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Dan

APO, NY, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Jones
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In November 2002, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, left on what was to be a routine 14-week mission to maintain the International Space Station. But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle exploded beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride home.

    Dan says: "Very good story"
    "Very good story"
    Overall

    This story was an excellent quick history of both the Russian and American space programs. The main theme of the story about the astronauts who were stranded on the International Space Station after the loss of the Columbia shuttle in 2003; I found fascinating.

    The side tracks the author made on the history of the program gave a lot more insight into the differing mentalities of the American and Russians Astronauts.

    The only detractor to this book, for me, was that I felt that the author got overly flowery in describing certain scenes, but that is not often.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a better idea of what it is like to be an astronaut.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4131)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2488)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Ten hours of story 17 hours of boredom"
    Overall

    Pandora's Star has potential,but the author goes into mind numbing detail of anything he writes about. I often wondered if he was not a repressed fashion designed, because every character has to be given a full detail of his/her outfit every time he/she shows up in the story. there were points where I just had to fast forward the story and I still did not miss anything important. If you're looking for high action look somewhere else.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Son: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (612)

    Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard, and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

    Melissa says: "Great story, great reading"
    "Yawn"
    Overall

    In the Afterwards the author says that this story was originally supposed to be a trilogy but he is now making it seven books with the last one being multi-thousand pages. I think he should have stuck with his original plan. The story line is plodding and you can only hear about the colonial life so much before you want to scream to get on with it.

    I might have finished this story line if it were a trilogy but thinking of having to listen to six more books meandering along is more than I can take.

    16 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3368)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1690)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "Its gotten strange even for KIng"
    Overall

    Stephen king has gone over the edge with this one. The book was entertaining at times, but I can't figure out if Stephen King is a self depricating megalomaniac, drinking more than he claims during the writting of the novel, or trying to give meaning to his life.

    If you read the rest of the books you probably will have to read this one because you've come so far, and it is so close to ending, but I suggest you rent it from the library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (294)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Best Overview of physics I have read (heard)"
    Overall

    I have read many of the books of this genre, and this book does the best job of breaking down each subject and explaining it in very easy to understand concepts.

    Although if I heard about the milk unspilling or the egg unbreaking one more time I was going to scream!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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