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  • Raising Steam

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic disc world stuff

  • By Owen Neochi on 24-03-2015

Seemed to lose the magic of the first 2 books

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2019

This 3rd book in the series really didn't do justice to the first 2. The story seemed to become formulaic and (I never thought I'd say this) too politically correct. The cheeky irreverence of the first 2 just wasn't there.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-2017

A unique and brilliant self help book

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2018

I found this one of the most brilliant and effective self help books I've ever come across. I would really rate it as a must-read for anybody with a scientific or technical bent who wants to better understand and use that most important of computers - your own brain.

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  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hanging out for book 2.

  • By Amanda on 04-10-2015

pretty fun yarn. reader does a good job.

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

Reviewed: 16-05-2016

I'm certainly going to listen to the next 2 :-)
Some script concepts are a bit annoying, but overall I found it a great story with the right balance of detail.