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  • The Spinning Magnet

  • The Force That Created the Modern World - and Could Destroy It
  • By: Alanna Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

An engrossing history of the science of one of the four fundamental physical forces in the universe, electromagnetism, right up to the latest indications that the poles are soon to reverse and destroy the world's power grids and electronic communications. A cataclysmic planetary phenomenon is gathering force deep within the Earth. The magnetic North Pole will eventually trade places with the South Pole. Satellite evidence suggests to some scientists that the move has already begun, but most still think it won't happen for many decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wide ranging effects of earth possible pole change

  • By David on 03-04-2019

Wide ranging effects of earth possible pole change

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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: 03-04-2019

I enjoyed the history of electromagnetic and the physics behind it as described by a non scientist. the read got a bit labourous later and needs accompanying diagrams. But the last chapters jolted me back to a riveting read in describing effects on the earth, us and all life if the pole change begins!

  • Heroes

  • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 496

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing from start to end!

  • By Anonymous User on 27-11-2018

brilliant stories and narration!

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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: 12-12-2018

i dont know how many times Fry made me laugh out loud as i sat in a train or walked along the road. the accents...Welsh, Scots, yorkshire to name a few...were brilliant. cant wait for the next book on the Trojans.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions

  • By: Stephen Hawking, Professor Kip Thorne - foreword
  • Narrated by: Ben Whishaw, Garrick Hagon - foreword, Lucy Hawking - afterword
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 127

The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the best-selling author of A Brief History of Time and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a profound, accessible and timely reflection on the biggest questions in science. Professor Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist, an influential author and thinker and a great popular communicator. Throughout his career he was asked questions by business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and the general public on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of the universe to the future of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting without being overwhelming

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-2019

brilliant

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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: 01-11-2018

one of the best brief books on up to date physics and the great man who overcame adversity to explain science to people like me

  • Any Ordinary Day

  • Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
  • By: Leigh Sales
  • Narrated by: Leigh Sales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered audiobook, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Mrs. J. C. Bodnarchuk on 06-10-2018

loved it!

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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: 24-10-2018

well done Leigh! Such woderful wordsmithing and narration. I loved Mark Colvins book and your book had a profound influence on me and my thinking of loss. Looking forward to your next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely way to round out the trilogy

  • By henhao on 03-03-2018

wonderfully funny trio!

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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: 07-08-2018

so funny and yet believable stories of the Asian uber rich. loved the slang and accents by Lydia Look. Thanks Kevin for so many great laughs!

  • China Rich Girlfriend

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father. On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED this one! A great sequel!

  • By Luke Perger on 21-03-2016

loved the Singlish slang

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

Reviewed: 26-06-2018

the hokkien and Cantonese and Malayu expressions with aside translations were Shiok! wah lao wei!

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she might one day marry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpassed my expectations!

  • By Anonymous User on 29-07-2018

a great read...loved the local dialect slang!

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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: 01-06-2018

alamak!...as an ex Singaporean I really got a feel for the place again and the stories of the local well heeled. great juxtaposition of european fashion and singapore makan. looking forward to Kevin Kwans next book

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Light and Shadow

  • Memoirs of a Spy's Son
  • By: Mark Colvin
  • Narrated by: Mark Colvin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Mark Colvin is a broadcasting legend. He is the voice of ABC Radio’s leading current affairs program PM; he was a founding broadcaster for the groundbreaking youth station Double J; he initiated The World Today program; and he’s one of the most popular and influential journalists in the twittersphere. Mark has been covering local and global events for more than four decades. He has reported on wars, royal weddings and everything in between. In the midst of all this he discovered that his father was an MI6 spy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Liv on 26-08-2017

fascinating autobiography

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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: 20-05-2018

wonderful narration by the author. the visit to his father in Mongolia was a standout

  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In Parallel Worlds, world-renowned physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku - an author who "has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth" (Wall Street Journal) - takes listeners on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant understandable summary of universes

  • By David on 17-03-2018

Brilliant understandable summary of universes

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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: 17-03-2018

comprehensive, non complex and never boring...although many times i replayed paragrapghs to grasp deeper understanding. Wonderful afterword too about the meaning of our universe and our place in it. thank you!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like 'Serial' done in Ireland

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-02-2018

love the Irish accents!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-2018

Brilliant idea to have interviews of different characters. suspenseful, shocking and at times funny. the ending did not satisfy me...will there be more...?