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  • We Have No Idea

  • A Guide to the Unknown Universe
  • By: Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Whiteson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Many books explain what we know about the universe. This one, from the hugely popular PhD Comics (50 million readers since 2008), tackles all the weird stuff we haven't figured out yet. In our small corner of the universe, we know how some matter behaves most of the time and what even less of it looks like, and we have some good guesses about where it all came from. But we really have no clue what's going on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A 'must listen' title

  • By SqueakyMcClean on 06-10-17

Rubbed me up the wrong way

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-17

Lots of great content, but despite the subject matter, and the depth of the topics discussed at times I felt it went too far to install levity and make it light. It does this to such an extent that it feels like they think the audience are a bunch of idiots, despite the fact that the purchase of the book implies at least a background level of intellect and curiosity. I appreciate that books on science don't need to be dry and inaccessible... but attempting to tell poor groan-inducing jokes?

Or perhaps it was the delivery of the jokes.... I couldn't stand the narrator, himself sounding like Samuel L Jackson in Kingsmen, which was essentially overblown parody. It was kind of off putting and his timing poor.

In book form... I love this book.... but some of the things they do there, don't translate well to audio and they've attempted to fill in the cartoons and illustrations with stupid noises.

Science.... including hard science can be fun, humorous and light.... look at the excellent infinite monkey cage for hard science that is humorous, deep, challenging, accessible, in depth, and never patronizes it's listeners.

  • Century of the Self

  • By: Adam Curtis
  • Narrated by: Adam Curtis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Documentary about the role of psychoanalysis, marketing, and public relations in the United States. From the same director as The Power of Nightmares.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is audio from a BBC documentary

  • By john on 16-11-16

Adam Curtis is wonderful, but very very poor audio

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-17

I didn't want to mark this down for performance.... of Adam Curtis himself I've no problem whatsoever... however the audio quality is very poor and at times difficult to listen to. You expect that to some extent with the archive audio, but the narration itself could have done with a bit of mastering.

Otherwise, gripping, angering, terrifying and compelling, as you would expect. Well-researched and Curtis makes a compelling case.