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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 2,513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192

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

good but not as good as sapiens

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-2017

didn't seem to explore as many ideas as sapiens, still interesting though, asks a lot of questions

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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 6,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,462
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,433

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

awesome and comprehensive book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-2017

the narrator is amazing! and the arguments are very well thought out and challenge you

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  • Welcome to the Universe

  • An Astrophysical Tour
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Anonymous User on 18-06-2019

great book, quite involved!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-2017

the narrator is very dry but you get used to it, probably not a starting point for cosmology, lots of derivations

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  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Stories in Our Genes
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Ryan on 10-02-2017

great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-2017

lots of varied and interesting topics on genes and evolution. it's always great to have the author narrate their own book.

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  • Herding Hemingway's Cats

  • Understanding How Our Genes Work
  • By: Kat Arney
  • Narrated by: Kat Arney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. So we've all heard of genes, but how do they actually work?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative. Thank you kat arney<br />

  • By Paul Atkins on 14-08-2017
  • Herding Hemingway's Cats
  • Understanding How Our Genes Work
  • By: Kat Arney
  • Narrated by: Kat Arney

great listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2017

the narration, interviews and topics in this book are fantastic. definitely recommend! Kat's accents that she puts on are hilarious 😂

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  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90

The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from best-selling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856, where a monk stumbles on the idea of a 'unit of heredity'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genetics and its implications

  • By Haris Mirza on 12-02-2019

great book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-2016

very interesting from historical development of gene theory with a touch of the authors interesting personal history

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  • Our Mathematical Universe

  • My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning analysis from the biggest perspective

  • By Gordon on 02-08-2016
  • Our Mathematical Universe
  • My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro

really good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-2016

this book is pretty serious, I zoned out for a lot of the level 4 multi verse stuff. the book is really well written and the narrator is absolutely amazing, by far the best narrator on audible I've listen to so far

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  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent way of explaining

  • By zoostra on 19-03-2016

great listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-2016

only problem is that some of the derivations are hard to follow with all the formulas thrown around, would be much better in print for those sections

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  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

  • By: Steven Pollock, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Pollock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and understandable

  • By Simone on 26-05-2015

good starts of basic but gets involved

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-2016

what it says to be. introduction course but gets pretty in depth after a while

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond

  • By: Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

In this 12-lecture masterpiece of scientific reporting, you'll learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this discovery, including the basics of quantum mechanics; the four forces that comprise the Standard Model of particle physics; how these forces are transmitted by fields and particles; and the importance of symmetry in physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pretty serious listening!

  • By Ryan on 30-06-2016

pretty serious listening!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2016

good content and well delivered, it gets pretty overwhelming at times, certainly harder to follow than other similar great courses lectures

1 of 1 people found this review helpful