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".
Asimov's Foundation series has been an inspiration to many scientists and writers of science fiction. Scott Brick's narration is quite fine, if a tad strident at times - I would give the performance 4.5 stars if I could but will round up rather than down. I have read and listened to the foundation, empire and robot stories and novels numerous times over the years. They are as the tales of my ancestors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another one of the cool stings that occur in many of the Foundation stories.
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.
Probably but there's little chance of that happening
Get Scott Brick to read Forward and Edge so we have the entire series read consistently
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