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Mr Ben Bland

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As insightful as it is accessible

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Reviewed: 20-01-20

You don't have to be sci-fi nerd to get a lot out of this course, just accept that media and stories have critical value. The lecturer sets a strident page but it's very clear and easy to follow, trotting through a much wider range of key philosophical, and scientific, concepts than I expected going in. I love this course.

Culture is hard to grasp but Ben knows his shi-

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Reviewed: 10-01-20

Don't expect any black-and-white rules for how to 'do culture', such a book may (can?) never exist. And if you're already versed in many of the nuances of running a healthy organisation, you might find this book slim on new ideas. Nevertheless, Ben Horowitz has been there and once again fills a book with insights from hard-worn experience, sparing the pleasantries and getting to the difficult stuff.

Solid story with a surprising tone

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Reviewed: 02-01-20

I won't give anything away, just say that the book's tone went to a place I wasn't expecting. And it was effective. The story, and the way it is told, inspired reflection on the human's behave in crises. It's also quite apt to read about an ecological disaster at a time like this.

The real story for entrepreneurs

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Reviewed: 20-12-19

I haven't yet found a book that can provide a paint-by-numbers guide to running a successful venture, because none exist and never will. But this is one of the best. It's the personal story of a veteran tech CEO, and a cold, candid guide to many of the things they don't tell you about when you start the job.

A geek's wet dream

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Reviewed: 27-11-19

Knowing nothing about this book before starting to listen to it, I was happily surprised by its chirpy tone, rapidly expanding pace & scope, and bloated magazine of nerdy references and ideas. It's unique (I think), imaginative and heartfelt, although quite narrowly optimised for sci-fi and tech lovers with familiarity of geek media going back to the Eighties.

Unpretentious, clear and enjoyable

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Reviewed: 19-11-19

King does a great job of spinning a good yarn while laying out the cold truths of his profession, and dispelling some common myths. I doubt I heard any advice in the book that I couldn't have guessed without it but I feel something in me needed to hear every word.

Great teacher, easy to follow

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Reviewed: 26-10-19

Hard to compare with equivalent courses, without listening to them but I found the teacher very engaging, clear and full of character. And I got a lot out of the arguments, which were easy to follow, despite my lack of philosophy education.

Gaiman can tell me stories all day

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Reviewed: 11-09-19

A very accessible and enjoyable telling of some classic stories, with the added bonus that Neil Gaiman performs the reading of his work with a similar expertise and character to how he writes it.

Another stormer.

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Reviewed: 02-08-19

Another solid chapter in the Expanse saga. I binge-listened to this one and loved it. No spoilers, read it for yourself. Enjoy...

An important but brief message for our times

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Reviewed: 18-07-19

We may be entering a new phase in our planet's and our species' existence, and Lovelock convincingly emphasises how and why this is so. However, I didn't realise it was such a short read and I would have liked much more detail to the arguments and projections. Seems hard to criticise of someone who has achieved so much, and wrote this latest book aged 99. A credit to him, as we all should be thinking about how to raise our new superintelligent electronic offspring and protect what remains of our natural home, and this book frames that need well.