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Faversham, United Kingdom
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  • Turing's Cathedral

  • The Origins of the Digital Universe
  • By: George Dyson
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses - led by John von Neumann - gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Covers a lot more than Turing

  • By Mr on 04-05-17

Fascinating Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

This was a fascinating book, telling the story of the first real computers constructed after WW2 and the intruiging personalities involved

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rock

  • By: Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Martin Gollery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

In Australia...a U.S. Air Force computer operator receives a terrifying radio transmission out of Ayers Rock that knocks out the world's communications. In New Mexico...a boozy college engineering professor is suddenly escorted into a waiting car by two armed military men. In New York...a tall, slender woman leaves her husband a note on the refrigerator saying that she's leaving -- but can't tell him where she's going. And in England...a beautiful twenty-three-year-old mathematician prepares for a journey that will change her life forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Ross on 27-12-12

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

I am not a big fan of science fiction, but nevertheless I did not find this a convincing story. I was also disappointed by the robotic nature of the narrators voice.

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-08-11

The Original and Best of Dawkins

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

All Dawkin's books are good, but in my view this is the best of the lot. This was a truely groundbreaking book when published in '76. This audio version, incorporating updates since the first publication shows how all Dawkins original arguments have stood the test of time.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • How the Mind Works

  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the World Works

  • By Judy Corstjens on 31-08-15

Fascinating explanations of human behaviour

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This is a long book, but a thoroughly good listen, giving some fascinating insights into human behavior and make-up. If you are struggling with the first few chapters stick with it because the last 4 are worth the wait

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 8th Habit

  • From Effectiveness to Greatness
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul's yearning for greatness, the organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice". Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new audiobook of next level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The 8th Habit

  • By Dooodler on 24-10-07

Disappointing given how good 7 habits is

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Although I am a fan of Stephen Covey and found the 7 habits very helpful and interesting, I found the 8th habit a little long and not giving many new insights...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paths of Glory

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic stuff

  • By Brand on 13-03-09

Great story based on true events

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Not having known much about Mallory and the story of his attempted (possibly successful) climb of Everest I found this a well told and though provoking story, and I definitely what to find out more about him. I appreciate this book plays some licence with the facts, but is still a great read