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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,044

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

a bit heavy on the gay stuff but still intresting

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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: 11-20-18

I enjoyed the dramatisations it made it feel different from a conventionaly narated book and stephen fry is delightful as allways

  • Risk

  • The Surprising Science Behind Everyday Calamities - and How You Can Avoid Them
  • By: Steve Casner
  • Narrated by: Steve Casner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

The modern world can be a dangerous place, filled with fast cars, smartphones, drugs and extreme sports. Meanwhile, we humans are as fragile as ever. In fact after a century of decline in injuries and accidental deaths, they are on the rise again. The question is - why? Steve Casner has devoted his career to studying the psychology of safety, and he knows that there's not a safety warning we won't ignore or a foolproof device we can't turn into an implement of disaster.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • the fun police are out on patrol

  • By Bryden on 06-26-17

the fun police are out on patrol

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-17

the hand wringing is endless. These are the people ruining the world with pretend safety rubbish who would wrap every one up in cotton wool if given half a chance.

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  • Follow the Geeks

  • 10 Digital Innovators and the Future of Work
  • By: Lyndsey Gilpin, Jason Hiner
  • Narrated by: Jason Hiner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Follow the Geeks tells the stories of 10 digital entrepreneurs who transformed their careers for the 21st century. See the risks, setbacks, and innovations that defined them. You'll find programmers and photographers, podcasters and philanthropists. No matter what industry you work in, what size your company is, or if you're launching your own startup, these stories provide a trail of wisdom for the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen for fans of Twit.tv

  • By Andrew on 08-31-16

this is just book about 'Tech' journalists

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-17

I was hoping to read a book about people doing real work and actually deveoping some technologies not just a bunch of talking heads.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The 4 Percent Universe

  • Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
  • By: Richard Panek
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253

Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just Right - Not too technical not boring

  • By Michael on 11-13-11

The narrator Sounds like Brian from the family guy

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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: 08-12-16

Grate read full of the personal interplay that brings the history of a field to life. and i like to imagen its being read by a dog.

  • But What If We're Wrong?

  • Thinking About the Present as If It Were the Past
  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Chuck Klosterman, Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 950

We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there's nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure - until, of course, they don't.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another bad review for the narrator

  • By Norris Family on 06-13-16

quite interesting

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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: 07-22-16

good ideas i liked it , could go evan further with some of the counter factual scenarios .

  • I Wear the Black Hat

  • Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Chuck Klosterman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the concept of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don't we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who's more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson's second-worst decision? Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Writer Falls a Little Short...

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 08-20-13

self obsessed garbage

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-16

amusingly the author sounds like the comic book guy from the Simpsons "worst book ever"

  • Good to Great

  • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,156

Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, over-the-top narration

  • By Anaxamaxan on 08-31-10

Interesting but Requires Revision

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

if you can get past the list of 'great' company's that haven't done that great. its a worth while read as it is so frequently referenced (often badly) in current literature.

I think the basic message of this book that the right type of simplicity is very hard but very worthwhile is still valid.

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  • The Irregulars

  • Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
  • By: Jennet Conant
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spying in Washington

  • By Sara on 10-03-14

Fascinating insight into wartime politics

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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: 09-03-13

Roald Dahl's intriguing career is reviewed in this excellent book. I was fascinated by how this 'childrens author' was connected to the political elite during the most tumultuous period of modern history and how famous many of his then colleagues became.
Including 007 author Ian Fleming and ad-man David Ogilvy.

Simon Prebble's voice and style are perfect match to this novel making it a joy to listen.

  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

  • By: Bill Murphy Jr.
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 644

In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mark on 11-04-10

An Infomercial for harvard business school

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-11

This book had the chance to be a fascinating set of case studys but is sadly just an elitist advertisement for harvard business school and its graduates. As if no successful company had ever been built without the blessing of HBS Alumni.

  • The Innovator's Solution

  • Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
  • By: Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
  • Narrated by: Joel Leffert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book...Drone Narration

  • By Pat on 06-11-13

Possibly the best business book available

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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: 09-29-10

I found this book to be a refreshing no BS analysis of the business of innovation

It is well articulated well researched and puts forward a clear, precise and consistent idea that is backed up and explained in real world case studies.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful