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John Hodgson

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  • Devils

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Exiled to four years in Siberia, but hailed by the end of his life as a saint, prophet, and genius, Fyodor Dostoevsky holds an exalted place among the best of the great Russian authors. One of Dostoevsky’s five major novels, Devils follows the travails of a small provincial town beset by a band of modish radicals - and in so doing presents a devastating depiction of life and politics in late 19th-century Imperial Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding reading

  • By Irene Manion on 19-11-16

A tough one

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Some things to bare in mind before buying this book

1. You will need a character list to avoid losing track
2. You will need a pretty good understanding of spoken French, as a lot of the main character's dialogue is in French. there's a couple of chapters towards the end that are almost completely in French

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Pretty underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

The story starts well, but loses steam after the first book. The love story seems extremely unplausible. The ending feels rushed, and a lot of the main subplots in the early part of the book never are concluded or explained.

  • A History of Western Philosophy

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 38 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, just remember when it was written

  • By Benno Boyo on 30-11-16

Not one for the layman

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

I rather foolishly thought this would be a good introduction to philosophy, however you definitely need to have a general understanding of the jargon of philosophy for it to be of any benefit.
It does flow very well though and is extremely well written, but I suppose that's the least you should expect from someone like Russell.

  • The Way of the Strangers

  • Encounters with the Islamic State
  • By: Graeme Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

From Graeme Wood comes the definitive book on the history, psychology, character and aims of the Islamic State. Based on Wood's unprecedented access to supporters, recruiters and high-ranking members of the most infamous jihadist group in the world, The Way of the Strangers is a riveting, fast-paced deep dive into the apocalyptic dogma that informs the group's worldview, from the ideas that motivate it to the 'fatwa factory' that produces its laws to its very specific plans for the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding the Islamic State

  • By Fat Tony on 03-07-17

A must read

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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: 06-04-18

Everyone, Muslim or non-Muslim needs to read this. it may change how you view Islam and the middle east forever

  • How the Mind Works

  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the World Works

  • By Judy Corstjens on 31-08-15

A labour of love

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

This is a tough listen to be honest. it's full of lots of great insights and ideas, but it's overly long and verbose at times. It would also help if you're already quite well versed in the study of the mind because (as I found out) it's not one for the layman

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

Clear, insightful and informative

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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: 14-02-18

This might be one of the most entertaining audio books I've listened to. The history it covers definitely makes the present clearer

  • The Deals That Made the World

  • By: Jacques Peretti
  • Narrated by: Jacques Peretti
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

What if the way we understand our world is wrong? What if it isn't politicians and events that shape our lives but secret deals made by people you've never heard of? This book tells the story of the secret deals that are changing the world and revolutionising everything we do, including money, the food we eat, what we buy and the drugs we take to stay well. These deals never make the news: they are made high up in boardrooms, on golf courses and in luxury cars, each sealed by world-changing handshakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't stop listening

  • By John Hodgson on 11-12-17

I couldn't stop listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-17

This is like a business version of 'Sapiens' and 'Homo deus'. A must read for anyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 33 Strategies of War

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Donald Coren
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. It's the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and is abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, movie moguls to samurai swordsmen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable and Insightful Lessons but...

  • By Pad de Braye on 05-02-18

The historical examples are fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-17

I'm not sure if this will help me improve my daily interactions, but I found the historical examples fascinating. To me, history at it's best is meant to give greater understanding of the present, and this book definitely does that

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Who Rules the World?

  • Reframings
  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Internationally renowned political commentator Noam Chomsky examines America's pursuit and exercise of power in a post-9/11 world. Noam Chomsky is the world's foremost intellectual activist. Over the last half century, no one has done more to question the great global powers who govern our lives, forensically scrutinizing policies and actions, calling our politicians, institutions and media to account. The culmination of years of work, Who Rules the World? is Chomsky's definitive intellectual investigation into the major issues of our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sober Critique

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-11-16

A must read for anyone

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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: 31-10-17

Clear, well sourced assessment of 20th century US, British, and Israeli foreign policy. You'll never view the media narrative the same way again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Well researched, accessible, convincing

  • By Jim Vaughan on 26-11-12

This has changed my mind on how I view theists

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

This is a fantastic book, it covers psychology, evolution, history, politics and philosophy. Haidt does struggle at times with some very selective arguments relating to economics and markets, but this is still a must read, and is more relevant than ever