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Andrew

A Father, a Photographer and a Computer Geek in Chester County PA - #photography #restoration #science #physics #space @alseymour

Downingtown, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1020)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "Worth every Hour!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've had this for about a week... introduced my kids to it, and now, I'm about to starting my THIRD listen!

    The background info is also very fun!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7093)
    Performance
    (6747)
    Story
    (6759)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "MacGyver gets schooled..."
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is definitely among my favorites that I have listened to so far, mainly because of the weaving of technical information along with frustration and humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    Finding out that the Butler did it…


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    The roughness of his voice added to the character of Mark.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very enjoyable listen from beginning to end. After a short time, you are sucked into the life of Mark as he tries to survive in this alien environment. Well worth the time to listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3670)
    Performance
    (2264)
    Story
    (2284)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Giving Credit where Credit is due..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.

    From my general knowledge of the Khan's, I thought the book was rather neutral as it looked into the history of the family through several generations, and how they shaped what they 'touched'...

    Basically, the book tries to give credit, where credit is due, but seems to have been 'washed away' through history...

    and that is also something the book talks about...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - Too Long..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (505)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Is history repeating itself?"
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    What made the experience of listening to American Prometheus the most enjoyable?

    Learning about life of Oppenheimer. I have always 'known' about Oppenheimer via my Physics background, but I had no idea where he came from, and what 'really' happen to him .


    Did Jeff Cummings do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The voice of Mr. Cummings during most of the narration was fine. My only real problem with this book, was the editing... There were far too many edits, and they did NOT blend well, and after a while, it was rather distracting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Witch-Hunt, and that is were there seem to be many comparisons to what is going on in current times.


    Any additional comments?

    To me, learning about Oppenheimer's background from his youth to his death was fascinating!

    Having a background in Physics, it was amazing to think of the conversations he had with his Friends! Wow!

    To be a bug on the wall for those meetings would have be an incredible!

    Oh wait.. that did happen...

    This is a definite MUST listen if you have any interest in this Time period or early 20th Century Physics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (1470)
    Story
    (1479)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "And you thought the Essex was bad!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Want to learn about perseverance, leadership and loyalty?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The human spirit.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Some of the reviews that I read, seemed to have a problem with how Mr. Prebble pronounced 'things', but I thought the accent brought a wonderful nuance to the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Early in this recording, download 1, there were a few Editing issues that did 'correct' themselves, but not too bad.

    I did catch the Author, a couple of times, "Copy & Pasting" scenes, which I thought was rather funny in a pre-computer world!

    Bottom line, I loved this!

    I just finished "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex"

    http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B002V5B7U4

    and got this, thinking it might make an interesting "compare/contrast" type thing...

    If have not done so, listen to the two of these back to back...

    It recalibrates your idea of "Adversity"

    - Andrew

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (289)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "Amazing they survived!"
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    Would you listen to In the Heart of the Sea again? Why?

    Yes because some of the details/facts are lost because one is absorbed with the hardships that these folks endured.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though I have read Moby Dick, and have been to both Mystic and Nantucket several times, there are things I missed that this book seems to fill in.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a couple of times when the playback seemed to skip ahead, and audio was not consistent, which cause some angst while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5384)
    Performance
    (3642)
    Story
    (3653)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Needs more Meat..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Got this one first...

    Listened to this Edition three times in a row!

    Then I found the UNABRIDGED...

    It a Burger versus a Steak...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2743)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Very addicted!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I too was one of the ones that bought the "other" edition... Enough said...

    Listened to it 3 times straight...

    Then got this addition... Starting Listen 2 very shortly...

    Obviously, there is much more "meat" in this Edition, so if you have the time, it is very much worth it.

    The movie comes out tomorrow... Should be interesting...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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