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Joachim Maartens

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  • Valley of Genius

  • By: Adam Fisher
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

A candid, colorful, and comprehensive oral history that reveals the secrets of Silicon Valley - from the origins of Apple and Atari to the present day clashes of Google and Facebook, and all the start-ups and disruptions that happened along the way. Drawing on over 200 in-depth interviews, Valley of Genius takes listeners from the dawn of the personal computer and the Internet, through the heyday of the web, up to the very moment when our current technological reality was invented.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silicon's inspiration

  • By Joachim Maartens on 04-10-2018

Silicon's inspiration

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2018

Memorable moment: looking ahead, past VR towards MR and coexistence with AI and robotics. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • The Beautiful Cure

  • By: Daniel M Davis
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The immune system holds the key to human health. In The Beautiful Cure, leading immunologist Professor Daniel Davis describes the scientific quest to understand how it works - and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind - and explains how this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Real

  • By Joachim Maartens on 24-08-2018

It's Real

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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: 24-08-2018

Loved it. Intriguing story. Complexity of an individual's immune system is a wondrous thing. Take away quote "everything is one kind of approximation".

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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in medicine

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Henrietta eternally grateful.

  • By Sara Paton on 18-09-2018

me, my cells and I

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed a very human story, and it's far from over. Take a bow Hela.

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  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from best-selling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856, where a monk stumbles on the idea of a 'unit of heredity'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genetics and its implications

  • By Haris Mirza on 12-02-2019

Journey of discovery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-2018

Fascinating story of imagination, discovery, trial and error. The whole is so much more than sum- of-the-parts. Thought provoking weave of nature and nurture. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy

  • By Michael on 17-06-2016

breaking the mold

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

Reviewed: 08-03-2018

Dogged determination and persistence even when the odds are stacked. Thoroughly enjoyable. We should encourage the next generation to pursue 'why not' more often.