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Thought provoking in content, modern in form

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Reviewed: 29-09-19

Finally the audio book responds to the podcast format. Gladwell is in typically original form, applying overlooked historical research to contemporary ideas and issues. The book's main treatise, that a we live is a series of systems that are designed to function based on flawed ideas of human behaviour and interaction is well argued. It is the audio book's format, however, that makes this work easy to recommend over so many others. Presented more as an extended radio documentary or podcast, with recordings of interviews and a musical score, rather than adopting the dryer more typical style of audiobooks, the content of the book is offered in a form that allows it to be more engaging than any other audiobook in its category.

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A book of two halves

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-03-19

Part 1 is rightfully lauded for the insight it gives into the plight of industrial workers and their communities at the time - and is still well worth a read today. Part 2, where Orwell gives his opinions about socialism, is less essential reading, and is more interesting as a piece of historical artefact than for its contemporary relevance. As with much of his other work, one sentence will be spot on, then the next seems to miss the point entirely, and it's the latter that haven't aged well in particular.

interesting, but very Caucasian male centric

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Reviewed: 05-05-18

an interesting but very Caucasian male centric overview of world history - Marr does admit that this is the case in his introduction, but I wish he'd made a bit more of an effort to remedy this - particularly in the later chapters.