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  • Midnight in Chernobyl

  • The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
  • By: Adam Higginbotham
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the 30 years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers not only its own citizens but all of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Jamie Cowan on 09-04-19

A fascinating and well researched book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

The author was able to explain the factual details about the disaster while telling a story which keeps you engaged throughout.

  • Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World
  • By: Bruce Schneier
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Everything is a computer. Ovens are computers that make things hot; refrigerators are computers that keep things cold. These computers - from home thermostats to chemical plants - are all online. All computers can be hacked. And Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: Cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, renowned expert and best-selling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscing of his other work.

  • By Ervinas on 19-05-19

<br />Below average and largely misleading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-19

This book mainly illustrates the authors dated opinions and lack of understanding of the feelings of the security community.

  • Dawn of the Code War

  • America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat
  • By: John P. Carlin, Garrett M. Graff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The inside story of how America's enemies launched a cyberwar against us - and how we've learned to fight back. In this dramatic audiobook, former assistant attorney general John P. Carlin takes listeners to the front lines of a global but little-understood fight as the Justice Department and the FBI chases down hackers, online terrorist recruiters, and spies. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A very poor biased book

  • By LondonBubble on 22-04-19

A mediocre book made worse by obvious bias.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-19


The book has a couple of interesting insights but is consistently let down by the author's one sided attempts to explain two sided issues. Unfortunately the author is also completely unable to state facts without inserting a blatant political bias and glosses over a number of vital facts which might negatively impact on his personal opinions.

  • Wool

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Niamh on 23-01-13

Just awful.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-18

If you love hearing about men crying and the macho women who save them, this is a book for you.

This audio book may also function well as a sleep aid to those who struggle to doze off as the narrator seems to hate the book as much as I do.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,341

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

Politics masquerading as science

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-17

Although the beginning of the book is informative and well thought out, after a while it begins to become more and more political, replacing hard facts with the ideology of the author. At this point I am very disappointed with the decision to discard scientific accuracy, and would not recommend this book to anyone.

18 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Welcome to the Universe

  • An Astrophysical Tour
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Graphic!

  • By polestar on 07-03-17

Welcome to being insulted.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

If you enjoy being told continuously that you are dumber, and more idiotic than you previously thought, this is a great read!

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timely topic, ponderous style and robot narrator

  • By Neil Stoker on 16-08-17

Interesting topic, but annoying reader.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-17

the book itself is good, but they narrator can be infuriating to listen to. Having a narrator who says 'intelligethe' in a book about superintelligence gets frustrating really fast.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful