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Jerry

ashburn, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (722)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    colleen says: "It was actually pretty interesting"
    "Amazing what you think you know..."
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    This was a fun listen, especially for a food-loving science geek. Along the journey, the author debunks old wives tales and "commonly-known" tidbits alike but never in a condescending way. Humor is always at the ready and I often came away thinking, wow, that's cool, never knew that. The structure is by way of answers to common questions like, "How does a microwave heat water"? Mostly things you think you already know but as I learned, not always so. I liked the narrator's pacing and delivery too. I'm inclined to check out other books by this writer.

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  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1619)
    Story
    (1633)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Hard to put down"
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    I frequently sat in the driveway after arriving home, unwilling to turn the car off, engrossed in the story. Although the science fiction is great, (highly advanced, mysterious alien technology and a reasonably feasible not-too-distant-future human asteroid mining ship, woven with relativistic effects and other actual science as the story proceeds), the hook is the personal story of 2 close friends whose relationship is strained to breaking by events. I liked John Lee's narration, falling short only in his attempt at Russian female main character Svetlana. Just never worked for me but not so bad that I didn't enjoy it. Look forward to checking out other books by this author and narrator.

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