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  • Addicted?

  • How Addiction Affects Every One of Us and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Matt Noffs, Kieran Palmer
  • Narrated by: Tim Potter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

This book is about addictions of all kinds. Addictions to smartphones, sex, games, social media, gambling, money, but most of all to alcohol and drugs. The words "addict" and "addiction" are loaded with baggage. Addicts are considered to be sub-human, if not alien. This book aims to reclaim their dignity. It aims to rescue the word "addiction" from its kidnappers and restore its humanity. It offers personal accounts from inspirational people who have found themselves in the grips of such addictions, and their amazing stories of survival.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Thomas Bullwinkel on 07-05-2019

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2019

I expected a lot more from this book. The performance was great however the substance was heavily focused on drug and alcohol addiction. This was heightened by the focus on fringe and unfortunate individuals and I felt like that’s all the book really spoke about. Noffs mentioned some interesting facts about brain functions and how they facilitate addictions however this was at a very basic level. He then whiplashes straight back to the backbone of the book of feeling sorry for drug and alcohol addicts rather than the plethora of other addictions out there. I think the book could have been longer with greater depth into other areas and perhaps some greater insight into global issues rather than purely Australia. I’d like to mention that the work that the Noffs foundation has done is amazing.
Overall I was glad I finished the book but I would not recommend this one. There will be better out there if this topic takes your fancy. Do further reading yourself about Ted Noffs and the Noffs Foundation and save yourself some money.

  • Life 3.0

  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Penguin Audio presents Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, read by Rob Shapiro. We stand at the beginning of a new era. What was once science fiction is fast becoming reality, as AI transforms war, crime, justice, jobs and society - and even our very sense of what it means to be human. More than any other technology, AI has the potential to revolutionise our collective future - and there's nobody better situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, whose work has helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Anonymous User on 08-02-2019

Enlightening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2019

The arguments presented are very enlightening and engaging. However you need to concentrate as some of the topics are quite complex. The performance was well rounded too.