Kiln People [Audiobook]

Kiln People [Audiobook]

Kiln People [Audiobook] by David Brin
Audible Frontiers | 2012 | ASIN: B008563QPW | MP3@64 kbps | 23 hrs 27 mins | 967.37 MB

In a perilous future where disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every legal and illicit whim of their decadent masters, life is cheap. No one knows that better than Albert Morris, a brash investigator with a knack for trouble, who has sent his own duplicates into deadly peril more times than he cares to remember. But when Morris takes on a ring of bootleggers making illegal copies of a famous actress, he stumbles upon a secret so explosive it has incited open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.


Dr. Yosil Maharal, a brilliant researcher in artificial intelligence, has suddenly vanished, just as he is on the verge of a revolutionary scientific breakthrough. Maharal's daughter, Ritu, believes he has been kidnapped - or worse. Aeneas Polom, a reclusive trillionaire who appears in public only through his high-priced platinum duplicates, offers Morris unlimited resources to locate Maharal before his awesome discovery falls into the wrong hands.To uncover the truth, Morris must enter a shadowy nightmare world of ghosts and golems where nothing -and no one - is what they seem, memory itself is suspect, and the line between life and death may no longer exist.




The Practice Effect [Audiobook]

The Practice Effect [Audiobook]

The Practice Effect [Audiobook] by David Brin
Audible Frontiers | 2012 | ASIN: B008563MK6 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 16 mins | 336.17 MB

Physicist Dennis Nuel was the first human to probe the strange realms called anomaly worlds - alternate universes where the laws of science were unpredictably changed. But the world Dennis discovered seemed almost like our own - with one perplexing difference. To his astonishment, he was hailed as a wizard and found himself fighting beside a beautiful woman with strange powers against a mysterious warlord as he struggles to solve the riddle of this baffling world.




Existence [Audiobook]

Existence [Audiobook]

Existence [Audiobook] by David Brin
Audible Frontiers | 2012 | ASIN: B008COYAH0 | MP3@64 kbps | 32 hrs 30 mins | 890.8 MB

Best-selling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.


Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there's something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn't on the decades' old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth's infomesh about an "alien artifact". Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer - a message in a bottle, an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.




Kill Decision [Audiobook]

Kill Decision [Audiobook]

Kill Decision [Audiobook] by Daniel Suarez
Penguin Audio | 2012 | ASIN: B008MT9ZVG | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 06 mins | 369.89 MB

The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez's status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy - a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world's near future.


Unmanned weaponized drones already exist: they're widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, best-selling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact and the real science behind it one step further, with frightening results.


Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention.


Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power, because for thousands of years the "kill decision" during battle has remained in the hands of humans - and off-loading that responsibility to machines will bring unintended, possibly irreversible, consequences.


But as forces even McKinney and Odin don't understand begin to gather, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save humankind from destruction at the hands of our own technology.




Chasing Cool: Standing Out in Today's Cluttered Marketplace

Chasing Cool: Standing Out in Today's Cluttered Marketplace

Chasing Cool: Standing Out in Today's Cluttered Marketplace [Audiobook] by Noah Kerner (Author), Gene Pressman
Tantor Media | 2007 | ISBN: 1400104246 | MP3 VBR | 5 hrs 12 mins | 107.56 MB

Cool isn't just a state of mind, a celebrity fad, or an American obsession, it's a business. In boardrooms across America, product managers are examining vodka bottles and candy bars, tissue boxes and hamburgers, wondering, "How do we make this thing cool? How do we make this gadget into the iPod of our industry? How do we do what Nike did? How do we get what Target got? How do we infuse this product with that very desirable, nearly unattainable it factor?"


Chasing Cool includes interviews with more than 70 of today's most respected innovators, from Tom Ford and Russell Simmons to Ian Schrager and Christina Aguilera. And through this accomplished assemblage, Pressman and Kerner dig beneath the surface and reveal how emphasizing long-lasting relevance trumps a fleeting preoccupation with what's hot and what's not.


In a multidimensional, entertaining, and eminently readable book that redefines how to appeal to today's savvy consumer, Kerner and Pressman explore the lessons to be learned by America's ongoing search for the ever-changing concept of cool. Listeners will learn how to apply these lessons to their own businesses and creative projects in order to stand out in today's cluttered marketplace.


Noah Kerner began his music career as a DJ and music consultant at fourteen and has since performed with Jennifer Lopez and A Tribe Called Quest. He is now the president of Noise, a marketing firm featured on 60 Minutes. He is a graduate of Cornell University. Gene Pressman was co-CEO and creative director for Barneys New York, where he directed the merchandising and marketing effort for twenty-seven years. In 1999, he started Gene Pressman LLC, a creative consulting firm serving corporations and personalities with brand development. He is a contributing editor-at-large for Vanity Fair, Gotham, and Style.com. Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards and has earned numerous Audie nominations. He has been praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy, and children's book narrations. Named a Best Voice of 2008 and 2009, as well as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine, Johnny has earned almost twenty Golden Earphones Awards. Two of Johnny's audiobooks have been picked by AudioFile as Best Audiobook the Year, and he has won two Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards.




On The Wealth of Nations [Audiobook]

On The Wealth of Nations [Audiobook]

On The Wealth of Nations [Audiobook] by P J O'Rourke
Tantor Media | 2007 | ISBN: 1400153867 | MP3@80 kbps | 5 hrs 42 mins | 196.33 MB

As one of the first titles in Atlantic Monthly Press' "Books That Changed the World" series, America's most provocative satirist, P.J. O'Rourke, reads from Adam Smith's revolutionary The Wealth of Nations - so you don't have to.


Recognized almost instantly on its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long. The original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes, including the blockbuster 67-page "digression concerning the variations in the value of silver during the course of the last four centuries", which, O'Rourke says, "to those uninterested in the historiography of currency supply, is like reading Modern Maturity in Urdu".


Although daunting, Smith's tome is still essential to understanding such currently hot topics as outsourcing, trade imbalances, and Angelina Jolie. In this hilarious, approachable, and insightful examination of Smith and his groundbreaking work, P.J. puts his trademark wit to good use and shows us why Smith is still relevant, why what seems obvious now was once revolutionary, and why the pursuit of self-interest is so important.


Click: The Magic of Instant Connections [Audiobook]

Click: The Magic of Instant Connections [Audiobook]

Click: The Magic of Instant Connections [Audiobook] by Ori Brafman, Rom Brafman
2010 | MP3@128 kbps | 4 hrs 35 mins | 250.32 MB

There is that special moment when two people click, rather than simply meet. The Brafman brothers (Sway) draw on a variety of sources to find the facts behind instant connections. Some are common sense: "When we get cues that we're liked, we're automatically drawn to like the other person in return." Ingredients involved in clicking are categorized into "click accelerators" such as vulnerability, proximity, and similarity. The brothers examine situations such as job interviews, romantic encounters, and even hostage negotiations to reveal how physical proximity enhances the chances of relationship forming. People described as "high self-monitors" (think The Office's Andy Bernard) pick up on social cues and organically adjust their actions to manipulate the ways in which they're perceived. One interviewee who thrives on the social connections that come from traveling, says "even if it was once and you clicked with them, you have all these people sprinkled across the world. It ends up leading to a lot of wonderful opportunities that enrich your life." Psychology and sociology click into place for an engaging, eye-opening read.