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judith

judith canary wharf, United Kingdom Member Since 2009
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  • "History made science"

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    Breathtaking sweep across time and geography, flying along on the coat-tails of a theory that is so intuitively acceptable that it almost makes you say 'duh'. A society's institutions, extractive (bad) or inclusive (good) explain the wealth of the society and the health and happiness of the common man (and, if you are really lucky, woman). I hated history at school because it didn't explain: just one damn thing after another. This does, right up to the end where they use their theory to predict the future success of current societies. It explains why 'state building' (e.g. in Afgahanistan) is such a challenge. The UK (a pioneer in modern state building) got properly started on the process in 1215, brought in universal education in about 1890 and gave women the vote in 1928. Mind expanding book.

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    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
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    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    judith says: "History made science"
  • "Brilliant. DK is a genuine mind re..."

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    Who am I to say this noble laureate is brilliant, but I'll chuck in my two pennyworth anyway. Kahneman shows you how you think and how easy it is to be deluded and misled by the way your brain just happens to work. Some of the book is quite hard work, and sometimes it is a bit slow reading (laboured points), but the content is fascinating and also important. It will probably change how you think, view and live your life, which is quite something for a mere book.

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    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
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    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"
  • "Reasons to be happy"

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    Such a wonderful, positive, book. History is not just one damn thing after another; with SP as your guide you can see it as a systematic journey from us being animals to us being (more or less) civilised. Pinker is such an academic that he never gets round to throwing his hat in the air and crowing about how great it is that there are actually reasons to be optimistic and to hope (against the pounding of the 24/7 TV news) that human moral thinking is developing alongside our visible technologies. Still, he does admit that it is p o s s i b l e we are not going to hell in a hand basket, as I previously thought. Bravo Steven!

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    The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    We've all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, "What is the world coming to?" But we seldom ask, "How bad was the world in the past?" In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species' existence.

    Jeremy says: "A Magnum Opus in every sense!"
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  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Dawkins Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

    The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Jeremy says: "Sparkling with life!"
  • Unthink: And How to Harness the Power of Your Unconscious (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Paley Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    Unthink: And How to Harness the Power of Your Unconscious

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Paley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Your life is dominated by your unconscious mind: by thoughts you're unaware of and movements you don't realise you are making. Words, colours, mannerisms, and other cues you don't realise are affecting you change what you think. The confidence you have in your ability to reason and to consciously choose what to do is caused by a series of illusions that scientists are only just beginning to understand. The discovery of these illusions will change the way we see ourselves more than the discoveries of Darwin and Copernicus.

  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (






UNABRIDGED) by Randall Munroe Narrated by Wil Wheaton

    What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Randall Munroe
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
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    From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd, What If? gives hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions. How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living?

  • 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
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    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"
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  • 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
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    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"
  • How We Learn (






UNABRIDGED) by Benedict Carey Narrated by Jeff Harding

    How We Learn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Benedict Carey
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today - and how we can apply it to our own lives. From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success.

  • Outliers: The Story of Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    Dawn says: "Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback"
  • 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
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    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!"
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  • David and Goliath (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    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"
  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Wiseman Narrated by Peter Noble

    Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently 'dead' time in the dark can transform your waking life.

    Laura says: "Informative with a quirky sense of humour"
  • 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
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    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"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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!"
  • 52 Blue (






UNABRIDGED) by Leslie Jamison Narrated by Leslie Jamison

    52 Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Leslie Jamison
    • Narrated By Leslie Jamison
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    At a remote military base in the Pacific Northwest, Navy sonar technicians hear a confounding sound. It is the voice of a whale, but one that sings at a frequency - 52 hertz - never before heard by scientists, and inaudible to other members of its species. The whale seems to be alone in the Pacific Ocean, unable to communicate with its kind.

  • My Hero Is My Monster (






UNABRIDGED) by June Spears Narrated by Rebecca Lee

    My Hero Is My Monster

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By June Spears
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lee
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    Ava is only four when her life is destroyed by a "Hero" who turned into the monster in her bed every night. Each night she cries to her mother, pleading for her to stay, only for her mother to turn a blind eye. Ten years of abuse culminate in Ava's attempted suicide as her father is led away in handcuffs.

  • BBC Newshour, September 17, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, September 17, 2014

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

  • Applied Psychology for Nurses (






UNABRIDGED) by Mary F. Porter, Israel Bouseman Narrated by Bruce T. Harvey

    Applied Psychology for Nurses

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mary F. Porter, Israel Bouseman
    • Narrated By Bruce T. Harvey
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    Applied Psychology for Nurses is an insightful audiobook which specifically addresses psychology from the viewpoint of the healthcare practitioner. It focuses on the connections between mind and body with an emphasis on how these connections can be utilized to provide a patient with the best capacity to return to health and to adopt a functional state of mind which leads them to a healthy and functional mind. This is a practical audio from a medical perspective.

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  • Conspiracy Theory in America: Discovering America (






UNABRIDGED) by Lance deHaven-Smith Narrated by Bobby Dobbs

    Conspiracy Theory in America: Discovering America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lance deHaven-Smith
    • Narrated By Bobby Dobbs
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    Lance deHaven-Smith asks tough questions and connects the dots among five decades' worth of suspicious events, including the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, the attempted assassinations of George Wallace and Ronald Reagan, the crimes of Watergate, the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal, the disputed presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, the major defense failure of 9/11, and the subsequent anthrax letter attacks.

  • The New Yorker, September 22nd 2014 (Nick Paumgarten, Lizzie Widdicombe, Rivka Galchen)  by Nick Paumgarten, Lizzie Widdicombe, Rivka Galchen Narrated by Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall

    The New Yorker, September 22nd 2014 (Nick Paumgarten, Lizzie Widdicombe, Rivka Galchen)

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    • By Nick Paumgarten, Lizzie Widdicombe, Rivka Galchen
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    "The Name of the Fight", by Amy Davidson; "We Are a Camera", by Nick Paumgarten; "The Plus Side", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "An Unlikely Ballerina", by Rivka Galchen; and "What's It All About?", by Anthony Lane.