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E. Stamatakis

Brighton, UK
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  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 114

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new perspective

  • By Adam Webb on 25-03-2018

Very interesting book. Fenatstic narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-2019

Very interesting book. A fascinating take of the 2nd world war. Fenatstic narration, the best in an AudioBook so far

  • Stylish Academic Writing

  • By: Helen Sword
  • Narrated by: Virginia Wolf
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book every boring academic should read

  • By E. Stamatakis on 12-12-2018

A book every boring academic should read

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-12-2018

Great book, it'll definitely help me overcome my wooden and unimaginative jorgonitis. Very easy to listen and good narration

  • The Sane Society

  • By: Erich Fromm
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Sane Society is a continuation and extension of the brilliant psychiatric concepts Erich Fromm first formulated in Escape from Freedom; it is also, in many ways, an answer to Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. Fromm examines man’s escape into over conformity and the danger of robotism in contemporary industrial society: Modern humanity has, he maintains, been alienated from the world of their own creation. Here Fromm offers a complete and systematic exploration of his “humanistic psychoanalysis.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book should be taught in all schools

  • By E. Stamatakis on 27-11-2018

This book should be taught in all schools

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Reviewed: 27-11-2018

Written quite a few decades ago this book reads like it was written yesterday. It explains eloquently and convincingly what the word needs to do to alleviate the ever present pain and suffering, internal and external. Fromme could see into the future

  • Augmented

  • Life in the Smart Lane
  • By: Brett King, Andy Lark, Alex Lightman, and others
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year-long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts, and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we're likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but too long winded and repetitive

  • By E. Stamatakis on 24-08-2018

Interesting but too long winded and repetitive

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-2018

Lots of interesting facts and remarks and it describes what lies ahead in a compelling way but is far too repetitive and long. The same points could have been made in half the length. Plus the predictions about "we'll all live happily ever after" once the robots take over are silly sometimes. There's no way the establishment will allow the kind of democracy described in the book. Finally, a HUGE omission is the use of AI as weapons in future wars. This aspects of AI alone can wipe off the whole planet, how can one not take it into account into their predictions?

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

In the 20th century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary people can find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. History can familiarise, and it can warn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unsure of the point of this book

  • By Ross Macdonald on 19-02-2019

Excellent historical overview in today's context

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Reviewed: 22-07-2017

Each and every lesson in this book is a prophecy where the world is heading. Very clear ideas with very accurate historical linkage

  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

  • By: Eureka Books
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (2010) is about how to bring about change in an organization. Its main focus is changing behavior by appealing to the rational and emotional sides of people's psyches. To generate change, authors Chip and Dan Heath believe a leader must connect with both sides, the rational and the emotional. This is because sometimes, one side can work against the other and sabotage successful change.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing special

  • By E. Stamatakis on 30-05-2017

Nothing special

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2017

This is a rather predictable and generic mini handbook on how to facilitate change. I found its main premises rather obvious.

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  • 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 2,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879

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
  • This is a powerful book by a truly insightful author.

  • By Daniel Rimmer on 27-10-2018

Very interesting perspectives about humanity

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Reviewed: 18-05-2017

Very interesting perspectives about where humanity is coming from /is/going. It could have been shorter with no loss of meaning

  • Payoff

  • The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we live with, the people who work for and do business with us. In this way much of what we do can be defined as being motivators. From the boardroom to the living room, our role as motivators is complex, and the more we try to motivate partners and children, friends and coworkers, the clearer it becomes that the story of motivation is far more intricate and fascinating than we've assumed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great HR guidance for young business owners

  • By LK on 19-01-2019

Very easy read /listen that made me think

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Reviewed: 05-12-2016

A succinct and charming set of stories and ideas about human motivation and the fact that we know hardly anything about it. Despite the uncertainty the conclusion in Love, Connection, & Meaning is compelling

  • Alcohol Lied to Me - New Edition

  • The Intelligent Escape from Alcohol Addiction
  • By: Craig Beck
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Craig Beck is a well-regarded family man with two children, a nice home, and a successful media career; a director of several companies and at one time the trustee of a large children’s charity. Outwardly, Craig was a highly successful and functioning professional man in spite of a ‘two-bottles-of-wine-a-night" drinking habit. For 20 years he struggled to control his drinking, all the time refusing to label himself an alcoholic because he didn't believe he met the stereotypical image that the word portrayed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I think this is a scam - see below

  • By Daniel on 28-07-2017

It did change the way I see alcohol. Very helpful.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2016

This was very helpful for me as it explains very clearly how we've been conditioned to treat alcohol as an inseparable part of life despite being a strong and very harmful drug (for the society and the individuals). I think it can help many. Continuous references to family situations can be annoying for someone who doesn't conform/ agree /follow to the conventional life model