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  • Auschwitz

  • A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
  • By: Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator), Miklos Nyiszli
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the man who became known as the infamous "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele's personal research pathologist. In that capacity he also served as physician to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who worked exclusively in the crematoriums and were routinely executed after four months.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-04-18

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Detailed first hand account of the horrors and debauched psychology of the infamous Nazi doctor with chilling accounts of the pseudo-science behind his research.

  • The Pharmacist of Auschwitz

  • The Untold Story
  • By: Patricia Posner
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little-known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania, who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz. Based in part on previously classified documents, Patricia Posner exposes Capesius's reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder 20 years after the end of the war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • By Stephen Timms on 05-04-18

Shocking

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Detailed account of the horrors of this infamous Nazi death factory. Chilling and factual. Adds a layer of detail to what is commonly known. Shines a spotlight on this depraved and opportunistic coward of a man who squirms and ultimately gets away with genocide.

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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,686

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

Wonderful journey through history

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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: 03-05-18

Fascinating and thought provoking account of how we arrived at this fine mess and how things may transpire in the future.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,880

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Touching and horrific

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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: 03-05-18

Based on a true story, this heart wrenching tale of ensuring love against all the odds was a truly memorable listen worthy of your credit.

  • The Four Agreements

  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tools For Life

  • By clivemac28 on 15-01-10

Good basis for a life of filfillment and growth

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

Excellent manual. Short and sweet and informative with nice flutes. Would recommend to anybody following a spiritual path or even curious.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work. This is not a crazy, idealised notion. In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other. Yet other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why? Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some new ideas

  • By JedHoll on 27-08-17

inspirational and insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Refreshingly reassuring that being nice works and is effective. This mechanism is explained and broken down to a biochemical level with many great examples and illustrations. Well worth a read.

  • The Telomere Effect

  • The New Science of Living Younger
  • By: Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr Elissa Epel
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and leading health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel have discovered biological markers called telomeres, which can help us to understand how healthy our cells are and what we can do to improve them. The Telomere Effect looks at ideas including how biological age is not chronological age, a biological basis for the mind-body connection and how sleep and diet can affect telomeres.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pick and choose your data?

  • By David on 24-03-17

Informative and insightful

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

The concept of telomere length is explained and expanded as the main indicator of cellular ageing and breakdown. This is the chief genetic indicator of cancer and cellular death. t
This book explains that this factor can be highly influenced by diet, health and habits and that we are not doomed to get sick and die early. The effects of affluence and modernisation lead to premature morbidity and death. The good news is this can be reversed. Contains substantial references to the microbiome in addition to many practical tips on enhancing longevity. Good habits and health lead to old age and wealth!

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  • The Human Superorganism

  • How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life
  • By: Rodney Dietert PhD
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The Human Superorganism makes a sweeping, paradigm-shifting argument. It demolishes two fundamental beliefs that have blinkered all medical thinking until very recently: 1) humans are better off as pure organisms free of foreign microbes; and 2) the human genome is the key to future medical advances. The microorganisms that we have sought to eliminate have been there for centuries, supporting our ancestors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent stuff, this!

  • By Amanda on 20-08-16

Excellent and insightful

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

In depth and informative scientifically backed rationale behind optimisation of the human whole. Explores and breaks down the understanding that the multitudes of microorganisms that live within us are "us" and only through carefully nurturing and sustaining them can we live longer, stronger and happier. Love this topic if you hadn't guessed. Find me on fb as Max Punni

  • Superforecasting

  • The Art and Science of Prediction
  • By: Philip Tetlock, Dan Gardner
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week's meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts' predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best books I listened to

  • By QIU on 24-02-16

fascinating subject

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

Reviewed: 26-08-17

Exploring the methodology behind making accurate forecasts in an apparently ever uncertain world. Not exciting but informative!

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,866
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,860

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The problem with a trilogy....

  • By Robyn on 09-01-14

infantile crap

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Childish and arrogant: I did not identify or like the hero. he became sillier as the narrative continued. I eventually lost patience and hung up. if you relate to an arrogant, puerile and slightly pervy middle class dick who craves recognition and approval then this is for you.

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