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  • Kashmir

  • The Vajpayee Years
  • Written by: A. S. Dulat, Aditya Sinha
  • Narrated by: Peter Abraham
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Srinagar in the winter of 1989 was an eerie ghost town witnessing the beginnings of a war dance. The dam burst the night JKLF boys were freed in exchange for the release of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. As Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah had predicted, the government's caving in emboldened many Kashmiris into thinking that azaadi was possible. 'The price we will have to pay' were Farooq's prophetic words.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insight

  • By Pogonophile on 10-07-19

An Honest and Exhaustive Coverage

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Reviewed: 14-06-19

The book stands out in its honesty, just like the efforts of its author to find a solution the Kashmir issue. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the Kashmir problem and its many layers

  • Talk to Me

  • Apple, Google, Amazon and the Race for Voice-Controlled AI
  • Written by: James Vlahos
  • Narrated by: James Vlahos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build a single world-changing piece of software. They know that whoever gets there first will revolutionise our relationship with technology - and make billions of dollars in the process. They call it voice computing. Computers that can speak and think just as clearly as humans may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they are mere years away from becoming a reality. In Talk to Me, veteran tech journalist James Vlahos meets the researchers at Google, Amazon and Apple who are leading the way to a voice computing revolution. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comprehensive Treatise on Coversational AI

  • By dipanjanb on 29-04-19

A Comprehensive Treatise on Coversational AI

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Reviewed: 29-04-19

Fascinating listen! Opens up the world of coversational AI to the general public in lucid prose.

  • Farewell

  • The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century
  • Written by: Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud, Catherine Cauvin-Higgins (translator)
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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1981: Ronald Reagan’s inauguration marks a new escalation in the United States’ Cold War with the USSR. Months later, François Mitterrand is elected president of France with the support of the French Communist Party. The predicted tension between these two men, however, is immediately defused when Mitterrand gives Reagan the Farewell dossier, a file he would later call "one of the greatest spy cases of the 20th century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rare Insight into Cold War Espionage

  • By dipanjanb on 15-03-19

Rare Insight into Cold War Espionage

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Reviewed: 15-03-19

This well researched treatise bears testimony to the old adage "Truth is Stranger than Fiction". It masterfully captures the life of a brilliant but troubled individual who played a significant role in world events of the not too distant past

  • 1962: The War That Wasn't

  • The Definitive Account of the Clash Between India and China
  • Written by: Shiv Kunal Verma
  • Narrated by: Manish Dongardive
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

On 20 October 1962, high in the Himalayas, on the banks of the fast-flowing Nam Ka Chu, over 400 Indian soldiers were massacred, and the valley was overrun by soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army. Over the course of the next month, nearly 4,000 soldiers were killed on both sides, and the Indian army experienced its worst defeat ever. The conflict (war was never formally declared) ended because China announced a unilateral ceasefire on 21 November and halted its hitherto unhindered advance across NEFA and Ladakh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening account of the Sino Indian war

  • By dipanjanb on 05-03-19

Eye opening account of the Sino Indian war

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Reviewed: 05-03-19

Unmatched in its detailing of political, military and even cartographical history. Outstanding research. Truly a masterpiece.

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  • AI Superpowers

  • China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
  • Written by: Kai-Fu Lee
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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    4 out of 5 stars 63

In his provocative new book, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee - one of the world’s most respected experts on artificial intelligence - reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US, the leader in AI, at an astonishingly rapid pace. Building upon his longstanding US-Sino technology career (working at Apple, Microsoft, and Google) and his much-heralded New York Times Op-Ed from June 2017, Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on not just traditional blue-collar industries but will also have a devastating effect on white-collar professions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book with interospection on humanness

  • By Devarajan on 19-12-18

Breathtaking insights, inspiring vision

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Reviewed: 14-02-19

The author covers a vast swathe of topics - from the evolution of China's digital economy, to the future of mankind in an AI age, to what it means to be human and how that relates to our adoption of AI - and in each area he leaves the listener intellectually and/or emotionally enriched. To the author, picking up on a leaf from the tree of wisdom that this book is for me - your tombstone should read "Here lies Kai-Fu who showed us the way"

  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1, 1929–1964

  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America
  • Written by: Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov,
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, L. J. Ganser, Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 28 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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This book contains 26 of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for the Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really a treasure trove!

  • By dipanjanb on 05-02-19

Really a treasure trove!

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Reviewed: 05-02-19

Really a treasure trove! Really profound ideas. Human aspects covered in as much or greater depth than science fiction. My favourite is "Flowers for Algernon"

  • A Political History of the World

  • Three Thousand Years of War and Peace (A Pelican Book)
  • Written by: Jonathan Holslag
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Political History of the World by Jonathan Holslag, read by Roy McMillan. In 3,000 years of history, China has spent at least 11 centuries at war. The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least 50 percent of its lifetime. Since 1776, the United States has spent over 100 years at war. The dream of peace has been universal in the history of humanity. So why have we so rarely been able to achieve it? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Have for Every Library

  • By dipanjanb on 25-01-19

A Must Have for Every Library

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Reviewed: 25-01-19

Astoinded at the depth and breadth of coverage. Objective statement of facts make for a unblemished vision of world history