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  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Text and Excellent Reader

  • By Olivier on 29-02-12

Eye-opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This book manages to be hilarious, sad, sympathetic, riveting and gripping all at the same time. whilst the hacking is down to the corporations just being downright stupid or ignorant, what amazes me is Kevin's persistence. and you look at the life decisions, such as working at the telephone company and then getting booted out because of the criminal record it's just so sad that this happened and he went on to do hacking so much. it's hard to understand the compulsive addiction he had - to think if he has put that energy into not being a fugitive how better that would have been for his well-being and society. yet people like Kevin started a whole regime of security firms and consultancy industries to counter his actions. his influence is immense

  • Shrink

  • The Diet for the Mind
  • By: Philippe Tahon
  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In Shrink, Philippe shares his easy programme and teaches you to eat mindfully, intuitively and positively. He encourages you to throw away the rule book and free yourself forever from emotional eating and the diet trap. In being mindful we can tell how hungry we really are. Using our intuition, we eat only what our body knows is good for us, and when. By eating positively, we no longer regard food as the enemy but make friends with it, embracing it for the pleasure and nourishment it brings. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Anonymous User on 29-12-18

Life changing if you follow the advice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

once in awhile a book comes along that you just know you will listen to again and again. this is one of those books. if you have any desire to get in touch with your body, emotions and habits read this book.

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  • When Computing Got Personal

  • A History of the Desktop Computer
  • By: Matt Nicholson
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

This is the story of how a handful of geeks and mavericks dragged the computer out of corporate back rooms and laboratories and into our living rooms and offices. It is a tale not only of extraordinary innovation and vision but also of cunning business deals, boardroom tantrums and acrimonious lawsuits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By J. Mc on 16-10-15

fantastic, however... however.

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

this is a great story which is wide-ranging. furthermore it covers everything from the invention of the computer to the personal computer in the 80s and the internet as well. however there is not that much analysis in the story it is mainly just reporting on the information. furthermore there are a few references but not that many mentions of individual articles or books, it would be good to see those mentioned. nevertheless this is a really good book and I would recommend it for anyone interested in the field. furthermore even if you have all knowledge already from reading other books I would definitely read this as the topic is so wide-ranging. however you might not like the number of times that however is mentioned. it is not just however it is furthermore, nevertheless and therefore. I do not understand how the narrator did not actually pick up on this. these could have easily been removed during the production. the delivery is a bit deadpan, like reading the news on the BBC. furthermore I think it could have done with a friendly/conversational writing style. as you can see from this review it becomes annoying having so many linking eyes. the author needs a thesaurus - or better still learn to write in an engaging way.

  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

  • The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
  • By: Jason Schreier
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes listeners on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • modern game development

  • By N A on 16-11-18

modern game development

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

a big focus on role-playing games, showing how games can end up in development hell. mainly outside forces which influence games such as the lucas arts example. first choice Lucas messing with the plot and character and then Lucas art being bought by Disney. but usually it is just a lack of actual focus on what the game will be. it seems like developers say ok let's make a game like unity but in the Star wars world. there isn't a clear idea of how the game will end up so when they realise they need to make changes a lot of the previous work gets thrown out. also having the right tools to develop their games seems very important such as the example of bungie. maybe would have like to see a little bit more of the personalities show through of the people developing the games. the most gripping examples were those with specific people who were described like the guy who did Star dew valley. that was the most gripping story of all.

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  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational, even for non-runners

  • By JAMES on 09-04-13

inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

well are you are interested in veganism , general fitness or endurance sports or just getting in shape this is a brilliant story.

  • Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?

  • Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround
  • By: Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it.

  • By Jacob on 22-03-13

brilliant history fantastic insight into technolog

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-18

great story and mixture between a biography of IBM and at the end there is a few chapters on current technology and the potential future. Definitely worth a listen. there are quite a few insights into the culture of IBM such as the personal assistants of the executives. It will be quite interesting to hear what actually happened with some of these changes, there are a lot of comments on how IBM was but not necessarily what he did practically to do it. But the philosophy behind it is timeless and worth Reading if you are at all interested in IBM, technology leadership or just business in general. Despite being a 20-year-old book it is highly relevant now still

  • Open

  • How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing
  • By: Rod Canion
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Open provides valuable lessons in leadership in times of crisis, management decision-making under the pressure of extraordinary growth, and the power of a unique, pervasive culture. Open tells the incredible story of Compaq’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to become the PC industry leader in just over a decade. Along the way, Compaq helped change the face of computing while establishing the foundation for today’s world of tablets and smart phones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • reads like a thriller

  • By N A on 26-10-18

reads like a thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-18

never a dull moment I just wanted to listen to this book all the time, the story is riveting. The narrator sounds like a robot though but it's bearable.

  • I'm Sorry, I Love You

  • A History of Professional Wrestling
  • By: Jim Smallman
  • Narrated by: Jim Smallman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

For fans of books from Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley and Jim Ross. Comedian and PROGRESS Wrestling founder Jim Smallman takes us on a wild ride through the history of pro wrestling, from its beginnings at the turn of the 20th century to the pop culture, pay-per-view juggernaut that it is today. Join Jim as he looks at the most defining and iconic moments in wrestling's history and attempts to nail down just why this ludicrous, over the top, compelling quasi sport means so much to so many people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Book of Two Halves

  • By waster196 on 12-09-18

fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

great overview of wrestling through the ages not just WWE, lots of great matches to check out and wrestlers who have not heard of. Jim must just watch wrestling all the time I don't know how he gets time to run his wrestling promotion and watch so much wrestling

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By John on 02-03-11

great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

at first I was a bit confused by the Q & A format, but this turned out to be really good. it's another enlightening book. A simple idea but profound in the concept. I've since been practicing the methods illustrating and there's really works for me to quell anxiety.

  • A Life Worth Breathing

  • A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing
  • By: Max Strom
  • Narrated by: Max Strom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

We can do more with this life. We all know it, we all wish for it, but just how to do itthat eludes us. In his new book, A Life Worth Breathing, internationally renowned yoga teacher and spiritual philosopher Max Strom shows us the way. His groundbreaking book reaches past expected dogma in a language that is vital, inspired, and accessible. Strom leads us on a journey of self-discovery as we excavate our past in order to have a better understanding of our present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Debra on 14-07-14

life-changing I know it's a bit cliche but it is

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-18

everything from ocean breathing to help you relax and the 3 minute breath. great tips to help you relax, and just be more positive. I will be taking on board the not watching the news every day because subconsciously I know it makes me feel negative. there are a lot of commonalities between this book and other books such as the 7 habits of highly effective people, these are universal principles which can help you in your life no matter who you are or what you do. Find your values, relax, be grateful, and most of all do unto your self as you would do to others. Although it is about yoga there are a lot of tips even if you don't do yoga. There are so many quotable moments in this book especially the epilogue. This book is for anyone who wants to improve themselves or get well. read it now and then read it again. And then again and then again.