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Louisville, KY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 25 purchased in 2014

  • Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Martin Bojowald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 2000, Martin Bojowald, then a 27-year-old postdoc at Pennsylvania State University, used a relatively new theory called loop quantum gravity - a combination of Einstein’s theory of gravity and quantum mechanics - to create a simple model of the universe. Loop quantum cosmology, or LQC, was born, and with it, a theory that managed to do something even Einstein’s theory of relativity had failed to do - illuminate the birth of the universe.

    Randall says: "Decent Subject, But Narrator Ruins It All"
    "Decent Subject, But Narrator Ruins It All"

    Well, it was just a matter of time. This is my first review after 16 audiobooks from I regret that it is a negative review. What I mean is that the subject matter seems different enough and relatively (a very slight pun there) interesting, but I cannot suffer through another hour of the narrator. My gosh, I have listened to books on several subjects ranging from Augustus to The Edge of Physics and have enjoyed them all in one way or another, but this book is just awful given the way it is narrated. Jonathan Cowley could not have made a book more boring if he had tried (although one gets the feeling that he did try to make it so). The narration is a constant monotone with no emphasis whatsoever on any part of the text. And to add insult to injury, he reads so S-L-O-W that the listener loses interest. It ofter seems that the narration was a first take--either that or the sound engineer and director were bored to sleep because of lack of interest in the subject matter. Sadly, the robot voice from the NWS has more inflexion. I don't know how this guy made it through the editing process, if there was one. Anyway, it is a real shame that someone who appears to be a good author with a very difficult subject matter has their book ruined by a narrator with an uninteresting voice and annoying accent which is either real or terribly overdone. A mouthful of rocks wouldn't have interfered with the narrator's diction. I really am sorry to come down so hard on this guy, but after wasting $15 on this book I wanted to warn other potential purchasers. I hope that this fair warning is not censored by the reviewer of reviews. I have enjoyed a similar books: for example The Edge of Physis has a wonderful narrator. In a similar vein, the narrators of The Black Hole War and The Disappearing Spoon are also good. But be warned here, there are many other books on similar subjects which are much more enjoyable!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "At best...Tedious"
    What did you like best about Pandora's Star? What did you like least?

    What a long and tedious journey. Hamilton is nothing if not descriptive. One could say obsessive about details, but to the detriment of the flow of the story. Hamilton may be the only author whose description of metal rusting would take longer than the actual event.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    A difficult book to narrate. However the accents of the characters are either too similar or just simply silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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