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  • War Doctor

  • Surgery on the Front Line
  • By: David Nott
  • Narrated by: David Nott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 380

For more than 25 years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993 to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out lifesaving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major London teaching hospital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring,sad and mind blowing

  • By Mr.Anas.Nashawi on 28-02-19

An exceptional book for an exceptional person

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-19

This book will provide you with a view behind the front lines of combat zones which many surgeons choose to volunteer to work within. Nott develops his skills in austere surgical environments and recalls some of his extraordinary experiences.

  • The Uninhabitable Earth

  • A Story of the Future
  • By: David Wallace-Wells
  • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Serves a purpose, but flawed delivery

  • By Chris Anderson on 04-04-19

One book to heed

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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: 09-04-19

Concise overview of climate change. Nicely read. Highly recommended if one wants to gather the main points.

  • Origins

  • How the Earth Made Us
  • By: Lewis Dartnell
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original

  • By Keith on 17-04-19

An origin history worth reading

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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: 04-04-19

Having read several origin or big history books this last year I can highly recommend this. Looking more closely at geography one can relate to each chapter well.

  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

An excellent geopolitical overview.

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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: 11-01-19

Highly recommended book that explores a number of geopolitical issues by country and region. With some keen historical background, it delivers on a number of levels to forsee problems and understand where they originate.

  • Beastie Boys Book

  • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 528

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "AD-ROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible to fathom overnight success of their debut studio album, Licensed to Ill; that album's messy fallout; and their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio book ill communication.<br />I loved it

  • By Claire on 01-11-18

Best ever audio book?

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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: 20-11-18

Simply didn't want this to end....classy performances, funny, heartwarming and informative. A must. Whether you like the band or not.

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  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen enthralled - music to your ears!

  • By Anthony on 05-07-14

essential listening

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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: 19-09-18

This book is an essential listen for all music fans and those not just seeking Bryne's work with Talking Heads.

  • Natives

  • Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
  • By: Akala
  • Narrated by: Akala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,389

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Interesting and Challenging Listen

  • By Ross Clark on 10-07-18

A must read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Superb book looking at personal and the most broad aspects of topics including race, class and identity following the collapse of the despicable British empire. Akala demonstrates a firm grasp of many historical episodes and a gamut of social and political issues in Britain. This book provides is a must read book if one would like an overview as well as an up to date view of several important facets of life in Britain and further afield in the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

  • Original Gangstas

  • The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
  • By: Ben Westhoff
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A. gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Dre soon joined forces with Suge Knight to create the combustible Death Row Records.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibily the most well-researched book I've read

  • By PMeehan on 25-09-18

For hip-hop fans and American culture vultures

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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: 23-08-18

This book provides a superb overview of the topic for hip-hop fans and those interested in the impact of it upon wider American culture. Focusing on the origins of West Coast gangster rap, it progresses to show how social reality was projected by those immersed in it to a wider audience. It has a superb range of sources that JD Jackson manages to quite staggeringly interpret vocally with one of the best audio book performances I have heard. Highly recommended listen.

  • Rise and Kill First

  • The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
  • By: Ronen Bergman
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

In this pause-resisting, eye-opening audiobook, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman - praised by David Remnick as 'arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter' - offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Investigative Journalism at its best

  • By Phillip on 21-03-19

A very good listen

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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: 14-08-18

Not only is this book seemingly comprehensive on the topic, it is very well written and Rob Shapiro's performance is excellent. For those seeking to uncover more history on the work of secret services and some finer details on issues in the Middle East, this is an essential audio book. Some of the contents are simply sensational and others utterly jaw-dropping. Including local to international geopolitical perspectives, the contents will engage listeners looking to glean knowledge of the role of Israel since 1947.

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  • Roots

  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 287

Tracing his ancestory through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By tru.gough on 23-12-12

Roots must listen audio book.

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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: 25-07-18

Exceptional performance by Avery Brooks of a gripping historical novel that rightly demonstrates the power of oral historical traditions.

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