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  • Gut

  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225

The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have to redress the balance

  • By David J James on 13-03-16

Interesting Subject Matter

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

The subject matter covered by Gut is very interesting and very detailed. I have a new found appreciation for my Gut as well as the billions of bacterium that reside in our gut. It was quite fascinating that the composition of a gut's bacterium does correlate with the region that the person is from - i.e. their customs, interactions with their environment, eating habits etc has a direct impact of the make up of the host's gut bacterium population.

I think it is let down by the narrator though. The narration is very robotic, with long pauses between sentences.

  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

The narrative is nothing different

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

The narrator for this book is quite annoying when he quotes foreigners from a particular nation e.g. China, Japan, America, he tries to imitate say a Chinese person speaking English - it's cringe and quite frankly not sure how audible allowed this production to be released as it was.

I don't thin this book presents anything new, as the material isn't really presented in an objective manner, instead the material simply presents wheat we're used to hearing through the mainstream media - so in a nutshell nothing new.

I did find the sections on Africa and The arctic to be interesting, however the section on India and Pakistan was wholly unfair. Pakistan being portrayed as a backward and primitive place.

This book had potential, but unfortunately did not deliver.

  • Collusion

  • How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 121

A gripping exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Moscow, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. London, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect's connections with Russia. Award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of the dossier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Bargain

  • By Adam on 14-02-18

Eye opener

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

I'm thinking do I need to look at this material with a pinch of salt.

If even half of the material is found to be truthful it's quite mind boggling how Trump exploited his personal business network links in Russia to gain presidency.

  • Hold Me Tight

  • Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
  • By: Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Johnson shares her groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. The message of Hold Me Tight is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile content; Spoilt by narrator

  • By Phyllis McA on 25-07-15

Avoid. The narration is robotic

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

struggled with this title as the narration was atrocious. It was like a synthesized computer generated robotic voice.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One mans story

  • By Andy T on 04-10-18

Great overview of depression and it's causes

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

very good work that analyses the causes of depression as well as some ways to fix depression.

I would recommend this book even if you're not depressed.

  • How We Learn

  • By: Benedict Carey
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A practical primer on the latest in learning

  • By Marcus on 12-01-15

You'd have to be daring to attempt the techniques

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

We all have had times during our college/university where in preparation for exams we would stay up all night revising the night before an exam cramming our brains full of information. Whilst this tried and tested technique works in the short term, we'll find that this way of learning doesn't lend itself to retaining the information long term.

How we learn takes a look at the key learning techniques that can be employed to learn a topic and retain the information in long term memory even after say an exam. However, be prepared to be challenged, some techniques and concepts actually encourage distractions as a means to help learn a topic!

I must admit I'd have to be brave to attempt some of the techniques, but it appears the techniques are backed by science and thorough research. I'll leave you to decide whether you would employ any of the techniques to do any active learning.

The brain is simply amazing, it appears to reinforce memories sub-consciencley, during sleep and when distracted or doing other tasks. Ignorance prior to learning also seems to reinforce learning. Sounds bonkers, I know.

Definitely recommend this work

  • The Essential Chomsky

  • By: Noam Chomsky, Anthony Arnove (editor)
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 22 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his 80th birthday. For the past 40 years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating and exceptional

  • By Sab London on 10-02-16

Some of the Essays are very interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This work is collection of essays covering various areas of activism, philosophy and linguistics.

I found the essays on linguistics to be very heavy and difficult to follow, However anyone with a grounding in linguistics will probably be able to appreciate these essays.

His essays on various conflicts and current affairs are interesting.

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  • Whoops!

  • Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay
  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Iris
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In 2000, the total GDP of Earth was $36 trillion. At the start of 2007 it was $70 trillion. Today that growth has gone suddenly and sharply into decline. John Lanchester travels with a cast of characters - including reckless bankers, snoozing regulators, complacent politicians, predatory lenders, credit-drunk spendthrifts, and innocent bystanders, to understand deeply and genuinely what is happening and why we feel the way we do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegance and charm, jazzing on a well-known theme

  • By Judy Corstjens on 05-09-13

How can the financial institutes get away?

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I'm not savvy when it comes to the financial knowledge matter and how the financial crashes that came about actually occurred. This book allowed me to get a better understanding of why the financial crisis came about. I must admit I did feel very angry as to what the banks get away with and how the financial bosses get away without being challenged.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback

  • By Dawn on 20-05-10

Hard work is not the only factor for success

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I think this book is well researched. Success is not solely determined by hard work and effort. It turns out that there are a lot of peripheral factors that play a massive part in the outcome of an individual's successes. For example the date of birth can play a significant role as a factor towards success. I won't give anything away here, I'll leave you to read/listen to the book to find out.

Malcolm Galdwell does a very good job of dissecting the success of some of these outliers and provides an insight to patterns that contribute to success.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 900

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By S. Bramble on 23-12-17

Have to remind yourself that this is a true story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

You have to remind yourself that this is a true story. It comes across like a crime thriller and it is very well researched and written by the author.

The account demonstrates how if you transgress the boundaries in pursuit of fulfilling and internalising a goal whilst trying to make money - you can find yourself a criminal. Ultimately crime never pays and you'll get found out one way or another.