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Jarrod

I'm an engineer/scientist with too little time, I therefore rely heavily on other's reviews - I hope to pay you back with my own thoughts ;)

Los Olivos, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1210)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Required reading. 20th century genius, distilled!"
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    Fully deserving of its lofty position on the top shelf of 20th century literature, this book is able to take people where perhaps they don't want to go - but need to.

    This books tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a leaf is the maelstrom of 20th century life - taken to war and back again. And again and again.

    Vonnegut is the master of contrasts, using ingenious and original literary invention to show us the idiocy of war, the inevitability of death, the quiet terror of safe suburban life - and the personal tale of how we all blunder through - until we don't any more.

    The honesty, the humour, the serious lesson underneath - simply brilliant.

    Ethan Hawke proves a good reader, a little breathy, though he makes you feel he is taking you into his confidence - and after a while the story stops all thought of the narrator which is as it should be.

    2 of 2 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
    (993)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (416)

    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"
    "Sounds like defeat..."
    Overall

    I couldn't help but get the feeling that these fine men are giving up - giving up on the driving force behind most physicists, including myself: the elegant solution. I have a love-hate relationship with Mr Hawking - he taught me so much when I was first reading physics, but now he is telling us there is no grand design - it is all a mish-mash patchwork - it seems almost he wants to wrap up his current best guess before giving up the ghost. You guys are icons! Don't do it! I have to believe it's all just a great big blind alley or else go and study other urgent science (climate stability anyone?).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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