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  • Foundation and Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    Jerry says: "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"
    "Should have stopped after book 4..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Asimov returned to this series after many years to continue the Foundation story, and it is apparent that he forgot how to write good science fiction in that time. The basic premise of the story is that Golan sets out to find Earth to confirm his decision for Galaxia at the end of book 4. The resulting story is mostly one boring conversation after another between Golan and his traveling companions about pointless minutiae. Furthermore, Asimov has thrown in a good dose of gratuitous sex to fill in the lack of story, aggravating me further. I always considered such tactics to be the mark of an uninspired author. If Asimov wants to write about topless women standing there to offer herself to his little band when they go planet hopping despite all reason and logic to the contrary, then he should focus on selling his story to junior high school boys. I on the other hand like a bit more realism to my science fiction. The first 4 books were way better than this one. After laboring through 75% of this book, I no longer have the will to finish it. I don't care if they find Earth, and quite frankly I think Asimov made this story up on the fly to reach his page requirements for his publishers.

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  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1324)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Very good history of cancer therapy"
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    Where does The Emperor of All Maladies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must listen to book for any medical student interested in oncology. It provides a lot of the history of the highlights of medical oncology over the years and acquaints the reader with a lot of the famous names in the field and why they are famous. It tries to take you back and put the world into the perspective of these people and the challenges that they faced. Although it does mention specific therapies and general mechanism principles, it is not a scientific textbook on therapies, so do not expect that level of detail. I found it very easy to listen to and very enjoyable.

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  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (545)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "A lot of language and ..."
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    What disappointed you about Agincourt?

    I have only listened to the first couple of chapters and I was surprised at the amount of language used in the story. I doubt the language is historically accurate and is probably added for effect for modern day readers. I find it detracts from the story for me. The second problem is that this is a very seedy view of medieval life with graphic descriptions of violence and sex. Even though it is my first time listening to one of Cornwells books, I did not expect this is a historical fiction. Other buyers should be aware of this in case they don't enjoy these elements.


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