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MaureenPowellBC

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  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3943)
    Performance
    (3464)
    Story
    (3463)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Scalzi & Wheaton, what a team!"
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    I laughed, I cried, I threw up in my mouth a little bit (there were a few icky bits). I always enjoy pokes at corporate greed and John Scalzi uses a pretty big stick in this story, The protagonist, Jack Holloway, is a selfish, arrogant, greedy S.O.B. - or is he? He manages to at the very least annoy and at worst to drive to homicide everyone he encounters; he says and does things many of us would like to say and do, but don't because we're chicken (or maybe too responsible or nice - nah, we're chicken) The other characters are interesting and Karl and the Fuzzies are adorable. When the story wasn't making me laugh out loud - literally - a bit embarrassing on public transit, by the way, it was making me unspeakably sad or violently enraged. Wil Wheaton brought the characters to life, using just the right inflections and injecting just the right quality and intensity of emotion for each character in each situation. His delivery was understated and he never overdid it. It was easy to distinguish between characters throughout the book. I LOVE this audiobook and definitely recommend it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (420)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Understandable physics for the non-physicist."
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Grand Design the most enjoyable?

    The conversational style of the narrative and use of humour, coupled with everyday examples made what could have been a very dry listen into an enjoyable one that I was able to (mostly) understand, even though the last physics class I attended was in high school in the early 80's.


    What does Steve West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Steve West's reading style kept things moving and I just love his accent!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I knew I would enjoy the book when I got to the reference to 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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