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  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,007

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discouraging for insomniacs

  • By Aviation buff on 11-08-18

important stuff. Worth reading.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The style leaves is a problem that can get in the way of the material, but the writers credentials suggest the material is more valuable than you would imagine.

Sleep is something I thought I could do without. To meet deadlines I would work late for days at a time. Led by stories of Maggie needing only 4hrs a night, I felt working late was a legitimate way of life, "plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead."

Lesson now learned. Time to start over.

  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

A million listeners bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone's debt? How do you create a job? Will the BRIC countries take over the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect book for that business flight

  • By Alistair Kelman on 29-08-13

Bill Phillips bio alone was worth the cost

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-17

like the original it's not a bad start and the detail is useful, but I don't want run an economy...I would like to understand something about inequality in a free market and some ideas about how we do a better job, but not to be.

Much like the undercover economist the end is rushed. There is work to do, but perhaps the author is bored?

re' performance, the double act doesn't work, but it's just an observation.

  • The Undercover Economist

  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Feakonomics - more in depth

  • By Roy on 19-06-09

Good start

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-17

The first part of this book is great. I really loved it. A good education on basic economics. As the book progresses its ambition is too grand for the strength of its conclusions. I think it would have been useful for the author to consider not just failing method of societies protecting a ruling elite or failed political systems, but to consider more how to avoid the sweatshop (his favourite example) stage of free trade altogether... and all of the other manifestations of free trade that make life so unfair for some.

  • The House at Sea's End

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite out of the first three!

  • By Ann D on 05-03-16

Curious as to who Ruth's fans are

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-17

For me, dreadful - give me my money back dreadful! Zero depth and trivial relationships. I'd hoped I'd found a set of characters I could follow from story to story, but there is nothing here. Obviously some people like it based on reviews, but I can't help but feel that the author is spending book research time drinking gin on the patio.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Massively disappointing!

  • By Royden on 23-05-17

Not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-17

I listened to it all, but not sure why, because it's mostly drivel - drivel that doesn't even reach a conclusion! not a happy bunny ... and why can't this editor capitalise appropriately as the idiom demands?! the books is evidently not the only drivel...

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  • Scrum

  • The art of doing twice the work in half the time
  • By: Jeff Sutherland
  • Narrated by: JJ Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

The definitive account of the Scrum methodology from its cocreator and the CEO of Scrum, Inc., Jeff Sutherland. Scrum is the revolutionary approach to project management and team building that has helped to transform everything from software companies to the US military to health care in major American hospitals. In this major new book, its originator, Jeff Sutherland, explains precisely and step by step how it operates - and how it can be made to work for anyone, anywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely good, but alot of premise

  • By Mr. J. T. Neilly on 25-01-18

A new dimension

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-17

I'm a fan of agile, so Jeff is preaching to the converted. I enjoyed the book. It was useful for me to hear about Jeff's depth of experience and how he came up with the various components of scrum. I'd recommend the book to anyone.

There are problems... the title...the last chapter... and various examples that are a bit thin... but you can filter the weaker content because the meat of the book is top quality.

Thanks Jeff.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,044

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

A little too perfect, but good all the same

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-17

Really good, so criticism is nit picking and no more than that.
It's good to have a new lead character to follow, but I would have preferred a less perfect lead. He needs to get things wrong and he needs to have harder time getting info out of witnesses :>
Knowing the author as we do, the lead is all a bit too Harry Potter, too blessed with good luck, but hey ho, I'm moving onto the next in the series.

  • Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,403

John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cabin Pressure

  • By Elizabeth on 14-07-09

A very happy place

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-17

The best radio sitcom ever. they're all great characters, but Douglas is my favourite.

now more than 20 words! :>

  • Grumpy Old Rockstar and Other Wonderous Stories

  • By: Rick Wakeman
  • Narrated by: Rick Wakeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Around about September of 1948, Mr and Mrs Cyril Wakeman had an early night. And some time later, at Perivale in Middlesex, Mrs Wakeman produced a bonny baby son. They named him Richard, but he quickly became known as Rick.

Rick was a likable little fellow who had a talent for the piano (and for making trouble), and music became his life. Later, he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow car trips to hear more of this

  • By Donald on 30-05-09

Too much of a chip on my shoulder...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Too much of a chip on my shoulder to really enjoy it, but it's clear he a good bloke.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting topic - but audiobook wrong format

  • By Carrie on 24-07-13

Insight can be useful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

it's a lot of material - there's no way to get the best out of it without putting some study effort in, but even just listening there's plenty to learn.

I would expect there is a more concise book on the subject matter and one that is more leading in term of how to use the findings.