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Bill

East Bethel, MN, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 662 titles in library
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  • Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson
    • Narrated By Dennis McKee
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Crystal Fire is a tale of the human factors in technology; the pride and jealousies coupled with scientific and economic aspiration that led to the creation of modern microelectronics and ignited the greatest technological explosion in history.

    Ziloni says: "Interesting and not light on the science either!"
    "Better listen to the voice"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating though technical story. Unfortunately, it is read by monotoned, plodding individual. I suggest listening to a sample of this guy because he makes a great story extremely tedious. It is probably better to read this material rather than to suffer the narator which is too bad. It really will interest a 45-55 computer or electrical engineer.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferris
    • Narrated By Timothy Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Anyone can get started in astronomy, just by going outside on a dark night with a star chart and learning their way around. Timothy Ferris tells us what's been seen out there - the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy, the Virgo supercluster, and how to find them.

    Gary says: "About astronomy as well as astronomers"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    This isn't a textbook about astronomy, but rather a long look at various aspects of the hobby and the profession as told by a long time practitioner. For anyone that has enjoyed the hobby, particularly if you grew up in the days of the space race and were pulled in, you'll like this book. You'll hear stories ranging from Clyde Tombaugh discovering Pluto, to a discussion with Stephen James O'Meara discoveries, to robotic telescopes. I've listened to this book three times since getting it last month and have enjoyed it each time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TimesTalks - Self Invention

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Kamen, Amy Harmon
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    After his splash with the Segway scooter, the obsessive innovator talks about his latest project: a revolutionary generator and water purifier for third world nations.

    Bill says: "GREAT!!"
    "GREAT!!"
    Overall

    This was one of the best things that I've heard. My only complaint is that $10 bucks for an hour long program is too much. Make it $5 and you'll double the number of listeners and such a short program doesn't take all that much bandwidth to download anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Preservationist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Maine
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Tyler Bunch, Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection.

    Sharon says: "A frolicking tale"
    "Pretty weak"
    Overall

    I bought this thinking I was getting a fictional comedy. It was fictional, but not funny at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Weinberg
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the Universe began, and how we know.

    Gregory says: "Strong and Compelling Story"
    "Tough to follow"
    Overall

    This is really interesting stuff but after a brief introduction to cosmology takes off at break neck speed. It is written for someone already very comfortable with concepts such as black body spectrums and particle/anti-particle production. It would make a great book for a 2nd year physic student or mid-level astronomy student.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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