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Alan

Provo, UT, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (245)

    In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

    In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

    Alan says: "A Novel of What It Means to Be Human"
    "A Novel of What It Means to Be Human"
    Overall

    I have read most of what Card has written and this is one of my favorites. I enjoyed the exploration of what humanity is and what sacrifice for humanity may require. The readers are excellent and I recognized them from the Ender's Game audio book so I was thrilled to see them doing this one also. Though this book is somewhat different than his other books, it still explores the human condition which is a favorite topic of Cards. I thought the characters were more developed than some of his other books. I cared about them a great deal and felt their pain as they struggled to make decisions that affected all of humanity. I enjoyed the thought experiment of what does it mean to change history at the cost of your own history.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Shot: The Inside Story of Man's Greatest Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Parry
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    ‘It didn’t matter that they were now three miles beyond their target site, that communications were dropping out and that they were running low on fuel. All that mattered to Neil as he searched for a safe spot to land was that boulders littered the surface below. “Thirty seconds,” called mission control. In truth, the flight controllers were now no more than spectators, just like everybody else. No more needed to be said. It was down to Armstrong

    Jean says: "Fascinating"
    "Good but not Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As someone who has read a lot about the Apollo program, this was a good but not a great book. It does not compare, for example, with A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin. It struck me as a book written to take advantage of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Still I found the narrative interesting and learned a few things I didn't know.

    However, it was clear the narrator had not lived during this time, and I was disappointed the author/publisher did not vet the narration better. The narrator would occasionally mispronounce words, such as the name of Wally Schirra or the pronunciation of the "Agena" rocket. He also did not always know which abbreviations were pronounced as acronyms and which were spelled out. When he would quote the astronauts directly and try to mimic their voices, the pitch of his voice would go up some, which I thought sometimes made Neil Armstrong sound like a teenager. Overall somewhat disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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