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  • Bad Pharma

  • How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every medical doctor should read this!

  • By Lut on 23-12-12

Must read

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Reviewed: 24-07-18

If you’ve been prescribed any drugs or take any medicines then this is worth a listen. Be sceptical about the evidence that’s out there suggesting the drug is going to better your health eg. how much better then the placebo is it? How many people in the trial got terrible side effects?
Having listened to this book I would definitely find the trials and do further investigation before taking any prescribed drugs.

  • Advanced Investments

  • By: Steve L. Slezak, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steve L. Slezak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4 out of 5 stars 16
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

This is an advanced course for investors in the market, covering cutting-edge investment principles and practices used by professionals. You learn hands-on techniques for analyzing the central problem of investing: How to determine if a potential investment is a good deal. Employing concepts from probability and statistics, you learn how to measure risk accurately. Then you explore methods for determining if a given security, such as a stock or bond, will generate returns that compensate for its risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An insight into financial mathematical tools

  • By Ricardo Maragna on 30-09-17

About as technical as could be for an Audible

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-08-17

There were difficult bits to listen to without seeing the formulates eg. the chapters on bond pricing and standard deviation. I would have struggled if I wasn't already familiar with the material. There was lots on the CAPM model. I would have liked more on the 3-factor and 5-factor equity return models but at least they were mentioned. There are few useful internet sites of analysis mentioned which I will check out.
Overall, stay in the equity market over the long term and be prepared for large drawdowns (but don't panic and sell), and stay diversified.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 457
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
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    5 out of 5 stars 416

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and thought provoking

  • By Stephanie on 09-02-15

Answers all the questions I had on drug policy

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Reviewed: 14-06-17

The debate on drugs in the UK is not high profile or sophisticated. This audiobook covers addiction and it's causes, how misguided the 'War on Drugs' is, the opioids epidemic in the US, how prohibition doesn't/hasn't helped. It changed the way I look at drugs policy and hopefully will be read/listened to by policymakers. It sometimes covers anecdotes and stories in lots of detail but is always backed up by evidence and scientific studies.

  • The Memory Illusion

  • Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are
  • By: Julia Shaw
  • Narrated by: Siri Steinmo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
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    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Think you have a good memory? Think again. Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And yet the truth is they are far from being the accurate records of the past we like to think they are. True, we can all admit to having suffered occasional memory lapses, such as entering a room and immediately forgetting why or suddenly being unable to recall the name of someone we've met dozens of times. But what if we have the potential for more profound errors of memory?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An unpleasant listen

  • By JR on 29-06-16

Interesting intro to memory

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Reviewed: 15-01-17

The book explained how fallible our memories are and gave good examples for when this can become problematic (e.g. Solving crimes that happened a long time ago).
It also explained how easy it is to form new memories of events that didn't happen. Whilst this is worrying it is less worrying than the fact that few people understand this!
Definitely worth a listen to if you're interested in memory.

  • Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

  • By: Patrick Grim, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick Grim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of history's most profound thinkers. But only in our own time are we beginning to see the true complexity of this quest, as today's philosophers draw on the latest evidence from neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and other fields to probe deeply into the inner workings of the mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it!

  • By Chris on 23-04-15

Great course!

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Reviewed: 15-01-17

I've done a Philosophy of Mind course at the London School of Philosophy and this audible covered all the interesting bits in a clear and concise way.
If you want to know about the ways philosophers (both past and present) think about the mind and brain then I recommend this course.

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More knowledge gained .

  • By Meb on 02-05-15

Great course!

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Reviewed: 15-01-17

Interesting course on the Viking period of Scandinavia. It's got everything you'd expect from the course. I liked the parts on discovery and settlement of Iceland; discovery of North America; how Christianity changed the Scandinavian economy and so relied less on Viking raids; the impact of Vikings on England e.g. King Alfred's defence of the raids and later when Harold defeated Harald in 1066 only to be defeated by William afterwards.

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  • Biografía: Simón Bolívar [Biography: Simón Bolívar]

  • Simón Bolívar: Alfarero de Repúblicas
  • By: Jon Aizpúrua
  • Narrated by: Jon Aizpúrua
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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El genio poliédrico de Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) ha sido y es motivo de admiración universal. Fue el hombre de la guerra y de la paz: estadista, soldado, legislador, tribuno, maestro en la vida, en el pensamiento y en la acción. Proveniente de una familia aristocrática, desde su Venezuela natal extendió la lucha emancipadora contra el imperio español y tras haber librado cientos de batallas consiguió la liberación de Colombia y Ecuador, consolidó la independencia del Perú y dio nacimiento a Bolivia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got to love Bolivar

  • By Booka on 15-09-16

Got to love Bolivar

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Reviewed: 15-09-16

I used it to help learn Spanish. It's a good biography describing important events and his life.

  • Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

  • By: David Christian, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Christian
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • big history. big bang. big lecture

  • By Kindle Customer on 15-05-17

Excellent context to all the other Great Courses

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Reviewed: 14-09-16

If you could sum up Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity in three words, what would they be?

A story from the Big Bang to today in an attempt to determine the most significant trends and events during these 13.7 billion years.

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

I think these questions need updating by Amazon for Great Courses

  • Power French Verbs I (English and French Edition)

  • By: Mark Frobose
  • Narrated by: Mark Frobose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    3 out of 5 stars 4

Power French Verbs I is a cutting-edge, fast and easy to learn five one-hour lesson program that teaches authentic French verbs in native context. A variety of teaching approaches are employed to encourage the learner to speak. A trained English speaking American instructor guides the listener through the program in English while a trained and educated native French speaker teaches beginning to high-intermediate French verbs the way they are really spoken in France today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Booka on 03-03-16

Very good

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Reviewed: 03-03-16

I was starting from near absolute beginner level.
He repeats words and sentences enough times to really hear them properly which gives you a chance at remembering them. Enough different tenses are covered for this level. It gives you something to build on so hopefully the tables of verb endings will have more meaning.

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  • The Early Middle Ages

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
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    5 out of 5 stars 133

The Early Middle Ages-the years from A.D. 650 to 1000-were crucial to Europe's future social and political development. These 24 lectures trace a journey from Scandinavia across northern and central Europe to the farthest reaches of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, providing an exciting new look an era often simply called the "Dark Ages."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insight into a little understood period

  • By David on 27-12-14

Passionate lectures about an interesting period

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Reviewed: 24-08-15

I've listened to lots of Great Courses and this is one of the best because of his passion and the period.
He covers a long period of 700 years when Saint Augustine and Charlemagne were key players and a part of history that not many people seem to know much about. It's hard to keep track of so many groups of people: the Visigoths, the Arabs, the Vikings, the Merovingians and Carolingians but the course brings them a bit closer to the present.
I'm looking forward to the next one.

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