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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

What great sci-if should be: original, gripping and well written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I loved this book. It is great to read a book that does not feel formulaic, derivative and generic. Children in time is the exact opposite of these things. The themes are topical (The dangers of unchecked AI, climate change, future of humanity), but, presented in a way that is truly engaging and thought provoking. Can’t wait for another in the series and read more from the same author.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,887

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing - maybe

  • By Richard C. on 10-12-18

Exceptional book... original and thought provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-18

So many books of this type can be a bit light, they can be built around one or two ideas. This is not the case with this one. Peterson is on a different level, his authenticity, original insights and forthright manner elevate this book to the point of being exceptional. He is no prisoner to group think or moronic fads, his points are clear, he is very exact in the way he communicates. The aforementioned make this a book one of the best I have read in a long time and set it in a class of its own with this genre. Highly recommend, not for the closed minded.

202 of 253 people found this review helpful

  • Pitch Anything

  • An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal
  • By: Oren Klaff
  • Narrated by: Oren Klaff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million - and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas. According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn’t an art - it’s a simple science.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Limited relevance outside of US finance

  • By H. B. Warren on 13-04-15

Tremendously insightful and useful

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

While business books can often feel “samey” or like one idea is massaged out over 200 pages, this is not one of them. The insights are original and clever, they have high utility value and are useful on differnet levels. As someone who pitches business deals myself, I loved the examples and the fact that Oren is not some sort of “armchair general”, he walks the walk and talks the talk. Pitching is not making a speech or telling a story, it is much more than that. This book should be read and reread by anyone who needs to pitch a product or service. The audio version was all the more engaging because the author himself was the reader. Given the multi leveled nature of some of the concepts I also made use of the free material available on the website.

  • Napoleon the Great

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just 20 years, from October 1795, when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'état, he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the revolution had descended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive and engaging book

  • By Garym213 on 27-12-16

Comprehensive and engaging book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-16

What made the experience of listening to Napoleon the Great the most enjoyable?

I loved the pace, subtle humour and attention to detail. Writing a book on one of the greatest leaders in world history was an ambitious undertaking. Heartily recommend.

What did you like best about this story?

The story of humble beginnings and the notion of someone with profound ability meeting opportunity. Also, while the greatness of Napoleon shines through, so does his humanity.

What does Stephen Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He has managed to condense so much about the life of Napoleon, yet, brings a large degree of context which helps give perspective to why he is rightly called "Great".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it is a meaty book.

Any additional comments?

Great book, thoroughly enjoyed listening to it being read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful