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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68,999
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68,680

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Hilarious at points, tragic at others.

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Reviewed: 12-01-17

Such a fascinating, moving and often hilarious story. It was a real treat to hear Trevor tell his story of a childhood spent in a place so different from mine.

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,762

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterful and relevent book.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-02-17

The perfect audiobook

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Reviewed: 11-12-17

Mike’s podcasts are a joy, and this book is no letdown. A fascinating deep dive into the late very tumultuous death of the Roman Republic. I ended the book wishing it was twice as long, always a good sign.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life 3.0

  • Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180

How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An accessible book on AI that left me optimistic

  • By catherine on 09-16-17

Essential reading.

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Reviewed: 09-27-17

A very accessibly written and fascinating exploration of the most important macro question of our time. Essential reading for any who have even a slight interest in the topic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Atheist Muslim

  • A Journey from Religion to Reason
  • By: Ali A. Rizvi
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually lost his faith. Discovering that he was not alone, he moved to North America and promised to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media - those of Atheist Muslims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest book

  • By Naeem Rahim on 11-28-16

Excellent reading!

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Reviewed: 12-11-16

What an insightful and interesting book! A well written and engaging discussion of one of the most important issues of our day. Ali speaks from the viewpoint of one perfectly placed to offer a deep insight into the plight of one of the most persecuted minorities on the planet, the apostate Muslim. More than this, he gives the thousands if not millions around the world who are in that position the assurance that they're not crazy, broken or dammed. This is how the kind of change that tangibly makes the world a better place happens.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Radical

  • My Journey out of Islamist Extremism
  • By: Maajid Nawaz
  • Narrated by: David Linski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

Maajid Nawaz spent his teenage years listening to American hip-hop and learning about the radical Islamist movement spreading throughout Europe and Asia in the 1980s and '90s. At 16, he was already a ranking member in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Islamist group. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a top recruiter, a charismatic spokesman for the cause of uniting Islam's political power across the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and Enlightening. Blown Away by Radical

  • By oneofmanymonkeys on 04-29-16

Great listen

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Reviewed: 04-14-16

Fascinating, poetic story, well written and read. If this is a topic you're interested in then this book will provide great insight and a unique perspective of events that have and are shaping our world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infidel

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible and inspiring story.

  • By Jonnie on 09-16-09

Fabulous!

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Reviewed: 04-05-16

Such a fascinating book! What an interesting life and an intelligent perspective. I can't recommend this book enough.

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,976

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi Richardson on 01-05-15

Loved it!!

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Reviewed: 03-30-15

So interesting!! Perfectly read by one of the world's best science communicators. I just wish there was a second part.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Medium Raw

  • A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tender.

  • By Sparkly on 10-09-12

Loved it!

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Reviewed: 01-29-15

Read with great character and very interesting to anyone with an interest in food. Loved every minute of the book.

  • Rational Optimist

  • How Prosperity Evolves
  • By: Matt Ridley
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The Samuel Johnson Prize Shortlist Nominees 2011. Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. Today there are more than six billion, 99 per cent of whom are better fed, better sheltered, better entertained and better protected against disease than their Stone Age ancestors. Yet, bizarrely, however much things improve from the way they were before, people still cling to the belief that the future will be nothing but disastrous.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtakingly Hypocritical

  • By David on 12-11-13

Such a welcome perspective!

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Reviewed: 01-13-15

Thoroughly interesting, well researched and intelligently presented perspective. I shall be considering and further studying the information given in this book for a fair while.