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  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,520

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in world events!

  • By JenniferL on 28-04-18

Essential reading

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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: 26-04-18

I believe this is the best factual book I’ve ever read. I would - and indeed have - recommended it already to a number of friends and acquaintances, even before finishing it.
I originally heard about Hans Rosling through my 19 year old son who suggested I see a TED talk that Hans had done a few years ago (It was excellent and I subsequently watched several others).
I would suggest also using the PDF that will be in your Audible library, as it enhances the experience.
One of the best points about Factfulness is that not only does it bust myths about the real world we are in. It also explains how to view the world so as to avoid the mistakes for the future. Although the world has many challenges, It is very positive about what can and is being done.
This book should be essential reading in schools and colleges - and required reading prior to ANY person gaining any position of authority.
Many ‘Do Gooders’ could do better by reading and utilizing this book.
Thank you, Hans, Ola and Anna, for creating it.

  • Cabin Pressure

  • Zurich: The BBC Radio 4 airline
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Full Cast, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 883

The complete finale of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom- 2 episodes. Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. In this, the finale of the whole series, we discover that for MJN Air, whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but, many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!!!!

  • By SARA JANE RATHBONE on 01-02-15

All-time Classic

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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: 29-05-16

I can't fault this. As all the other Cabin Pressure episodes, writing and performances just superb. John Finnemore's writing is well beyond most comedic comparisons.
I have all the series and could listen to them indefinitely.
Thank you.

  • Life on the Edge

  • The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
  • By: Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Jim had narrated this book.

  • By S. Churchill on 14-07-17

Tour de force! Excellent.

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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: 24-02-16

A truly eye opening book, with extremely convincing arguments to link how the very unlikely and paradoxical world of quantum dynamics may be the only reason that any life, as we know it, can exist.
The nuances of the effects of QD are eye opening in the extreme. The apparent workings of QD in the "warm and wet" environment of all living cells are so unlikely and of potentially world-changing in its possibilities in areas well outside living things, for instance, being able to use the effect to increase the energy extraction from the sun by using the same effect that photosynthesis does (which is almost 100% efficient!), would utterly change the possible options for our world energy requirements.
This is notwithstanding the question of how life came into existence in the first place, which is still a very live and puzzling thing.
The reader did his job well, although being English, there were naturally certain word pronunciations that grated - so not his fault!
I'd recommend this book to any enquiring mind. It will inspire you to view the world in a very different way. It's as though one has climbed a hill in what at first appeared an unpromising area and suddenly found oneself overlooking a stunning panorama with endless possibilities!

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  • Footfall

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better First Contact novels

  • By S. J. ATTWOOD on 10-06-16

An effort to understand!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-11

I was recommended this book to read but decided to get it from Audible, as I was doing some long road journeys and it would be most convenient to listen to it on my iPhone, however the narrator has used a very heavy accent, which makes listening in a car very hard work - I frequently had to rewind to understand the story.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful