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  • 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 1,321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

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

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
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 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

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!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent science

  • By I. A. Wright on 24-03-18

Brilliant!

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

  • What We Cannot Know

  • By: Marcus du Sautoy
  • Narrated by: Marcus du Sautoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Britain's most famous mathematician takes us to the edge of knowledge to show us what we cannot know. Science is king. Every week headlines announce new breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe, new technologies that will transform our environment, new medical advances that will extend our lives. Science is giving us unprecedented insight into some of the big questions that have challenged humanity ever since we've been able to formulate those questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Embrace the future of of uncertainty!

  • By Adisha on 19-05-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

Detailed (at times a little too detailed!) exploration of some fascinating areas.

I confess I did not like the edge about mathematics but I accept its the authors speciality so I probably had it coming.

Narration is also top rate.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Della Michelle on 14-06-17

Not as engaging as I had hoped!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Full of Americanisms and boilerplate “you can do it too” nonsense.

Was looking forward to this but actually like Hart less than when I started. I now know he is full of it.

Disappointing and not the type of book I was hoping for.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Crack in Creation

  • Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution
  • By: Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR - a revolutionary new technology that she helped create - to make heritable changes in human embryos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Science !

  • By Craig on 05-11-17

Outstanding Science !

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Whilst the science of CRISPR will change everything....and I mean everything, this book is superb at putting the case for both the technical issues and the societal.

One of the best books I have read in a long time!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ascent of Gravity

  • The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
  • By: Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world, yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described, yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground, yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book much bigger than it's title

  • By Mr G on 12-10-17

Brilliant and engaging!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Narration is everything with an audiobook (I have abandoned many due to poor narration .....dull, monotone being prime amongst the reasons) but Ashoka Andoh is brilliant. Great author (Chown is probably the best popular physics writer in the world right now) with a truly engaging "story". I can't recommend this book highly enough!

  • Forces of Nature

  • By: Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond. From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Supporting documents are needed

  • By Honest Dude on 25-01-18

Excellent book and narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

This is the third of Prof Cox books on audible that I have listened to. Samuel West narrated.

It's a superb combo. Great writing and delivery.

Can't recommend this passionate science book enough.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

  • Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
  • By: Richard Reed
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be? Richard has collected pearls of wisdom from some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great inspiring read for under 25s

  • By stryder on 09-12-16

Excellent listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Reed is an outstanding narrator is my first comment. The content of the book also does not disappoint.

  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Stories in Our Genes
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By John Ottaway on 14-09-16

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Just about as perfect an audiobook as any thinking human being (and by definition that excludes creationists) could hope to read / listen to.
Excellent narration too.

Can't recommend highly enough!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful