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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 12,615
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,092
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,008

    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

    Regular price: £23.99

    • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,383
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,078
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069

    Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Grow your mind

    • By Paul Murphy on 07-09-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • 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
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      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

    Regular price: £23.99

    • A History of Japan

    • Revised Edition
    • By: R. H. P. Mason, J. G. Caiger
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A classic of Japanese history, this audiobook is the preeminent work on the history of Japan. Newly revised and updated, A History of Japan is a single-volume complete history of the nation of Japan. Starting in ancient Japan during its early pre-history period, A History of Japan covers every important aspect of history and culture through feudal Japan to the post-Cold War period and collapse of the bubble economy in the early 1990s. Recent findings shed additional light on the origins of Japanese civilization and the birth of Japanese culture.    

    Regular price: £19.29

    • The Patterning Instinct

    • A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning
    • By: Jeremy Lent, Fritjof Capra - foreword
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    This fresh perspective on crucial questions of history identifies the root metaphors that cultures have used to construct meaning in their world. It offers a glimpse into the minds of a vast range of different peoples: early hunter-gatherers and farmers, ancient Egyptians, traditional Chinese sages, the founders of Christianity, trailblazers of the Scientific Revolution, and those who constructed our modern consumer society.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Broad and Focused

    • By Nathaniel on 10-01-18

    Regular price: £26.29

    • Red Flags

    • Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy
    • By: George Magnus
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Over the past four decades, China's remarkable transformation has garnered admiration but also sparked concern. George Magnus draws on his intimate knowledge of this dynamic nation to uncover the origins of its ascent and show why the economic traps it faces at home and the political challenges it faces abroad pose a serious threat to its continued rise. 

    Regular price: £22.49

    • Capitalism Without Capital

    • The Rise of the Intangible Economy
    • By: Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Early in the 21st century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, or software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Repetitive and disappointing

    • By grimnortherner on 23-04-18

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Way of the Runner

    • By: Adharanand Finn
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    A journey into Japan's fabled running culture from the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans. Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, a place where a 135-mile relay race is the country's biggest annual sporting event. Thousands of professional runners compete for corporate teams in some of the most competitive races in the world. Marathon monks run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it!!!!!

    • By Kindle Customer on 10-09-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • After Virtue, Third Edition

    • By: Alasdair MacIntyre
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    In this classic work, Alasdair MacIntyre examines the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue, diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life, and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery. While the individual chapters are wide-ranging, once pieced together, they comprise a penetrating and focused argument about the price of modernity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A truly great (though flawed) work in philosophy

    • By David Mossley on 07-10-18

    Regular price: £25.69

    • The Water Kingdom

    • A Secret History of China
    • By: Philip Ball
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    From the Yangtze to the Yellow River, China is traversed by great waterways, which have defined its politics and ways of life for centuries. Water has been so integral to China's culture, economy, and growth and development that it provides a window on the whole sweep of Chinese history. In The Water Kingdom, renowned writer Philip Ball opens that window to offer an epic and powerful new way of thinking about Chinese civilization. Water, Ball shows, is a key that unlocks much of Chinese culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent overview of China's history

    • By Luca Nicotra on 14-06-18

    Regular price: £29.19

    • What Is Life?

    • How Chemistry Becomes Biology
    • By: Addy Pross
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrdinger posed a simple, yet profound, question: What is life?. How could the very existence of such extraordinary chemical systems be understood? This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists both before, and ever since. Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than Schrodinger!

    • By Anonymous User on 03-12-18

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Bury the Chains

    • Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
    • By: Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In early 1787, 12 men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a London printing shop and began a remarkable grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements.

    Regular price: £22.49

    • The Prime Ministers

    • An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
    • By: Yehuda Avner
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings listeners into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • outstanding

    • By Dr J on 16-10-18

    Regular price: £27.49

    • Thinking of Answers

    • Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In his acclaimed columns in the London Times and Prospect, A. C. Grayling often responds to provocative questions posed by editors and readers. These questions serve as the basis for the essays in Thinking of Answers, among them searching examinations of the following: Are human beings especially prone to self-deception? If beauty existed only in the eye of the beholder, would that make it an unimportant quality? Are human rights political? And more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How to open your mind

    • By C I H on 29-04-16

    Regular price: £22.89

    • The Dream of Enlightenment

    • The Rise of Modern Philosophy
    • By: Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    In The Dream of Enlightenment, Anthony Gottlieb expertly navigates a second great explosion of thought, taking us to northern Europe in the wake of its wars of religion and the rise of Galilean science. In a relatively short period - from the early 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution - Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Hume all made their mark. The Dream of Enlightenment tells their story and that of the birth of modern philosophy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Dream of Enlightenment

    • By peter on 13-02-17

    Regular price: £23.69

    • Progress

    • Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
    • By: Johan Norberg
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    It's on the television, in the papers, and in our minds. Every day we're bludgeoned by news of how bad everything is - financial collapse, unemployment, growing poverty, environmental disasters, disease, hunger, war. But the rarely acknowledged reality is that our progress over the past few decades has been unprecedented. By almost any index you care to identify, things are markedly better now than they have ever been for almost everyone alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Living conditions in the world improves rapidly

    • By Anonymous User on 22-04-18
    • Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
    • By: Johan Norberg
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 01-07-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

    Regular price: £16.99

    • 90 Minutes at Entebbe

    • The Full Inside Story of the Spectacular Israeli Counterterrorism Strike and the Daring Rescue of 103 Hostages
    • By: William Stevenson, Uri Dan
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    In captivating detail, Stevenson provides a fast-paced, hour-by-hour narration from the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 to the final 90-minute mission. In addition to discussing the incredible rescue itself, Stevenson also covers the political backdrop behind the hijacking, especially Ugandan President Idi Amin's support for the hijackers, which marked one of the first times a leader of a nation had backed terrorist activities.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It is not "the full inside story"

    • By Jeffrey Slater on 20-08-16

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Eugenics and Other Evils

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    During the first three decades of the 20th century, eugenics, the scientific control of human breeding, was a popular cause within enlightened and progressive segments of the English-speaking world. This prophetic volume counters the intellectual nihilism of Nietzsche, while simultaneously rebuking Western notions of progress - biological or otherwise. Chesterton expands his criticism of eugenics into what he calls "a more general criticism of the modern craze for scientific officialism and strict social organization."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Prescient

    • By David Mullins on 21-10-18

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Worst of Evils

    • The Fight Against Pain
    • By: Thomas Dormandy
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    This riveting audiobook takes the listener around the globe and through the centuries to discover how different cultures have sought to combat and treat physical pain. With colorful stories and sometimes frightening anecdotes, Dr. Thomas Dormandy describes a checkered progression of breakthroughs, haphazard experiments, ignorant attitudes, and surprising developments in human efforts to control pain.

    Regular price: £28.09

    • Origins

    • The Search for Our Prehistoric Past
    • By: Frank H. T. Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    In Origins, Frank H. T. Rhodes explores the origin and evolution of living things, the changing environments in which they have developed, and the challenges we now face on an increasingly crowded and polluted planet. Rhodes argues that the future well-being of our burgeoning population depends in no small part on our understanding of life's past, its long and slow development, and its intricate interdependencies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an outstanding book in writing and reading

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-03-17

    Regular price: £23.69

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