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  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies | Nick Bostrom

    Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nick Bostrom
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (2013)
    Story
    (1992)

    Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

    Gary says: "Colossus: The Forbin Project is coming"
  • White Rose, Black Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eoin Dempsey
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. 

  • Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire | Peter H. Wilson

    Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states.

    Ambrose Seymour says: "Mixed feelings on this one."
  • A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium | Chris Harman

    A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Chris Harman
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Chris Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals. Interacting with the forces of technological change as well as the impact of powerful individuals and revolutionary ideas, these societies have engendered events familiar to every schoolchild-from the empires of antiquity to the world wars of the 20th century. In a bravura conclusion, Chris Harman exposes the reductive complacency of contemporary capitalism.

    Amazon Customer says: "Well written and compelling!"
  • The Thief Taker | C. S. Quinn

    The Thief Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By C. S. Quinn
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (905)

    When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past. Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide. In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.

    Gillian says: "Plague Horror--Yes; Thriller? Not quiiiite..."
  • The Pursuit of Power: Europe: 1815-1914 | Richard J. Evans

    The Pursuit of Power: Europe: 1815-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    Richard J. Evans's gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end. The first single-volume history of the century, this comprehensive and sweeping account gives the listener a magnificently human picture of Europe in the age when it dominated the rest of the globe.

    Awake Tex says: "Terrific comprehensive history"
  • Edinburgh Twilight: Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1 | Carole Lawrence

    Edinburgh Twilight: Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carole Lawrence
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (254)

    Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

    Huckleberry says: "Unfortunate Narration"
  • Sweet Revenge: A Novel | Nora Roberts

    Sweet Revenge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (442)

    At 25, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy. Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next. But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth. For 10 years Adrianne has lived for revenge. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay.

    Patricia says: "Unhappy with the reader."
  • Finding Rebecca | Eoin Dempsey

    Finding Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eoin Dempsey
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (491)

    Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler’s Final Solution against the Jewish population.

    S06N says: "Immature Writing"
  • The Assassin's Curse: Blackthorn Key, Book 3 | Kevin Sands

    The Assassin's Curse: Blackthorn Key, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kevin Sands
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Wherever Christopher Rowe goes, adventure - and murder - follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin. All that's recovered from the killer is a coded message with an ominous sign-off: more attempts are coming. So when Christopher's code-breaking discovers the attack's true target, he and his friends are ordered to Paris to investigate a centuries-old curse on the French throne. And when they learn an ancient treasure is promised to any assassin who succeeds, they realize the entire royal family is at stake - as well as their own lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "These adventures should be made into film!! "
  • Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich | Robert Gerwarth

    Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Gerwarth
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (148)

    Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the 20th century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a central role in Hitler's Germany.

    Rob in Texas says: "Book=Amazing. Reader=Comically Bad"
  • Love...From Both Sides | Nick Spalding

    Love...From Both Sides

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nick Spalding
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    Sometimes, the hardest part of finding love is keeping a straight face...For Jamie Newman, being a single guy isn't proving to be much fun, especially when confronted with a sexually belligerent divorcee and a goddess so far out of his league she might as well be a different species.

    salt water tank poor says: "Funny"
  • The Asset: An Isabella Rose Thriller, Book 2 | Mark Dawson

    The Asset: An Isabella Rose Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Dawson
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Isabella Rose, the Angel, is used to surprises, but being abducted is an unwelcome novelty. She's relying on Michael Pope, the head of the top-secret Group Fifteen, to get her back. When ISIS get involved, the situation becomes even bleaker. Isabella's abductors are in turn abducted, and she finds herself trapped in Raqqa, the capital of the self-styled caliphate. Meanwhile, Pope has problems of his own: a new danger has emerged from the shadows and is threatening both him and his family.

    Susan Holloway says: "good to drive in trafgic"
  • The Angel: An Isabella Rose Thriller, Book 1 | Mark Dawson

    The Angel: An Isabella Rose Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Dawson
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    An Underground carriage in London is destroyed by a suicide bomber. The injured and the dead litter the platform. But as a crowd forms at street level, Michael Pope knows that this is only the beginning. Pope, head of top-secret Group 15, is tasked with finding the perpetrators of this atrocity and bringing them to justice, any way he can. He knows that the answers to many of his questions will lie at the end of the money trail, but he also knows that whoever funded and organized the attack will kill again for their freedom.

    Amazon Customer says: "no ending"
  • Because She Loves Me | Mark Edwards

    Because She Loves Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Edwards
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1328)

    When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

    TammieK says: "Good suspense thriller from beginning to the end."
  • Fire Catcher: Charlie Tuesday, Book 2 | C. S. Quinn

    Fire Catcher: Charlie Tuesday, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By C. S. Quinn
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Charlie Tuesday is the city's best thief taker. But one case still eludes him, a mysterious key entrusted by the mother he barely knew. The key opens a chest of priceless papers - papers said to hold the dark alchemy of a lost Brotherhood.

    ShinobiChris says: "A Fantastic Follow Up To The First Story!"
  • Bricking It | Nick Spalding

    Bricking It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nick Spalding
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1140)

    When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother's derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true. All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit! Except - as anyone who has renovated an old house knows - things are never that easy. The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling...and then there's the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.

    Dennise says: "Just rather silly..."
  • As the Crow Flies | Damien Boyd

    As the Crow Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Damien Boyd
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (877)

    Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.

    David I. Williams says: "Wonderful New Detective Series"
  • Head in the Sand | Damien Boyd

    Head in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Damien Boyd
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (266)

    The discovery of a severed head in a golf course bunker triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.

    Chyril Sparks says: "Another great listen "
  • A Land Divided: The Blood of Kings, Book 1 | K. M. Ashman

    A Land Divided: The Blood of Kings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By K. M. Ashman
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    1081. William's bloody conquest is over and Britain is under Norman rule. But one bastion of resistance remains: Wales. A divided land where brother fights brother and kings battle for power. The English use this to further their own ends, and while one king is tempted by an offer he cannot resist, the others wage war over long-forgotten feuds.

    Ronald says: "A very entertaining story of Welsh history."
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