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Nick

Grayslake, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (873)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "Fantastic! Nerd humor + Lovecraft! :)"
    Overall

    You had me at "Knuth, Dykstra, Al-Hazred"! :) Chock full of great "inside" jokes for nerds, but great story! Reminds me a lot of Thursday Next books (in a good way)!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Consequences of Little Things

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hannah Holmes
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Some see dust as dull stuff, useless at best, and sneeze-inducing at worst. But in the hands of writer Hannah Holmes, dust becomes a dazzling and mysterious force. As Holmes says, dust is a messenger, and air is its medium. And by the end of this fascinating journey through The Secret Life of Dust, we cannot help but agree.

    Nick says: "Awful Environmentalist Diatribe"
    "Awful Environmentalist Diatribe"
    Overall

    Absolutely horrible! Just goes on and on about man-made this and man-made that! Has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of "science writing" at all! Angry with myself I wasted a credit on it!

    15 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1420)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Light and Fluffy-No Substance"
    Overall

    If you have any familiarity with recent developments in modern physics, then you will find 99% of this book old news. It covers good material, but only on a very simplistic level (think USA Today). Do yourself favor and get Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (much better "casual reader" version of this material and more) or Brian Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos" (in-depth coverage, "denser" but well worth it).

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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