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  • 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 2,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520

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

Must Listen that should be on all reading lists

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Excellent, learned so much and certainly made me think.

A difficult subject made interesting.

Helped by great narration

  • Heroes

  • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,709

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

  • By Simon on 02-11-18

Fry's English Delight Does it Again

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Another excellent listen, very interesting, well written and as always so entertainingly narrated!

Makes my journey to work a real pleasure, sadly my listening gets interrupted by 10hrs of mind numbing drivel at the office until I found sanity on my journey home with this audiobook once again.

Learn ancient history in a Novel way.

  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

Wow! no wonder you want to be Secret Mr Barrister!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Simply brilliant but scary as sh*t!

Fascinating, Entertaining, Scary as wholly hell if are relying on the UK justice system to keep you safe!

Well put together and Jack Hawkins does a top job narrating.

If you live in the UK, you should listen to this.......if you dare!

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

Interesting Topic, Delivered in an Engaging Way

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

This is a well written and well-narrated book on an interesting subject.

Who knew that learning from our mistakes could make the world and life a safer, more evolved and generally a happier place.......well probably everybody, but it takes a book like this to spell it out.

A great book for critical thinkers that will change the world one day or people like me that just like to sit around the BBQ and bitch about the stupidity of people!

Good anecdotes, Good Flow and well narrated (and that make a big difference)

Simply, this book was a great investment in my drive to & from work and walking the dog time!

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,132

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

How very interesting!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Another Yuval Harari Winner!

A very thought-provoking listen, enables a lay persons like me room to become a BBQ philosopher.

Tackling some of the biggest and a few smaller modern and future day thinkings in an engaging, sometimes humorous and sometimes worrying way! don't panic Mr Mannering!

Anybody that likes to think beyond the day-2-day but does not want to somebody else's philosophies, dogma's or crazy religious crap thrust down their throat are highly likely to enjoy this.

Plus a call out for great narration, well done Derek Perkins.

It might not change your life, but it will make you think about it.

  • 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 3,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,795

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Sleep just for the Weak?

  • By R Blades on 15-01-18

Genuinely life changing!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

Very interesting, after spending my life to date as minimum sleeper and only thinking of the impact my day to the next sleep session I really did not know the true impact.

A scientific & social subject that could send you to sleep :-) is delivered in an interesting and engaging way.

The narration is also very animated and well delivered, although a couple of the accents might need a little practice especially Macca's.

Great Listen!

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,812

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Top Notch! A1! Bravo! Well Worth a Buy!

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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: 07-07-18

I was never schooled as some posh peeps on classic literature, but always enjoy a Christmas "Clash of the Titans" or Easter Monday "Jason and the Argonauts" more recently over the past 10 years by "Percy Jackson".

Listening to this book was like listening to a prequel to all this genre of movie, but more than that it was a fun and entertaining way of looking at the History of Greek Mythology and so interesting to identify the fairy tales, parables, fables and where JK Rowling and even Marvel scriptwriters clearly reach when they need ideas and inspiration.

The bloke that did the narration was also pretty good at conveying the authors intent,

My only complaint was I would have loved to of had some contrasting myths taken from the Celts, Norse, American Indian etc.and those crazy religious story books (you know the ones) but maybe that's for another book sometime.

Great Listen and I am just about to listen to it for the 2nd time in succession.

Hoorah! for Mr Fry

  • Maps of Meaning

  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't hesitate. Just buy it.

  • By Jonathan on 13-06-18

not for me

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I want to find something positive about this book because I like the idea of it, but sadly this was just self-indulgent twaddle and while I admire Jordan for having the confidence to narrate his own book sadly I think his accent and tone are more appreciated by a localised audience not for the global market,

While I hope it sells well because anybody that puts the efforts into authoring and narrating 31 hrs of work deserves some reward but for me sadly I will be asking audible for my money back on this occasion.

There are better books out there, it was a miss for me.

5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 18 hrs
    560 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful and distracting

  • By miriam on 12-11-16

This made me Happy,now I know what Happy is!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

Well worth a listen / read, is it really different than all the other self help, self aware, personal development genre books claiming to have a new take on how to to self improve, that I don't really know! but Derren's look back at how close history came to maybe finding a happier self but instead walking past this and instead putting the responsibility onto saviors, gurus and gods to instead tell us how to be happy. Plus it gives a little insight into Derren's self.

The narration by Jot was good and it kept the listening entertaining, almost to the point of feeling Derren's energy and enthusiasm coming through.

I enjoyed enough to have a 2nd listen.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,952

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

Brilliant should be mandated reading for everybody

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

If you could sum up Sapiens in three words, what would they be?

Interesting Educational Thought-Provoking

What did you like best about this story?

The flow and subject linkage is excellent, while history itself obviously links changes in nature, culture and events. The author really keeps this moving in a logic direction and does not just jump all over the place like other similar books.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Picking a most enjoyable area is very difficult as this was a real page turner, well whatever the equivalent is in audiobook land and I enjoyed every paragraph from start to finish. I suppose how we became communities, how credit and stock market came into existence and the truth about happiness would be most memorable sections.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me knod and shake my head throughout, the knod of learning something new and the shake of disbelief for how Sapiens have interacted with nature throughout history.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that I cannot wait for the BBC or History Channel to commission the documentary version of it.It should be mandatory reading for everybody., I am just about to start listening again.And finally my compliments to narration selection Derek Perkins was a perfect choice for delivering this material, very well articulated.