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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
    (962)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (802)

    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.

    Teddy says: "Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire's Corps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (333)

    The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

    john says: "Please publish rest of the series"
    "Great Listen!"
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    You know it's a good read when you park the car but keep listening until you realize you gotta get going. Good dialog, good story, look forward to the next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Honor You Call Us: Man of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (667)

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    Connor says: "Good Military Sci-Fi"
    "If you like campy scifi......"
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    ....narrated by Captain Black Jack Sparrow you'll like this one. The voice/style is off-putting at first; I felt the writing would be better served by a less cartoonish read, but after a while it got entertaining by itself.

    I suppose this is geared toward adolescents for whom this might be fun, but there are many references a 50-something year old will recognize - lots of things named after Apollo astronauts, Star Trek, 70's figures (Kasparov, Clouseau) and even a nod to Dancing With The Stars.

    I made it almost all the way through, but what was entertaining became annoying and I left it with a few hours remaining. Narration style aside, the story and writing just aren't very good. I was hoping for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2046)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1720)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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