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  • Effective Communication Skills

  • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
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    4 out of 5 stars 174

From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the best audio book on comms and self development.

  • By SW on 26-09-15

Excellent detailed communications course

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Reviewed: 15-01-19

I highly recommend this course to anyone with more than a passing interest in that most important of skills, communication. Ignore the silly negative reviews that seem to have completely missed the point of the series.

I found that the course is packed full of helpful anecdotes that bring the material to life. I also really enjoyed the easy going lecturing style and case studies. The presenter Dalton Kehoe is clearly passionate about the subject and has a wealth of hard-earned knowledge and experience.

This lecture series has both applications to work and private life and will make you think twice about how you communicate with friends, family and colleagues. I will therefore be listening to this series multiple times to get the maximum benefit.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By Robert on 31-10-10

Brilliant narration, real shame about the content!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-19

I tried to like this audio book. I really did. It is an epic work of fiction. Without question, a lot of painstaking work has gone into this tome.

It has all the right ingredients, for it is vast in scope and full of interesting characters and brilliant accents by an experienced narrator. I love reading about history and clearly a lot of research has gone into it too as it is packed full of historical details and backstories.

BUT ... I am sorry to say was left sickened by the prolongued and distracting episodic descriptions of harrowing violence and what I personally felt unecessary explicitness contained within. It was as if a frustrated teenager had graffitied over a beautiful historical textbook.

Regrettably, I had very little choice but to return this audiobook after much futile perseverence.

No doubt other audible listeners may like this audiobook a lot, but overall, it was not my cup of tea!

  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 274
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    5 out of 5 stars 241
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    5 out of 5 stars 241

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing as always

  • By david joel rodrigues ferreira on 08-11-18

Beautifully read and insightful!

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Reviewed: 17-11-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It is very well researched and vast in scope. I especially enjoyed listening to the historical anecdotes which were very thought provoking indeed.
Overall this is really great content and highly recomended for anyone who wants to understand more about human nature and the implications of the decisions we make.

  • The Big Questions of Philosophy

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence - the biggest of all being, "Why are we here?" Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world's greatest minds have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. Once you've compared the arguments, the final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth staying with it til the end

  • By mr on 20-10-17

Intellectually Challenging lecture series!

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Reviewed: 03-11-18

Wow! This was a fantastic, challenging and highly thought-provoking lecture series that warrants multiple listens.

  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well presented introduction to philosophy

  • By Andrew on 02-12-13

Superb lecture series!

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Reviewed: 02-11-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-presented and highly thought-provoking lecture series. I am very new to the subject of philosophy and found this course to be an excellent introduction. The lecturer's tone of voice was soothing and appropriately pitched to the lay person without ever soundinding condescending. A great learning experience and highly recommended indeed!

  • How We Learn

  • By: Monisha Pasupathi, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Monisha Pasupathi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Learning is a lifelong adventure.It starts in your mother's womb, accelerates to high speed in infancy and childhood, and continues through every age. Whether you're actively engaged in mastering a new skill, intuitively discovering an unfamiliar place, or even sleeping-which is fundamental to helping you consolidate and hold on to what you've learned-you are truly born to learn around the clock.But few of us know how we learn, which is the key to learning and studying more effectively.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great for scientist minds

  • By Dror Speiser on 27-05-15

Excellent course on lifelong learning!

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Reviewed: 28-10-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this enlightening and thought-provoking course! My background is in teaching students of all ages and backgrounds so found this material a great way to refresh my own knowledge and bring myself up to date with advances in learning techniques and strategies.

Each lesson was presented succinctly, logically and clearly and I would recommend this to parents, students and teachers alike as we are all equally responsible for creating a good environment for our children to learn and do well in their studies and non-academic subjects.

One of the key messages I took away from this, and something I do advocate is "You are never too old to learn something new!"

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  • Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor David K. Johnson PhD University of Oklahoma
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
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    5 out of 5 stars 51
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    5 out of 5 stars 49

The science fiction genre has become increasingly influential in mainstream popular culture, evolving into one of the most engaging storytelling tools we use to think about technology and consider the shape of the future. Along the way, it has also become one of the major lenses we use to explore important philosophical questions. The origins of science fiction are most often thought to trace to Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, a story born from a night of spooky tale-telling by the fireside that explores scientific, moral, and ethical questions that were of great concern in the 19th century - and that continue to resonate today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love sci fi you should listen to this book.

  • By T. Pearce on 21-06-18

Superb whistle-stop tour of Sci-Fi & Philosophy

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Reviewed: 13-10-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this vast in scope survey which highlights the value of science fiction and importance of philosophy.

Clevery structured and peppered with fascinating insights and humerous, thought-provoking anecdotes throughout. A must-listen for fans of Dr. Who and Star Trek!

As Dr Spock famously said:
"Logic is the beginning of Wisdom... not the end!"

  • Project Management for Dummies

  • UK Edition
  • By: Nick Graham, Stanley E. Portny
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

In today's time-pressured, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Project Management For Dummies shows business professionals what works and what doesn't by examining the field's best practices. You can learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects more efficiently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book. helps with all kinds of management.

  • By James on 22-04-16

Excellent survey of the Project Management Process

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Reviewed: 08-10-18

This audiobook is a very well-structured, detailed and thorough guide to the subject of project management.

Whilst not alluding to any particular methodology it is very clear from the outset that a lot of detailed work has gone into creating this book and it is packed full of helpful tips and best practice that we can all learn from irrespective of experience.
Narration was very good too. Never condescending, always clear and upbeat and this made for a very enjoyable listen, particularly whilst driving to work.

Highly recommended indeed!

  • The Learning Brain

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thad A. Polk PhD Carnegie Mellon University
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

One of the most complicated and advanced computers on Earth can't be purchased in any store. This astonishing device, responsible for storing and retrieving vast quantities of information that can be accessed at a moment's notice, is the human brain. How does such a dynamic and powerful machine make memories, learn a language, and remember how to drive a car? What habits can we adopt in order to learn more effectively throughout our lives? The answers to these questions are merely the tip of the iceberg in The Learning Brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating course

  • By Mr. J. A. Ball on 07-08-18

Outstanding audio lecture

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Reviewed: 06-10-18

I really enjoyed listening to this very well structured and helpful course. It is packed full of great tips and strategies to help strengthen and reinforce the learning process.

I recommend this wonderful lecture series for teachers and students and anyone with a burning desire to learn new things.

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  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A big commitment, easily paid off!

  • By m sinclair on 20-02-17

Outstanding account of English History!

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Reviewed: 23-08-17

This is a really incredible audiobook expertly narrated by experienced voice actor Stephen Thorne. The rich tapestry if significant historic events is vividly brought to life in detailed narrative. Tremendous achievement that makes me proud to be British and highly recommended for avid audiobook listeners.
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