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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,837
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,813

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

Fascinating!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-2018

I've enjoyed this book. Mankind's history is told in a unromantisized way. some of his views on the future are quite simplified and catastrosized but most views are still important to consider. The narration is well done. definitely recommended.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn' want it to end (I know that seems ghastly)

  • By Sarah on 30-04-2018

Touching story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2018

I enjoyed this book. I listened to it for hours at a stretch. The accents were great. The whole story was beautifully told despite the horrors of the Nazi camps. I definitely recommend this book.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes!!!

  • By Charles on 15-03-2017

Fascinating!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2017

loved this book on Norse mythology. the clearness of voices makes it feel like I'm experiencing it. fun listen- now I know the origins of the gods

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • By: Katherine Boo
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Children matter!

  • By Adrienne Curry on 09-04-2018

Fascinating!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-2017

Great read. A big eye opener to the life of an Indian slum. definitely recommended

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales 
    
    
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        Oliver Sacks
    
    


    
    
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    Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    110 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting insight

  • By Amanda on 04-04-2016

No wonder it's a must read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2017

loved it. the book has left me with a deeper appreciation to the human brain

  • Cook County ICU

  • 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases
  • By: Cory Franklin MD
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Author Cory Franklin, MD, who headed the hospital's intensive care unit from the 1970s through the 1990s, shares his most unique and bizarre experiences, including the deadly Chicago heatwave of 1995, treating the first AIDS patients in the country before the disease was diagnosed, the nurse with rare Munchausen syndrome, the only surviving ricin victim, and the professor with Alzheimer's hiding the effects of the wrong medication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great medical stories

  • By Benjamin on 18-02-2017

Great medical stories

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-2017

loved the listen. so many fascinating cases from his years of experience. His reflections on the medical system is insightful. It was narrated well.

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  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth the listen

  • By Michael on 24-05-2016

must read book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-2016

easy listen. this book is a classic and must read to those who want to improve themselves

  • How Google Works

  • By: Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham, Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Both Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google as seasoned Silicon Valley business executives, but over the course of a decade they came to see the wisdom in Coach John Wooden's observation that 'it's what you learn after you know it all that counts'. As they helped grow Google from a young start-up to a global icon, they relearned everything they knew about management.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring story of individual empowerment

  • By Derek Laney on 04-01-2015

Lessons from google life

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

Reviewed: 26-08-2016

Good listen for new businesses on google company lessons. Love the geek humour in it

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  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,288

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

Hooked!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-2016

Such an inspiring biography. Elon is such a visionary and entrepreneur. A must listen audiobook.

  • The Facebook Effect

  • The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
  • By: David Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: David Kirkpatrick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable and educational

  • By Hayley on 14-08-2017

Great read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-06-2016

Loved it. great read for such a time changing company. Mark is such a focused character. He is really fortunate to have met the people around him who have formed Facebook.