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Rob Sedgwick

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  • Episode 13: Who is Joseph DeAngelo? (Evil Has a Name)

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Time to fill in the gaps. Joseph DeAngelo’s friends, co-workers, neighbors, and his former boss at the Auburn Police Department, as well as Paul Holes and other law enforcement officers, tell us everything they know about the man who will go on trial for the crimes of the Golden State Killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant series

  • By Rob Sedgwick on 01-07-19

Brilliant series

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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: 01-07-19

OMG this is a brilliant series. There isn't a bad episode in the entire set. I can't believe it is free, I would have happily paid to have listened to this series. It has to be one of the greatest stories of a times. A brilliant, daring serial killer who almost got away with his fiendish acts but who got the ultimate comeuppance when technology and a brilliant series of investigators, partly amateurs, caught up with him.

  • Green and Prosperous Land: A Blueprint for Rescuing the British Countryside

  • By: Dieter Helm
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Finally, a practical, realistic plan to rescue, preserve and enhance nature. This is an economist's approach to environmentalism, including a summary of Britain's green assets, a look towards possible futures and an achievable 25-year plan to a green and prosperous world. News about Britain’s wildlife and ecosystems tends to be grim. In Green and Prosperous Land, Dieter Helm, a member of the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and advisor to the government, shares a radical but tangible plan for positive change. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A plan of sorts

  • By Rob Sedgwick on 23-06-19

A plan of sorts

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-19

Green and Prosperous Land outlines a plan to put the countryside at the forefront on government plans by merging several government departments and having a 25-year nature plan which takes into account the real costs of decisions which affect the environment.

There are some very interesting things in the book but I can't see it getting political consensus anytime soon, much as I hope I am wrong.

  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition

  • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By astromads on 03-06-17

Shame about the narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-19

The narrator has a really boring monotonous voice and it's easy to lose your concentration. I found it best to listen in relatively small chunks.

The content is reasonable and it's quite easy to understand with lots of examples. I feel more informed about Economics than when I started which was the aim on getting this.

  • The Human Tide

  • How Population Shaped the Modern World
  • By: Paul Morland
  • Narrated by: Zeb Soanes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

A dazzling new history of the modern world, as told through the remarkable story of population change. Every phase since the advent of the industrial revolution - from the fate of the British Empire, to the global challenges from Germany, Japan and Russia, to America's emergence as a sole superpower, to the Arab Spring, to the long-term decline of economic growth that started with Japan and has now spread to Europe, to China's meteoric economy, to Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump - can be explained better when we appreciate the meaning of demographic change across the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating but....

  • By Mark on 13-06-19

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-19

This is a brilliant book which explains so much, without really banging its own drum. The author is quite modest about how much demographics explains about the whole if human history. Really it explains a lot, and the near future is pretty much mapped out in terms of likely trends. The format of the book is to go round the world country by country and explain how the same patterns repeat themselves again and again across the centuries and the continents. We're all individuals but together we act in very predictable ways.

  • The Wolf Within

  • A Genetic History of Man’s Best Friend
  • By: Professor Bryan Sykes
  • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

How is it that Homo sapiens formed such a special relationship with what, on the face of it, is a most unlikely ally? It is more than just a story of domestication but an astonishing example of the co-evolution of two species, man and wolf, to each other's mutual benefit. This co-evolution was a vital step in helping Homo sapiens overcome competition from other human species and to expand in numbers from relative obscurity on the margins towards the overwhelming numerical superiority and influence that we enjoy today. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Padded out

  • By Rob Sedgwick on 06-02-19

Padded out

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-19

Thought the narrator was OK the problem was the underlying book. It was good at first but seemed to lose its way and then padded with superfluous material to make it up to the boo length. The interviews with random dog owners the author's wife met in the park was especially pointless.

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  • Inside the Black Box

  • The Simple Truth About Quantitative Trading
  • By: Rishi K. Narang
  • Narrated by: Richard J. Brewer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Quantitative trading strategies - known to many as “black boxes” - have gained a reputation of being difficult to explain and even harder to understand. While there is a certain level of complexity to this approach, with the right guidance, you can successfully overcome potential obstacles and begin to excel in this arena. That’s why expert fund manager Rishi Narang has created Inside the Black Box. In a straightforward, nontechnical style - supplemented by real-world examples and informative anecdotes - this reliable resource takes you on a detailed tour through the black box.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quite poor

  • By Rob Sedgwick on 24-01-19

Quite poor

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I think this was quite difficult to listen to as it had just been transposed from the book which I do not have. A large part of trading is charts and the PDF which came with this book was just a series of unlabelled charts which were not referred to by name in the book. Consequently, it was very difficult to follow large parts of the spoken contents as the original material would have been written alongside an accompanying chart. If you own the book and are able to sit down and look at it while the narrator is talking it might be more accessible.

  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

When John Durbeyfield discovers a family connection to the ancient Norman family, the D'Urbervilles, the fate of daughter Tess is transformed. Sent by her ambitious parents to visit her wealthy D'Urberville cousins, Tess attracts the attention of the unscrupulous Alec. Seduced and discarded by him and alone in the world, she finds work as a milkmaid and the love of Angel Clare. Yet his love cannot accept the truth about Tess's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, loved now and no longer hated ☺

  • By Dawn on 13-03-15

Classic amongst classics

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-19

This is one of the greatest works of English literature. It's a simple story in many ways and which most people can relate to but there is so much in this book and it truly is a masterpiece that says so much about how humans treat one another. It's a masterful recording that really brings the main characters to life: Tess, Angel and Alec.

  • The Life and Operas of Verdi

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Italians have a word for the sense of dazzling beauty produced by effortless mastery: sprezzatura. And perhaps no cultural form associated with Italy is as steeped in the love of sprezzatura as opera, a genre the Italians invented. No composer has embodied the ideal of sprezzatura as magnificently as Giuseppe Verdi, the gruff, self-described "farmer" from the Po Valley who gave us 28 operas and remains to this day the most popular composer in the genre's 400-year-old history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive picture of music and society

  • By Zuzana on 27-10-14

Not enough music

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-18

This is the third series I have listened too by Robert Greenberg and definitely the worst. There is far too much detail on some of the operas, especially Rigoletto and Falstaff where Greenberg spends literally hours just going through his spin on the story in his excited voice. There is very little music in these lectures, a lot lower percentage than there was in the other series. If there is not to be music I'd rather hear about Verdi's life than listen to a blow by blow account of the librettos.

  • The Aging Brain

  • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

We're all getting older every day, and scientific research has shown that starting in our 20s, some brain functions begin a linear decline. But is old age all doom and gloom? Not at all! While it's true that some functions in the aging brain decline, neuroscientists have discovered that many other brain functions remain stable - or even improve - as we age.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A PhD Style Self Aggrandising Thesis

  • By keo999 on 31-01-17

Interesting but short

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-18

This is a fairly short course. The middle part is quite technical talking about different areas of the brain, but otherwise quite accessible. There are some recommendations, although nothing most people probably won't have heard before (stay active, eat healthy food, socialise, avoid stress). The PDF book that comes with the course is worth looking at and contains Suggested Reading for each chapter which is useful as the course really only scratches the surface.

  • Superforecasting

  • The Art and Science of Prediction
  • By: Philip Tetlock, Dan Gardner
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week's meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts' predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • book presents a new way of thinking

  • By Flavia A. Popescu on 10-02-16

Bit wooly

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-18

This book took a very long time to go going and when it did I thought I might as well have got Thinking Fast And Slow as it covered so much of the same ground. There were very few worked examples really and a lot of waffle.

The book was literally read word for word from the printed version and used terms like "the figure" a few times. The course material was pathetic and very half-hearted, a few figures in a PDF with no context or explanation.

The appendix was one of the most interesting parts and I realised that the whole purpose of this book seems to be to advertise the author's organisation and to pay for his team's "super forecasts".