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  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,602

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discouraging for insomniacs

  • By Aviation buff on 11-08-18

What an excellent reminder

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

My partner read the book, so I listened to it! As a 5-hour a night sleeper it was a bit disconcerting at times but I kept listening. With headphones of course! What the author says certainly makes sense and gives one food for thought. For me this was where the benefit of the book lay. After listening to it all, I made a determined effort to put it into practice - for one month. After that I learnt that 5-6 hours in 24 is enough for me. So from that point of view it was useful because now I know, and I do not feel a freak when friends tell me that I need more sleep. A sort of reverse (or should that be perverse) logic.

  • Selling Hitler

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Spring 1983: it seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made, and that one of the world's most sought after documents had finally come to light - the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. What followed was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for worldwide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning of the story....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitler Diaries

  • By D. R. Croft on 24-06-18

Another good story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I have enjoyed reading Robert Harris for more years than I care to admit to! Now that I can listen to them in the car, as a bedtime story etc I enjoy them even more. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this story I did feel at times that it was being dragged out. Short story long if you know what I mean, but I certainly do not regret buying it and I listened right to the end.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,515

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

A must-listen, if you like to be stretched

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

I just love listening to super-intelligent people who explain things in simple English that I can understand. One of the best books I have come across. A most rewarding listen.

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
  • By: Dr Michael Greger, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 549

Why rely on drugs and surgery to cure you of life-threatening disease when the right decisions can prevent you from falling ill to begin with? How Not to Die gives effective, scientifically proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers - heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes - and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has changed my life!

  • By ramin rad on 20-04-18

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

It always makes a difference for me if the author reads his own book, and so it is with this one. It was interesting, informative and thought provoking. A book that I will refer to and return to in future. A well worthwhile read.

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,263

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

No wonder it is a best seller

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

Loved it. It helps that the author does the reading because I found myself identifying with him. I bought six copies for my friends. Adam Kay's honesty shouts out from every page. All NHS patients should read it before spouting off about the NHS. A thoroughly worthwhile read.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

  • A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method. The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once - and quickly. After that for the rest of your life, you need only to choose what to keep and what to discard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read it at last!

  • By Friendly Face on 19-10-16

A worthwhile listen

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

I listened to this book with low expectations, on a single car journey. And although I only came away with one positive and new idea the experience has made a big impression on my clutter. The narrator is easy to listen to and there was enough in the story for me to identify my own prevarications. The repeated mantra of, getting rid of your clutter will change your life, is indeed true - not only did I clear out more than a dozen dustbin liners of supposed cherished possessions (none of which I have missed in a month) but I also lost 10 kilos. When it was suggested in the book that this often happened as a by-product I remember poo-pooing it at the time. I had no desire or ambition to lose weight. However, in the month following that car journey I had to throw out an additional load of trousers and suits because they were too large for me. I think that I will be re-visiting this book annually to make sure that my hoarding habits haven't crept back into my life. Mind you I never thought of myself as a hoarder, just someone with a lot of 'happy memory things!'

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • No Is Not Enough

  • Defeating the New Shock Politics
  • By: Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Brit Marling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Trump, as extreme as he is, is less an aberration than a logical conclusion - a pastiche of pretty much all the worst and most dangerous trends of the past half century. A one-man megabrand, with wife and children as spin-off brands.... Remember when it all seemed to be getting better? Before Trump happened? Naomi Klein, internationally acclaimed journalist, activist and best-selling author, shows us how we got to this surreal and dangerous place, how to stop it getting a lot worse, and how, if we keep our heads, we can make things better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A manifesto for the rest of my life...

  • By benslaters on 06-08-17

A Revelation or the First coffee of the day!

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

Recommended by a respected friend I found the book thought provoking from start to finish. I particularly enjoyed the parts I disagreed with because they made me question my prejudices!

  • 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 3,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346

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

A worthwhile listen

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

If you could sum up Black Box Thinking in three words, what would they be?

a different perspective

What did you like best about this story?

It kept my interest because I did not want to miss another good idea

What does Simon Slater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

listening to this recording is much easier than reading the book

Any additional comments?

I will probably listen to it again in a year or two when I have morph'd on a bit
For me it was good value

  • The Great Cholesterol Con

  • The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It
  • By: Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

Statins are the so-called wonder drugs widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels and claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Believed to be completely safe and capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions, they are the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. In this ground-breaking work, GP Malcolm Kendrick exposes the truth behind the hype, revealing: high cholesterol levels don't cause heart disease; a high-fat diet

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over 50? = Read it!

  • By EGBOK on 22-02-17

Over 50? = Read it!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

If you could sum up The Great Cholesterol Con in three words, what would they be?

Worth Every Penny

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Cholesterol Con?

When I dropped my own Cholesterol Reading by two full points without statins half-way through the book

What about Simon Whistler’s performance did you like?

I felt that I trusted him

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but it has made me smile!

Any additional comments?

We each have to take responsibility for our health and our lives. Now that we have access to the internet it is beholden on us to do so. This is one book that gives a wealth of fact-based information, which enables us to have knowledge-based discussions with our medical professionals.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

  • By: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Steve Parke on 15-12-16

Not my cuppa!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I could not. After listening to it for one hour I had found nothing to commend it. Sorry.

Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

No not really. There are so many great books out there, and this one has really put me off trying another TGC book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Been cheerful, enthusiastic, and listened to a couple of good TED talks to inject some facts into her story.

Was Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You worth the listening time?

No I felt cheated because the pre-med had been so positive

Any additional comments?

I think that I have already said enough!!

1 of 8 people found this review helpful