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James Leibert

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  • Rational Optimist

  • How Prosperity Evolves
  • By: Matt Ridley
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than six billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors. Yet, bizarrely, however much things improve from the way they were before, people still cling to the belief that the future will be nothing but disastrous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rationalism With a Tinge of Ideology

  • By Shane on 29-05-2016

Irritating narrator spoils the audiobook

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-2018

L J Ganser delivers a very uninterested performance that makes it much harder to absorb the otherwise excellent content. Some of his readings seem to be pretty good, but this is the second of his recordings that I’ve heard where he is clearly ‘phoning it in’.

  • Physics of the Impossible

  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible - from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks - revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future. 100 years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor production

  • By James Leibert on 30-10-2017

Poor production

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-2017

Good book in principle, but not well written - it is often repetitive and sometimes just dull. The reading has introduced some errors (I assume the author isn’t so ignorant). The sound quality is bad (metallic, echoey) and the recording has many annoying skips. Buy the book if you must, or better still look for something better.