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David

ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • George's Secret Key to the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Hugh Dancy
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos' help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos?

    Barbara says: "Great Listen!"
    "My girls LOVED this book"
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    If you could sum up George's Secret Key to the Universe in three words, what would they be?

    Physics and astronomy made fun.


    What does Hugh Dancy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hugh Dancy's use of accent, tone and inflection brings the characters to life


    Any additional comments?

    My girls (8 and 10) were captivated by this book. As soon as they get in the car they want me to play it and were always disapointed when we would stop and have to get out of teh car. It truely was a treat for them and they learned so much. I really enjoyed it too, it is a great little yarn. It was a great opportunity for me to share my love of physics with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth J. Hammond
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

    Travis Greene says: "A good listen"
    "Good broad brush information"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The professors speach candence was too slow for me. I had to play the entire thing on 2x speed for it to be tolerable.


    Any additional comments?

    Great information overall with some solid broad brush coverage of the subject. I would have liked to have gotten more details in a number of places, but that would have made it too long.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Brown
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a 10th planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye.

    Rickapolis says: "Informative and fun"
    "Thoroughly loved this book"
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    Would you listen to How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming again? Why?

    You may not know much about astronomy, but Mike Brown pulls you into an the field and makes it easy to understand and weaves a great story that could not be made up. I throughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the stars, even if, like my wife, you think Pluto is a planet.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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