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Paul Hinds

Norfolk, UK
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  • Hello World

  • How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine
  • By: Hannah Fry
  • Narrated by: Hannah Fry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not-too-distant future where machines rule supreme, making important decisions - in health care, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go, even whom we send to prison. So how much should we rely on them? What kind of future do we want? Hannah Fry takes us on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. In Hello World she lifts the lid on their inner workings, demonstrates their power, exposes their limitations and examines whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very well balanced and informative view

  • By Justus on 14-09-18

Wow! What a great listen

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I was really looking forward to this book being released and I wasn’t disappointed.

I have read a lot of books already about ‘big data’, artificial intelligence and algorithms, but the difference with Dr Fry’s work is that it weaves in human stories alongside the description of the technology. Many of the examples given in the book are well established, such as Deep Blue beating Gary Kasparov at chess, but the book discusses as much about Kasparov’s emotional response to Deep Blue’s strategy as much as the algorithm behind it. This really brings home the idea that the future of this technology is as much about the human condition as it is about the technology itself.

This book has something for everyone irrespective of whether you are looking for an introduction to the subject or already have a good understanding. The narration is excellent and the book flows so easily that I ended up listening to the whole thing in one day.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Illusion

  • Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are
  • By: Julia Shaw
  • Narrated by: Siri Steinmo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Think you have a good memory? Think again. Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And yet the truth is they are far from being the accurate records of the past we like to think they are. True, we can all admit to having suffered occasional memory lapses, such as entering a room and immediately forgetting why or suddenly being unable to recall the name of someone we've met dozens of times. But what if we have the potential for more profound errors of memory?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An unpleasant listen

  • By JR on 29-06-16

Your past is an illusion

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

What did you like most about The Memory Illusion?

What a great listen! Dr Shaw presents us with a huge weight of scientific evidence to demonstrate why our cherished memories could well be a work of fiction. I particularly liked the way she goes through the various research providing both a technical but also a lay person's explanation of what it means in the context of current memory research and its implications on both the individual and society, in particular the criminal justice system.

It made me appreciate how much our memories shape who we are and how they define us and influence our decisions. There is some biology in there on how the brain works, but this is explained clearly and succinctly. The bulk of the book focuses on how our brains (and sometimes those around us) can be deceived into thinking we have a clear memory of something when it didn't happen.

I chose this book on a whim, and am glad I did so, or at least I have a memory of enjoying it.........

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory Illusion?

Hearing that 'hypnosis' in the sense that most people use it does not exist and coming to the realisation that I may not be the person I think I am!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Innovation Book

  • How to Manage Ideas and Execution for Outstanding Results
  • By: Max Mckeown
  • Narrated by: Max Mckeown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

>The Innovation Book is your roadmap to creating powerful innovations that deliver success in a competitive world. With a practical, bite-size format, Mckeown will help you tackle the really important challenges and seize the most-valuable opportunities. The Innovation Book includes 24 of the most powerful tools and models to help innovators, game changers, mavericks, and revolutionaries make new ideas useful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but dull performance

  • By Paul Hinds on 14-11-15

Great book but dull performance

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

Reviewed: 14-11-15

I love this book. I have it in hard copy and it is probably the best book on innovation around.

However I find Max's narration really irritating. He seems to be concentrating so much on pronunciation that the performance loses all emotion. It could and should be so much better for such a great book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,681

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hasn't dated a day.

  • By Steven Turner on 01-12-15

Still relevant today

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Brilliant, fantastic, sublime ..... What more can I say!

Many of the topics - Trident, unemployment, security, the Middle East etc. Still as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.

  • Revolution

  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437

Russell Brand wants YOU to join the revolution. We all know the system isn't working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there's nothing we can do - "it's just the way things are".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book, well narrated!

  • By luke2thesky on 28-05-18

Good but....

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

Reviewed: 30-12-14

What did you like most about Revolution?

I'm all for books that bring a bit of reality about the state of the world we live in and who has the power, especially when they add a bit of humour to the proceedings. This book got me thinking about why things are as they are and what my role is in making the world a fairer and more sustainable place to live in.

Russell's asides, particularly the legal footnotes, bring both humour and passion to the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Revolution?

The realisation I could be part of the solution.

Have you listened to any of Russell Brand’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Russel Brand before.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Act before it is too late

Any additional comments?

I did some research into some of the claims made in the book- particularly the claim that a group meditation in New York brought the crime rate down. Having read further this claim seems to be the result of some statistical hocus pocus and should be taken with a pinch of salt. That said, this book got me thinking which can't be a bad thing can it?

  • The Establishment

  • And How They Get Away With It
  • By: Owen Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms, and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Won't do your blood pressure any good....

  • By Colin on 11-04-17

Q. Who really runs Britain? A. It isn't you!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-14

What made the experience of listening to The Establishment the most enjoyable?

The best book I have read on who really runs Britain. I am a middle aged, white bloke with a good job and steady income but this book inspired the revolutionary in me. The realisation of so much unnecessary injustice across the UK made me both angry and now a enthusiastic campaigner for change! Having just read Russell Brand's latest (but enjoyable) book, I decided to investigate his position further by buying this audiobook. The thinking behind this work is much better expressed and it is clear that the whole book is based on a huge amount of research and interviews with leading figures across society.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Establishment?

Owen Jones' main premise is that a number of institutions, such as politicians, the media, police and big business collude to give the impression of a democracy whilst actually serving their own interests. The results are huge injustices and levels of ignorance and almost disenfranchisement of much of the population.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics or society or anyone just wanting to understand the reality behind what the politicians say or what the papers print.

I hope that, like me, you come away with a realisation that our society is unfair but that it doesn't have to be that way. Their power comes from our obedience.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any previous performances. The narration is very good although the use of accents employed during the quotes was not really necessary. That said, having tried to read the book originally in print form (and giving up after the first couple of chapters because I am not a very good reader) the narrator really brings the text to life and adds a new dimension to the text.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

The book is split into separate chapters describing each of the protagonists before coming to a final conclusion on how to tackle this establishment.

45 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,536

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By Ico on 06-10-11

Very funny and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan?

A very funny audiobook that kept me laughing throughout. Having Mr Partridge reading his own autobiography gave the book a context that I don't think we would get from reading it alone. Highly recommended.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alan Partridge - a unique character

What about Alan Partridge’s performance did you like?

Well written

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

No - needed time to take a break and relax the laughter muscles

Any additional comments?

Audio quality not as good as it could have been.