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Mr Jeremy J Osborn

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  • Scale

  • The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies
  • By: Geoffrey West
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Geoffrey West's research centres on a quest to find unifying principles and patterns connecting everything, from cells and ecosystems to cities, social networks and businesses. Scale addresses big, urgent questions about global sustainability, population explosion, urbanization, ageing, cancer, human life spans and the increasing pace of life but also encourages us to question the world around us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mathematics and beauty without faith

  • By Mr Jeremy J Osborn on 22-01-19

Mathematics and beauty without faith

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

Lots of ground covered here but stick with it for an insight into explaining, or at least understanding, nature and the modern world around us without a need for any faith in any divinities.

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
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    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timely topic, ponderous style and robot narrator

  • By Neil Stoker on 16-08-17

what a narrator!

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-08-18

I got a bit lost sometimes with the terminology and the narration sensationalized it's tone

  • Silent Spring

  • By: Rachel Carson
  • Narrated by: Kaiulani Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kick-started the environmental movement

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 05-10-16

50 years and still learning

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-18

Of course things have changed in that many chemicals are controlled but we still see the indiscriminate use of poisons and the finacially driven adoption of others. Read this and see how we have still not learned enough.

  • John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas For Brilliant Communication

  • By: John Adair
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Effective communication is at the art of all business - you can't make a pitch, run a successful team, complete a project or do anything much in business without it. And in today's busy and competitive climate, you need to get your point across clearly, every time. John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Brilliant Communication will help you sharpen your message by giving accessible advice from one of the best-known and most sought after business authorities - advice you can put into practice immediately.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection.

  • By Mr Jeremy J Osborn on 29-09-17

Good collection.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

For me this was reinforcing ideas from many management courses, possibly developed from John Adair originally. Whilst listening I would recommend a pen and paper or learn how to bookmark specific points in the text.

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  • Dandelion Wine

  • A Novel
  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Ray Bradbury’s moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author’s most deeply personal work, a semiautobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite book!

  • By Tamara on 26-10-18

A celebration of language

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-17

"Bee-fried air", flies that "land, sizzle and fly away", "scarves of smoke" from chimneys. I wonder how long it took Bradbury to think of the descriptions? Not edge if the seat stuff by any stretch of the imagination but a description of small-town America one summer between the wars that should be read in summer to add to the atmosphere created.

  • The Year of Living Biblically

  • One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
  • By: A. J. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed It

  • By Dave Kinsella on 26-07-15

A good read

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Reviewed: 24-06-17

Often funny, informative and occasionally bittersweet this is a good insight into what it might be like to follow what you can of the bible. I like the idea of doing things that eventually leads to being. Don't swear and become less angry.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but I struggled a bit

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-09-17

Good self help volume

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-05-17

I would listen to this with a pen and paper to write the acronyms down.

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  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,306

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Rachel on 04-03-06

Can't be derivative so the rest must be

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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: 15-04-17

A good listen and advocates being principal centred, honest and supportive with people. Stephen Covey went on to develop this further with his 7 habits. I can't advocate being dishonest and telling people want they want to hear even if it is wrong but we can all learn from this. We also have to recognise that this won't work all the time.

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  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An example of Audiobooks being better

  • By Matt Williams on 01-12-15

Were the authors sat there?

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Reviewed: 02-04-17

I am pretty sure they were for the first half of the book and for some of the suggestions we made. A familiar "us-and-them" story to most in IT. IT telling the business they don't know what they are talking about and the business saying IT is useless and stands in their way. There is another way.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,449

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

Some fascinating facts and opinions

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Reviewed: 27-03-17

Professor Harari reminds with a few remarkable facts that we are living in a peace never before experienced. By relating the rise of capitalism and consumerism I think he also illustrates things that we can all do to make the world a better place. Namely build up the community feel again and ensure that we all collaborate and work together in a time of isolation and inward looking politics.