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  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy

  • By Michael on 17-06-2016

Remarkable man, remarkable story, insightful

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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: 23-08-2016

What did you like most about Elon Musk?

I really enjoyed this book. It was nicely balanced throughout between the personal and the professional sides of Elon Musk. It showed the man to be human and superhuman. If you want to know what makes these remarkable achievers tick, this is well worth a listen.

  • The Memory Code

  • The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over
  • By: Lynne Kelly
  • Narrated by: Louise Siverson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

In the past the elders had encyclopaedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across the landscape and the stars in the sky, too. Yet most of us struggle to memorise more than a short poem. Using traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines as the key, Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, this book changed my thinking

  • By Jo on 23-08-2016

Fascinating, this book changed my thinking

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2016

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a truly fascinating book. It challenged many of my preconceptions, answered many of the questions I've had about Australian aboriginal songlines, and just opened my eyes to non-literate cultures and the value of their memory systems. This was a remarkable book, well written, well narrated.

What does Louise Siverson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Really well narrated, a pleasure to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Understanding the value of maintaining song lines through initiation rites only. It really opened my eyes. How memory codes aren't linear and are difficult to explain and don't quite fit into our literate concepts of the world.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Reckoning

  • A Memoir
  • By: Magda Szubanski
  • Narrated by: Magda Szubanski
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story. In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and powerful

  • By Stan on 11-01-2016

I didn't want this book to end

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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: 27-01-2016

Magda is one talented lady. This book was raw and honest, and her story telling remarkable. Listening to Magda reading her story was very special, particular her mum's Scottish accent. I loved this book and would be happy to listen to Magda tell her story every day.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you reassess so much

  • By Sean on 20-07-2017

Excellent listening

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

Reviewed: 11-01-2016

I'm a Rich Roll podcast fan already, and this book didn't disappoint. A great listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful