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Xstamper

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  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,805

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours that will change your world view!

  • By Max Rådelius on 24-05-18

Would rather have read than listened

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Good performance by the narrator, but the book would most probably be better if read. Otherwise, I enjoyed the tone of the book, and although much of the content is obvious, I think most of it would be relevant to most readers.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grow your mind

  • By Paul Murphy on 07-09-18

Harari repeats himself and becomes banal

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

A lot of criticism of religions and people's beliefs. Preaching for the converted, I am afraid. Many of his points are so obvious, that I caught myself doubting whether it was the same author as the two previous books. Honestly, I wouldn't bother reading/listening, had I known that the book didn't add anything new to Hahari's previous books.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narration.

  • By Chris on 20-12-16

Must read; a lot of repetition but still brilliant

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

Waited way too long reading this book. It's a must read.
Not sure about Orwell's language or the huge amount of repitition throughout the book - but the story, the development and the ending are all excellent and oh so relevant anno 2018.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,868

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Nice supplement to the HBO series

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Was I blown away? Hardly. But the Atwood's book is painfully relevant to anyone worried about the state of the World anno 2018. Great listen and the story would probably be a 5/5 if Atwood would have left out the final chapter of the book.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,785

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Fine but nothing close to his previous work

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Harari writes another book about human beings. The economic and social critique is on point, but he brings very few new perspectives to the table. Whereas I chuckled several times while listening to his 'Sapiens', I rarely got the same or even close to the same sensation while listening to 'Homo Deus'. Much of the the book is subjective conjecture, and while Harari is no doubt an intelligent, empathetic man, the book tends to drag on with endless repitition of the same two or three points. If you have credits and time to spare, give it a listen. If not, don't.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,568

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

A lot of repitition but overall a great read

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Great book that underlines the catastrophic impact that human kind has had on the planet. I loved Hararis take on the agricultural revolution; again and again, he surprises the listener with witty comparisons and new angles on old knowledge. A must-read for any serious humanist / atheist / human being.

  • The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

  • By: Michael J. Casey, Paul Vigna
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

From the authors of the fascinating The Age of Cryptocurrency, comes the definitive work on the Internet’s next big thing: the blockchain. Many of the 'legacy systems' once designed to make our lives easier and our economy more efficient are no longer up to the task; big banks have grown more entrenched, privacy exists only until the next hack, and credit card fraud has become a fact of life. However, there is a way past all this - a new kind of operating system with the potential to revolutionise our economy: the blockchain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Drones on and on and... ends on a high note though

  • By Xstamper on 26-04-18

Drones on and on and... ends on a high note though

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Luckily, this isn't a long listen. 10 hours is about 3-4 too much, perhaps just because the narrator is so hard to listen to at length. The book is fine, it's worth a listen, but I won't be coming back.

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  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,702

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Delightfully Fry

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

Whether a lover of Greek myth, Stephen Fry or just the English language, this book will be a pleasure to hear. Has it changed my world, no. Have I been thoroughly entertained throughout, absolutely.

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring

  • By MR on 17-06-17

Funny title for a book, funny guy, pretty sad book

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Would you try another book written by Eddie Izzard or narrated by Eddie Izzard?

Written by, no. Narrated by, perhaps.

What will your next listen be?

Not an autobiography, that's for sure.

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

The extra foot notes are great to start with, but in the end they just seem quirky, at best.

Could you see Believe Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

It more or less has been, has it not?

Any additional comments?

Although I know very little about the genre (autobiography), my guess is that good writers are able to give the reader something more than a resume of their life. Izzard tells one rather sad story after another. Finally, when I wondered what the point was with the whole thing, he throws in a chapter or two, wherein he tries to lift the book out of the self-indulgent zone and into the 'higher' layers of autobiography. Whether it's the (lacking) content of these last few pages, or the way too direct way in which he tries to justify his ramblings, I don't know, but the book simply seems like a sad bloke’s final stab at being relevant, of being more than a funny chap. Something Izzard doesn't need to do, since his comedy is brilliant. After his mentioning his many marathons for the 50th time, I no longer admire him, but actually pity him. That's probably the main problem with ‘Believe Me’: the book invokes pity rather than awe and where's the fun in that?

  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,684

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirl of Staff and Ideas

  • By Ricci on 22-03-18

Scare and brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

Scary data but oh so important. Great 'read', compelling from start till end. Would read again.

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