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  • The Design of Everyday Things

  • Revised and Expanded Edition
  • By: Don Norman
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    5 out of 5 stars 14
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Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious - even liberating - audiobook, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! I’ve been waiting...

  • By Mr D Alford on 04-01-19

Wow! I’ve been waiting...

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Reviewed: 04-01-19

... a long time for this book to be available from audible. And it didn’t disappoint. More books by Don Norman, please!

  • Sirius

  • By: Olaf Stapledon
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Sirius is Thomas Trelone's great experiment - a huge, handsome dog with the brain and intelligence of a human being. Raised and educated in Trelone's own family alongside Plaxy, his youngest daughter, Sirius is a truly remarkable and gifted creature. His relationship with the Trelones, particularly with Plaxy, is deep and close, and his inquiring mind ranges across the spectrum of human knowledge and experience. But Sirius isn't human and the conflicts and inner turmoil that torture him cannot be resolved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A complex and bizarre, but moving, story

  • By Toby on 13-09-18

Pulls on the heart strings

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Reviewed: 22-06-18

One for those that like dogs! Set in a time leading up to WW2, it feels like a period drama with a large dash of Mary Shelly about it. Not too original, nonetheless a very enjoyable listen.

  • I Am Brian Wilson

  • The genius behind the Beach Boys
  • By: Brian Wilson, Ben Greenman - contributor
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing. As cofounder of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like 'In My Room', 'God Only Knows' and 'Good Vibrations' forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary and Compelling Book...

  • By Colin on 15-12-16

Thanks, Brian!

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Reviewed: 24-05-18

I’ve read a few Beach Boys related books, including Brian’s Wouldn’t it be Nice which has Dr Landy all over it. But this book, this book is wonderful. Well narrated in a way that supports the story, this reflection of Brian’s life and times is a real tear-jerk in places. Brian has all the traits of a true hero: humility, love, compassion, vision. By the end of the book, I wanted to give him a big hug!