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  • Spitfire

  • Portrait of a Legend
  • By: Leo McKinstry
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

The gripping saga of the plane that carried Britain through the Second World War. In June 1940, the German army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive

  • By Neil Ferguson-Lee on 06-07-18

When the truth is more fascinating than the legend

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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: 17-02-19

Excellently paced book, fascinating historical insights into the technical and personal stories of failure and triumph behind a WW2 icon, the Spitfire. A great book if you are ever looking for inspiration in overcoming adversity.

  • The Failure of Risk Management

  • Why It's Broken and How to Fix It
  • By: Douglas W. Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Jonah Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

> The Failure of Risk Management takes a close look at misused and misapplied basic analysis methods and shows how some of the most popular "risk management" methods are no better than astrology! Using examples from the 2008 credit crisis, natural disasters, outsourcing to China, engineering disasters, and more, Hubbard reveals critical flaws in risk management methods and shows how all of these problems can be fixed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please send a copy to the FSA & SEC

  • By Alexander on 20-10-12

So obvious in hindsight!

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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: 20-11-18

Fantastic book! Despite being a trained engineer, I have regrettable used many of the 'Astrology' risk assessment techniques that Douglas obliterated in this book. I won't make that mistake again, Monte Carlo here I come :-)

  • Breakfast Is a Dangerous Meal

  • By: Terence Kealey
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but only if we skip it. Fasting is a wonderfully healthy state. When we fast our insulin levels fall, as do our blood sugar, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Most usefully, when we fast we lose weight. But what do too many of us do on waking? We break that lovely gift of fasting - we literally breakfast - and we eat, so courting type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, strokes, hypertension, dementia and cancers of the liver, breast, pancreas and uterus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Invaluable

  • By A. McArthur on 10-11-17

Working already, it's easy, & it's scientific!

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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: 04-07-18

Despite following a lot of the advice out there, my body responded exactly the way the author described (badly). Following his advice for only 1 week, and already its making a big difference and its so easy to follow. Really grateful for all of the scientific references and scientific honesty (so rare these days). I really believe this is a life changing book. Prepare to have your eyes opened!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The End of Money

  • The Story of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Revolution
  • By: New Scientist
  • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The End of Money is an essential introduction to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain revolution, which has been hailed as the greatest advancement since the invention of the Internet. Murder for hire. Drug trafficking. Embezzlement. Money laundering. These might sound like plot lines of a thriller, but they are true stories from the short history of cryptocurrencies - digital currencies conceived by computer hackers and cryptographers that represent a completely new sort of financial transaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best crypto currency book

  • By Matt on 10-04-18

Perfect level of detail in a great narrative

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-17

It's rare to get an "Intro" book that actually goes just deep enough, and yet remain engaging and intelligible to the novice. Great read, have listened to it twice already.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,762

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Eye opening into our blindness

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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: 15-07-17

Sure it's an interesting forecast of things to come, but almost more practically, it helps you look at historical events in their context and then apply that same thinking to today's events. Fascinating and illuminating. Congrats to the author.

  • Operation Mincemeat

  • The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Brian on 11-03-12

Couldn't stop listening!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-17

Amazing insight into this WW2 operation and the talents and foibles of mankind. And incredibly well written and narrated.

  • Wizard

  • The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
  • By: Marc J. Seifer
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A genius that was surpressed by JP Morgan

  • By Skydiver7 on 21-09-17

Nice to finally know the full story...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

of such an inspiring and yet human individual, who's work touches us every single day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful insights into and from computer science

  • By Judy Corstjens on 21-02-17

Your problems have already been solved!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Most problems you struggle with, have already been solved. Read this and get inspired, and maybe find a few new solutions, you'll also find that you're already smarter than you realise.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Obstacle Is the Way

  • The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By Matthew Henry on 16-11-16

Helps you make better decisions

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-16

Helps you to make better decisions, and see things as they really are. Great intro to modern stoicism, and the thinkers behind it.

  • Basic Economics

  • A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Basic Economics has been written with the thought that learning economics should be not only a relaxed experience but also an enjoyable one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By Helen on 17-08-07

Reveals the hidden truths of the world

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-08

As an Economics Lecturer I am very happy to recommend this book. It has an American flavor but the principles apply equally across the pond. The listening is easy and interesting and I recommend this book to all of my classes. For Economic analysis and formula you need to look elsewhere though. Happy listening.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful