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  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-2017

Unlike any other book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-2017

I've read a lot of books on decision making. This one is unique in its perspective and deserves attention for its insights derived from algorithms. Very good book indeed.

  • Swing Time

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from Northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Fiona O'Connell on 29-01-2017

Too much waffle

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2017

This book has some good writing ie about the central relationship between two girls. But all the long winded stuff about Africa was lost on me.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the effort!

  • By lsabelle Blythdvb on 04-04-2017

A wonderful achievement

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-07-2016

Probably one of the best plots of any books I've read, and brilliantly narrated. The ending drags on a little which was a shame.

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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

Outstanding

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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: 17-07-2016

I was constantly amazed by this work of genius, one of the best books I've ever read / listened to.