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  • Novacene

  • The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence
  • By: James Lovelock
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time, has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I can write such a book at the age of 99!

  • By Anonymous User on 31-07-19

utter tripe

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-19

against my better judgement I thought "why not?"

my better judgement was correct.

unsubstantiated ramblings of an old man

if you dont love the whole gaia thing (and so idolise lovelock) you will find yourself asking again and again...."what??" eg theres no point going to mars !!

this isnt even close to science, its merely one person's thoughts.....and most of those make little sense

  • How Britain Really Works

  • Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation
  • By: Stig Abell
  • Narrated by: Stig Abell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Getting to grips with Great Britain is harder than ever. We are a nation that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough and interesting

  • By MR on 10-09-18

Left Wing Tripe!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-19

This is far less an "analysis" than a political statement. Really disappointed and returned the title.
If you like Owen Jones and his brand of nonsense you will probably like this. If you prefer more considered writing, look elsewhere!

  • Apollo 11

  • The Inside Story
  • By: David Whitehouse
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Fifty years ago in July 1969, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong the first man to step onto its surface. President Nixon called it the greatest week since creation. In the most authoritative book ever written about Apollo, David Whitehouse reveals the true drama behind the mission, telling the story in the words of those who took part - based around exclusive interviews with the key players. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Apollo 11

  • By Roger Boyle on 10-07-19

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

Fabulous detail and behind the scenes information.

only comment to make is the title is somewhat misleading as Apollo 11 is in fact a minor part of the whole story. A more accurate title might have been space race.

really enjoyed the parallels made to the Soviet efforts of the same time.

  • A Short History of England

  • By: Simon Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Simon Jenkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In A Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the Dark Ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dry and very disappointing

  • By ZedBooks on 07-12-15

excellent and fun!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-19

loved this book. nothing new in it of course but it races through history at pace, never once becoming a challenge to listen to.

thoroughly recommended.

  • Upheaval

  • Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In his earlier best sellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in the final audiobook in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis through selective change - a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but slow and drawn out

  • By Anthony on 04-07-19

excellent!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

superb except for the USA portion, not interesting or entirely relevant to the core aims of the book.

  • The Beautiful Cure

  • By: Daniel M Davis
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The immune system holds the key to human health. In The Beautiful Cure, leading immunologist Professor Daniel Davis describes the scientific quest to understand how it works - and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind - and explains how this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible insight into biomedical research!

  • By Shafqat A. on 27-11-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Fabulous read and well narrated (always key of course).

Fascinating and captivating journey through the world of immunology (frankly most of it New to me).

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  • This Sceptred Isle: Collection 1

  • 55BC-1702: The Classic BBC Radio History
  • By: Christopher Lee
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Paul Eddington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The first five volumes from the landmark BBC radio series This Sceptred Isle. Christopher Lee's epic history tells the story of Britain from the Romans to the death of Victoria. This collection includes the original first five volumes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Out of order at the end!!

  • By Craig on 23-12-18

Out of order at the end!!

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-18

Fabulous piece of work of course.

But the back end from Charles II to William of
orange are out of order. So it talks about Charles I, Cromwell etc then William then after that Charles II then goes back to William.

Very disappointing!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132

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

Confused and rambling

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Have read all 3 of Harraris books now. Sapiens was excellent. Homo Deus fat less so and this continues that trend.

Having finished it I couldn’t tell you what the 21 “lessons” actually are. It was interesting most of the time but rambling and incoherent for a considerable portion.

It says a lot about my own personal biases i realise but the last piece on meditation was utter none-sense.

He mediates two hours every day and takes 3 month retreats!!!!!

Good for him. People in the real world with jobs and families hear things like this and immediately dismiss the entire story.

The narrator however was first class.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Human Errors

  • By: Nathan Lents
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, the stump of a tail, and way too many bones in our wrists. We must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves. Millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. We have nerves that take bizarre paths, muscles that attach to nothing, and lymph nodes that do more harm than good. And that's just the beginning of the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read with amazing facts while adding humour

  • By Mark on 06-06-18

Fantastic read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Had high hopes for this book and it surpassed all my expectations.

Intelligently argued and superbly narrated.

Great fun!

  • Tamed

  • Ten Species That Changed Our World
  • By: Alice Roberts
  • Narrated by: Alice Roberts
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Tamed, written and read by Alice Roberts. The extraordinary story of the species that became our allies. For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter-gatherers, consummate foraging experts, taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution occurred - our ancestors' interaction with other species changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Social history & science, some interesting tidbits

  • By K. J. Noyes on 27-03-18

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-18

Great content and excellent narration.
Roberts has real passion and enthusiasm which leaps out of the book.
Cant recommend highly enough.