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A . Irborne

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Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Buzz Aldrin, Ken Abraham
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero's story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth.

    Alan Burchill says: "Great Read"
    "Too Much"
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    The social churn Aldrin chose to stay in was too much for a the type of person
    he is, and caused him tons of grief.
    Neil Armstrong was smarter, he just unplugged and went back to rural routes.
    It happens all the time, where sudden fame makes hell for somebody; just trying
    to remain a fantastic enlargement of themselves.
    Anyway, too much head stuff and not enough Space for me, so I didnt bother
    downloading the second half.
    Aldrin was ahead of his time, having the courage to admit to his problems

    The story lacked a space theme I was looking for, here is a guy who spent one
    of the longest EVA's in the Gemini program.
    It is always puzzling the reticence of the astronauts about an out of this world experience.
    The technical part of the moon landing bought forth a fact I never knew-
    that by surreptitiously leaving on the Ascent radar, he was the direct cause
    of the alarms that came close to aborting the landing.
    I wonder what Armstrong said afterwards !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II 

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. Todd Moye
    • Narrated By Brandon Massey
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Freedom Flyers brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces - formerly the nation's most racially polarized institution - and jump-started the modern struggle for racial equality.

    A . Irborne says: "too much politics and not enough flying"
    "too much politics and not enough flying"
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    What would have made Freedom Flyers better?

    Expcted combat action and nuts and bolts aviation


    What could J. Todd Moye have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more combat action and nuts and bolts aviation


    What didn’t you like about Brandon Massey’s performance?

    bland


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Freedom Flyers?

    the politics


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Pat Duggins
    • Narrated By Pat Duggins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Journalist Pat Duggins, National Public Radio's resident "space expert", chronicles the planning stages of the Space Shuttle program in the early 1970s, the thrill of the first flight in 1981, construction of the International Space Station in the 1990s, and the decision in the early 2000s to shut the program down.

    A . Irborne says: "Great Technical story"
    "Great Technical story"
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    A great general overview, with lots of nuts and bolts for the technically inclined.
    We now know just how dangerous the Shuttle was,
    it must have felt like driving a 17,000 mph Mack truck,
    with bad steering, a stuck gas pedal, and no brakes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (974)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Things dont add up"
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    Ok , Annie, please tell us in a sequel, just how it was that the Russians were
    able to transport the Roswell craft close enough to the USA for the landing.
    The biggest aircraft the Russians had at the time was a reverse engineered copy
    of the Boeing B29, which would have had to make an impossible trip from eastern
    Siberia.
    Also, if the Russians went to all that trouble, and as secretive and paranoid as they
    were, would they be so incompetent as to leave Russian cryillic lettering on components?
    The Horten flying wing is not the mystery she claims. In the early 50's, a former
    German pilot was winning glider contests all over the US in a restored Horten
    flying wing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (880)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    This rates WAY down the ladder, if you've heard the autobiographies
    of astronauts like Eugene Cernan and Wally Shirra.
    Also, the details of body function are gross and boring.
    Try again Mary, do a chronicle of the Shuttle missions, only with more
    science and less poop and barf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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