I've read (with my eyes) Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. I listened to Endymion and I must say it was a pleasure to do so. Great naration, great story. Captivating all the way.
I've listened to many audiobooks, and this one ranks in the top 10.
I always thought that Edwin Hubble sort of single handedly discovered that there were other galaxies beside our own, expanding the universe tremendously. But this book has set the story straight. Basically theories have gone back and forth between the idea of island universes and "the milky way is the only universe".
It's also interesting that the book goes on after Edwin Hubble proved other star systems were far beyond the realm of our galaxy. Because he (and his collegues) also discovered that the galaxies were moving away from us. It's funny to hear that even Hubble thought "that can't be right". But it was. And it let to Lemetre's theory that the universe is expanding. And if you track those movements of the galaxies back in time, you get to a point in history where they all originated from. And the big bang theory.
One of the better audio books about physics and astronomy. I could easily follow the narration while commuting. The narration can be a little monotome, but it's not that off putting.
This book is a great (audio)book after you've finished the biography of Steve Jobs. It gives the same kind of inside view of one of the most succesful tech companies.
I never thought Google was such a mess at times. After listening about how employees had to work such long days to install new servers in all the time and reading their mail at 2:00 AM, you'd almost get tired of listening about all those 4-hour nights of sleep.
This book certainly shows a different side of being in a booming startup like Google in the early 2000's.
I noticed we've just scraped the surface why we cheat, but this audiobook has some insightful points about that.
Fictional characters that come to life to meet their creator? The idea is not that strong, but the story is nice. It's good that Wil Weaton narrated it. I hope he keeps narrating audiobooks, because he's does this well.
After listening to Quiet you almost definately look at introversy with different eyes. And if you are introvert yourself, you probably feel a lot better about yourself.
At first I was interested in this book from a security point of view, but quickly it turned out this book is actually a thriller and a good one at that. As a security specialist myself I enjoyed it, but it seems to be amed at people without that background.
I hadn't checked the name of the narrator, but I was surprised to see afterwards that it wasn't the author himself. Usually the author himself does a better job than any narrator can do to convey the emotions of the text, but Ray Porter does a very good job.
All 5 stars I gave here are well deserved.
I've never seen the movie, so the sory was new to me. And it's an engaging story. There is so much going on that you actually want to keep listening in your car after you have arrived on your destination. Masterfully narrated too.
This audiobook tells what an amazing strategist Hannibal apparently whas. We all know he went over the Alps with elephants. Well, that's only part of the story. He managed to win several battles against stronger armies. He did that not only by reading the landscape, but also by lending his ears to the locals. In the end only, after so many lost Roman battle's, there is only one man who knows how to confront him: Scipio. It's a very interesting story.
The narrator is pretty good. Never boring. And there are some sound effects in there as well.
It is probably a good idea to learn the names and locations of some ancient places around the Mediterean before listening in a car: Carthago, the rivers Elbro and Rhone, Cannae, Trebia, Lake Trasimeno, Capua and such.
This audiobook is actually about how to get a carreer in space. I'm not planning to, but it's fun to listen to this book anyway. It tells you about the challenges of spaceflight and how rockets work. Maybe the book is slightly out of date, as it assumes the Constellation program is still going to the moon. And NASA actually has a budget. But that doesn't hurt the story that much.
I hope the narrator does more audiobooks, because I've enjoyed his narration.
Content 4/5, narration: 5/5, "in-car-listenability": 5/5
I was looking for an audio book based on Frans de Waal's works. This audio book is not about explaining about evolutionary biology. In this audio book you get to hear some things Frans de Waal has found out and then get to hear what opponents in his field think about that. I really wonder why they wanted to make that into an audio book.
Content: 2/5, voice: 3/5, "in-car-listenable": 1/5
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