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  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 516
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    5 out of 5 stars 455
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    5 out of 5 stars 456

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating - unbelievable that this is a true story

  • By Glenn Gillan on 29-06-2018

An incredible story

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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: 26-01-2019

The narrator does well with the reading, even adding voices to some key characters, could have had some more variation for the male characters but never the less very good narration. The story itself is one of an entrepreneurs dream gone askew, one can not help at first feeling for Elizabeth who through sheer charisma and determination pursues her dream to great heights. As the years go on her original dream of helping people becomes less important than her own success, and the details of the story along the way are fascinating. This is a great and very well researched piece, showing the story from many different perspectives. For someone who has an interest in silicon valley or entrepreneurship I would highly recommend.

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Made History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History comes to life

  • By Bradley on 13-01-2019

a excellent homage

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-2018

Gives great insight into the man of Churchill, both his flaws and triumphs. The story is well set out, switching between past and present in a smooth fashion. The only point for improvement would be to have the discussion on the middle East a little bit earlier in the book as it felt like things were jumping back a bit far. Overall a very well done book and a great read/listen.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
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    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 172

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing adventure

  • By Michael Rafferty on 22-10-2017

Incredible

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Reviewed: 12-11-2018

The narrative is excellently delivered, and what a story it is. The tale of survival against seemingly hopeless odds, of a small band of men against the harshest elements imaginable, it is a story that left me amazed by the endurance Shackleton and his men showed. I also felt a renewed appreciation for the simple things in life, such as sweet food or clean water, things that the men in the story would often dream of while they were trapped among the ice. I would well recommend to anyone who has an interest in history, exploration, the Antarctic, or in hearing an incredible story of human endurance.

  • The Fall and Rise of China

  • By: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Baum
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85
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    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible overview of modern Chinese history

  • By Ronald McCoy on 20-01-2019

Excellent Analysis

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-10-2018

If you wanted to learn more about the sleeping giant of China that's starting to wake up in our modern world, the audio lectures in this course provide great detail and insight. A little dated in that it doesn't cover anything post 2009, but does cover a lot of ground leading up to that point. Gives particularly good character and political insight into Chairman Mao, the founder of communism in China.

  • Turning Points in Modern History

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed. Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wide Ranging

  • By Tomas on 23-08-2018

Wide Ranging

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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: 23-08-2018

The turning points covered in the lecture series are all ones of great importance, though one or two changes I might have made. From conflict to invention, you will get a better understanding of how humanity has progressed so far. The lecturer is well spoken and his enthusiasm is audible making for a easy listen.

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story of rags to icon

  • By Arthur Wilson on 10-12-2016

A good character portrait

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Reviewed: 22-07-2018

gives great and expansive detail about the life of the world's richest man. Goes into his business dealings and into his philanthropy, but also in his personal life after retirement and the lives of his children. You will finish this book with a good and nuanced understanding of John D Rockerfeller both in life and business.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 29
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    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An almost unbelievable tale, brilliantly told.

  • By Adam on 09-01-2018

Fantastic

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Reviewed: 15-06-2018

A compelling narrative that sheds light on the very interesting character of Hamilton, and also gives the reader an excellent look into the founding of America. At times exiting and at others emotional, this story does great justice to it's chosen subject, by showing both his genius and his flaws and by ultimately making him feel human and almost know to the listiner.

  • Worlds at War

  • The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West
  • By: Anthony Pagden
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In the tradition of Jared Diamond and Jacques Barzun, prize-winning historian Anthony Pagden presents a sweeping history of the long struggle between East and West, from the Greeks to the present day.

The relationship between East and West has always been one of turmoil. In this historical tour de force, a renowned historian leads us from the world of classical antiquity, through the Dark Ages, to the Crusades, Europe's resurgence, and the dominance of the Ottoman Empire, which almost shattered Europe entirely. Pagden travels from Napoleon in Egypt to Europe's carving up of the finally moribund Ottomans - creating the modern Middle East along the way - and on to the present struggles in Iraq.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Tomas on 23-03-2018

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 23-03-2018

Well narrated, with many points of interest throughout, there were also times were it felt a little dry. Still overall a decent listen.

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 171
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    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 159

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Mike Duncan book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 27-02-2018

excellent narrative

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Reviewed: 27-01-2018

a great story, superbly delivered by Mike, well known for his history of Rome podcast. Goes into good depth and follows well the characters and forces that drove the republic to ruin.

  • The Decisive Battles of World History

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoyable

  • By Tomas on 06-12-2017

Really Enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-2017

Covers plenty of battles that are well known to most fans of history bit Aldo goes into good detail on battles that you may not know much about. The battles themselves and the pivotal figures in those battles are covered in a narrative like fashion making the content far from dry. Interesting and enjoyable, I highly recommend.