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Peter Lawless

County Wicklow, Ireland
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  • Life 3.0

  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Penguin Audio presents Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, read by Rob Shapiro. We stand at the beginning of a new era. What was once science fiction is fast becoming reality, as AI transforms war, crime, justice, jobs and society - and even our very sense of what it means to be human. More than any other technology, AI has the potential to revolutionise our collective future - and there's nobody better situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and thought provoking.

  • By Heisenberg on 09-04-18

Plan on being alive in 2025? Read this!

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Reviewed: 08-12-18

What an amazing story.. beautifully crafted glimpse into the future.. with an ending we, as humanity, will help create.

  • The Crowd

  • A Study of the Popular Mind
  • By: Gustave Le Bon
  • Narrated by: John Clickman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Social theorist Gustave Le Bon gives historical insight into the political thinking of his era while offering timeless social commentary. Le Bon challenges the listener to contemplate how individual ideas change - often to a destructive end - when employed in a setting of groupthink. As technology and communications innovations make group formation easy and accessible for better or for worse, this book's message is certainly one that will not be lost in the crowd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • some gems

  • By Peter Lawless on 19-09-18

some gems

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-18

A lot of good stuff... however some of his biases, such as "the feeble and primitive minds of women and children" might rankle with some!

  • The Innovators

  • How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like it, but ...

  • By VTS on 22-04-17

A must read

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Reviewed: 17-09-18

Brilliant.. leads the listener on a wonderful journey spanning 1 and a half centuries to today's digital age

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  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed the World
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved, Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy. In this breathtaking new audiobook, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writer finds a great topic

  • By Judy Corstjens on 24-12-16

Fuck you Muchael Lewis

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

.. here i am sitting on a beach in Spain having just listened to probably one of the most brilliant books ever.. tears streaming down my face.. you are a bloody genius.. talk about creating "Shophie's Choice" with two brilliant minds.. I hope you read this Michael.. you're right up there with the pair of wonderful tortured genii... Thank you.

  • The Fourth Turning

  • An American Prophecy
  • By: William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • Narrated by: William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
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    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

This provocative book has found renewed popularity in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks: Is this the onset of the Crisis - the Fourth Turning - of which the authors predict? Hear it and decide for yourself. An audible.com audio exclusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • phenomenal prescience from a book written in 1997

  • By Peter Lawless on 01-01-18

phenomenal prescience from a book written in 1997

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

the authors accurately predict much of what came to pass in the 00's.. and give us deep insights in how to proceed, today 20 years after it was written and 10 years after the GFC

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  • Stealing Fire

  • How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We LIve and Work
  • By: Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

The authors of the best-selling Bold and The Rise of Superman explore altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, in this groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink's Drive and Charles Duhigg's Smarter Faster Better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first book that I really reasonate with

  • By Ciprian on 26-03-17

Just awesome

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Reviewed: 11-12-17

I can only imagine how supercharged the world would be, full of people wanting to be the best they can be while respecting others and their environment if loads of people read/listened to this fantastic book

  • The Rise of Superman

  • Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average pop Psychology

  • By ACB on 05-02-16

Beyond what we might have believed possible

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Reviewed: 02-11-17

Rare, insightful and a deep guide to what is humanly possible and helping us stretch our imagination to abilities that lie beneath our consciousness.

I truly envy you your first encounter with this amazing tale.

  • The New Market Wizards

  • Conversations with America's Top Traders
  • By: Jack D. Schwager
  • Narrated by: DJ Holte
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Some traders distinguish themselves from the herd. These supertraders make millions of dollars - sometimes in hours - and consistently outperform their peers. As he did in his acclaimed national best seller, Market Wizards, Jack Schwager interviews a host of these supertraders, spectacular winners whose success occurs across a spectrum of financial markets. These traders use different methods, but they all share an edge. How do they do it? What separates them from the others? What can they teach the average trader or investor?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're a trader, buy this.

  • By Mr on 22-11-17

mandatory education for all traders

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-17

This is timeless, each time you listen you'll pick up at least 10 nuggets to power your own profits

  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A magazine article posing as a book

  • By Peter on 05-12-08

Fertiliser for those who wish to grow

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Reviewed: 08-07-17

This masterpiece is proof that black swans can shake the very foundation of what we believe is normal. If this book were to be introduced to national curricular, I believe mankind could finally mature towards our potential.

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