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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Roy says: "A short Review of Nearly Everything"
  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep | Richard Wiseman

    Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    Overall
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    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

    Laura says: "Informative with a quirky sense of humour"
  • Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky | Noam Chomsky,Peter R. Mitchell (editor),John Schoeffel (editor)

    Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
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    A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" (The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

    flying_fin says: "Listen to this book and awake from the dream"
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data | Charles Wheelan

    Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    AdrianYork says: "Great intro to stats"
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts | Carol Tavris,Elliot Aronson

    Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
    • Narrated By Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
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    Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

    Abdallah says: "Helped me recognize my own mistakes"
  • The Science of Everyday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine | Marty Jopson

    The Science of Everyday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marty Jopson
    • Narrated By Marty Jopson
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    Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out? In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.

    mark says: "Dear Marty,"
  • Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently | Steve Silberman

    Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Silberman
    • Narrated By William Hope
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    What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it.

    Mrs. K. Locke says: "A journey through the history of autism."
  • The Panama Papers: How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money | Frederik Obermaier,Bastian Obermayer

    The Panama Papers: How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
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    Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500,000,000 in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

    phil chadwick says: "A must-read. Simple as that"
  • Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel | Tom Wainwright

    Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tom Wainwright
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
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    What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

    Mr says: "Origional, thought-provoking, challenging."
  • It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness | Suzanne O'Sullivan

    It's All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Suzanne O'Sullivan
    • Narrated By Maggie Ollerenshaw
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    Pauline first became ill when she was 15. What seemed to be a urinary infection became joint pain, then life-threatening appendicitis. After a routine operation, Pauline lost all the strength in her legs. Shortly afterwards, convulsions started. But Pauline's tests are normal: her symptoms seem to have no physical cause whatsoever. This may be an extreme case, but Pauline is not alone. As many as a third of people visiting their GPs have symptoms that are medically unexplained.

    Sam says: "Life-Changing"
  • The Selfish Gene | Richard Dawkins

    The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    Michael says: "A wonderful book, wonderfully narrated"
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race | Reni Eddo-Lodge

    Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Reni Eddo-Lodge
    • Narrated By Reni Eddo-Lodge
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    In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

    Dave Donald says: "Absolutely brilliant!!!"
  • Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea | Mark Blyth

    Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mark Blyth
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
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    Governments today in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts - austerity - to solve the financial crisis. We are told that we have all lived beyond our means and now need to tighten our belts. This view conveniently forgets where all that debt came from. Not from an orgy of government spending, but as the direct result of bailing out, recapitalizing, and adding liquidity to the broken banking system.

    Steve says: "An enlightening read"
  • Everyday Sexism | Laura Bates

    Everyday Sexism

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Laura Bates
    • Narrated By Laura Bates, Sarah Brown
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    Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories, and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically, and economically. But women won't stand for it.

    Mr. O. Jollands says: "I inhabit a world that I am oblivious to."
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer | Philip Carlo

    The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    Top Mafia hit man. Doting father. For 30 years, Richard 'the Ice Man' Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighbourhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Kuklinski was Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, John Gotti hired him to kill his neighbour and he was also intimately involved in the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. He conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers.

    Lee says: "An excellent listen - if you can take it."
  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails | Sarah Bakewell

    At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sarah Bakewell
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
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    Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, 'You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!'

    Liz... Bristol says: "Existentialism and Phenomenology"
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed | Jon Ronson

    So You've Been Publicly Shamed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
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    From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

    Paul says: "Gripping"
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders | Vincent Bugliosi,Curt Gentry

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Eugene says: "Evil: Step by Step"
  • Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking | Richard E. Nisbett

    Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard E. Nisbett
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Many scientific and philosophical ideas are so powerful that they can be applied to our lives at home, work, and school to help us think smarter and more effectively about our behavior and the world around us. Surprisingly, many of these ideas remain unknown to most of us. In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail, offering a tool kit for better thinking and wiser decisions.

    LD's says: "A collection of statistical studies more than "tools for smart thinking""
  • Gut | Giulia Enders

    Gut

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Giulia Enders
    • Narrated By Katy Sobey
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    The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

    Di says: "Brilliant and so interesting!"
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