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  • PostCapitalism

  • A Guide to Our Future
  • By: Paul Mason
  • Narrated by: Paul Mason
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, PostCapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change and how we can build a more equal society. Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from boom to bust - and has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason wonders whether today we are on the brink of a change so big, so profound, that this time capitalism itself has reached its limits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating perspective on economic history...

  • By Peter on 01-02-17

Edit the narration!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-16

While the content is highly interesting, and while Mason's voice is nice to listen to, the publisher had not edited the audio narration so that the reading is full of repetitions.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Longevity Project

  • Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study
  • By: Howard S. Friedman, Leslie R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

For years we have been told to make lists and obsessively monitor when we’re angry, what we eat, how much we worry, and how often we go to the gym. So why isn’t everyone healthy? Now based on the most extensive study of long life ever conducted The Longevity Project reveals what really matters across the long run—the personality traits, relationships, experiences, and career paths that naturally keep you vital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Unretired on 11-12-17

Interesting, but unconvincing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-11

An interesting study that takes a look at 1500 individuals from roughly 1920, when they were children, to their death and compares what is known of their life style, including reports about their character and achievement by parents and teachers, with their life span, attempting to establish a connection between longevity and lifestyle. I found that the aspects looked at were incomplete - one finally does not know that much about the subjects - and I was not convinced by the conclusions. One is left with the impression that the life span of these men and women was mostly due to chance or genes and not, as the authors argue, to "conscientiousness" or being part of a close-knit community.

  • The Neuro Revolution

  • How Brain Science Is Changing Our World
  • By: Zack Lynch, Byron Laursen
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

From foolproof lie detectors to sure-fire investment strategies to super-enhanced religious and aesthetic experiences, the insights and revelations within The Neuro Revolution will foster wonder, debate, and in some cases consternation. Above all, though, they need to be understood by those who will be most affected - all of us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good layman's introduction to neuroscience

  • By Catarina on 31-03-11

Good layman's introduction to neuroscience

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

As this book justly points out, neuroscience is rapidly becoming one of the "killer apps" of the 21st century. It is already influencing fields as diverse as marketing and medicine, and its influence will increase as our ability to scan and know the human brain improves. Perhaps the author's enthusiasm is somewhat facile. Neuroscience may find it harder than he declares to make us happier and smarter. These are early days and the jury is still out on what the brain is, how it works and how to heal or to improve it. But it is a good introduction to the field and a reminder that the 21st century will be the most biotechnical ever - with likely astounding consequences.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful