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  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

  • How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
  • By: Steven Novella
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
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    5 out of 5 stars 46
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    5 out of 5 stars 46

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is your guide through this maze of modern life. It covers essential critical thinking skills as well as giving insight into how your brain works and how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking. They discuss the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to recognise common science news tropes, how to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy colleague of yours and how to apply all of this to everyday life. As fascinating as it is entertaining, this enthralling audiobook is your essential guide to seeing through the fake news and media manipulation in our increasingly confusing world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful

  • By John Trimble on 28-01-2019

A Must Read

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Reviewed: 19-11-2018

This book is everything it says on the tin, it is a highly interesting, engaging and thorough guide to critical thinking and skepticism and Dr Novella does a wonderful job as narrator. The Skeptic's Guide is a delightful and much needed update to Carl Sagan's 'A Demon Haunted World' and I daresay is just as good or even better as either a starting point or a refresher for those trying to get a handle on the topic. I highly recommend 'The Guide' to absolutely everyone, especially those interested in thinking well. Newcomers to the topic and seasoned skeptics alike all have something to gain from this book and should find it both highly insightful and easy to listen to. Five stars all round.

  • The Beatles: The Authorised Biography

  • By: Hunter Davies
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

There's only one book that ever truly got inside the Beatles, and this is it. During 1967 and 1968, Hunter Davies spent 18 months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only-ever authorised biographer, he had unparalleled access - not just to John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but to friends, family, and colleagues. He collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that makes this the classic Beatles book - the one all other biographers look to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Benjamin on 08-09-2017

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 08-09-2017

Brilliant from the first word to the last. I loved entry single minute of it.

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  • Life, the Universe, and Everything

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
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    5 out of 5 stars 192
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-boggingly big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Brilliance Continues

  • By Benjamin on 27-01-2017

The Brilliance Continues

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Reviewed: 27-01-2017

The only problem with this book, as with the others in the series and as I have explained at great lengths to anyone who will listen (i.e. nobody) is that it is altogether too short.
Martin Freeman does a superb job as narrator and the writing is just as funny, eccentric and surprising as the previous books in the series. I very much look forward to the next one.

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  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

  • The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman
  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science - a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-01-2017

Marvellous

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Reviewed: 11-11-2016

You can't go wrong with the words of this genius but I was very surprised to find that the narrator sounds so uncannily like Dr Feynman that I often found myself forgetting that it wasn't actually him speaking. Great listen. I recommend this to any lover of science and/or sophisticated thought.

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