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  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larson Does It Again!

  • By S. Morris on 24-06-18

Another great instalment

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

The journey continues and it’s just getting better ... it’s just such good fun ... recommended continuation in the series

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,554

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

unique sci-fi escapade

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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: 22-02-18

wow ... was wondering where this book was going ... protagonist's bad choices, greedy guys, bad guys, technology, and the moon ... interesting melting pot

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

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

Just read primer on AI

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Reviewed: 19-02-18

if your wondering about AI and why some people are so worried this is the perfect place to start. be prepared to put the effort into understanding the topics discussed and you'll not be disappointed.

TLDR the odds of a faverable outcome of AI explosion isn't looking good. there are simply too many issues for them all to go our way ... so ...

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  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  • By: Eric Barker
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book

  • By JedHoll on 21-05-17

Fantastic

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Reviewed: 15-12-17

Really enjoyed the book . Pointing out all sorts of ideas you think should give you performance but don't ... we really are barking up the wrong tree for a lot of the time.

  • The Greatest

  • The Quest for Sporting Perfection
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed,the book doesn't really go anywhere.

  • By Anonymous User on 08-03-18

Fantastic look and reflection on sporting personalities and events what makes them great

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Reviewed: 16-10-17

I don't follow football or could be considered a sports person, but I wholeheartedly agree sport and competition is important to us all. It's visceral we can't help ourself's and this book explores that aspect of human nature and how we strive for perfection of something arguably so trivial.

  • Business Adventures

  • Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
  • By: John Brooks
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio on companies, value and shares

  • By Kenny Marshall on 23-03-17

Business in context 20th century

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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: 08-10-17

What I find astounding about this book is the way many stories bring to life business in the mid 20th century ... success and failure are presented ... collectively the stories illustrate that while some things change others always remain the same.

  • Run Program

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

What's worse than a child with a magnifying glass, a garden full of ants, and a brilliant mind full of mischief? Try Al, a well-meaning but impish artificial intelligence with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums. Hope Takeda, a lab assistant charged with educating and socializing Al, soon discovers that day care is a lot more difficult when your kid is an evolving and easily frightened A.I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He said she said

  • By mr peter a r pryde on 09-07-17

AI story of what just might happen

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Reviewed: 03-09-17

Congratulations to Scott on the creation of a all too real story about what would happen with a "run away" AI ... fantastic story really enjoyed the twists

  • How Google Works

  • By: Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham, Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Both Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google as seasoned Silicon Valley business executives, but over the course of a decade they came to see the wisdom in Coach John Wooden's observation that 'it's what you learn after you know it all that counts'. As they helped grow Google from a young start-up to a global icon, they relearned everything they knew about management.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Darren on 17-12-14

Must read for any business professional

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Many have witnessed the growth of the large digital companies but few have been able to witness from the inside how that growth has been made. this book is a peak at some of what has made google. There are a large number of take always (how to recruit, interview, deal with large numbers of Too emails...) and far more inspirational elements .

  • Rogue World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 7
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed

  • By spencerhudson on 23-06-17

Really enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 23-06-17

While this was a slow start , setting up a family start to the book .. once it started going it was very enjoyable. We come across the usual characters but not over crowding a new story. The end came too quickly and I wanted more ... and there were more than a few twists left yet to be explored

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  • Equinox

  • Children of Occam, Book 2
  • By: Christian Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

A delicate balance exists between humankind on Earth and the Coronians, the descendants of terrestrial scientists who were marooned aboard the space station Equinox. In exchange for raw materials crucial to expanding their off-world home, the Coronians provide precious space-based solar power to an Earth obscured by greenhouse gasses. But distrust runs deep between the two races, with each yearning for freedom from their mutual dependence yet both terrified of perishing without the other's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining and thought provoking

  • By spencerhudson on 18-06-17

Wonderfully entertaining and thought provoking

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Reviewed: 18-06-17

Picking up from containment but developing it so much further. The story begins with the lives of very different people as very slowly it entwines them together. We see from various perspectives how their modern lives are and how events change them all ... looking forward to coming back to this ...