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  • The Business Blockchain

  • Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
  • By: William Mougayar, Vitalik Buterin
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good summary, not too much more...

  • By Ash on 25-01-17

Still don't get it

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

I was expecting to be enlightened as to why the future was already here. Unfortunately, I still don't get either how the whole thing works (and I am reasonably tech savvy), or why we need it. The author appears to be selling the 'benefits' of terrible efficiency in order to decentralise, but doesn't do a good job of why.

Narration really annoying to cap off a pretty disappointing experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Command Authority

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan’s dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Simon on 12-10-14

Excellent read

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

One of the best in the series. Linked in really well with historical events and kept going all the way to the end.

  • Team of Teams

  • New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and others
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Former general Stanley McChrystal held a key position for much of the War on Terror, as head of the Joint Special Operations Command. In Iraq he found that despite the vastly superior resources, manpower, and training of the US military, Al Qaeda had an advantage because of its structure as a loose network of small, independent cells. Those cells wreaked havoc by always staying one step ahead, sharing knowledge with each other via high-tech communications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this!

  • By Maeve on 01-11-17

Once up and running good ideas an examples

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Found this a little difficult to get into in the early chapters, but the ideas presented are more than valid and well argued. The supporting examples fit perfectly with the message and, whilst rooted in their military origins, are equally relevant to all complex projects that we find ourselves in.

  • The Hard Way

  • Jack Reacher 10
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

Late at night in a New York café army-cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher orders coffee in a cup made of foam, not china, so that he can move on at a moment’s notice.He owns nothing, carries less, has never encountered a female colleague he can’t bed, or a case he can’t solve.But now Reacher is confronted by a situation so disturbing and deceptive that the truth eludes him.Has he painted targets on the good guys’ backs?So Reacher starts over at square one. He sweats the details and works the clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Reacher

  • By Jacqueline on 13-03-11

Back to his best

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

Reviewed: 14-02-17

I think that Lee Child had got a little jaded in books 8 and 9 - the plots were telegraphed at the start, and then missed by the characters that had been built over all of the previous books to never do such a thing.

This is definitely a return to form - characters are engaging, story has plenty to it, and only a part of the end is guessable from 25% in.

Also, the annoying end of CD music has been removed from the guts of the recording - a very welcome improvement

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

Peters out a little but still good

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

Starts really well - although anyone with an engineering bent will be frustrated at the author's definition of closed loop and open loop systems. Just about keeps going to the end, but I'm not rushing to put it on again, which is a shame as the messages are worth listening to.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,997

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Dear!

  • By mollyeyre on 05-09-15

Not quite up to the earlier books

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

Not quite up to books 1 to 3, but still worth a listen. The characters are spot on compared to how they behaved earlier in the series. However, the 'draws you in' story telling isn't quite there and much less happens. However, still worth a listen

  • Call the Midlife

  • By: Chris Evans
  • Narrated by: Vassos Alexander
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

During his run into turning 50, Chris Evans is on a mission. To take stock of where he is and where he's at in order to figure out how best to get the most out of what he believes are the best years yet to come. His typically positive and upbeat journey involves 100 days of contemplation, research, focus, frustration and decision making while secretly: training for the London Marathon and bringing back his cult '90s TV show, TFI Friday.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 1st book great.. This one poor

  • By Lisa on 27-12-15

Not quite up to the earlier books

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

Not sure if it is content or delivery. However, when compared to the first autobiography audiobook, this doesn't come close.

  • The New Digital Age

  • Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business
  • By: Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92

The New Digital Age is the product of an unparalleled collaboration: full of the brilliant insights of one of Silicon Valley's great innovators - what Bill Gates was to Microsoft and Steve Jobs was to Apple, Schmidt (along with Larry Page and Sergey Brin) was to Google - and the Director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, formerly an advisor to both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Never before has the future been so vividly and transparently imagined. From

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointment

  • By Nikola on 07-05-13

Takes a long time for very few ideas

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

There are one or two common themes throughout this book, but I really struggled to remain engaged - it became more of a challenge to get to the end rather than being hungry for the next idea to come about.
For a balanced view on the future, I would go to the Economist 2050 Megachange instead

  • The Art of Being Brilliant

  • By: Andy Cope, Andy Whittaker
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

A pep talk in your pocket, this short audiobook will fill you to the brim with happiness, positivity, wellbeing and, most importantly, success! Andy Cope and Andy Whittaker are experts in the art of happiness and positive psychology and The Art of Being Brilliant is crammed full of good advice, instructive case studies, inspiring quotes, some funny stuff and important questions to make you think about your work, relationships and life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really disappointing

  • By Susan on 20-07-17

Entertaining and Informative

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

Reviewed: 31-03-14

There really can't be anything wrong with a script that includes so many references to the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy! The style of both the text and the reading is light hearted, but there is plenty of substance in there to make you think.
Would definitely recommend

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  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

Educational & Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 20-10-13

This book gives a great historic perspective on the 'events' leading up to the situation that the world presently finds itself in. As with liar's poker, it is written around characters, and designed to be entertaining (which it is), but for a simplified background on 'what went on', it is a pretty good place to start!