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Hyrum

Orem, UT, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Space Cadet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert A Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Matt Dodson arrives at Space Academy little prepared for the rigorous program he is about to enter. But that’s the point of the academy: to take young men and steep them in a demanding tradition of honor, courage, and sacrifice until they have earned the right to join the Patrol as guardians of the solar peace. Unfortunately, even the academy’s high power training can’t completely prepare Matt and his friends Tex and Oscar for the harrowing test of both survival and diplomatic skills they will face when a mission goes disastrously wrong.

    DocJim says: "Nothing better than Heinlein performed by a cast!"
    "Listen to see how far Heinlein came in his writing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if my friend was a huge fan of Heinlein and they wanted to hear one of his earliest works.


    What could Robert A Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Well, ANY kind of plot before the last 1/8th of the book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but that isn't really a good thing. The story was slowly paced with little actually going on. The voice actors often came off as bored.


    Was Space Cadet worth the listening time?

    Only from a historical perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't recommend this as an example of Heinlein's or Full Cast Audio's work. It is flat and relatively lifeless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

    Tanglebones says: "Excellent overview of major science concepts"
    "Mother Nature is not a driving force in Science"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nope, lots of better science books out there.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Author kept referring to Mother Nature doing, thinking, or deciding things. While this may have been common in the 1800's I find it disconcerting in a modern science book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Indre Viskontas?

    Nope, poor grasp of science puts the ghost in the machine instead of explaining how things actually work


    Was 12 Essential Scientific Concepts worth the listening time?

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Kept getting the impression that author was going to try to sell something. Script and delivery were closer to a late-night sales person than someone trying to teach science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "Great History of Ancient Egypt"
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    Would you listen to The History of Ancient Egypt again? Why?

    yes, very interesting author know his stuff and is excited about it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    King tut


    Which character – as performed by Professor Bob Brier – was your favorite?

    only 1 character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the end


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting and comprehensive author doesn't repeat himself though and keeps the subject interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2900)
    Performance
    (1722)
    Story
    (1744)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Great Story, poor accent"
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    Would you listen to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress again? Why?

    Great story overwhelms the poor accent someone decided the narrator should use. One of the masterworks of science fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting look at possible ways people would behave in the future and possible changes in culture, and sex roles.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Like I said the accent was hard to get used to and narrator slipped out of it a few times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From the Master of Science Fiction


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble Magnet: A Pip & Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    In this dazzling new novel, Flinx confirms his status as the galaxy's greatest magnet for big trouble. Wandering out there in some remote region of the galaxy is a gargantuan sentient Tar-Aiym weapons' system. All Flinx has to do - while his pals look after his injured love Clarity Held - is find the hefty object and persuade it to knock out the monstrous evil that is hurtling through space to waste the entire Commonwealth.

    Hyrum says: "Flinx is in less than half the book."
    "Flinx is in less than half the book."
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    What would have made Trouble Magnet better?

    This is the second book in a row that Flinx plays a minor roll in. This appears to be the author's attempt a a gritty, urban teen novel. Closer in tone to The Outsiders than previous Flinx books, and other than a short scene at the end of the story does nothing to progress Flinx's overall story. Save your money and skip this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King's It.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really like Stefan, he does a really good job with some poor material here.


    What character would you cut from Trouble Magnet?

    I'd cut more than half the book if I could


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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