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  • Selfie

  • How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us
  • By: Will Storr
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

We live in the age of the individual. We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture's image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We're told that to be this person, you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success. But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mr SA Lambe on 17-08-17

Incredible journey and narrative

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Reviewed: 29-09-18

loved the book. really interesting take on the culture and problems of our generation of young people

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

An amazing and phenomenal read.

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Reviewed: 03-06-18

I don't often write reviews, but could not refuse this title. An incredible insight and commentary linoingnhistory 5 thousand years ago to 2015. Anyone serious about current affairs and analysis must read. I will be listening to this again.

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  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-read, witty and weird

  • By Anna on 23-12-12

very cool

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Reviewed: 19-11-17

although a tiny bit dated, a pretty interesting read. I would love a follow up....

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

amazing book

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Reviewed: 01-11-17

Excellent book brilliantly researched and a massive inspiration. became an instant fan and will read his other stuff now. the world has gone nuts.

also made me leave Twitter to be honest. Why be part of something that is essentially evil at its core?

  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Mr Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

From the Pulitzer Prize winner and number one international best-selling author of The World Is Flat, an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the 21st century. We all sense it - something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your children. You can't miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are speeding up - and it is dizzying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book

  • By S K. on 28-08-17

Excellent beginning and middle then downhill

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Reviewed: 17-08-17

some great points and examples. way too centered on the US. the author talks about diversity and justice, and then surprisingly and hypocritically goes on to describe how to make America great again at the cost of other nations and the planet.

  • The Inevitable

  • Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unimaginative and unrelentingly tedious

  • By Daft Monk on 22-08-17

Shallow analysis, but some interesting predictions

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Reviewed: 10-07-17

as always, these books carry a huge success and confirmation bias. if the author was not able to foresee any of the trends 20 years ago, why does he beleive that everything is clear now? some interesting descriptions of a possible future nonetheless, with none of the downsides.

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,403

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

great learning book

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Reviewed: 18-04-17

I liked the potency of the stories and the a practical nature of the advice

  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome, educational and epic work

  • By Adisha on 30-10-12

spoilt by limited view on modern history

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

great coverage of the ancient world, but some assertions on the 19th and 20th century can be wide off the mark, making one doubt earlier chapters...

  • A History of Western Philosophy

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 38 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, just remember when it was written

  • By Benno Boyo on 30-11-16

an excellent and timelss book

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Reviewed: 24-10-16

while only take you to the early part of last century, a thoughtful and entertaining analysis of our world's greates philosophers