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Author: Ron Carlson Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781440718175
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Well known for his short stories, critically acclaimed author Ron Carlson has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories. Carlson has also won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the 1993 Ploughshares Cohen Prize. Here he captivates audiences with a compelling novel no listener will soon forget. 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 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 Dave | 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 Steve | 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrie | 1/17/2014

    " Dipped into a few pages and know I will enjoy this. Will be doing a lot of highlighting for future refence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/16/2014

    " Why does a good book on statistics always have too much baseball in it? I had to quit. Too depressing to think of baseball and politics as the same game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 1/5/2014

    " Silver could use a new editor. The book was about 200 pages too long, very repetitive, and I was shocked at how little I learned from it. He tells lots of stories about prediction but teaches very little about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 12/19/2013

    " Many of the concepts discussed in the book are usually covered in a collegiate level statistics course. Although, I was a bit rusty. However, Silver does apply them to unique, yet practical, situations (opposed to "Freakonomics" which I find to be silly). The writing is engaging and captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 11/20/2013

    " Good overall message, enjoyable read. Interesting ode to Bayesian statistics - it will be interesting to see if we see this line of thinking emerge more in the sciences in time to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aalap | 11/15/2013

    " Excellent book by the US's premier "forecaster" who got both the 2008 and 2012 elections nearly exactly correct. Raises some great points about statistics & forecasting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitch | 11/6/2013

    " Glad I didn't judge the book solely on the intro. Started out unpleasantly choppy but then he switched on the smooveness for the remainder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 11/4/2013

    " Very readable. Silver gives a bit of a tour de force of the art and science of prediction, covering cases where it's done well and done poorly, and considering how we can do it more effectively. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 6/22/2013

    " Not as technical as I was hoping, but still worth reading---more entertaining than educational. A basic primer to thinking probabilistically and case examples through history of that happening (or not), rather similar in style to how Malcolm Gladwell writes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne | 10/3/2012

    " Disorganized a bit too heavy for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/30/2012

    " Interesting read, but sometimes a bit dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 1/25/2012

    " Money Ball and its foundations. Statistics and how to use them, along with the pitfalls. Great, practical book for all interested in the numbers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/23/2010

    " I appreciate how Silver uses a multitude of real-life examples to explain probability and forecasting. Way too many typographic errors for a book that costs $27.95 - did this book have a proofreader? "

About the Author

Ron Carlson is the author of several story collections and novels, including The Signal and Five Skies. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, the New YorkerPlayboyGQBest American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He is the director of the writing program at the University of California at Irvine and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

About the Narrator

T. Ryder Smith is a narrator and actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. He has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.