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  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ideas presented in a suboptimal way

  • By Ekaterina Banina on 27-05-16

interesting but...

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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: 15-11-18

i found the first half of the argument extremly biased and unconvincing, more ideologically driven than evidence based, the main claim being that early humans were peace loving creatures, and war a result of the neolitic agricultural revolution and the development of property, which then translates into restrictive sexual monogamous habits.

the other half concidering the anatomical evidence for a polygenous human sexuality was a lot more thought provoking and convincing.

good book over all but beware the ideological bias

  • The Third Reich at War

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 35 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By crabbit101 on 30-04-15

misleading title

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

this book is an history of the third reich jewish policies during the war. I hoped it would be a military history book on how the third reich waged war, tactics, equipment and german point of view. Instead you get a tedious and detailed list of massacres, just in case we forgot that the jews suffered a lot. Seriously, the first 13h are just a list of jewish massacres, i gave up after that...

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone

  • By ellie illing on 30-08-16

very good

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

a cool study of power based on an interesting mixture of historical figures, part genghis kan, part spartacus and part Jesus Christ, taking place in a well thought out world and social structure, a solid plot, not really endearing characters but don't think they are ment to be. highly recomend it, literaly couldn't stop listening.

  • Même pas mort

  • Les rois du monde 1
  • By: Jean-Philippe Jaworski
  • Narrated by: Jean-Christophe Lebert
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Je m'appelle Bellovèse, fils de Sacrovèse, fils de Belinos. Pendant la Guerre des Sangliers, mon oncle Ambigat a tué mon père. Entre beaux-frères, ce sont des choses qui arrivent. Surtout quand il s'agit de rois de tribus rivales... Ma mère, mon frère et moi, nous avons été exilés au fond du royaume biturige. Parce que nous étions de son sang, parce qu'il n'est guère glorieux de tuer des enfants, Ambigat nous a épargnés. Là-dessus, le temps a suivi son cours. Nous avons grandi. Alors mon oncle s'est souvenu de nous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genial

  • By julien on 03-10-18

Genial

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Une histoire qui se deroule dans la gaule celtique pre- romaine, avec un reel effort de recreation de l'univers mentale des hommes de se temps basé sur des solide recherche historique, un veritable voyage dans le temps, feerique, violent, sombre et magique a la foie... un regal

  • American War

  • By: Omar El Akkad
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every One NEEDS to Experience This

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-10-17

so bad

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-18

terrible waste of time and money, the plot is rubbish, the characters are dull and two dimensional, situations implausible, anticipation is irrealistic

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

unbearably dull

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-18

the plot is dull, the actors are terrible, the whole thing is unbearable, stay away...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Falcon of Sparta

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Michael Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them. One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks. As he attempts to lead them to freedom across 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries, 10,000 men set off on the long way home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again!

  • By Simon on 10-05-18

historical trash novel

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Conn Igulden applies the same receipe over and over, its mildly entertaining, quick and standardised. The literary equivalent to junk food.

read the actual Anabasis, its much better

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,096

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

very rich

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

a book to be read more than once, it is one of those works of wisdom that seem to answer the questions you have at the time, so some aspects of it will reveal themselves more relevant when the questions change.

the religious aspect decried by many reviewers is explicitly used as support material and I found it perfectly appropriate.

the fact that the author is reading his own words makes this listen particularly alive.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • World Order

  • Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
  • By: Henry Kissinger
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Hormann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of World Order by Henry Kissinger, read by Nicholas Hormann. World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitudes that states and empires have taken to the rest of the world from the formation of Europe to our own times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • recommended

  • By florin on 31-07-16

cringy

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

the title should be " the world order an american strategist wants you to believe in"

basically, everyones vision of a world order was to place themselves right at the center of it as some chosen people.

Except America, whose vision of a world order is made of universal values, moral and dedicated to the good of mankind.

America is a benevolent and selfless power that only intervenes in the world in order to create a world order that won't require its intervention.

after reading Perkins and Chomsky, it's hard to take Mr Kissingers claims seriously...



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Le Roman de saint Louis

  • By: Philippe de Villiers
  • Narrated by: Étienne Dahler
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"Je rêvais de retrouver la trace et l'image d'un saint Louis à l'humanité sensible, un saint Louis de chair, à figure humaine. Le temps, en l'élevant au-dessus de nos natures, lui a peut-être rendu un mauvais service. Il m'a imposé d'aller puiser aux sources les plus authentiques."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • touchant

  • By julien on 18-11-17

touchant

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

sceptique au debut, je me suis laisser seduire par la narration a la premiere personne du point de vus du roi lui meme. J'y ai rencontre un personnage fascinant, touchant dans son humilite et sa determination, produit d'une epoque tellement differente de la notre, et pourtant encore tres familliere.