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  • Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making science truly entertaining

  • By Marcus on 26-03-10

Enlightening and depressing in equal measure.

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

This is a great listen, I wonder if things are actually worse now in our post-truth era?

  • Trumpocracy

  • The Corruption of the American Republic
  • By: David Frum
  • Narrated by: David Frum, James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Best-selling author, former White House speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America's future. Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P45 warts and all

  • By Paul Muers on 14-06-18

A story that needs telling, just not by this guy.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The information within this story makes compelling and disturbing listening, but the guy telling the story still hasn't smelled the coffee; the lionising of George W, the rejection of Sanders and the yearning for what was, are misguided.

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great work by Teleb

  • By Tim on 05-03-18

Fucking 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: 23-05-18

My first exposure to NNT, I will be listening to more of his work in the very near future...

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  • Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

  • A Brief History of Capitalism
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis. Why is there so much inequality? In this short book, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his 11-year-old daughter Xenia's deceptively simple question. Using personal stories and famous myths, he explains what the economy is and why it has the power to shape our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brief, easy to assimilate, yet deals with the big questions of our societies.

  • By Andrew (Bunny) Warren on 08-11-17

Simmple enough for Economists to understand

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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: 12-04-18

This is a great way to address an apparently complex topic and make it interesting.

  • Digital Disruption

  • Unleashing the Next Wave of InnovationUnleashing the Next Wave of Innovation
  • By: James McQuivey
  • Narrated by: James McQuivey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

You always knew digital was going to change things, but you didn’t realize how close to home it would hit. In every industry, digital competitors are taking advantage of new platforms, tools, and relationships to undercut rivals, get closer to customers, and disrupt the usual ways of doing business. The only way to compete is to evolve. James McQuivey of Forrester Research has been teaching people how to do this for more than a decade. He’s gone into the biggest companies, even in traditional industries like insurance and consumer packaged goods, and changed the way they think about innovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read

  • By TominCumbria on 14-02-18

A great 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: 14-02-18

this is worth reading by anyone with an interest in technology, I'm not sure how it can translate to the public sector...

The Antidote
    Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
    
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    Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    654 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Antidote

  • Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
  • By: Oliver Burkeman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

In this fascinating new book which he narrates himself, Oliver Burkeman argues that "positive thinking" and relentless optimism aren't the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem. And that there is, in fact, an alternative path to contentment and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid - uncertainty, insecurity, pessimism, and failure. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Antidote just another path to the truth

  • By Mark on 11-01-13

A timely injection of sense and balance

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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: 31-08-17

...this is a great listen, I made time each day and was always left feeling I had discovered something worthwhile that I could use in the real world.

  • Managing the Myths of Health Care: Bridging the Separations Between Care, Cure, Control, and Community

  • By: Henry Mintzberg
  • Narrated by: Tom Kruse
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Mintzberg begins in part one by confronting myths about health care, including that we have a system of health care, health care institutions can be fixed with more heroic leadership, the health care system can be fixed by more administrative engineering, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting thoughts into both management and healthcare

  • By Dave on 07-07-18

A must read (or listen) for anyone involved or interested in healthcare

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-17

This book successfully weaves together many relevant threads in an approachable style. I would have given it five stars had it not been for the occasional overuse of perception stated as fact; otherwise brilliant.

  • Cheer Up Love

  • Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate
  • By: Susan Calman
  • Narrated by: Susan Calman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman Is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you're the world's most negative person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god for Susan Calman and this book!! Just excellent!

  • By Miss on 01-06-16

Susan is awesome ...

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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: 08-07-16

I wanted to leave it at that but I have to submit at least 20 words...

  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

  • By: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By nev on 31-03-17

A brilliant affirming listen...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-16

...what many of us think, feel and have experienced but can't verbalise quite as well.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Measure

  • The Big Impact of Small Changes
  • By: Margaret Heffernan
  • Narrated by: Margaret Heffernan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A powerful manifesto for CEOs and employees alike: Influential and award-winning business leader Margaret Heffernan reveals how organizations can build ideal workplace cultures and create seismic shifts by making deceptively small changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended listening for Public Sector...

  • By TominCumbria on 25-05-15

Recommended listening for Public Sector...

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

Reviewed: 25-05-15

...if you're employed as a public sector servant and looking for ways of defining what you deliver and how you can do more with less...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful