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  • Very Good, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

Jeeves, not only a tireless servant to the feckless Bertie Wooster, is the saviour of a good many other individuals as well. The list is long: Bingo Little has cause to be grateful to Jeeves in the affair of the marooned cabinet minister; Sippy Sipperley, when he is persecuted by his former headmaster; Tuppy Glossop, in his foolhardy pursuit of Cora Bellinger the opera singer; not to mention Miss Dalgeish the dog-girl; Bertie's fat Uncle George when he brushes with the lower classes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Variable quality

  • By Ian1956 on 23-02-08

brilliantly read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Jeeves and Wooster as it should be read. Off as orff is just right and Jonathan Cecil gets it right every time. Recording quality is variable but I can forgive it with the intonation and witty reading. I don't need to tell you about the stories - if you don't know them just buy and listen. If you do know them just buy them and listen again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nudge

  • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
  • By: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hot title for libertarians who want to do good

  • By Andy Parsons on 17-09-09

Choice architecture

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

This is the "applications" book that (for me) follows on from the theory presented in nobel prize winner Daniel Kahnemann's "Thinking, fast and slow" - so if you haven't read that, my hunch is that you won't get this - it may seem too superficial, even though each topic is taken in some detail. I think it is excellent and gives good advice for anyone who is a "choice architect" - including governments - on how to help people make better choices. Along the way the authors also give some financial planning advice!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Adapt

  • Why Success Always Starts with Failure
  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Everything we know about solving the world’s problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world’s most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A rising star

  • By Judy Corstjens on 23-07-11

Fantastic read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-12

One of the best books I have heard / read. For me a convincing tour de force.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting topic - but audiobook wrong format

  • By Carrie on 24-07-13

How we think

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-12

An excellent book, very well read. The source document for many other snippety books on similar subjects, this book delves a bit deeper and gives a more complete account of how we think, how we unconsciously apply biases and the impact of luck on performance. An ear-opener in many ways from a Nobel prizewinner with decades of examples to give and some nice personal stories. Can't recommend highly enough.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Luke Barton on 20-08-11

gene and survival machine

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-12

I bought this book wondering whether the passage of time would have dulled it but far from it, the end-notes added by Richard Dawkins, inserted in the right place in the audio track, really add to the story and make it clear when things have changed (few) and when they have been reinforced (many). This is a clear benefit of the audio over the written version. Well-argued, clear and thought-provoking - if you haven't heard it you should. Excellent book, read really well (I like the double act of voices).

17 of 17 people found this review helpful