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  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (808)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Somewhat Interesting, But..."
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    To put it succinctly, the narrator ruined this book for me. Maybe Mr. Sklar would be great reading Shakespeare but this book is a work of non-fiction. I was constantly distracted by his attempts at reading life into the words, laughing at times, most times very animated, and always inappropriate in my perspective. There are very few books for which I am bothered by the narrator, but this is certainly one.

    Now, as for the book itself... I like the history of science and great scientists. The Clockwork Universe did contain quite a bit of information about Newton, et al., that I didn't know and found intriguing. However it seemed a bit disjointed to me, even for non-fiction, bouncing around from one time period to another without context.

    Other Ratings:
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    Probability of Listening to it Again: 1
    Would Purchase Again Knowing What I Know Now: 1

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1322)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Hugo and Nebula???"
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    I have this completion problem. When I start a book I must finish it. Thankfully Blackout came to an end before I slit my wrists. This was painful so when the abrupt end came 1) I wasn't happy that I'd gone through 18 hours only to not have an ending, and 2) I had no interest at all in going through more pain to get to the ending.

    I suppose condensing Blackout into five or six hours and giving it an ending could redeem it, but I'm no editor, just a reader (or listener as the case may be). And speaking of reading... if this book won a Hugo and Nebula, I certainly don't want to read the #2 books from 2011.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Galactic Pot-Healer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Combining quixotic adventure, spine-chilling horror, and deliriously paranoid theology, Galactic Pot-Healer is a uniquely Dickian voyage to alternative worlds of the imagination. Browse more Philip K. Dick.

    Jimm says: "Enjoy it for the ride, not the destination."
    "Will not listen twice"
    Overall

    There are some books that I can listen to (or read when not driving) over and over again. This definitely is not one of them. It seems in search of a real plot and a real meaning.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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