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Dr. N. E. Jewell

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  • Big Data in Practice

  • How 45 Successful Companies Used Big Data Analytics to Deliver Extraordinary Results
  • By: Bernard Marr
  • Narrated by: Piers Hampton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

The best-selling author of Big Data is back, this time with a unique and in-depth insight into how specific companies use big data. Big data is on the tip of everyone's tongue. Everyone understands its power and importance, but many fail to grasp the actionable steps and resources required to utilise it effectively. This book fills the knowledge gap by showing how major companies are using big data every day, from an up-close, on-the-ground perspective.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The most dissapointing read ever!

  • By AGNIESZKA on 07-09-17

Interesting case studies ‘marr’ed by terrible voice accents!

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

If you want to understand how some of tech’s biggest unicorns applied big data to their situations (back in 2013-15, at least) then it’s an interesting read.

However, the narrator’s fondness for playing with regional accents during each case study ranges from distracting to embarrassing!

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,442

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

too much retreading of Sapiens: inevitable sequel?

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

felt like a rehash from the final chapters of Sapiens without a lot to say for itself. interesting enough, but nowhere near as compelling.

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  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,651

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, geeky, a little bit silly but good fun!

  • By Stephen on 21-11-16

Sophomore Slump?

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

Reviewed: 17-09-15

Solid audio production of a less-than-interstellar follow up to Ready Player One.

A million geek, scifi and 80s references laid into a simple story that treads a little too close to the genre that it pays homage to (whereas Ready Player One felt like something more than a sum of its parts).

Certainly enjoyable and will still make me pick up future Cline novels as soon as they hit the shelves.