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Adam

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  • The Universe in a Nutshell

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (119)

    With characteristic exuberance, Stephen Hawking invites us to be fellow travelers on this extraordinary voyage through spacetime, as he seeks "to combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe."

    Adam says: "Educational and yet fun."
    "Educational and yet fun."
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this book. I love how as he speaks on a subject, Stephen throws in little tid-bits about his life (like where someone has sat in his chair at cambridge, or funny things about his daughter's birth).

    I imagine the science and math would be hard to follow for people not previously "in" on some of the lingo and concepts, but he seems to break it down well enough though.

    He repeats himself sometimes, I'm not sure if thats the reader making a mistake, or a typographical thing, but I noticed it more than once. Also, he reviews concepts he's already illustrated earlier, as if this book were written for students and under the assumtion only individual chapters will be read.

    I love how he gives credit, even to scientists that differ in opinion from him. He breaks down to the almost stupid level some concepts to help you understand why they will work, or not work. I also love how he dives into the risky waters of time travel and religion as he talks, and explains. I'm sure many out there will have arguements with his logic on a thing or two, but who can argue with his courage to discuss the previously undiscussable (well, outside of sci-fi).

    A great read, and it covers such a broad spectrum of space-science. I recommend it to anyone who craves to understand anything about the universe from black-holes to parallel dimensions.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Antrax

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    As the crew aboard the Jerle Shannara is attacked by evil forces, the Druid's protege, Bek Rowe, and his companions are pursued by the mysterious Ilse Witch. Meanwhile, Walker is alone, caught in a dark maze beneath the ruined city of Castledown, stalked by a hungry, unseen enemy.

    Adam says: "Lots of words, but mostly boring."
    "Lots of words, but mostly boring."
    Overall

    Terry has done the one thing every writer fears doing... he's dulled. His writing used to be full of such life, his stories dripping with adventure. Where's it all gone? The store-line perhaps is brilliant, but the follow-through is just sad. He skims over sections that could have made great stories and settles down for several chapters on scenes that don't help the plot, instead just contain interesting moments. As soon as a scene starts to get into plot, he drops it and begins to narrate it to us as if we're children who can't understand.

    I've always love the shannara series, and the great work he's done in addition, but this is just not his normal stuff.

    If you've not read anything else of Terry's, don't read this first or you'lll never come back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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