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john

Battery Point, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1511)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Required"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Selfish Gene rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Who's driving this bus"


    Any additional comments?

    Having the footnotes and extra comments read by Ward was a highly effective way of keeping track of which idea stream we are in. A good idea very effectively implemented.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter Heather
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long. A leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians, Heather relates the extraordinary story of how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled the empire apart.

    tdg says: "A very interesting listen"
    "Loved it"
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    Really interesting popular history with a commonsensical approach to the subject in hand and enough detail to keep it compelling without being overwhelming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas Penn
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    A fresh look at the endlessly fascinating Tudors - the dramatic and overlooked story of Henry VII and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty - filled with spies, plots, counter-plots, and an uneasy royal succession to Henry VIII. Near the turn of the sixteenth century, England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy and civil war. Henry Tudor clambered to the top of the heap, a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England’s crown who managed to win the throne and stay on it for 24 years.

    E. Stein says: "Excellent portrayal of a man and his time"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Highly recommended.

    Get it if you have any interest in the period. Nothing startling and new but delivered in a clear way that others could do well to emulate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fives and Twenty-Fives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Pitre
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Nick Sullivan, Jay Snyder, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    It’s the rule - always watch your Fives and Twenty-Fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. Fives and Twenty-Fives marks the measure of a marine’s life in the road repair platoon.

    lynn says: "PASSIONATE INSIGHT INTO WAR AND ITS CONSEQUENCES"
    "Solid novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Writing far better than I expected.

    The story itself didn't grab me but that's more me than anything.

    The craft of the author is admirable and worth supporting.

    Performance is of Audible's normal high standards,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1220)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "interesting take"
    Overall
    Performance
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    An interesting idea well put. If you have an interest in how our language works and why then good info in here to feed your thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security. Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide.

    Mike says: "Poor Narrator - ZZZZZzzzzzzz!"
    "Required reading"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you have a leadership role in security this is a book you need to read.

    The first 80% are illuminating and entertaining case studies. Great to listen to.

    The last portion are policy guidelines and if you are going to be in a position to deploy them get a print version for that part.

    Performance is of the normal high standard Audible is famous for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
    "Worth the time and money but nothing startling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good solid coverage of the topic and some of the surrounding issues around feminism, real politick, history wars and the like.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29343)
    Performance
    (25892)
    Story
    (25963)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "End left me cold"
    Overall
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    Story

    Such impressive story telling skills. The ability to twist the reader back and forward is excellent. But, for me, the end just left me cold. I can imagine others finding it perfect but not me. Anyway, impossible book to discuss with anyone who hasn't read it without doing harm to the story and the crafting skill is always excellent. Read it and make your own mind up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (668)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Michael says: "Starts well then becomes non-Audible"
    "nice summary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good solid introduction to the broad concepts told in an engaging style.

    If you want to understand a bit about how stats work and why they matter (or remind yourself if it has been too long since school) this is a great way to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond.

    Cookie says: "Review for all three in the series"
    "Nothing is ever as simple as it seems"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An interesting review of how Britain obtained and then shed an empire and just how it all happened without a concerted plan or a real overall strategy. Not quite an "Accidental Empire" but neither a thought through plan to dominate the people of the countries they added to the collection. Worth every minute and dollar to learn interesting facts and to remember that it often takes a long time for the sense (or lack thereof) of a decision to become clear.

    Production values in the audio is of the normal Audbile high standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire - Pax Britannica, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. Huge in scope and ambition, it is always personal and immediate, bringing the story vividly to life. Pax Britannica, the second volume, is a snapshot of the Empire at the Diamond Jubilee of 1897. It looks at what made up the Empire —from adventurers and politicians to communications and infrastructure, as well as anomalies and eccentricities.

    Bryan says: "The British Empire at it's Peak"
    "Nothing is ever as simple as it seems"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An interesting review of how Britain obtained and then shed an empire and just how it all happened without a concerted plan or a real overall strategy. Not quite an "Accidental Empire" but neither a thought through plan to dominate the people of the countries they added to the collection. Worth every minute and dollar to learn interesting facts and to remember that it often takes a long time for the sense (or lack thereof) of a decision to become clear.

    Production values in the audio is of the normal Audbile high standard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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