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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good stuff but...

  • By Alex on 11-07-2018

Some good stuff but...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2018

I feel like I’ve been berated for 8hrs. No doubt I need it but Jordan’s method of reaching people is blunt as is his delivery and smacks of the same uncertainty as your overbearing uncle. Not enough joy and way too much religion - albeit interesting as a way a valuing the code imbedded within. He sounds preacher-like throughout. Like Dawkins, there is value in here but I don’t think I want to have a beer with this guy. My bad.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Ben on 05-02-2018

Sub average survival genre

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2018

Sorry folks not my cup of tea. Really thought there would be more of “how” things fall apart after a given cataclysm and more insight into society dynamics. These things occupied minimal coverage and only served as the backdrop for a very average team-survival story replete with cultural stereotypes . Substitute zombies with unfriendly humans and you’re there.

  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, Cryptic and Creepy

  • By Kristin on 04-08-2016

Lower shelf sci fi

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

Reviewed: 08-05-2018

Interview subject X114-3.
Location: Guantanamo dunny #511
Do you like made up, pseudo military code numbers to make you feel like you’re deeply embedded?
Then you’re in the right place.
No seriously. It listens like a bad radio drama not withstanding the amount of effort made by the voice actors.
I did finish it but would not go further. I like less cheese and more brain with my sci fi.
If you’re looking to pass the time on a long flight then maybe. But if your looking for trail blazing, eye opening, sci fi then move on.
This does sound harsh but the only reason I got this book was on the back of the reviews so this may stop someone else making the same mistake.
Asimov, Clarke and Banks are a couple of shelves above if you’re looking.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Foodist

  • Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting
  • By: Darya Pino Rose
  • Narrated by: Darya Pino Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Foodist is an approach that actually celebrates food while taking you through the nutrition and psychology involved in eating well to help you move beyond the daily obstacles and bad habits that keep the tasteless, empty, and unsatisfying food-like products on your plate. Losing weight no longer has to be about sacrifice, deprivation, and willpower, and food will turn from something you fight into something you can actually love again. As Darya writes, "You don't need a diet. You need an upgrade."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No fads, just sense.

  • By Alex on 15-06-2015

No fads, just sense.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-2015

You'll find yourself nodding allot, like, "I knew that..." This book picks up on all the things you already know, adds a bunch of new things and puts them into a context which demands personal action. No fads just sense. Read it.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen but good content so far.

  • By Diego on 04-05-2016

Hard going at times but essential reading.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-2015

This book will change how you see the world. You will be more aware of external and internal manipulations and misconceptions. There is a price though. The later half of the book can be hard going and the narrator's limited dynamic range becomes a challenge to listen to attentively. I'd suggest listening to the first 3hrs and then breaking up the rest into smaller chunks (Splice with something more narrative), But do listen. This is an important book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful