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  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible

  • By Anonymous User on 10-12-2017

Brillant

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-2018

Very easy listening, insightful and mostly still relevant today.

Written by a true genius and read by amazing people.

Loved it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes!!!

  • By Charles on 15-03-2017

awesome stories

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Reviewed: 27-09-2017

easy listening. interesting stories. a must listen. great to hear the stories behind Thor and loki

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a history of Asia

  • By Tim on 16-08-2016

An amazing story

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Reviewed: 30-04-2017

I learnt so much during this audible book. The Mongolian and Russian chapters definitely were my favourite. Great book, well written and the narrator is very good too.

Definitely worth a token. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book highly recommended !!!!

  • By Igor on 11-05-2017

Such an entertaining book

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Reviewed: 19-02-2017

I really enjoyed this even though it was short. I loved the aviation chapter and the last chapter at the very with a personal touch was great. I listened to every word and the narration was on point. I'd listen to this again for sure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but brilliant!

  • By Michael on 27-11-2015

Very interesting

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Reviewed: 09-01-2017

This book had me engaged in what was being spoken about the whole time I listened.

If you're looking for something that will teach you about almost everything this is the book for you. One minute it's talking about the expansion of the universe and then tectonic plate movement. Just enough for you to understand what's being spoken about but not enough to lose you.

The narrator was easy to listen to, and was a great story teller.

  • Unstoppable

  • Harnessing Science to Change the World
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future. In Unstoppable, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent and inspirational!

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-03-2017

Absolutely brilliant

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Reviewed: 11-06-2016

loved it!

especially when bill shared how he optimised his own house.

very thought provoking and inspiring.

thanks Bill

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-09-2017

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 02-09-2015

A well researched story that not only goes into the the great Genghis Khan but also his legacy and family history. The most interesting parts were probably of his descendants taking over Russia, China and the middle East. The narration is also top notch and he's excited about the topic ,very easy listening. Definitely a must listen for anyone who appreciates history.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Pharma

  • How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Information intensive

  • By The lad on 13-05-2015

Information intensive

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-2015

It's a well thought out and eye opening book. As Ben progressed through the horrible things going in the the medical industry at the moment, it just got more intense. Heavy information through out the chapters. But don't worry as after each chapter, he summarises and suggests ways we could progress in a positive direction. Brilliant book, definitely worth a look.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By The lad on 28-03-2015

Excellent

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Reviewed: 28-03-2015

Absolutely loved it. It was well thought out in the topics covered. The writer did amazing job at piecing this together. I will definitely be reading 'Bad Pharma' and 'I think you'll find its a bit more complicated than that'. It was very easy to listen to, the narrator spoke clearly and sounded passionate about what he was reading. Great work all round.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Undeniable

  • Evolution and the Science of Creation
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 99

Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome information and entertaining

  • By Anonymous User on 30-10-2017

Just amazing

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Reviewed: 21-02-2015

Bill Nye knocked it out of the park with this one. I understood everything he spoke about, which is a credit to Bill. never a dull moment, definitely recommend.