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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Eye opener

I'm thinking do I need to look at this material with a pinch of salt.

If even half of the material is found to be truthful it's quite mind boggling how Trump exploited his personal business network links in Russia to gain presidency.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Avoid. The narration is robotic

struggled with this title as the narration was atrocious. It was like a synthesized computer generated robotic voice.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Great overview of depression and it's causes

very good work that analyses the causes of depression as well as some ways to fix depression.

I would recommend this book even if you're not depressed.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

You'd have to be daring to attempt the techniques

We all have had times during our college/university where in preparation for exams we would stay up all night revising the night before an exam cramming our brains full of information. Whilst this tried and tested technique works in the short term, we'll find that this way of learning doesn't lend itself to retaining the information long term.

How we learn takes a look at the key learning techniques that can be employed to learn a topic and retain the information in long term memory even after say an exam. However, be prepared to be challenged, some techniques and concepts actually encourage distractions as a means to help learn a topic!

I must admit I'd have to be brave to attempt some of the techniques, but it appears the techniques are backed by science and thorough research. I'll leave you to decide whether you would employ any of the techniques to do any active learning.

The brain is simply amazing, it appears to reinforce memories sub-consciencley, during sleep and when distracted or doing other tasks. Ignorance prior to learning also seems to reinforce learning. Sounds bonkers, I know.

Definitely recommend this work

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Some of the Essays are very interesting

This work is collection of essays covering various areas of activism, philosophy and linguistics.

I found the essays on linguistics to be very heavy and difficult to follow, However anyone with a grounding in linguistics will probably be able to appreciate these essays.

His essays on various conflicts and current affairs are interesting.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

How can the financial institutes get away?

I'm not savvy when it comes to the financial knowledge matter and how the financial crashes that came about actually occurred. This book allowed me to get a better understanding of why the financial crisis came about. I must admit I did feel very angry as to what the banks get away with and how the financial bosses get away without being challenged.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Hard work is not the only factor for success

I think this book is well researched. Success is not solely determined by hard work and effort. It turns out that there are a lot of peripheral factors that play a massive part in the outcome of an individual's successes. For example the date of birth can play a significant role as a factor towards success. I won't give anything away here, I'll leave you to read/listen to the book to find out.

Malcolm Galdwell does a very good job of dissecting the success of some of these outliers and provides an insight to patterns that contribute to success.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Have to remind yourself that this is a true story

You have to remind yourself that this is a true story. It comes across like a crime thriller and it is very well researched and written by the author.

The account demonstrates how if you transgress the boundaries in pursuit of fulfilling and internalising a goal whilst trying to make money - you can find yourself a criminal. Ultimately crime never pays and you'll get found out one way or another.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Only read if you have a grounding in Philosophy

What did you like best about At the Existentialist Café? What did you like least?

My advice would be to only read this if you are already grounded in Philosophy and understand the main players and various associated theories and ideas. This was my first venture into the vast subject and I think I probably chose the wrong book to start with.

That's not to say I didn't come across gems but for me it was an endeavour that was fairly laborious. I did find it a challenge to try and finish this work, but in the end I forced myself to finish it. I think if I understood some of the concepts and was familiar with the main players being discussed I probably would've enjoyed it more.

The approach of the author for this work is very good. The author provides the historical context for each of the players and therefore gives a whole depth of explanation regarding the theories and ideas proposed by the Philosophers.

What does Antonia Beamish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Overall her narration was good, but I really found the pronunciation of the French words to be very annoying/ I also found it very annoying when she tried to put on an American accent for American characters encountered.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-18

Supporting documents are needed

Would you listen to Forces of Nature again? Why?

I probably wouldn't listen to this book again, however some sections/chapters of this book were fascinating and would probably warrant a re-listen.

What other book might you compare Forces of Nature to, and why?

A short history of nearly anything by Bill Bryson. Although Bryson's book has the edge for me as Bryson was able to explain the physics without reference to a diagram. It was really annoying that in this book the narration was clearly referring to equations or diagrams that existed in the print version. So this audible was lacking supporting material.Some bits you can visualise in your mind what is being discussed which is fine. However. for some of the concepts being explained due to the technicality it's just not possible to follow without the supporting diagram or formula.

Have you listened to any of Samuel West’s other performances? How does this one compare?


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Physics answers the questions to your questions on nature.

Any additional comments?

Although I had negative comments about the lack of supporting documents, I still think this is a very good work and worth listening to if you have interests in Physics. If you have no prior knowledge of physics probably no worth listening to just yet, Or might be worth listening to if you have seen the TV series.

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