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  • Rise of the Robots

  • Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • By: Martin Ford
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery and is soon to do the same for radiologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive review in robot influence

  • By henry on 15-04-2016

AI is coming

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Reviewed: 24-05-2017

An enjoyable book with some good anecdotes and trends. I particular liked the sections on the future ramifications and the proposals to address them

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Platform Revolution

  • How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy - and How to Make Them Work for You
  • By: Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Sangeet Paul Choudary
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Facebook, PayPal, Alibaba, Uber - these seemingly disparate companies have upended entire industries by harnessing a single phenomenon: the platform business model. Platform Revolution delivers the first comprehensive analysis of how platforms use technology to match producers and consumers in a multisided marketplace, unlocking hidden resources and creating new forms of value. When a company like Uber connects drivers with passengers, everybody wins - except traditional cab companies, which are scrambling to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for Entrepreneurs & visionary Leaders

  • By Firoz Wadhwania on 09-09-2018

review of current trends

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Reviewed: 24-05-2017

This book was generally interesting and primarily an analysis of recent trends and some predictions of where business may be heading.

I listened at double speed, clarity was fine and I think this helped getting through a book with such dense material.

  • The Industries of the Future

  • By: Alec Ross
  • Narrated by: Alec Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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    4 out of 5 stars 52
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what's next for the world, mapping out the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next 10 years - for businesses, governments, and the global community - and how we can navigate them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By James on 12-03-2016

Thought provoking

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Reviewed: 29-04-2017

Interesting thoughts and concepts. I found it enjoyable to listen to, but the conclusions and guidance where briefer than I expected

  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it, especially earlier on.

  • By Paul on 09-07-2016

Good balance of detail and interesting facts

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Reviewed: 26-10-2016

Very interesting book with enough detail but not so much that it becomes tedious.
I easily understood it at double speed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 209
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

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
  • Better than the movie

  • By Robert Barwick on 17-09-2018

Great characters for non fiction

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Reviewed: 08-10-2016

Really enjoyed this book, eclectic characters embellished the factual components and provide a background context and atmosphere.

Found the narration clear, could even Double speed it clearly.

  • The Art of Asking

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  • By: Amanda Palmer
  • Narrated by: Amanda Palmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
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    5 out of 5 stars 131
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter. For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just take the F'ing flower!!!

  • By Misty on 27-05-2015

very interesting memoir , more parable than guide

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Reviewed: 23-02-2016

very interesting memoir , more parable than guide. a strong character that I think you will either love or hate

  • Moonwalking with Einstein

  • The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
  • By: Joshua Foer
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer's part-memoir, part-guide on mastering your memory. Read by Mike Chamberlain. On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they’ve forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Anonymous User on 12-05-2017

Interesting and Easy to listen too

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Reviewed: 12-01-2016

very interesting topic, was legible at double speed so relatively quick. not a self improvement book, but a cheerful coverage of memory athletes