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  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too much

  • By Carsten Primdal on 09-07-2017

Feel excited about life again.

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

Reviewed: 26-04-2018

A verbose treatise on happiness. From kink in the bedroom, to short sentences in the boardroom. Avoid irrational moralising, and ditch life-sapping family! Try the audiobook at 2.5x. Needs a modern rewrite with polyamory and gender diverse industrialists.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spark Joy

  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Ms Sumalee Montano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Spark Joy is an in-depth, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home. It covers every room in the house, from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms, as well as a wide range of items in different categories, including clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, cosmetics, shoes, bags, wallets and valuables. The secret to Marie Kondo's unique and simple KonMari tidying method is to focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need no other book on tidying.

  • By jennyoz on 21-04-2018

Skip Fold

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-2018

"Spark Joy" by Marie Kondo has some good ideas, and it's short. I like the section on kitchens. It also has some bad ideas: sentimentality and Shinto. So, if you're dead inside, hate your family, and don't care to remember anything from your past - skip it, you're already awesome.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Telomere Effect

  • The New Science of Living Younger
  • By: Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr Elissa Epel
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and leading health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel have discovered biological markers called telomeres, which can help us to understand how healthy our cells are and what we can do to improve them. The Telomere Effect looks at ideas including how biological age is not chronological age, a biological basis for the mind-body connection and how sleep and diet can affect telomeres.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and spiritual

  • By Umi Olsen on 05-05-2017

Should be called: Stress Less, Live Long & Healthy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-2017

Another good title, "Psychology & Telomeres: A marriage of health."

I had the playback speed set to 215% by the end.

The science was interesting, and seemed valid, and the authors always pointed out anything that was not 100% supported by the rigors of the scientific method.

But, I got bored with the albeit great psychological exercises. Mindfulness found it's way into this book too. Hell, maybe I should give it a go. I just wish they'd played up the equally useful role of anti-depressant/anxiety medication in solving stress/anxiety for when mind games don't work.

Other interesting "marriages" included: exercise & telomeres, and food & telomeres.

I wish the whole book was briefer, but it was good information, and I'm better for having "read" (listened) to it.

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good research, too many words

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-03-2017

good research, too many words

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2017

Important topic, with some really logical and interesting conclusions; but some concepts were repeated needlessly. It could have been a much shorter book. Boredom lead to an increase in playback speed. Which is sad, because if it was more concise, it would have made a good birthday gift for a racist family member.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful