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Mr. R. D. Cox

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  • The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal
  • By: Erik Vance
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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This riveting narrative explores the world of placebos, hypnosis, false memories, and neurology to reveal the groundbreaking science of our suggestible minds. Could the secrets to personal health lie within our own brains? Journalist Erik Vance explores the surprising ways our expectations and beliefs influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you question everything you have ever felt!

  • By S. Campbell on 21-12-16

Highly Convincing

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Reviewed: 25-08-18

touches on heuristics, but essentially about why placebos work, hypnosis and faith healing.

on the back of this, I'm going to try hypnosis

  • The Panama Papers

  • How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
  • By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
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Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500,000,000 in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-read. Simple as that

  • By phil chadwick on 18-12-16

The disgusting cesspool of the famous and corrupt

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Reviewed: 18-08-18

The disgusting cesspool of the famous and corrupt is laid bare, for anyone who can stomach it.

  • Panzer Commander

  • The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
  • By: Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
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A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating funny and horrific read

  • By Les on 03-05-15

Amazing Individual

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Reviewed: 24-07-18

I'd say he was born at the right time but in the wrong place.

To reach such high levels of maturity so young is incredible.

  • Fermat's Last Theorem

  • The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
  • By: Simon Singh
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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'I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.' It was with these words, written in the 1630s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over 350 years, proving Fermat's Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Vijayant Singh on 01-05-17

Drama

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Reviewed: 09-07-18

The maths was beyond me. But the dramatic history of twists and turns was engaging

  • Quirkology

  • The Curious Science of Everyday Lives
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
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For over 20 years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the telltale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed dating and personal ads, and what a person's sense of humour reveals about the innermost workings of their mind - all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, fun and quirky!

  • By emma on 21-06-17

new stuff I didn't know

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Reviewed: 04-07-18

if you are a learning junkie then you will enjoy this book as much as I did . about half the research included was subject I am already aware of , the other half was not .

this also helps to dispel a few urban myth such as the effectiveness of subliminal images

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  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to to be a better listener.

  • By Swing Swang on 28-08-14

witty and educational

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Reviewed: 28-06-18

I believe the writer may have read all and well.
superb and sublime, All Jazz and Thyme

I will read again and again and again.

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  • Happy

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
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Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful and distracting

  • By miriam on 12-11-16

why didn't Derren read?

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Reviewed: 20-06-18

where does he find the time? this is a really good philosophy , very usable and I will read it again. The only criticism is that it lost a little bit of coherence and narrative towards the final stages . maybe that was deliberate?

  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

  • By: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By nev on 31-03-17

I knew it

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Reviewed: 08-06-18

Real great read from a highly competent economist.

can the next crisis be predicted? Of course it can.

  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

it's worse than I thought

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Reviewed: 21-05-18

I've always had suspicions about the amateur nature of our judicial system . but now I find out that the basic premise of innocent until proven guilty has disappeared

  • Radical Candor

  • How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism - delivered to produce better results and help employees develop their skills and boundaries of success. Great bosses have strong relationships with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to be a kickass boss

  • By Catherine Green on 16-01-19

Tales from the top

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Reviewed: 01-05-18

a top Google, apple, Twitter senior manager teachers how she became a great manager teaching others to be great managers