• Big Data

  • Does Size Matter?
  • By: Timandra Harkness
  • Narrated by: Timandra Harkness
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-02-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (8 ratings)

Regular price: $20.24

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Publisher's Summary

Big data knows where you've been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you'll buy, where you'll be the victim of crime and when you'll have a heart attack. Big data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims.
But how well do you know big data? You've probably seen the phrase in newspaper headlines, at work in a marketing meeting, or on a fitness-tracking gadget. But can you understand it without being a Silicon Valley nerd who writes computer programs for fun? Yes. Yes, you can.
Timandra Harkness writes comedy, not computer code. The only programmes she makes are on the radio. Starting with the basics - what is data? And what makes it big? - Timandra takes you on a whirlwind tour of how people are using big data today: from science to smart cities, business to politics, self-quantification to the Internet of Things. Finally, she asks the big questions about where it's taking us: is it too big for its boots, or does it think too small? Are you a data point or a human being? Will this book be full of rhetorical questions?
No. It also contains puns, asides, unlikely stories, engaging people, inspiring feats and thought-provoking dilemmas, leaving you armed and ready to decide what you think about one of the decade's big ideas: big data.
©2016 Timandra Harkness (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By shlubby on 10-19-17

The best narration I've heard so far!

Extremely well read.

I wasn't sure about the first couple of chapters but it's great after that.

A bit more technical stuff would have been good for me. e.g. on how computers are able to identify patterns/links in big data

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1 out of 5 stars
By Red Fred on 06-05-17

disappointing

Would you try another book written by Timandra Harkness or narrated by Timandra Harkness?

I bought this book hoping that I would learn something. I've managed to listen to about three hours but haven't learned anything. This book is incredibly basic and I found the author/narrator quite annoying - not funny and takes ages to get to the point. I'm going to have to return this one as I can't stand it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Timandra Harkness again?

no

What didn’t you like about Timandra Harkness’s performance?

I think she was trying to be funny - but I didn't find her funny at all.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Big Data?

Most of it. Just get to the point.

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