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  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • By: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Coddling of the America Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, read by Jonathan Haidt. What doesn't kill you makes you weaker. Always trust your feelings. Life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. And yet they have become increasingly woven into education, culminating in a stifling culture of 'safetyism' that began on American college campuses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cure for our youth and political crises

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-11-2018

The cure for our youth and political crises

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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: 30-11-2018

This book is a brilliant look at the dangers of overprotective parenting and the slow creep of safetyism in institutions such as universities and schools. Highly recommend, especially for parents or those who work with young people, students, and people who work on schools or universities.

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  • Children of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Catherine J Coleman on 29-09-2015

Better than Dune Messiah

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2018

Fantastic book. Much better than Dune Messiah (although both are masterpieces). Finally they got the audio down, only one narrator in this book, and they were quite good.

If you’ve listened to the first two, listen to this one, even if it gets a bit weird at times.

  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great read for those who loved the first book

  • By patrick on 01-06-2015

Great sequel, better narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

I can see how this book wouldn’t be for everyone. It’s much more subtle and political than the last one. If you’re looking for action, maybe it’s not for you. However, I think it is just as good as the first novel, so if you’re loving the story, I don’t think you’ll be let down by this.

Narration was good. Not great, but good. They have three or four narrators that change every now and then, so it can be slightly confusing with the different voices, but it works much better than the hot mess that was the first audiobook’s narration.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor performance of an exceptional book

  • By Ben Scott on 22-07-2015

Great story, crap narration

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-2018

This is my first reading of Dune. It’s incredible, honestly one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read. Spectacular writing, interesting and unpredictable plot, and awesome concepts. You don’t need to know anything, but trust everyone who loves this book.

Unfortunately, the narration was just bad. The main narrator was great, and the character narrators were good too, but the main issue was consistency. It constantly flitters between a full cast, and just the narrator voicing the characters. It’s like they recorded some scenes fully, then ran over budget and did the rest with the one guy. It makes it harder to remember who’s who, and can be frustrating when the voices suddenly change. I’m surprised this mess made it into final release.

Overall though, I didn’t mind too much, and it didn’t take away from the novel’s quality. If you can deal with constantly changing (but still good) narration, and don’t mind being a little confused, this is a good buy and listen.

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second best Croshaw book

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-03-2018

Second best Croshaw book

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2018

This is ALMOST as good as Mogworld, in my opinion the best of his novels. Incredibly funny, interesting, and mysterious. I await the sequel.

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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 2,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contains timeless answers to life’s timeless questions

  • By Wouter Chömpff on 05-02-2018

The best self-help book that isn’t a self-help book

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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: 08-02-2018

This is the most incredible nonfiction book I’ve read in my life so far, and it’s probably the only self-help book I’ll ever read. Peterson is incredibly astute, deep, provocative, and yet palatable enough that everyone can understand and be engaged by his words. If you need order, if you’re in chaos - or even if you’re not - you should read this book.

What will you write with your pen of light?

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-01-2018

One of the better

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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: 27-01-2018

This one takes an unexpected turn, but it really solidifies this series as something better. The ideological lines become more solid, and the lines of morality blur. Very interesting, very good to see them shaking things up a little.

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  • Leviathan Wakes

  • The Expanse, Book 1
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really good stuff

  • By glenn urquhart on 23-01-2016

Excellent beginnings

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2017

One of the better sci-fi books I've gone through in a long while. Even though it is the first of a series, it also manages to be self contained enough for satisfaction from this book alone. You should get this if you like sci-fi.

Mays is a fantastic narrator, too. His Belter accents are especially well done. The only criticism I have for him is occasionally it is difficult to tell between some voices.

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  • The Prefect

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling story superbly read

  • By GMI on 11-12-2017

Fantastic

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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: 17-09-2017

A great way to end a series in a sort of epilogue-ic way. As a standalone story within the universe, it's fantastic, like Chasm City. As a continuation from Absolution Gap, it serves mostly to tie up loose ends from that main plot line.

And go John Lee! Voice as smooth as butter, best reader out there.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-01-2018

A good finish

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-2017

This is a good ending to a great trilogy. Like the second book, this one is very space-operatic and less technical. The story lacks in many places, but usually makes up for it in others. It is certainly not the best of the three, however you just HAVE to read it if you've read the last two.

Ray Porter was similar in this one, better in some places, worse in others. But he's still one of the better ones I've heard.