We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.

Non-fiction

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Jim Vaughan

Jim Vaughan Malvern, UK Member Since 2010
HELPFUL VOTES
80
ratings
REVIEWS
37
29
FOLLOWERS
FOLLOWING
48
1
  • "Well written, well read! I enjoyed ..."

    Overall

    This book really got my limbic system and ACC going. Brillantly engaging and deeply frustrating. Bruce Hood is a distinguished academic, (he's won prizes) and a fantastic communicator. "The Self Illusion"  is well written, flows seamlessly, and the author's delivery is delightful. The chapter on the www, avatars and social networking is excellent. Yet I spent much of the book shouting at my iPhone. It's not that I mind being an illusion - Allan Watts & Daniel Dennett have claimed as much - it's that it's never very clear what BH means by "the self". He freely hops between the "experiencing self", self as "personality", "self image" or our varied "personas". He rarely refers to the "self" without appending "illusion" thus implanting a paired association. Caveat emptor!

    So, yes, we may be a "bundle of perceptions", but a necessary condition is a perceiver. Yes, we may be more or less influenced by other people (depending on our temperament). Yes, we may develop personalities adapted to our environment (mirror self). Yes, we may be deluded by own self image. Yes, we may present different self images (personas) in different situations. Yes, we make sense of our experience using imperfect memories to make a story. Yes, we are not a single "homunculus", but more like a hierarchy of committees (all of whom are "me"). Yes, the preparation for any decision may begin deep in our minds, probably way down in our awareness.

    However, none of these for me indicate the self is an illusion, only that it is complex, multilayered, dynamic, adaptable, constrained & mysterious. BHs own mind/brain analogy of a web is helpful, but he misses out the obvious central point - that as the strands converge, sentience (self) emerges, then self awareness. As he states in ch1, "You are your brain", so his subtitle "Why there is no 'you' inside your head" is annoyingly contradictory. Overall however I really enjoyed disagreeing with this book. Well written, well read and much food for thought.

    More

    The Self Illusion: Why There Is No "You" Inside Your Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bruce Hood
    • Narrated By Bruce Hood
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    The Self Illusion provides a fascinating examination of how the latest science shows that our individual concept of a self is in fact an illusion. Most of us believe that we possess a self - an internal individual who resides inside our bodies, making decisions, authoring actions and possessing free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body is compelling and inescapable. But that sovereignty of the self is increasingly under threat from science as our understanding of the brain advances.

    Jim Vaughan says: "Well written, well read! I enjoyed disagreeing."
  • "Interesting, complex and sometimes ..."

    Overall

    David Deutsch is a genius. As the father of modern quantum computing, he has an exceptional mind, and I found this book full of stimulating ideas and arguments going well beyond the reach of Physics.



    His thesis, based on a synthesis of Popper, Dawkins and Hilbert, as well as his own interpretation of the Many Worlds theory of QM, is that through creativity, and the continuous search for "good explanation", we are able to shape our environment in ways no other force of nature is capable, and the reach of that ability is infinite.



    At times his arguments are really hard to follow, and I suspected he may be slipping in some slightly dubious logic. For instance, his argument against the "Anthropic Principle" explanation for the "fine tuning problem". However, his early chapters e.g. on Hilberts "Infinity Hotel" and on "fungible" universes in QM are exhilarating.



    However, as the book went on, I became increasingly irritated. Having persuaded us of the power and reach of "good explanations", he betrays these very values. In his chapter on aesthetics, he specifically rejects the explanation that we find flowers beautiful for biological reasons (e.g. bright colours as a super stimulus for a species once adapted to seek brightly coloured ripe fruits), and instead opts for an "objective beauty" explanation, which explains nothing.



    To add insult to injury he follows this by a lengthy explanation of cultural evolution based on Dawkins "meme" theory, (which itself is a poor explanation, which even Dawkins has not bothered to develop). Deutsch's conclusion that in the past creativity was used to suppress innovation is bizarre. "Dual Inheritance Theory" (which includes memes), provides a better explanation, contrasting vertical (traditional) and horizontal (progressive) modes of cultural information transmission, each of which carries benefits and dangers. His final chapters on ecology, were therefore unconvincing.



    Overall, very interesting, often complex, sometimes flawed.

    More

    The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By David Deutsch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.

    Jim Vaughan says: "Interesting, complex and sometimes flawed!"
  • "Entertaining, subversive and an exc..."

    Overall

    What a refreshing book! Funny, thoughtful, informative unorthadox and practical.



    I laughed aloud throughout the first chapter's "motivational seminar" account. This alone served as an antidote to the tyranny of "success mentality", but what I liked most was the book not only presents a viable alternative, but makes an excellent case for why the "positive thinking" approach must always fail in the end to make us happy, based as it is on denial, and constant future focus.



    Excellently narrated too by the author (which always makes for a better reading), I thoroughly recommend this book as an antidote to the whole philosophy of self improvement. This book, is instead a radical alternative - the practice of the philosophy of self acceptance.



    More

    The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Burkeman
    • Narrated By Oliver Burkeman
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (106)

    In this fascinating new book which he narrates himself, Oliver Burkeman argues that "positive thinking" and relentless optimism aren't the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem. And that there is, in fact, an alternative path to contentment and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid - uncertainty, insecurity, pessimism, and failure. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.

    Mark says: "No Antidote just another path to the truth"
  1. The Self Illusion: Why Th...
  2. The Beginning of Infinity...
  3. The Antidote: Happiness f...
  4. .

A thrilling, true story

An extraordinary space odyssey

What's Trending in Non-fiction:

  • God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. God in the Dock contains 48 essays and 12 letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications.

    Stair says: "Crystal clear logic and great insight"
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal (






UNABRIDGED) by Nick Bilton Narrated by Daniel May

    Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Bilton
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Since 2006, Twitter has grown from 100 obsessive users to more than 500 million today - over 32 million of those in the UK alone. But how did such a radical transformation happen in just five years, and what does it mean for business, politics and the internet?

    darek says: "My favorite book for quiet long time."
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (428)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Roy says: "A short Review of Nearly Everything"
  • A History of Western Philosophy (






UNABRIDGED) by Bertrand Russell Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    A History of Western Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (29)

    Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

    Yaser says: "A must for all philosophers!"
  •  
  • Sane New World: Taming the Mind (






UNABRIDGED) by Ruby Wax Narrated by Ruby Wax

    Sane New World: Taming the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ruby Wax
    • Narrated By Ruby Wax
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.

    Matthew says: "The best audiobook to date"
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow (






UNABRIDGED) by Daniel Kahneman Narrated by Patrick Egan

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (128)

    Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

    clive says: "Fascinating, but be prepared to concentrate"
  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster (






UNABRIDGED) by David Attenborough Narrated by David Attenborough

    David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Attenborough
    • Narrated By David Attenborough
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (248)

    His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

    Mark says: "Unforgettable David"
  • Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Butterworth Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jon Butterworth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle - and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

  •  
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Hadfield Narrated by Chris Hadfield

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (182)

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space.

    Ben says: "Inspiring, insightful and interesting"
  • How to Be a Woman (






UNABRIDGED) by Caitlin Moran Narrated by Caitlin Moran

    How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain.... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

    Helen says: "The best audio book so far!"
  • The Undercover Economist (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Harford Narrated by Cameron Stewart

    The Undercover Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets.

    Roy says: "Better than Feakonomics - more in depth"
  • David and Goliath (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

    James says: "Swing and a miss"
  • The New Yorker, August 4th 2014 (Nicholas Schmidle, Michelle Goldberg, Pankaj Mishra)  by Nicholas Schmidle, Michelle Goldberg, Pankaj Mishra Narrated by Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall

    The New Yorker, August 4th 2014 (Nicholas Schmidle, Michelle Goldberg, Pankaj Mishra)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Schmidle, Michelle Goldberg, Pankaj Mishra
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "Aflame", by David Remnick; "Crime Fiction", by Nicholas Schmidle; "What Is a Woman?", by Michelle Goldberg; "The Places in Between", by Pankaj Mishra; and "Big Men", by Anthony Lane.

  • Missing Wives, Missing Lives (






UNABRIDGED) by JJ Slate Narrated by Karen Roman

    Missing Wives, Missing Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By JJ Slate
    • Narrated By Karen Roman
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Missing Wives, Missing Lives focuses on 30 unique cases in which the wife has never been found and the undying efforts of her family as they continue the painful search to bring her home. The audiobook covers decades older cases, such as Jeanette Zapata, who has been missing since 1976, to more recent and widely known cases, such as Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since 2007.

  • BBC Newshour, July 30, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, July 30, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, and others
    • Narrated By BBC Newshour
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.

  • Clairvoyance for Beginners: Easy Techniques to Enhance Your Psychic Visions (






UNABRIDGED) by Alexandra Chauran Narrated by Elizabeth Cook

    Clairvoyance for Beginners: Easy Techniques to Enhance Your Psychic Visions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alexandra Chauran
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Cook
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Discover and enhance your natural clairvoyant abilities as you see the future of your love life, your financial potential, and your spiritual destiny. Even if you've never had a clairvoyant vision, Alexandra Chauran reveals each step necessary to move from clairvoyant beginner to visionary expert. First you'll learn how to get started and see visions with your eyes closed. Then you'll discover how to experience clairvoyance with your eyes open and use your new-found talents to help yourself and others.

  •  
  • Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine (






UNABRIDGED) by Maximillian Potter Narrated by Donald Corren

    Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maximillian Potter
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison - a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder - unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France.

  • An Open Letter to All Regarding Donald Sterling (






UNABRIDGED) by Bryant T. Jordan Narrated by Bob Angel

    An Open Letter to All Regarding Donald Sterling

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bryant T. Jordan
    • Narrated By Bob Angel
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Simply put, An Open Letter to ALL Regarding Donald Sterling is a 112 page must-read, thought-provoking audiobook, and one that should inspire a great deal of debate! Author Bryant T. Jordan examines and breaks down, not only the exact words of Donald Sterling as recorded by V. Stiviano in the infamous TMZ and Deadspin recordings, but those of NBA celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, and Isiah Thomas.

  • Living the Spiritual Principles of Health and Well-Being (






UNABRIDGED) by John-Roger, DSS, Paul Kaye, DSS Narrated by Paul Kaye

    Living the Spiritual Principles of Health and Well-Being

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John-Roger, DSS, Paul Kaye, DSS
    • Narrated By Paul Kaye
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    By exploring the concepts of health and disease from the inside out and breaking down the process into simple precepts that can be implemented at no cost, this guide presents techniques and practices that develop a greater awareness of the factors that impact health. An analysis of eight spiritual principles that serve as a basis for healthy living are followed by useful information regarding stress, fasting, stretching, breathing, laughter, acid and alkali balance, and the effect of sugar on the body.

  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25): Change Your Developing Mind for Real-World Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Jesse Payne Narrated by Jesse Payne

    Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25): Change Your Developing Mind for Real-World Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jesse Payne
    • Narrated By Jesse Payne
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25) is based on Dr. Jesse Payne's and Daniel Amen's work together with young people and parents and educators who work with young people. It is an owner's manual specifically written for the developing brain, packed with interesting information, relatable stories and easy-to-follow brain prescriptions and enhancement strategies. Its step-by-step instructions are tailored to optimize brain power while minimizing brain interference.

  •  
  • Temptations of Power: Islamists & Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East (






UNABRIDGED) by Shadi Hamid Narrated by Peter Ganim

    Temptations of Power: Islamists & Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Shadi Hamid
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In 1989, Francis Fukuyama famously announced the "end of history." The Berlin Wall had fallen; liberal democracy had won out. But what of illiberal democracy - the idea that popular majorities, working through the democratic process, might reject gender equality, religious freedoms, and other norms that Western democracies take for granted? Nowhere have such considerations become more relevant than in the Middle East, where the uprisings of 2011 swept the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups to power.

  • BBC Newshour, July 29, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, July 29, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (48 mins)
    • By Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, and others
    • Narrated By BBC Newshour
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.

  • On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Huler Narrated by Bronson Pinchot

    On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Huler
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In our daily lives, we're surrounded by wires, pipes, utility poles, cell phone towers, and myriad other infrastructure that facilitates almost everything we do. Even though these systems are essential, when was the last time you gave them much thought? In On the Grid, Scott Huler sets out to understand all of the systems that shape our society - from transportation, water, and garbage to the Internet coming through our cable lines.