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  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed the World
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved, Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy. In this breathtaking new audiobook, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writer finds a great topic

  • By Judy Corstjens on 24-12-16

Good

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Reviewed: 17-10-18

Good book for everyone who wants to read about the history of the friendship of Daniel Kahnemann and Amos Tversky.

The book also recaps their theories, mostly discussed in Kahnemann's Thinking Fast and slow.

  • Life on Earth

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 30
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    5 out of 5 stars 27
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    5 out of 5 stars 27

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book’s first publication, David Attenborough has revisited Life on Earth, completely updating and adding to the original text, taking account of modern scientific discoveries from around the globe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Alec Davis on 05-10-18

Amazing book

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Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is an amazing book from one of the most revered author and educator the world has ever grown.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,426
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    5 out of 5 stars 5,092
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,070

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Every one must listen

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Reviewed: 26-09-18

The classical detective story, Sherlock Holmes combined with the classy reading by Stephen Fry, makes for an irresponsible listening experience.

Stephen brings to life every accent and situation, adding to the the listening experience acting and drama.

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  • The Ultimate Question 2.0 (Revised and Expanded Edition)

  • How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World
  • By: Fred Reichheld, Rob Markey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4 out of 5 stars 18
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In the first edition of this landmark book, business loyalty guru Fred Reichheld revealed the question most critical to your company’s future: “Would you recommend us to a friend?” By asking customers this question, you identify detractors, who sully your firm’s reputation and readily switch to competitors, and promoters, who generate good profits and true, sustainable growth.You also generate a vital metric: your Net Promoter Score.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ensure you keep your good customers!

  • By James on 10-03-12

Read it today... It's never too late

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Reviewed: 24-08-18

Review for the ultimate question 2.0 audio book.

The customer, if treated in the right way not buys your products and comes back for more, but it reduces your marketing costs, legal costs and general administration cost of running your business.

Treat the customer wrong and you may just about survive and if you do your organisation will become a toxic space for your employees and customers alike.

I was sorry not to have read it when it first came out. It's better late than ever. Listen to it today.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Appendix missing

  • By Mark Pack on 22-07-12

Make new habits

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Reviewed: 22-08-18

What a book. What a source of knowledge. A must read for everyone. Perhaps one can teach one's children from young age to build their good habits.

  • The Book of Why

  • The New Science of Cause and Effect
  • By: Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

"Correlation does not imply causation". This mantra has been invoked by scientists for decades and has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed causality - the study of cause and effect - on a firm scientific basis. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it today

  • By Alban on 10-08-18

Read it today

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Reviewed: 10-08-18

This book will cause you to think, and think deep. The content of this book should be made available to schools for people to have access to these concepts from younger age but of course they should be adopted for early thinking in one's life.

This book talks about concepts that are hard to get in from the outset and definitely it is a book that needs to be read alongside listening; if that's what you're like but to get full access to the knowledge it consists of you definitely need to study it slowly and think about the equations and theories so that you help yourself gain access to the useful application thereof.

  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
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    5 out of 5 stars 182
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and beautifully read.

  • By Heisenberg on 27-04-18

Quite poetic

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Reviewed: 19-07-18

The book comes across as poetry to time, like a long song about time, like a novel where time is the only character, and it being so it brings with it all the miserable conditions alongside the delirious happiness everyone lusts for.

Performance by Cumberbatch is great and soothing.

  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

Know thy law and thy rights

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Reviewed: 12-06-18

If you want to be knowledgeable about the country's code of conduct, that is the written words that forms the laws of the UK, then this is a very useful place to start at.

I'd never read anything about the criminal law of the UK but now I know the UK does not have the best legal system in the world according to this book, far from it.

The sooner you read it the quicker you will find yourself knowing that even bad luck could set you back a lifetime.

  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,834
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,608
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,571

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Sleep just for the Weak?

  • By R Blades on 15-01-18

Learn why we sleep

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Reviewed: 06-06-18

I've read some great books in my time but none more useful that this one.

What "Thinking Fast and Slow" does to decision making, and what "Factfulness" does to describing reality through statistics, this book does to our knowledge about the most useful and health impacting aspect of our lives, sleep.

If you work in HR or you run your own small businesses, or have been entrusted to run a regular types of organizations from companies to hospitals, or you are Head of School, self employed or simply a parent, this books is for you. In fact everyone should read this book today. It should go top of your list.

  • 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 1,007
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
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    5 out of 5 stars 896

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

Factfulness is the best book ever! Fact!

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Reviewed: 23-05-18

I wish I had read this book 20 years ago. There have been some amazing books in the past couple of decades, but for me this tops them all, including Thinking Fast and Slow.

I cannot recommend it enough and you cannot read it quick enough - so better read it today!

You'll become even a better person that you are for yourself, your family and the world around you, both in behavior and of course through the knowledge you gain in this book, you will become more confident and ultimately earn more.