Making science popular for at least two generations of people, Carl Sagan's Contact goes a long way in doing just that: making science comprehensible in the form of this novel. Dr. Eleanor Arroway is an accessible, likable character and Laurel Lefkow performs her beautifully. Theists, atheists, and agnostics, and even the scientifically illiterate can all equally enjoy this book.
If you've ever been even slightly interested in SETI-the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or in astronomy, please read or listen to Contact, but don't expect it to be like the movie.
Warning! Do not listen to this book at work, particularly if you're a history-enthusiast. Your coworkers will look at you like you've lost your damn mind.
Having seen interesting comparisons in the Reviews section, here's mine: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared reminds me of the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The protagonist and his friends always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time--with hilarious results.
Steven Crossley does a splendid job of making the story sound as dryly funny as it's supposed to be. Jonas Jonasson sure gives Douglas Adams a run for his money, which is one of the highest compliments I can think of to pay to any author.
I have to say that this is definitely in the top five books I've purchased from Audible ever, and the best book I ever paid for with cash, not a credit.
Long before I saw The Tudors I loved Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn. I would childishly stomp my feet at the back covers of Philippa Gregory's novels because I was looking for good, realistic, Tudor fiction.
Susan Bordo did a marvelous job portraying Anne as accurately as she could, acknowledging the lack of impartial historical documents (of course no such thing exists, much less for such a decisive lady). She was fair to other accounts of Anne, fiction and non, screen and print, to a fault. Ms. Rosenblat was a fantastic narrator, giving the biography the right twist of sarcasm and wit at their obvious parts.
Overall, this was quite an enjoyable listen.
Why Evolution is True has been in my wish list for a very long time. I wish I'd gotten it sooner. I watched Dr. Jerry Coyne's presentation in 2009 on YouTube, so I thought I knew what all the book had to offer.
I'm pleased to have been proven wrong. Dr. Coyne clearly shows how evolution is true as eloquently as any attorney proves a defendant guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. He also shows that accepting Darwinism as fact doesn't mean that we have to act like our other primate relatives. He also manages to do so in such a way as to make you not feel like you're reading (or listening to) a textbook.
As for Victor Bevine, he didn't come off as monotone, as many nonfiction narrators do. Again, I didn't once feel like I was listening to a textbook. While I was already convinced about the truth of evolution, I learned a lot and was engaged to the point of total absorption.
Young-Earth creationists (if they bother to read or listen to this book) will find themselves uncomfortable in the extreme. In-betweeners will most likely never bother questioning this scientific fact ever again.
The one I bought in 2009 was narrated by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow. I highly prefer the previous performance to this one. One of the upgrades wiped it and replaced it with this.
The story is cute, as expected from SEP. Anna Fields delivers a lovely performance, as always. There were several glaring problems that greatly reduced any affection I have for the protagonist, Dr. Jane Darlington. For a super genius, she's awfully stupid-not just socially. She doesn't know the difference between supposed psychic powers and ESP, for one. As a theoretical physicist, she is über-religious, which is incredibly rare. That said, the antagonism is enjoyable. Cal is precious, and unlike his counterpart, is a believable character.
Overall, if you're just looking for fluff, this novel Wil appeal to you. If details like this bother you, pass on this one.
Having been introduced to RCW's work (Spin) just in 2012, and loving it enough to finish the series, I have to say that Burning Paradise isn't for romance or action-genre buffs. However, if you really like sci-fi/fantasy--especially of the speculative variety, this should appeal to you. Wilson does seem to be peculiarly fascinated with self-replicating machines, and I truly cannot fault him for that; their Hypothetical (pun intended) existence IS fascinating.
The characters are well-written. The plot is great. The performance is spectacular, as always-Scott Brick's voice never detracts from the story. All in all, as a story, I enjoyed this audiobook immensely and will listen to it again.
So, because I never include spoilers, this concludes my review. Happy listening! ;)
A fundamentalist Christian theocracy gone terribly wrong. The imagery is perfect. Offred is so normal, she makes us see how easily a person with natural urges could go totally insane in a place like Gilead. Gilead shows how important freedom of and from religion are.
This is a good gift for that person in your life who thinks that the government should decide how we can live through scripture.
No really. I was a Communications major, Political Science minor, in hopes of becoming a speechwriter. Unfortunately, I saw too much of Libby Holden in myself.
Personal stuff aside, Peter Francis James does a marvelous job narrating what must, at times been difficult, with some of the subject matter. Hands down, the manic-depressive investigator is my favorite character.
The staffer/candidate comes across quite candidly. I was intrigued by the firestorm that came with Primary Colors' release. The book was even better than the media frenzy surrounding its release.
I do understand the hype, but don't think this novel, or the three that followed, deserving of *as much* attention as they received. I always appreciate reading/listening to novels with atheist protagonists who aren't treated with disdain or pity for their lack of belief.
The three things that boosted (in my estimation) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo are: 1) the treatment of religion was fair-it wasn't skewed, and 2) the realistic view into how society treats people they don't understand, namely Savants, was refreshing. 3) I think the author conveyed a genuine liking of females.
Though I gave only 4 stars, I don't feel I wasted my time. The story was great.
The first third is a tad slow, but hang in there. Once you get to the meat of the story, you're in for one hell of a ride! What's so striking is that the slow beginning is necessary to build tension.
The narrators are great. The characters are over-the-top interesting, but real. They have the same vanities and hang-ups that we all have, just more so. Honestly, my favorite character is Go. She's as good a sister as she can be.
I wish I could say more, but I'd spoil the story. If only I had three thumbs...sigh.
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