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  • Sum: Tales from the Afterlives

  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Nick Cave, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

In this astounding book, David Eagleman entertains forty fictional possibilities of life beyond death. With wit and humanity he asks the key questions about existence, hope, technology and love. These stories are full of big ideas and bold imagination.This audiobook assembles a stellar cast of readers who bring the scenarios of SUM brilliantly alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem of a book not to be missed

  • By Vivienne on 13-10-10

Thought provoking!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Loved the different narrators and how each story highlighted something, some insight to be taken about this life.

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philosophy Bites

  • By dave on 01-03-15

Enjoyed the overview of many great thinkers

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-07-18

Narration was good, liked the comparisons pitting thinkers against each other, and spans a wide range of notable philosophers from ancient to contemporary.

  • 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 6,060
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,283

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

Big ideas, great performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Harari offers big ideas combed from the last few decades discoveries, synthesised into new lenses through with to see humans and society, and possibilities of the future that don't merely harken back to examples from history.

That said, there is repetition of ideas within the book, as well as repetition of many ideas from Sapiens, as if the author is experimenting with many different combinations and angles on the ideas. That said, they are more like recurring theme or conceits than word for word repetition.

The performance is word perfect and easy to listen to and engaging.