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  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,771

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discouraging for insomniacs

  • By Aviation buff on 11-08-18

Brilliant and vitally important

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

A brilliant and well narrated summary of sleep studies that highlights the clear dangers of a lack of sleep so common in today’s society. Highly recommend this book to anybody who routinely isn’t getting at least 8 hours of bed time... as well as to those who are lucky enough to obtain that or more.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grow your mind

  • By Paul Murphy on 07-09-18

More personal book

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I have read Sapiens and Homo Deus before, both of which I enjoyed immensely. Hey n 21 Lessons there is a lot of overlap with the themes in the other two books, yet it is still very much worth a read. 21 Lessons seems much more of a personal book for Harari - there is more Harari in it, with anecdotes from his own life, opinions and personal revelations. This is the first of the three books where I felt the author either over-simplified or misunderstood certain issues that deserve more depth of analysis (or perhaps more understanding or personal experience with), e.g., religion, among others. However, overall, it was an enjoyable read, even if it was as much about the author as it was about the world.

  • Deep Thinking

  • Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
  • By: Garry Kasparov
  • Narrated by: Bob Brown, Garry Kasparov
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Garry Kasparov gives his first public account of his landmark 1997 chess match with the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue and explains why, 20 years later, he's become convinced that artificial intelligence is good for humans. In May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. It was a watershed moment in the history of technology....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-07-18

Loved the book but the narration is lacking

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-18

I really enjoyed the honesty and the intellectual courage of the author and, although I do not play chess (I just know how to move the pieces), I found the book very engaging. However, I didn’t love the narration. It seemed as if the narrator hadn’t read the book before. He mispronounces names and places, and reads some sentences as if he can only see two words ahead. Nevertheless, the book is a great listen and I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to get their head around how technology is changing our human world. And to those who might be interested in the story of an extraordinary man, Garry Kasparov.

  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to to be a better listener.

  • By Swing Swang on 28-08-14

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Witty, informative and well narrated. This is the second book by Mark Forsyth that I’ve heard, and I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended if you are a language buff.

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  • The Internet of Money

  • By: Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Bitcoin, a technological breakthrough quietly introduced to the world in 2008, is transforming much more than finance. Bitcoin is disrupting antiquated industries to bring financial independence to billions worldwide. In this book, Andreas explains why bitcoin is a financial and technological evolution with potential far exceeding the label "digital currency."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Anonymous User on 29-03-18

Mediocre

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Bitcoin propaganda full of platitudes and clearly directed at people who don’t understand money. I’m not sure the author himself understands money.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Meet David Sedaris: Series One

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 173

David Sedaris's remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is surpassed only by his ability to make his stories even moire hilarious when he reads them aloud. This is his first series for Radio 4, and he reads essays and diary entries from across all seven of his books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still smiling

  • By timothy on 06-11-17

Boring

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-17

Monotonous rendition of mediocre materials. Surprised by others’ glorious reviews. Perhaps you m just not getting the jokes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nutrition Made Clear

  • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good information - rather too American

  • By Jules P on 14-06-16

Aimed at overweight Americans but still contains lots of useful info

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

This course is mainly addressed to the part of the American society that is overweight and generally uneducated on nutrition and exercise. That said, it contains a lot of useful information. I wish it were 50% shorter and dedicated more time to actual nutrition information, rather than to making a sensible and sustainable plan to lose 80 pounds of the 120 lbs one needs to lose. I understand there is a need for the latter, but a) then the title of the course is misleading and b) the people who need a weight-loss plan the most are less likely to listen to a course on "nutrition" than to a "weight management" course. Anyway, there are good bits (I just wish the author hadn't rushed through them) and you can skip the chapters that you find too basic or boring.

  • The Memory Illusion

  • Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are
  • By: Julia Shaw
  • Narrated by: Siri Steinmo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Think you have a good memory? Think again. Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And yet the truth is they are far from being the accurate records of the past we like to think they are. True, we can all admit to having suffered occasional memory lapses, such as entering a room and immediately forgetting why or suddenly being unable to recall the name of someone we've met dozens of times. But what if we have the potential for more profound errors of memory?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An unpleasant listen

  • By JR on 29-06-16

Good book but gets tedious at times

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Pretty good book but I personally could do with fewer examples - despite the author's best efforts to keep it entertaining, it felt at times she was driving the same point home over and over again. Also, for me personally the narrator's voice was a bit annoying, although to be fair she read it quite well overall (of you ignore her not knowing how to pronounce certain people's names). Overall, a decent book on how unreliable memory can be.

  • Fingerprints of the Gods

  • The Quest Continues
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 'Is it unreasonable to assume?!'

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-06-16

A must read

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

Reviewed: 28-09-16

A thoughtful, intelligent and comprehensive interdisciplinary work uniting mythology from a multitude of cultures and ages with modern scientific knowledge, and beautifully narrated by the author. Cannot recommend it enough. Moving right on to the sequel, Magicians of the Gods!

7 of 14 people found this review helpful