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  • Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World
  • By: Bruce Schneier
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Everything is a computer. Ovens are computers that make things hot; refrigerators are computers that keep things cold. These computers - from home thermostats to chemical plants - are all online. All computers can be hacked. And Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: Cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, renowned expert and best-selling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • <br />Below average and largely misleading

  • By Charlie Wilson on 15-03-19

An accessible and timely wake-up

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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: 27-01-19

A must read/listen for anyone in the technology, policy or security spaces - especially those in the overlaps.

  • Do the Work

  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To the point

  • By D. J. O'donnell on 06-04-15

Punchy and Powerful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-17

Pressfield doesn't mince his words - he sears them quickly over a blowtorch and lays them, charred and bloody on your plate.

If you want to think about doing something, read someone else. If you want to actually achieve something, read Pressfield.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,507

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First half interesting, second half meh

  • By P. Healey on 30-03-17

Killer bookends but a little flabby in the middle,

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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: 29-01-17

An interesting and worthwhile blend of self-help, philosophy and autobiography.

The stories of the author's own life are the weakest bits, but the opening and close are worth the price of admission alone.

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awsome

  • By Caroline on 22-11-12

hugely entertaining sci-fi-ish romp

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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: 09-09-16

A rollercoaster ride of occult, conspiracy, infection and spider, set in the sleepy town of UNDISCLOSED.

Highly recommended.

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  • The Difference Engine

  • By: William Gibson, Bruce Sterling
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

The Difference Engine is an alternate history novel. A prime example of the steampunk sub-genre, it posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer called Engines. The fierce summer heat and pollution have driven the ruling class out of London and the resulting anarchy allows technology-hating Luddites to challenge the intellectual elite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • putting the steam in steampunk

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-02-18

great performance of a really fun book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-16

Vance gives a super performance of the book which kicked off the steam punk genre.

  • The Art of Possibility

  • Transforming Professional and Personal Life
  • By: Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Presenting 12 breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander's experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander's genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • subtle nuances of being amd becoming

  • By starlight on 20-03-17

wonderful guide for reframing the universe

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Reviewed: 22-03-16

A great set of practises for expanding our options and being more skilful navigators through life.

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  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but listen like a true sceptic

  • By Peter on 22-03-16

Amazingly pithy and practical

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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: 01-02-16

This is an absolutely fantastic guide to anyone who wants to know why we're naturally so bad at thinking critically and how you can deliberately turn yourself around.

Only negative is the canned applause and terrible intro music.