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  • Deviate

  • The Science of Seeing Differently
  • By: Beau Lotto
  • Narrated by: Beau Lotto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing. In his first major audiobook, Beau Lotto draws on over a decade of pioneering research to show how our brains play tricks on us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Work - But worth it!

  • By Anonymous User on 28-10-18

So good I listened to it twice

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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: 29-04-18

A wonderful way to look at life. A great and positive way of thinking. It takes a bit of time to get to the point but well worth it.

  • Solve for Happy

  • Engineer Your Path to Joy
  • By: Mo Gawdat
  • Narrated by: Mo Gawdat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Solve for Happy is a startlingly original book about creating and maintaining happiness, written by a top Google executive with an engineer's training and fondness for thoroughly analyzing a problem. In 2004 Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker whose gifts had landed him top positions in half a dozen companies and who - in his spare time - had created significant wealth, realized that he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would, examining all the provable facts and scrupulously following logic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic narrative of a complex subject made easy

  • By Lisa McNulty on 25-03-17

A book with its own soul

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Any additional comments?

It was a great book with a real soul, the only reason i gave it four star's as it goes on a bit too long about a designer and then tries to justify it with bad logic (its a personal belief, I get that, but please don't use bad statistics). Other than that, a great read.

  • Born to Run

  • The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets - and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Born to Run

  • By Gilmonkey on 23-05-12

Slow start, great ending

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

Reviewed: 23-06-16

A slow start but mid way though the story really picked up pace and I ended up really enjoying it

  • The Church of Fear

  • Inside the Weird World of Scientology
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: John Sweeney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on, and followed, and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera, and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Bonkers

  • By David on 16-07-15

Truly Bonkers

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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: 16-07-15

Any additional comments?

This is a great insight into a truly bonkers world. Although John Sweeney makes it clear that there was much more that could have gone into the book, due to the litigious nature of the church the content was restricted. For me, this actually worked really well as it made the book far more powerful and personal because everything was based on hard, in your face evidence.

And John, don't feel bad about exploding like a tomato, I thought you were really rather restrained!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Survival Guide for Life

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Tom Patrick Stephens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Life in the wild teaches us invaluable lessons. Extreme situations force us to seize opportunities, face up to dangers and rely on our instincts. But living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be an even greater challenge... In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned lessons he’s learned from some of the harshest environments on earth. How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you? How can you inspire a team to follow you in spite of obvious danger?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be compulsory reading for everyone!

  • By ella on 05-09-17

Self help Bear Grylls style

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Not what I expected and when I started I was a bit disappointed. After a few chapters I though this would be great for teens, towards the end I actually quite enjoyed it. Well, who wouldn't enjoy the relentless upbeat, can do, never give up, be a better person attitude that comes with Bear Grylls.

For this type of book its length is about right not sure much more could have been added.

So, if you are a teen / early twenty, read it, live by it and life will be good. If you are an old grey hair like myself then it's still not a bad reminder that a relentless upbeat, can do, never give up, be a better person attitude would have been a great way of living the past 40+ years.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know

  • By: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Narrated by: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity, and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author, and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too short

  • By Jonathon on 06-01-17

Leaves you wanting more

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

It's like a taster session. I'm pretty sure that Ranulph Fiennes has more detail in his life to write about than the three or so hours contained in this book. Having had the taster, if he did ever write a more complete story of his life, I would buy it.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,863

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

Well balanced and original

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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: 28-05-15

A fascinating read about the human story to date. I really enjoyed the way Harari takes ideas back to basic principles and then applies reason on top. He is clearly a man who thinks for himself so there is a lot of original ideas contained within the book. He also doesn't take too many liberties where stating what we do and don't know about human history which is always refreshing. To top it all off it is a great performance by the narrator.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd, What If? gives hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions. How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun that descends into silliness

  • By Dr L Madden on 01-12-14

Good fun science

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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: 06-05-15

As a science buff it's great reading books which are based on facts (or at least research) rather than the usual fluff and pointless opinion ... Even if the facts are in themselves pointless.

  • The Art of Creative Thinking

  • By: Rod Judkins
  • Narrated by: Phil Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

The secrets of creative thinking by a lecturer at the world famous St. Martin's College of Art who has spent a lifetime researching innovative thinkers. A scuba-diving company faces bankruptcy because sharks have infested the area. Solution? Open the world's first extreme diving school. The Art of Creative Thinking reveals how we can transform ourselves, our businesses, and our society through a deeper understanding of human creativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, thought provoking fun.

  • By D. Oliver on 15-04-15

Tosh but interesting

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

A load of old tosh, but none the less still quite inspiring. Lots of antidotes and ideas on how to be creative which is based around famous people. I'm sure some of the ideas are good, but there is no substance behind any of them.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

Thought provoking Jon Ronson style

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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: 02-04-15

A great read, more serious than other books of his I have listened to. However it's done with his usual dry wit. Its
Basically about public shaming the Twitter way which is one of those topics that I didn't have an opinion on before I read the book but I really should have.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful