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A great listen in roughly x3 6hr parts.

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Reviewed: 21-10-2020

Excellently narrated by William Roberts, this book A short history of nearly everything! covers mostly natural history and those who painstakingly researched for years to discover and put the pieces of our history together. It begins with a piece on the big bang & early universe to the earths formation, astronomy & the birth of life of which he covers more thoroughly, going into the evolution of things up to today and much info on the great discoverers and his encounters with those working in the natural sciences today. All relevant and interesting stuff packed in, some really fascinating.

Essential reading for budding writers.

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Reviewed: 31-01-2020

In short summary this is 10 good hrs from Steven King the master of the horror story laying out the most poignaint events in his life making for half autobiography half here's how to go about the Craft! which he makes clear writing like anything is a craft to be honed if you want an audience. For a newbie to his work and having never written anything this book made even me want to have a go, for perhaps I could have a knack that just needs honing too, though I probably don't read enough for starters or get out in the world. Both humorous throughout and cut to the chase with advice on how to do it though most of all enjoy it as most writers can expect a decade of solid writing before scoring any success if there work is good!

A must for anyone interested in finance.

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Reviewed: 06-01-2020

The Man Who Solved The Market, the story of the man who lead Renaissance Technologies and brought Wall Street into the age of Computer aided trading by using Petabytes of data and complex mathematical equations aswell as lots of good old fashion brain power tells how Jim Simon's took a team of mathematicians and computer programmers with no knowledge of Financial markets to build a multi billion dollar hedge fund and revolutionize market trading. Starting from simple means working meanial jobs before studying math and becoming a teacher and acclaimed mathematician finding an interest in the stock market it took him a while before discovering just how he could use math and computers in the 1960s to make great headway into trading before which he cracked code for US Intel during the early days of the cold war. It wasn't till the 1980s & 90s that things really took off for Jim taking many of his early partners along for the ride.

Great Story

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Reviewed: 11-09-2019

Arnold's biography, a great tale for anyone, starting with his boyhood growing up in Austria with his family life then joining the Austrian army as a yahoo tank commander, learning of and beginning bodybuilding leaving the army to compete and work in the USA meeting and wanting to emulate his heroes like Reg Park and other great weightlifters, labouring and making good investments into real estate, developing the sport and winning almost every competition in the 70s, branching into acting than balancing time between his two great passions, scoring 7 & 8 figure leading roles in the 80s & 90s schmoozing with Hollywood's it crowd to meeting his wife and being drawn into and learning US politics his hands on role as governor of California and promotion of physical exercise, all being concluded with some wise words. Would of liked to hear more stories about his time working with other great Hollywood stars though there's a few in there & with no sign of slowing down he could probably update this great life story in the years to come. Great narration though only spoken by Arnold in the 1st & last chapters

Awaken to sleep

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Reviewed: 20-07-2018

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker lays out nothing short of an all out crusade about the importance of sleep in this well composed work, of which the chapters contained can easily be navigated in any order to what area of sleep knowledge the reader is looking to know as suggested by the author in the prologue. The book does revolve largely around the affects of sleep or lack of on the brain and its different components most affected the frontal cortex, hippocampus, hypothalamus etc. Also mentioned numerously throughout are the sleep cycles particularly REM & NREM, and the studies conducted to research the effects of the type of sleep people get, not all sleep is equal as he points out. Everything else from sleeping conditions of which the are over 100 documented types, to the negative effects on every part of the body that poor sleep can cause, believed by Matthew to be of greater seriousness than poor diet or exercise but gets around 1% the attention of these other societal affecting crises of the modern age. Put short I was highly engaged through most of the book, I'm sure it could be updated in the future with the amount of research being conducted into this developing field, Matthew does his best to dissuade readers from the many sleep aid developed drugs available on the market, to add the sleep aid market which is worth around 30billion dollars annually in the US shows the severity of the problem at hand, he rather lists quite well alternative ways to manage a good 8hrs shut eye into every 24hr period. The narrator can come across sometimes as nothing short of a sleep nazi, though I believe anyone unconvinced of the bennifits of a good sleep to purchase a sleep tracking smartwatch of which this reader recently obtained and notice the affects on the body particularly the cardiovascular data recorded and you will soon learn to manage the sleep you get in a very different way, the parts in the book on dreaming are also a favourite of mine.

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A must for anyone wanting to think outside the box

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Reviewed: 08-07-2018

Mr Judkins, weaves hundreds of interesting quotes and ideas from the world's most succesfully creative minds superfluously into The art of creative thinking, I highly feel the need to read again to take in every drop of wisdom put fourth in this great work.

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Greatly narrated, published in 1843.

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Reviewed: 28-06-2018

An epic conquest of the Castilian Spaniards led by Cortes, driven by a lust for riches and adventure, and a tragedy for the great but barbarous Aztec kingdom and there emporer Montezuma unprepared for such warfare as brought down on them by the guns and impenatrable armour of the modern world, when initial goodwill to one another turned to hostilities and bloodshed, it tells the story of how the most powerful empire in the new world came crashing down within a matter of months as the besieged capital fell into disarray and its inhabitants likewise.

Get on it.

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Reviewed: 20-06-2018

Well narrated, Elon's feats are great example of how to build things from the ground up, by organising a great team, and this book well documents these struggles and the percevering will do it attitude of Musk, a good read.

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Reviewed: 05-06-2018

everyone should read this book it sets down and lays out the fundamentals for a sound business mindset for everyone from beginner to expert.