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Alistair Kelman

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A first rate introduction to the PornHub scandal

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Reviewed: 13-07-19

Gripping documentary on the consequences of Pornhub takeover of the global porn business. It doesn't give the solution but watch this space.

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A Timely overview of an important topic

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Reviewed: 29-06-19

Geoff has put his long factual and storytelling experience to good use. Good for a car journey or similar.

A beautiful and empathetic clarity of expression

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Reviewed: 12-06-18

If ever there was a book which is better in its Audible version than in its printed prose this is it. Simon Winchester's love of language and engineering wafts out of this dulcet recording with every chapter providing a story arc which resonates in the mind. I have listened to "Exactly" while walking in Richmond Park, while riding on buses and trains and while resting in bed after a long day. It is one of those rare Audible books which you wish to listen to again and again - the prose becomes a kind of poetry; a sonnet singing the praises of precise engineering and how it has built the modern world.

Much of this book is really new - since the author has pulled together threads from sources which have been classified as state secrets and commercial secrets, accident reports and annual reports. How was it that Rolls Royce nearly caused the death of over 450 people in an air disaster in Singapore? What are the lessons to be learned from this failure? What are the limits of precision?

Capturing machine-processes in words is not easy. But the sonorous Winchester voice over his carefully selected words performs this task admirably. He uses many of the tricks of advocacy to get complex ideas across, describing the same thing three times but using subtly different phrasing and wording so that a composite three-dimensional image can be built up in the mind. This is a master communicator at his best - leaving a legacy in a recording which will be enjoyed for all time.

Listen to it and enjoy it. You will never regret this purchase.


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Essential reading

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Reviewed: 18-03-18

even though this book is 8 years old it remains essential Reading and has stood the test of time

A gripping review of a little understood world

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Reviewed: 09-02-18

Where does Ep. 8: The Child Porn Paradox (The Dark Web) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In a world of fake news and hysteria, it is good to find a balanced, evidence-based gripping analysis of the Dark Web. The series visits this world, available to anyone but harmful and dangerous to many, whose existence is only now being appreciated. Episode 8 considers child pornography and produces some very worrying insights into not just the Dark Web but in the way that Facebook and similar services are being used to harm children.
I have listened to many documentary podcasts - this series is undoubtedly one of the best ever with very high ITN production values, analysis and storytelling at its best.

What did you like best about this story?

This builds on the earlier episodes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a book to enjoy over a series of days rather than listening to at one sitting. It deserves revisiting again and again

Any additional comments?

I would be wonderful if the transcript of this audio programme were made available too

A Roadmap to protect against another collapse

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Reviewed: 05-04-15

In 2008 when the Queen spoke to academics at the London School of Economics about the turmoil on the business markets she famously asked "Why did nobody notice it?" The massed ranks of mainly male economists were unable to answer her question. Seven years later despite many worthy books on the financial crisis the world’s community of economists remains incapable of using the evidence of the past to reliably provide any assurance to protect our future from another collapse.

Until now. Along has come Dr Poole with a comprehensive reassessment of the flaws in modern capitalism and with a road map to guide the profession away from its worst ills. She has had the nerve (and intellect) to look at the fundamental laws of the dismal science and question them in the light of modern evidence derived from psychology and moral philosophy - remembering always that Adam Smith, the father of the “invisible hand”, wasn’t an economist but was a moral philosopher whose work was taken up and interpreted by economists after he was dead when he couldn’t easily answer back.

Her conclusions about co-operation and not selfishness being a key aspect in the success of business enterprises should find support from Matt Ridley whose TED talk https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCQQyCkwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ted.com%2Ftalks%2Fmatt_ridley_when_ideas_have_sex%3Flanguage%3Den&ei=VfYgVce1OZDPaI-WgeAC&usg=AFQjCNEKToSGP_cOsilmEFltGsYfXaPwAA&sig2=XReqPeu4XFU9bpQD34WOcg&bvm=bv.89947451,d.d2s
develops ideas Matt first cited in The Origins of Virtue

Most importantly Dr Poole indicates ways in which we could re-engineer our business processes and corporate structures to stop the harm arising from the rampageous beast of raw capitalism whilst preserving all its best features. Her analysis is by no means complete - nobody could in a single volume cover the myriad of changes in regulation, structures and human resource management that are required to implement her thoughtful proposals. But it is a major start to the process of re-evaluation of the fundamental laws of economics which are necessary because, in the words of an earlier Prince of Wales, “Something must be done”.

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The perfect book for that business flight

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Reviewed: 29-08-13

The best teaching comes from telling stories - stories about human feats, challenges which were overcome, where the art of the possible conquers all. Tim Harford in his lectures and his writing does this all the time - putting a human face on problem solving.

This audiobook is for you if:

You consider yourself to be a serious person, concerned about the way of the world, unhappy about lives being wasted through deprivation, poverty and idleness;
You enjoy listening to the output of BBC Radio 4 (and particularly to the BBC Today programme, "More or Less"and new programmes like "The Philosopher's Arms");

I wondered when I bought it why it needed two narrators when novels etc can make do with just one. But the interchange of question and answer, explaining matters by the use of Socratic debate, really demands two voices and Cameron Stewart and Gavin Osborne do it justice as narrators. Tim never uses jargon unnecessarily and it is always explained in simple terms.

This is the idea audiobook to listen to after you turn left at the top of the stairs and settle into your aircraft seat. Get the steward to fix you a long drink, let everyone else watch the highly edited action movies and chill out to a tour de force. It will teach you that the modern macroeconomist needs to be a renaissance man - and that is a really good takeaway.

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Enjoyed the book - haven't checked the audio

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Reviewed: 20-02-11

Whatever the listener's view I have read this book which is really superb. So if you want to enjoy it 'on the go' then I would recommend you get this audiobook