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judith

judith canary wharf, United Kingdom Member Since 2009
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  • "A rising star"

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    Tim Harford gets better and better, now with a whole thoughtful book exploring the concept of evolution as applied to markets and other complex systems. He is really becoming the UK's Paul Krugman with his colourful analogies that bring to life economic concepts for the lay person - Coco bonds as airbags and 'economic Bulldogs' for the unintended consequences of well intended policy. So why only four stars? Well, most unfortunately, Tim (who, as we all know, is himself a highly competent presenter, well able to read his own book) delegated this task to some actor who decided to deliver various lengthily quoted passages in the supposedly appropriate accent. So Adam Smith appears with a rich scottish burr, and various Americans with a transatlantic drawl. This is irritating and unnecessary (and probably inaccurate) but tolerable. It becomes unbearable when we have third world economists such as Muhammad Yunus (founder of the Grameen bank). The narrator can't actually face the horror of putting on a faux-Bengali accent so he does a sort of 'humble peasant voice' instead. Made me squirm. Tim - read your own books - please.

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    Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

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    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Everything we know about solving the world's problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world's most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

    judith says: "A rising star"
  • "Could have been even better"

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    This is a great subject - why we should be optimistic about the future, after all, the human race has not done too badly so far, from hot baths to antibiotics - and there is much to enjoy in this book. I was particularly amused by the section that reviewed calamities that never happened (e.g. acid rain, Y2 bug, Malthusian starvation). There is also a serious and thoughtful message about eco-friendliness and 'green' politics: technology and going forward may be a better solution than trying to put the clock back to an idyllic rural past that never really did or can exist. Green policies, driven by emotions, can lead to mistakes and errors (e.g. the disaster of bio-fuels and the folly of wind farms). However, I also found the book rambled a bit and would be improved by a good edit. Also, some of the material seemed a bit derivative – but it was possibly just out of date, since the book was written in 2008. I have read several books in recent years - Pinker's 'Better Angels' and 'Why Nations Fail' that cover many of Ridley's points, but a do a better job.

    Narration: Awful! Matt Ridley mentions in the book that he 'grew up in London in the 1970s' He does not, therefore, have a grating American accent. I could not get over this contradiction. I like it when the author reads - Tony Blair, George Bush, Sarah Palin, Christopher Hitchens - but if you don't have the skills to do that then get somebody who sounds like the author would. Am I bigoted to want that?

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    Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

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    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
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    Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than six billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors. Yet, bizarrely, however much things improve from the way they were before, people still cling to the belief that the future will be nothing but disastrous.

    judith says: "Could have been even better"
  • "Gadfly-Gladwell"

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    Mr Gladwell has collected an interesting set of anecdotes loosely connected to short time spans and pulls them together without much logic or structure and with many internal contradictions. Sometimes experts are people who have analysed their topic (e.g. food) so that they have access to their sub-conscious whereas non-experts flounder around with holistic impressions, sometimes experts have such finely tuned intuitions that they can instantly say that, for example, a statue is fake, but they have no access to the (highly trained) sub-conscious that tells them this. Ignore pedants like me, Mr Gladwell's amiable muddle-through will provide entertainment and food for thought (especially about prejudice) for any reader.

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    Blink

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    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

    Jane says: "Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"
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A Peek at Mrs's Bookshelf

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  • Mere Christianity

    "Help to understand"

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    Where does Mere Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As it is only my second book and the other was not good, this is the best I have heard.


    Any additional comments?

    This book helps Christians and non Christians to really look into why it makes sense to believe in God.The writer goes into real life things that can be used as proof of God. Great writing and delivered very well.

Peter

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  • "Optimism makes sense"

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    A book that will challenge and change your attitudes and opinions. Refreshing, forthright, and above all encouraging. All politicians should read it, but they won't dare to espouse it. Most people are 'part smart' and this book goes to the heart of so many issues. It takes a positive view of the world and the future, and is an antidote to the relentless pessimism we are being fed most of the time.

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    Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

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    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
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    Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than six billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors. Yet, bizarrely, however much things improve from the way they were before, people still cling to the belief that the future will be nothing but disastrous.

    judith says: "Could have been even better"

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    Round Ireland with a Fridge (






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UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Geoffrey Howard

    Mere Christianity

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    Kenneth says: "Superb - listened twice."
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UNABRIDGED) by Martin Sixsmith Narrated by John Curless

    Philomena

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    Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

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UNABRIDGED) by John Ahern Narrated by Michael Veitch

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    L'arte di vivere

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    Italo Svevo - vita e opere: Ripassa con il Prof!

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    "Ascoltando... s'impara! Anche la letteratura, con il Prof! In questo audiobook, che fa parte della collana dedicata alla letteratura italiana, esploreremo il mondo di Italo Svevo. Il Prof. vi racconta Italo Svevo e i suoi romanzi più significativi: La coscienza di Zeno, Senilità, Una vita. Poi esplora anche le sue opere più o meno celebri, e vi parla della vita del grande scrittore italiano, della sua sfida creativa instancabile, proposta con un linguaggio conquistato a fatica, e pensato per essere compreso da tutti gli italiani.

  • Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten - How One Boy Overcame the Odds (






UNABRIDGED) by Cathy Glass Narrated by Denica Fairman

    Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten - How One Boy Overcame the Odds

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    From the author of Number One bestseller Damaged comes the poignant and shocking memoir of Cathy's recent relationship with Tayo, a young boy she fosters whose good behaviour and polite manners hide a terrible past. Tayo arrives at Cathy's with only the clothes he stands up in. He has been brought to her by the police, but he is calm, polite, and very well spoken, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. The social worker gives Cathy the forms which should contain Tayo's history, but apart from his name and age, it is blank.

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  • A User's Guide to the Millennium (






UNABRIDGED) by J. G. Ballard Narrated by Sean Barrett

    A User's Guide to the Millennium

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    • By J. G. Ballard
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    A collection of the author's articles and reviews, giving an insight into some of the most important literary, artistic, and scientific movements and events of the last 30 years.

  • A Very Private Diary: A Nurse in Wartime (






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    A Very Private Diary: A Nurse in Wartime

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    'The real war started for me today.' So begins the diary of 18-year-old Mary Mulry, a young Irish nurse, newly arrived in London in 1940. Over the next seven years she witnesses many of the pivotal events of the war at first hand. In London during the Blitz she sees a young woman die after a botched abortion, narrowly escapes from the bombing of the Alexandra Hotel, and nurses critically ill children during bombing raids in Woolwich. In Normandy in 1944, arriving on the heels of the D-Day invasion, she nurses Allied soldiers and German prisoners of war.

  • The Trigger (






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    The Trigger

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    On a summer morning in Sarajevo a hundred years ago, a teenage assassin fired not just the opening shots of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history. By killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Gavrilo Princip triggered conflict that would claim millions of lives in battle, and turmoil that would change our world. Tim Butcher uncovers the unreported details of Princip's life and draws on his own experience.