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  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writersAfter hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some issues with this recording

  • By carl on 24-12-17

Escape to the future.

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Reviewed: 27-06-18

loved both books in this series. It is very likely what the human race will become in the future. exactly the same but with powerful technology.

  • American Prometheus

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • By: Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by a very poor recording

  • By Steve on 21-03-14

Unfortunately I returned it.

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Reviewed: 26-02-18

As others have said, the narration has been seamlessly spliced in to areas where the pronunciation needed to be corrected *sarcasm*. The first splice is the worst. The others later in the book sound like the narrator has decided to put a bucket on his head while talking.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,883

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

My favourite audible purchase yet!

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Reviewed: 25-02-18

It like listening to an alien David Attenborough describing the history, motivations and peculiarities of a little known organism on a little known planet.

  • 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 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806

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

Good book.

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Reviewed: 25-02-18

It is interesting to see the world through new eyes after listening to this. From new Orleans to the Crimea you get a new understanding of why these places matter and what made/makes them of special interest.

  • Countdown to Zero Day

  • Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
  • By: Kim Zetter
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story - well told!

  • By N. Dwyer on 18-04-15

Fascinating.

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Reviewed: 25-02-18

Only a nation state with vast resources could have created this cyber weapon. Hundreds of people must have been involved in creating it.

  • 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 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

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

Makes quantum physics accessible (and biology)

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Reviewed: 25-02-18

It holds you hand through the concepts of biology and quantum physics. I was worried about being left behind but they have done a great job.

  • Adults in the Room

  • My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 419

In Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis exposes the shocking reality of how power is wielded behind the scenes at the EU - and argues that only radical reform can save it from collapse. Yanis Varoufakis became globally famous when was elected finance minister of Greece with a specific mandate to say no to the EU: to reject the forced loans and crushing austerity forced upon his country by the Eurozone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most interesting political memoir I have read

  • By Nik Jewell on 02-06-17

Very Insightful

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Reviewed: 25-08-17

A seemingly honest peek inside the corridors of international power of Europe from the point of view of an underdog who fights to the bitter end.