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  • Life 3.0

  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

Penguin Audio presents Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, read by Rob Shapiro. We stand at the beginning of a new era. What was once science fiction is fast becoming reality, as AI transforms war, crime, justice, jobs and society - and even our very sense of what it means to be human. More than any other technology, AI has the potential to revolutionise our collective future - and there's nobody better situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and thought provoking.

  • By Heisenberg on 09-04-18

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

Full of ifs and buts that are 100% based on ficitons far far removed from reality. Essentially a waste of time, because you buy it thinking it's something but it turns out to be something else.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How Asia Works

  • Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region
  • By: Joe Studwell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In How Asia Works, Joe Studwell distills extensive research into the economics of nine countries - Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China - into an accessible narrative that debunks Western misconceptions, shows what really happened in Asia and why, and for once makes clear why some countries have boomed while others have languished.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important, informative, but tough

  • By Beshr on 06-01-19

Important, informative, but tough

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I highly recommend this book for those interested in the economic (and political) growth of the 3rd world and how to get there quickly. Besides the material itself, the storyline is engaging and the narration is excellent. However, the language is a little too academic and the content might feel like a drag sometimes. Still, a really important book overall.

  • Money

  • Know More, Make More, Give More.
  • By: Rob Moore
  • Narrated by: Rob Moore
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545

Money is a game you can win. First, understand the rules. True financial independence provides the opportunity to use money the way you'd like, look after your family and plan for your future. This book explains how money works, how to understand it better and how to protect it once your bank balance starts growing

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • life changingly good

  • By Jake0403 on 12-12-17

Informative but long

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

This book covers everything there is to know about money, so it's quite informative. But it's also exhaustingly long/repetitive at times

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Course of Love

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact it is only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Mrs on 03-11-16

Top 10 reads ever! Truly insightful

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

This was one of the best, gentlest, most insightful, and most educating books I've ever read. On top of that, it's really entertaining too!
Alain de Botton sets out to deconstruct our current skewed image of love to establish in its place a warmer and more beautiful, albeit much less romantic, conception of love and relationships. There's so much to learn and internalize and it requires so much reflection. I would certainly go back to those book many times over to learn again and again.
Highly recommended to all.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,538

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Very interesting, but be careful!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

The author does a great job of engaging his audience and stirring up their emotions, hopes, and fears. However, it feels too long and repetitive at some point but still not in a very bad way. My main criticism of it is that the writing is really trying to force the author's opinions into the reader as solid truths and objective facts, and what he says comes off to me as both nihilistic and sadistic. In some instances, I feel like historical events were twisted (while still remaining true) and reinterpreted to fit the author’s perspective and further his cause. But that’s my own judgment. Still, I’d recommend it as a really interesting and engaging book, but I’d warn the reader not to talk everything being said as factual and objective.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,328

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight but a little repetitive

  • By Andrew on 15-01-17

Well-rounded great book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Really deserves all 5 stars. Most importantly is the fact that a lot of lessons can be distilled from this book, which is much more important than "performance" or "story". Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mastery

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An inspirational insight into success

  • By I. Reid-Knightley on 08-04-13

Inspirational and truly practical

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

Reviewed: 19-08-16

Unlike most other inspirational or self help books I've read, Mastery is one of the few that are so inspirational that it makes you wanna spring to action immediately, and so practical that you know how to channel that energy. This is a very realistic book, and I strongly expect its influence to last ages after I finished reading it, I would even come back to it times and again to realistically assess my progress.
At first, the book might sound cruel and exaggerated, but slowly it will convince you with the endless realistic and detailed examples and analysis it gives. The narrator also is very good and most suited for the book content, he has a very clear and firm voice and excellent pace.

Highly recommended for those serious about their life ambitions.

  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: Robin Sharma
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is an inspiring parable about a lawyer, Julian Mantle, whose out-of-balance life provokes a spiritual crisis. As he journeys to an ancient culture, he gains powerful and practical wisdom. The story offers a step-by-step approach to a life of balance, courage, abundance, and joy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I so wanted to enjoy this book

  • By Therese on 13-08-10

Life changing boom

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I loved this book. It was really life changing. It really packed everything one needs to understand in order to live life to the fullest. And it was pretty much straight forward.

On the downside though, when I compare this book (which is marketed as a fable), I can clearly say that it is nowhere as good in terms of storyline creativity and complexity as well as vocal performance as a truly great fable like Alchemist for instance

Still, overall, this is a very highly recommended life changing book that one would go back to again and again.

  • The Secret

  • By: Rhonda Byrne
  • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure what to make of this....

  • By Daren on 04-03-17

Unrealistic

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The performance was annoying. The narrator sounded too dreamy and whispery. There were too many quotes and too much repetitiion of the same idea over and over. The topic in general is unrealistic and full of wishful thinking.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rhonda Byrne again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rhonda Byrne’s performances?

No.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It emphasizes on the importance of positive thinking.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Appendix missing

  • By Mark Pack on 22-07-12

Must Read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 22-03-16

The content is the best. Very practical and applicable in every sense. It is even supported by reasonable research and case studies too. The listener can spring to action almost immediately, as the content of the book is simplified enough to be acted upon anytime.
The narrator was good overall. His voice was calm and very clear.