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  • Heroes

  • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 147
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    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

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
  • An engaging continuation of Mythos

  • By Yulia Nikolaeva on 12-29-18

Fry is always a treat for the ears

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Reviewed: 01-02-19

I loved Mythos but found Heroes even more enjoyable. Fabulous escapism and a vindication of the perception of the Greek storytellers as the originators of the enthralling adventure yarn.

Looking forward to the next book on Troy and Odysseus/Ulysses already!

  • How to Be Right

  • ...in a world gone wrong
  • By: James O'Brien
  • Narrated by: James O'Brien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In How to Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. If you ever get cornered by ardent Brexiteers, Daily Mail disciples or little England patriots, this book is your conversation survival guide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • essential reading in these scary times.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-28-18

Not long enough

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Reviewed: 11-12-18

Such a great book! My only issue was that it could have been much longer. I wish it were a 15-hour tome, as I could literally listen to the profound logic emanating from Mr O’Brien all day.

I found myself feeling a little more hopeful at the end that others are also abhorred at the anti-enlightenment direction some countries are heading in. This shared perspective allows me to at least wish that those on the right side of history will push back and carry humanity back on to the progressive path.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106,446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98,625
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98,158

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't finish

  • By MBrew on 07-23-17

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,818

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, albeit a bit dry

  • By Aria on 11-14-17

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 3,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Odd book with some good info

  • By Michael on 12-02-17

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

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 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

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 2,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough, Candid Assessment

  • By Paul Mullen on 02-18-08

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 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,213

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 R. 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: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,024

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.