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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 3,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,572

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

Comprehensive overview on sleep

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Reviewed: 08-01-19

Scientifically rich overview on sleep, drawing on plenty of interesting research. Helps you think pragmatically about your own sleep practices. Recommend!

  • Love as Always, Mum xxx

  • By: Mae West, Neil McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

The true story of an abused childhood, of shocking brutality and life as the daughter of notorious serial killer and master manipulator Rose West. You're 21 years old. Police arrive on the doorstep of your house, 25 Cromwell Street, with a warrant to search the garden for the remains of your older sister you didn't know was dead. Bones are found, and they are from more than one body. And so the nightmare begins. You are the daughter of Fred and Rose West.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking but beautifully read

  • By Vicki on 08-09-18

Emotional and Intense

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Reviewed: 22-10-18

Hard hitting, but an amazing book told through the words of a survivor who has made their way through. Definitely recommend.

  • The Vietnam War

  • A Concise International History
  • By: Mark Atwood Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" ( Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good intro to the Vietnam war

  • By Mrs. T. L. Brown on 01-10-14

Multiple perspectives into the Vietnam War

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-03-17

Provides a wide spanning history to the Vietnam War and how it impacts the countries involved. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an introduction to the topic.

  • Stories From the Secret War

  • CIA Special Ops in Laos
  • By: Terrence M. Burke
  • Narrated by: Michael Pearl
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In 1962, the International Geneva Accords declared Laos to be neutral and generally restricted from foreign interference and foreign troops. Thus began the CIA's secret war in Laos, led by a handful of CIA paramilitary officers in the mountains of Laos against North Vietnamese and Lao Communist forces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, easy to listen

  • By Emmi on 19-03-17

Entertaining, easy to listen

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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: 19-03-17

Doesn't go into much depth about the political or world events surrounding the Secret War, but gives impressive first person accounts of some war stories

  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A magazine article posing as a book

  • By Peter on 05-12-08

A challenging read, but insightful

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-15

This book has been interesting but at times a strike, couldn't have read it all

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