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Christine

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Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caleb Scharf
    • Narrated By Caleb Scharf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

    Gary says: "One of the best science books for non-scientist"
    "wonderful overview of modern astrophysics"
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    This book is a very nice overview of modern astrophysics and in particular the role of black holes in astrophysical processes. The author is an astrophysicist / astrobiologist and knows his subject well and presents it with a kind of warmth and care that is infrequent in popular science writing. The author narrates the book himself and does a wonderful job of it. This book is a nice complement to other books such as "The 4% Universe" and "The Day We Found the Universe".

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter M. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Paul Hodgson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The cells in our bodies consist of molecules, made up of the same carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms found in air and rocks. But molecules, such as water and sugar, are not alive. So how do our cells - assemblies of otherwise "dead" molecules - come to life, and together constitute a living being? In Life’s Ratchet, physicist Peter M. Hoffmann locates the answer to this age-old question at the nanoscale.

    A Synthetic Biologist says: "For biologists to learn single molecule biophysics"
    "Very fine explanation of nanoscale biophysics"
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    The book is quite good as an overview nanoscale biophysics. The author is a practitioner of this branch of study. He makes a small gaff in the last part of the text asserting that there is no basis for the particular set of codons that appears in almost all organisms; however, there are in fact several very nice papers on this subject and it is no longer -- since the 80's -- generally thought that the code is a frozen accident as Crick suggested in the early 60's. The author does a fine job of explaining the relationship of the laws of thermodynamics to how cellular processes work.

    The narrator was OK until he tried to pronounce nanometer in a manner analogous to manometer. The final straw was when he pronounced the 5' and 3' ends of DNA as the 5-inch and 3-inch ends. The correct way is to say 5-prime and 3-prime.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (660)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Thoroughly fun"
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    I really enjoyed the story and the narration. It wasn't the most complex plot but it was sufficiently puzzling to hold my attention and there were some absolutely hilarious zingers and characters along the way. Given that Rosenberg had a hand in Denny Crane you can imagine some of the color in this story.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Countermeasure: Countermeasure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Cecilia Aubrey, Chris Almeida
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Trevor Bauer, an NSA analyst, is searching for answers to the mystery surrounding his parents' disappearance when he crosses paths with Cassandra James, an ex-CIA operative with a big chip on her shoulder. By a stroke of luck, he becomes the key to her own mission while she becomes the center of his attention. Fighting an attraction as intense as their overwhelming instinct to keep each other at bay, together, they embark on a harrowing adventure that leads them across the ocean.

    micquleta says: "Make It Geeky for Me"
    "not a mystery/thriller - a romance pot boiler"
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    This book is a romance novel wrapped in a thin international corporate espionage plot. The performance is fine but the misleading categorization of the book leads me to rate it neutral - I'm not a fan of romance novels and don't know the genre.

    A further issue is that Audible's sample for the book gives an "error" when selected though I doubt the sample would have made it clear that the book is a romance novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Motion to Kill: Lou Mason Legal Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joel Goldman
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Richard Sullivan was at the top of his profession, a rainmaker in a powerful Kansas City law firm - until his body washed up on the shores of a Missouri lake. Now questions about his death, and his life, reverberate through a firm that has more to cover up than it ever knew. Dark secrets pit partners against each other and their clients in a desperate struggle to stay alive.

    Christine says: "I really enjoyed Mason"
    "I really enjoyed Mason"
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    I suppose it's called a pot-boiler but I enjoyed it. The story turned out quite unique and the pace was brisk. The narration was good. I'm ready for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Day We Found the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcia Bartusiak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    From one of our most acclaimed science writers: a dramatic narrative of the discovery of the true nature and startling size of the universe, delving back past the moment of revelation to trace the decades of work--by a select group of scientists--that made it possible.

    Roy says: "Worth the Effort"
    "nicely drawn history of the idea of galaxies"
    Overall
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    This book is a well done history of the emergence of the idea of galaxies or island universes from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The people such as Shapely and Hubble are portrayed with their foibles as well as their more admirable qualities. The narration is quite good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (270)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
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    What did you like best about Forward the Foundation? What did you like least?

    Vintage Asimov bringing to a conclusion his tying up of the origins of the Foundation series. I liked absolutely least the dreadful narration. The narrator didn't seem to actually understand the dialog that he was reading and it came across incredibly stilted and lifeless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forward the Foundation?

    Another one of the cool stings that occur in many of the Foundation stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If I wasn't a die-hard Asimov fan I wouldn't have listened past the first 5 minutes. He simply read in a wooden fashion. No sense of timing or emphasis.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably but there's little chance of that happening


    Any additional comments?

    Get Scott Brick to read Forward and Edge so we have the entire series read consistently

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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