Steven Johnson, the best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, comes How We Got to Now, which tracks the surprising inspirations and unexpected consequences of the most influential innovations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A delight

    • By Chris J. Peters on 11-19-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Innovator's Cookbook

    • Essentials for Inventing What Is Next
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 7

    Steven Johnson, an acknowledged best-selling leader on the subject of innovation, gathers essays, interviews, and cutting-edge insights from exciting field leaders. Johnson also provides new material from Marisa Mayer of Google, Twitter's Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, and Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's former chief software architect. With additional commentary by Johnson himself, this book reveals the innovation found in a wide range of fields, including science, technology, energy, transportation, education, art, and sociology, making it vital, fresh, and fascinating reading for our time, and for the future.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not good for audio format

    • By Tony on 05-01-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Wonderland

    • How Play Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    What connects Paleolithic bone flutes to the invention of computer software? Or the Murex sea snail to the death of the great American city? How does the bag of crisps you hold in your hand help tell the story of humanity itself? In his brilliant new work on the history of innovation, international best-seller Steven Johnson argues that the pursuit of novelty and wonder has always been a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Steven Johnson on the Myths of Innovation

    • By: Steven Johnson, Kristina Loring
    • Length: 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    How is actual innovation different from the myths we make about it? Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got to Now," discusses two common misconceptions. Revolutionary Insights is curated from the Computer History Museum's Revolutionaries interview series and is brought to you by Audible. This talk was originally recorded on October 21, 2015.

    Regular price: $0.99