Product: Book - Audio CD
Title: MP3 Audio Bible by Max McLean
Publisher: Fellowship for the Performing Arts
Authors: Max McLean
This is so much more than just hearing the Bible read. Max McLean shows a passion for the word that is very moving. I delayed getting this for some time, because I'm not a particular fan of the NIV translation, but after hearing some samples I realized that the strength of performance overcomes any imprecision in translation.
The audio quality of the MP3's isn't quite as good as the audio CDs (the MP3's are 96 Kbps, 44 MHz), so if you aren't concerned about the price difference or the extra bulk, the audio CDs might be the way to go. Even so, I wouldn't say the lower sound quality is a significant distraction (just a bit of "tinny" ring from time to time), and the MP3 format is very convenient.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
Authors: Jeff Duntemann
Many people aspiring to learn assembly have been discourage by the high learning barrier of understanding the arcane aspects of language and computer architecture. I was one of them. This book helped me broke that barrier.
As the author said that he set out to write a book that "taught people how to program in assembly language as ther first experience in programming"; the book lives up to that promise.
Unlike many other books that rushes through basic concepts and dives into assembly instruction, the author has great explanations of every concepts in assembly. I especially liked the metaphors approach to describe many difficult concepts.
The NASM assembler and NASM-IDE tools included in the book is another bonus to the book. The author also has a web site to for book errata, links to other great web pages about assembly.
The author dedicated the last 100 pages of the book to Linux programming, and done a decent job at it. I agree with him that the reason he did not choose Windows was that the results from learning and programming windows applications in Assembly is not worth the time. However, I wondered if it would be better that if the author spend that last 100 pages on building something useful with assembly, like a hex editor, so that we get a better feel for the language. He could write a book on programming in assembly for Linux.
But, overall, the book is so well-written, living up to the title: Step by Step - that I didn't even feel any difficulty learning the concepts, as I did in other books.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Marty Neumeier
The few dollars and 4 hours you spend reading this book will pay you back BIG TIME by changing your whole concept of what a brand is, what makes a great brand, and how to market your brand.
If you want your business to be sucessful, buy a copy of this book for every single employee.
Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
Publisher: Crown Business
Authors: JUAN ENRIQUEZ
One would expect, given the subtitle "How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth", that this book has many revelations about Genomics. But in reality the topic covers only a few pages (after compressing the meaningless and odd typesetting to normal page format).
This is clearly an example of a book being dressed up for a market after it was written, rather than a book written for a market. The majority of the book makes a case for the importance of technology in general (as opposed to life sciences or genomics in particular). Its a well presented argument, but not what I expected to read given the title.
If you're considering buying this book, I suggest you browse it first.