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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 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

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 poor, loads of inaccurate and loose facts

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Such a dissapointment, a book by a journalist that has not done his research properly on the topic and has not really thought it through. Story is told from a personal experiences without much regards for historical facts and as a result is a myopic subjective treatise.

  • Thinking Machines

  • The Inside Story of Artificial Intelligence and Our Race to Build the Future
  • By: Luke Dormehl
  • Narrated by: Gus Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The year 2016 marks the 60-year anniversary of the phrase 'artificial intelligence', and in this fascinating audiobook Luke Dormehl charts the weird and wonderful journey of one of mankind's greatest projects, the creation of Thinking Machines. This is a story of what it means to be human in the face of accelerating machine intelligence. It's about trying to make computers that are smarter than we are and what happens when it goes wrong. About what creativity means when all knowledge is data that can be stored on microchips.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great summary of the field with some hidden gems

  • By Neil Stoker on 29-08-17

Good introduction to AI

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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: 05-11-17

Easy to listen and follow, overall a very nice overview of AI and its history.

  • The Ascent of Money

  • A Financial History of the World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Niall Ferguson's epic history, The Ascent of Money. Behind each great historical phenomenon there lies a financial secret - Niall Ferguson uncovers the hidden stories behind history. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call it what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of all human progress and the lifeblood of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent short overview of history of money

  • By Petrit on 18-06-17

Decent short overview of history of money

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

Reviewed: 18-06-17

I think I'll have to listen to the book again, it is not a gripping listen so my attention drifted from the narration. Still it's a good overview of history of money.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Towards the Flame

  • Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
  • By: Dominic Lieven
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

The Russian decision to mobilize in July 1914 may have been the single most catastrophic choice of the modern era. Some articulate, thoughtful figures around the tsar understood Russia's fragility, yet they were shouted down by those who were convinced that despite Germany's patent military superiority, Russian greatness required decisive action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You must listen to the final chapter

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-06-15

Enlighting read on more recent history of Russia

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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: 27-05-17

Enlighting read on more recent history of Russia wirh focus or from the point of view of the first world war and what led to it.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,684

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narration.

  • By Chris on 20-12-16

Very relevant in the times we face currently!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

With all the political events recently around the world wanted to revisit this absolutely fantastic book and seemingly very relevant in light of what we are facing. For those that have not read the book I would recommend reading it rather than the audible version.

Definitely recommended reading for everyone.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Reality Is Not What It Seems

  • The Journey to Quantum Gravity
  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new audiobook about the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening and mind expanding

  • By Stefan Richter on 28-11-16

An absolutely outstanding book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-16

Great book for anyone, with very good narration! You will not be able to stop listening and you'll ask for more...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful