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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Carlson Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Backpacking into the Wind River Mountains on their tenth annual trip, Mack and his wife, Vonnie, find the magnificent woods and stunning mountains of Wyoming full of ghosts and danger. Mack comes from a long line of ranchers, and his dedication to keeping the family land has led him into penury and a life of crime. Vonnie is a fiercely intelligent, headstrong girl who came west for love, only to have it stolen from her bit by bit.

They've made this trip to say goodbye to each other, but as they navigate the trails they know so well, they come to understand the true nature of their wounds. And Mack has one more secret: he is trying to receive a signal and retrieve something that has fallen from the sky. It is a beacon that will lead them into a wood far darker than they've ever imagined. Ron Carlson's love for the mountains and his mastery of fiction radiate in the pages of this thrilling, fast-paced love story. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dewey | 2/20/2014

    " I wanted to like this book as I enjoy reading Silver's blog. The majority of chapters in this book are inferior rehashes of arguments and anecdotes from other authors. See Moneyball, the Information, Fortune's Formula, A Random Walk, The Theory of Poker etc. etc. The book is clearly intended to capitalize on the popularity of his 538 blog, which as John Cassidy of the New Yorker just articulated overemphasizes the use of Monte-Carlo simulations to come up with inanely precise projections of a tenth of a point of who will win the Presidential election. While heuristics and Monte-Carlo style simulations may provide details given the parameters included in the model; Silver's assumptions about the usefullness of one poll over another; and the averaging of prediction markets generally reach similar conclusions to what basic common sense would dictate. I happen to believe just as some people inevitably beat the market by looking at past historical data without actual acumen, Silver's model seems to have been successful. The self-aggrandizing by Silver of his own skill at Poker, political forecasting, sports betting etc, seems to belie his own understanding of Bayesian theory and at times reach nauseating levels. I don't care to know his own personal income from limit poker or his player tracking system used by baseball prospectus. The books dabbles in many areas and is truly compelling in none of them. While not an awful book, a curious reader would be better served by reading separate books on area's of interest including book's that offer a stronger statistical background and less "pop culture" examples. I do not recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave Groff | 2/11/2014

    " After seeing Silver a couple of times on The Daily Show, I already knew he seemed witty and extremely knowledgeable, but what I did not expect was how important I found this book. Silver has some very serious things to say about our ever-growing reliance on data and the science that accompanies it, as well as the importance of human... dare I say, wisdom... in its interpretation. I think virtually everyone who is interested in the future of applied sciences, which is to say pretty much everyone (or at least they should be) should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve Rosen | 1/31/2014

    " Brilliant. An antidote for all the bias, baloney and superstition that are ubiquitous even in so-called "educated" societies like the U.S. This antidote should be ingested by all, especially politicians! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joey | 1/22/2014

    " After hearing Nate Silver speak on some sports podcasts that I listen to I thought he seemed like an interesting guy. After he basically predicting everything in the 2012 elections I learned that he is not only interesting but also awesome. Read this book if you want to improve the way you think about everything. Yes, everything. "

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