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one of the greats

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

Reviewed: 09-10-2019

A sensational tale, no wonder the movie became legendary.
Joe did a great job, it just could have been a little more dynamic.

Didn't live up to the description

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

Reviewed: 21-08-2019

Kenneth Lee was just the right choice to voice this book. His earthy tones just exuded the wisdom that this book was aiming for.

There is no doubt that Holthaus is an experienced and very well read person. He regularly quotes others can be a bit distracting in an audio book as I found myself losing context and having to rewind, if you're reading you can just glance back.

There were some very interesting points early on in the book which I will take the time to relisten to at a later time, but for the second half of the book I found at times there wasn't a lot of structure, to me he was just throwing out words and rewording in different ways without saying a lot - a bit like someone who likes the sound of their own voice.

I would have liked more time spent on subsistence living and the "native wisdom", as he seemed to get into the spirituality aspects that seemed to have little linkage to the topic.

I did learn some things from this book, and Kenneth Lee gained another fan.

an amazing mind

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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: 23-07-2019

It is quite incredible how much information Yuval leans on to paint our potential future paths. He certainly gets you thinking.
Derek does a great job to keep it interesting.

A crazy ride

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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: 26-05-2019

A really enjoyable read. I loved the humour and highly imaginative analogies which fit in with this irreverent view of a future world. It did get a bit lost at focusing on some unnecessary details, and at times I was unclear which world we were in. But the highlight was the characters that Stephenson develops.

Jonathan Davis's performance was excellent, his style really suited the feel of the story - well done.

something to thin(k) about

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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: 28-03-2019

It took quite a while to get to the point, but the background was useful.
Given the fact filled nature of it, Brian did a great job to keep it interesting.
As someone who has struggled with weight issues a lot of it seemed to make sense, and certainly provided food for thought.

the future's not ours to see - que sera sera

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

Well Yuval does his best to say otherwise. His amazing mind just races away with painting a future world based on a course created by our past deeds.

I found this book a bit harder to follow, not the timeline logic of the first. enjoyable none the less

Gayou and Bray - a dynamic duo

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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: 29-01-2019

This was my favourite book of the series so far. There were a couple of patches that seemed like unnecessary fillers, but it was more than made up for with the complexity and detail that author and narrator bring to the characters. A riveting listen, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

Human kind(?) and Yuvals incredible mind

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2019

I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into, quite a lot of facts and figures at the start was quite a challenge to listen to, but as the book progressed I became increasingly impressed with the way this story was constructed. Taking the history of mankind, condensing and simplifying it, and all the while applying insight that helped me appreciate how much I didn't know.

It also had me thinking about how little thought goes into the consequences of modern day living - especially the exploitation of animals as just points on a production line.

It was a real awakening about the society that we've become.

excitement at every turn

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

Reviewed: 30-11-2018

Again, the story moves at a cracking pace with twists occurring at every opportunity. My issue is that a quite a few times I am saying "why would you do that ?" or "really?". Despite that, it is an exciting listen.

Never judge a book by it's cover

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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: 07-11-2018

Having watched Andrew turn into Osher over the years it was a view of a fun confident man who was ready for anything. I had no idea of the struggle going on underneath. It was very brave of him to be as open as he was, and It will help others realise they are not alone.