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D. Oliver

Surrey, UK
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  • Abaddon's Gate

  • Expanse, Book 3
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237

For generations the solar system--Mars, the moon, the asteroid belt--was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another enjoyable romp

  • By T on 08-06-15

A Fantastic Story

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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: 27-07-18

A really great story building on the first two books. Looking forward to the next.

  • The Empathy Instinct

  • How to Create a More Civil Society
  • By: Peter Bazalgette
  • Narrated by: Peter Bazalgette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute, without which mutually cooperative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. Via the MRI scanner, we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the Internet, the justice system, decent health care, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired!

  • By D. Oliver on 16-02-17

Inspired!

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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: 16-02-17

Fact after fact after fact, Bazalgette backs up his points, all creating a highly convincing picture of a better society driven by better connections with one another, all by using empathy as the primary tool.

Like all tools empathy requires skills and practices to use it well Bazalgette provides grounded pointers in many different genres, such as health, prison reform, education and IT where the greater use of an empathy instinct has proven to create better lasting results.

Essential reading for anyone who wishes to help build a better future for us all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Trina on 13-04-13

Essential reading for introverts

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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: 02-11-16

For the quiet amongst us this is the definitive book on understanding on introversion in the modern world and how to cope.

  • Future Crimes

  • A Journey to the Dark Side of Technology - and How to Survive It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Marc Goodman, Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The New York Times best seller. Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest and most innovative adopters of technology, and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank accounts, and wiping out computer servers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By John Thurman on 24-08-15

If you use a computer listen to this.

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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: 15-05-15

Often people take online security in the modern world for granted.

This audio book gives a no-holds bared account of what will happen if we all don't act now.

So listen, take not and act now.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • River out of Eden

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

The number-one Sunday Times best seller. A fascinating explanation of how evolution works, from bestselling author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins. The river of Dawkins's title is a river of DNA, flowing through time from the beginning of life on earth to the present - and onwards. Dawkins explains that DNA must be thought of as the most sophisticated information system imaginable: 'Life is just bytes and bytes of information,' he writes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short & Sweet but perfectly formed

  • By D. Oliver on 17-04-15

Short & Sweet but perfectly formed

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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: 17-04-15

It's not the longest of Richard Dawkins books but what lacks in pages makes up for in content. I thought I knew a lot about genes but this book completes the story and frankly it is more awe inspiring then I initially comprehended.

As a long time agnostic I have had to reconsider my stance after reading this as full blown atheism just makes more logical sense.

  • 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 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

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

Intelligent, thought provoking fun.

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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: 15-04-15

I very much enjoyed this book as it was thought provoking and inspiring all at the same time.

The book doesn't take itself too seriously but the life lesson it is teaching has already affect my family life!

As my wife had decided to leave a dead end stressful job in an office to pursue her lives dream of becoming a makeup artist. She was wavering but just listening to one short chapter made her realise her decision was indeed the right one. And made me decide to do more to help my wife fulfil her dream.

life after all is about discovering happiness in whatever form that may be.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful