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T. Hradek

NY | Member Since 2003

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (1003)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "A great work"
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    If you could sum up 2001 in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Science Fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bowman, mostly because the most interesting stuff happens to him


    What about Dick Hill???s performance did you like?

    He says the chapters, so many times in audio books they don't announce the chapters or provide a break between sections.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Captured the wonder and excitement of ETs


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Like Tesla: Underdog Inventors and Their Relentless Pursuit of Clean Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    A search for the contemporary Nikola Tesla - considered a mad scientist by his society for predicting global warming more than 100 years ago - fuels this analysis of climate issues, which introduces thinkers and inventors who are working to find possible ways out of the energy crisis. From Louis Michaud, a retired refinery engineer who claims we can harness the energy of man-made tornadoes, to a professor and a businessman who are running a company that genetically modifies algae so it can secrete ethanol naturally, these individuals and their unorthodox methods are profiled.

    T. Hradek says: "Good Readd"
    "Good Readd"
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    Where does Mad Like Tesla rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Its a good read much more about the energy economy and what's going on and how complicated it is.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (401)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "A great work!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cyteen the most enjoyable?

    Very rich charters, micro and macro details well merged to keep the story interesting. The booked on based on technology that is perhaps not too far off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Dennis, a behind the seen guy very important in the book just like the real world but has little of glory, like in the real world.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long to read this in one sitting but it is gripping enough that I stay up too late listening to it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2558)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1910)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "A great listen"
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    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    These books are all about social evolution, and he does a great job of showing the steps of that evolution in an interesting story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    There are many good scenes but I link the one in the beginning of the book where Celdon establishes the foundation by making it easy for the empire simply to give them a worthless planet yet its exactly what he wants.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3407)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2044)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "A great work"
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    Where does Lucifer's Hammer rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot but I would say it's in my top 10 percent!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well unlike most other stories about the end of the world when the world ends the story does not.


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

    As you read the book you get a range of emotions. You start at excited, move to scared mixed with dread, followed by hope and a good feeling at the end. It really great the way the show you have different people react and how different people are need for different societies.


    Any additional comments?

    Its slow in the beginning but well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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