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  • Saving Britain

  • How We Must Change to Prosper in Europe
  • By: Will Hutton, Andrew Adonis
  • Narrated by: Will Hutton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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Britain's Brexit voters are right. They have been shamefully neglected. But the answer is to change Britain, not to leave Europe. This book sets out how we can radically improve the lives of people and communities shut out from prosperity. The EU, despite its frailties and strains, is a success story. The advantages of leaving are illusory: no gains in trade from deals with protectionist China, and the United States can compensate for what is being lost in Europe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To understand the U.K. future options this is a vital read

  • By H Newsam on 16-06-18

To understand the U.K. future options this is a vital read

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Reviewed: 16-06-18

The authors look at the causes of Brexit including lax immigration control that could have been and still can be applied within the EU, the scandal of the current government of removing support grants for areas of high immigration and of course the London centric highly centralised non federal U.K. that has let the North collapse while the south prospers.

It also looks at how the U.K. could transform through stakeholder capitalism. Rather than right wing control or abolish to compete the dream of neo Thatcherisum were its a dog eat hog world for everyone except those with capital and wealth.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,085
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    5 out of 5 stars 967
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    5 out of 5 stars 963

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, inspiring book on the value of education

  • By David Bowden on 03-03-18

The genuinely incredible story how someone with no formal education got a PHD from Cambridge

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Reviewed: 26-03-18

I picked this as a read because Tara Westover will be talking at the Cambridge Literary Festival and there was an article in one of the papers. Her story is one of natural talent, drive and amazing luck. She never had a formal education being brought up in an extreme survivalist household who believed that the end of days were coming any time. It’s a real rollercoaster of a read, a real page turner, the accidents, situations, danger, and general craziness of Tara’s life are shocking as much as they are uplifting. It’s a real exploration into fanatical belief, mental illness, family and what “an education” really is.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Everywoman

  • One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth
  • By: Jess Phillips
  • Narrated by: Jess Phillips
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

If you're thinking, 'Jess, who?' then I'm glad that there was something about 'everywoman' and 'truth' that caught your eye. Or you might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I'm a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch and a murderer and threatened with rape. The Internet attracts a classy crowd. So, speaking the truth isn't always easy, but I believe it's worth it. And I want you to believe it, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you! You are a real inspiration!

  • By VB on 28-08-18

The kind of MPs we need

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Reviewed: 03-12-17

This is a story of how a real representative of the people was elected. It’s also a great at explaining the trials and tribulations women go through and how we are still at heart only partially on the way to equality.

  • Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

  • A Brief History of Capitalism
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis. Why is there so much inequality? In this short book, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his 11-year-old daughter Xenia's deceptively simple question. Using personal stories and famous myths, he explains what the economy is and why it has the power to shape our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brief, easy to assimilate, yet deals with the big questions of our societies.

  • By Andrew (Bunny) Warren on 08-11-17

To understand the future read this book

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Reviewed: 19-11-17

Yanis, as ever,clearly explains key concepts and adds his point of view. This is a great primer on the key elements of the economy and how capitalism works and the problems that it causes as well as what it solves. One vital area he looks at what impact AI and Automation all have on the future of society. This alone is why you should buy this book as this is a conversation that everyone should be having. We are at a cross-roads we can live the good life or the bulk of the population can become serfs... the choice is ours and we must help lead our politicians to do the right thing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • By: Klaus Schwab
  • Narrated by: Mr Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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    4 out of 5 stars 50

The founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum on how the impending technological revolution will change our lives. We are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And this one will be unlike any other in human history. Characterized by new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all disciplines, economies and industries - and it will do so at an unprecedented rate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A salad of buzz

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-04-18

If you want to understand the future read this

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Reviewed: 15-11-17

A detailed analysis of the technologies of the future and the impacts that they may have socially and politically. A must read for these confusing and worrying times

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Utopia for Realists

  • By: Rutger Bregman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. So, too, does the time seem to be coming to an end when we looked to economists to help us define the qualities necessary to create a successful society. We need a new movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have ever read bar none.

  • By Andrew Stuart on 30-06-17

Covers the key topics for the future

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Reviewed: 19-08-17

How can we meet the challenge of the future? This book gives multiple examples of ideas that should be considered. It outlines evidence and debunks many myths. It looks at the reality of poverty and how to tackle it, the march of automation and how maybe a universal basic income could lead to a better world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adults in the Room

  • My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 433
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 396

In Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis exposes the shocking reality of how power is wielded behind the scenes at the EU - and argues that only radical reform can save it from collapse. Yanis Varoufakis became globally famous when was elected finance minister of Greece with a specific mandate to say no to the EU: to reject the forced loans and crushing austerity forced upon his country by the Eurozone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most interesting political memoir I have read

  • By Nik Jewell on 02-06-17

To understand the workings of the EU

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Reviewed: 15-08-17

This book dives into what happened when Greece was faced with a third bail out. It shows the grim nature of today's politics and that if allowed a better way forward is possible. Many may think it is an anti EU book, it is not, the author is clear on the need for a united but changed Europe and the folly of Brexit which will only help the rich and powerful.

  • Kind of Blue

  • A Political Memoir
  • By: Ken Clarke
  • Narrated by: Ken Clarke
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Ken Clarke needs no introduction. One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, during his 46 years as the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire he has been at the very heart of government under three prime ministers. He is a political obsessive with a personal hinterland, as well known as a Tory Wet with Europhile views as for his love of cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good company

  • By David laird on 17-09-17

Fascinating book

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Reviewed: 16-07-17

A reminder of what a mess the UK was in back in the 1970's and what the Tories did for good and bad. Ken Clarke is one of the best of them and he give a clear insight into his beliefs and views. This should be a companion piece to Nick Clegg's, Craig Oliver's book on Brexit and the commentator Owen Jones Chavs and The Establishment for anyone trying to make sense to today's politics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Incognito

  • The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you're consciously aware of danger? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate these surprising mysteries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for experts

  • By Trisha on 05-12-13

Do we have free will?

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Reviewed: 18-03-17

This book explains the basics of how the brain works and makes it clear how little we really know. However we do know enough to question the level of free will that we have and the implications that this means for Crimea justice amongst other things

  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
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    4 out of 5 stars 164

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic economic meltdowns of the near future

  • By Gabe Fleming (Audible staff) on 27-09-16

Set in the 2030s and 2040s a cautionary tale of where the USA might be heading

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Reviewed: 03-03-17

A very thought provoking book. It follows an extended family through a crisis hit USA as it struggles to come to terms with no longer being #1 in the world. It shows what happens to human nature where what is taken for granted is taken away. All that is in this book could happen... the question is "Which path is America on?"