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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,042

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Absolutely superb

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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: 15-05-18

I loved this title, it provides a very informative and objective review of the structure of society it's origins, it's follys - in parts it is oddly depressing, and makes you realise how trapped we are. In other parts it makes you realise how lucky we are to be alive at this time in history.

  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

A frightening review of the UK justice system.

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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: 15-05-18

This title is funny in places, but largely it had me checking for legal expenses cover on my home insurance, and made me worry a lot. I think everyone who cares about justice and fairness should read this book - and wisen up to the issues that it reveals.

  • From Bacteria to Bach and Back

  • The Evolution of Minds
  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

What is human consciousness, and how is it possible? This question fascinates thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers. From Bacteria to Bach and Back is Daniel C. Dennett's brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent Dennett exploration

  • By G Douglas Whistler on 12-03-17

Profound

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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: 16-04-18

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This books is not easy to follow, I found myself rewinding several times - but then the subject matter is complex. I think the book would have been better read if it was read by the author. Overall I found it hard work, but enjoyable.

  • The Economic Singularity

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism
  • By: Calum Chace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dexterous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it. This new book from best-selling author Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money. Self-driving cars will probably be the canary in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn't yet paying attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great work on the AI & Robot society choices ahead

  • By Wfiver on 01-12-16

Pretty scary

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-18

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This title provides a pretty scary view of the future - there are certainly a lot of changes that our societies are going to have to face should AI become the reality that it is likely to become. This book provides a profound view into the foreseeable future with respect to works and lives of the ordinary person.

  • Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

  • A Brief History of Capitalism
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis. Why is there so much inequality? In this short book, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his 11-year-old daughter Xenia's deceptively simple question. Using personal stories and famous myths, he explains what the economy is and why it has the power to shape our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brief, easy to assimilate, yet deals with the big questions of our societies.

  • By Andrew (Bunny) Warren on 08-11-17

Insightful

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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: 16-04-18

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This is a insightful review of how the economy works, which is explained in an easy to understand way. Although the author has intended for the book to be read by young people, I think everyone who is a layman economist would benefit from reading it.

  • Future Crimes

  • A Journey to the Dark Side of Technology - and How to Survive It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Marc Goodman, Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The New York Times best seller. Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest and most innovative adopters of technology, and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank accounts, and wiping out computer servers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By John Thurman on 24-08-15

Excellent view into the future

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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: 16-04-18

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Indeed very frightening review of current and future technologies and what types of crime will emerge from its use. I disagreed however, with some aspects of the authors belief with respect to software production - clearly the author doesn't really understand how complicated software really is.... but this should not distract from how good this book is, and it is well worth a listen for anyone who works with information systems.

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,159

The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By David Willingale on 28-12-17

Classic well presented.

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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: 16-04-18

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A classic book well presented, I just wish I could remember some of it when I need to.

  • 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 2,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,403

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

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-18

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This book has completely changed my attitude to sleep - it presents a number of fascinating facts and new research into the science of sleep and debunks many myths associated with sleep. I was particularly alarmed by the facts associated with sleep and alcohol.

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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 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

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

Excellent introduction to critical thinking

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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: 16-04-18

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This is a recording of a series of lectures that provide solid examples of critical thinking tools.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and thought provoking

  • By Stephanie on 09-02-15

So true it makes your blood boil.

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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: 16-04-18

Any additional comments?

This book provides a frank and honest look at drug prohibition by describing its origins - it contains several back stories of historical characters involved in the drug war. The audio performance is well presented.