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  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

very interesting perspectives

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

only downfall is the lack of maps that you get in normal book, otherwise excellently interesting

  • Bad Pharma

  • How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every medical doctor should read this!

  • By Lut on 23-12-12

Brilliantly clear and informative on Pharma flaws

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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: 25-04-18

Brilliantly clear and informative on the flaws of the pharmaceutical industry, using as much evidence based information as possible, as well as a few interesting insider anecdotes

  • 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

great content

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

great book, the narrator has quite an annoyingly scathing voice which I think probably isn't a fair reflection of Goldacre's cynicism

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

hilarious and moving

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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: 01-05-17

read by himself in a very familiar style, really funny but also moving and interesting

  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Science Bad Writing Bad Book

  • By Roy on 26-07-06

thrilling but awful ending

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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: 12-03-17

typically enthralling story from Dan Brown, excellently twisting and surprising. But the ending was so weak. just when you thought it couldn't get more cringe, it did

  • Eyes Wide Open

  • By: Noreena Hertz
  • Narrated by: Noreena Hertz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In a fast-moving world we're often overloaded with differing opinions, conflicting data and changing advice. In this essential guide, Noreena Hertz offers practical steps to how to make better, smarter decisions. Most of us think we make decisions for the right reasons: we scour books, we talk over options with our friends, we search the internet, we ask experts, we look at data or we trust our guts. But how hard do we scrutinise those we listen to? How much do we interrogate the information they provide?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed hearing about interesting studies

  • By smithpaddy on 17-11-16

Enjoyed hearing about interesting studies

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

I generally wouldn't like self-help books but this gave interesting perspective on parts of living

  • Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

In Brain Rules for Baby, Dr. John Medina shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging broad coverage

  • By tablet user on 08-10-17

really interesting 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: 26-10-16

Really like John Medina, he uses good evidence based science (or as good as possible in his field) but makes it completely approachable to understand and even quite compelling listening. from the interesting information stems practical advise about how to raise your kid

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mere Christianity

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 330

2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of C. S. Lewis’s classic, Mere Christianity. Having sold over half a million copies in the UK alone, his overview of Christianity has been imitated many times, but never outdone. Mere Christianity brings together Lewis’s legendary broadcasts from the war years; talks in which he set out simply to ‘"explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Mika on 13-10-16

brilliant writer

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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: 26-02-16

explains things so well, often with examples to aid clarity. interesting concepts and talks about important issues. often more theological than biblical but still centred on core Christian truths. enjoyed it as a Christian, both for 'apologetics' and for challenging and thought provoking ideas

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • By: Louis de Bernieres
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous - and a consummate musician. When the local doctor's daughter's letters to her fiancé go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By R on 15-12-12

hard starting but very worth it

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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: 21-04-15

initially i found it so descriptive i could hardly understand, let alone follow but after the first couple of hours i could hardly stop

6 of 6 people found this review helpful