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Jerry

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  • A Fall of Moondust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar dust. On the surface, her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the mercilessly unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment. A brilliantly imagined story of human ingenuity and survival, A Fall of Moondust is a tour-de-force of psychological suspense and sustained dramatic tension by the field's foremost author.

    J. Rhoderick says: "A quick, fun read that entertains as it teaches"
    "Clarke Does It Again!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Fall of Moondust the most enjoyable?

    First of all, Clarke has alway thought out the 'facts' of his worlds and his storylines. Who would have thought of sand behaving like a liquid? But then, Clarke was and is, foremost, a scientist and physicist who worked with NASA for many years and is one of the smartest people on this planet. I abosolutely love everything he writes, and a Fall of Moondust is imaginative,shows good character development as well as some suspense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tour guide service, where they were actually taking passengers on outings across the lunar surface on sightseeing tours!(ala Gilligans Island in this case)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After the quake, the boat is sinking, and the Captain, not wanting to alarm his passengers, says, "I don't believe there's anything wrong yet, we can get out of this"


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

    "Under the sands of Luna...nobody can hear you scream.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "Pierce tells it like it is, pulls no punches!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Idiot America the most enjoyable?

    A lot of details of American historical figures is revealed, some of which I had not heard before, some of which I heard from other, reliable sources. So, I can't dispute what he says about the people he rants about.


    What other book might you compare Idiot America to and why?

    This is the first such on this subject I have ever tried, and I found it very entertaining.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and reading were very expressive and conveyed emotional content very well.


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

    I did listen to it all in one sitting, as I commonly do with most audio books. I am a professional driver and am behind the wheel for extended periods of time. Audio books are perfect for keeping me occupied.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't deeply satisfied with the content of the book, the author harps excessively on one particular individual throughout the chapters and this tends to become wearing on my attention. I caught myself wondering why he was obsessed with this one person. But overall, it's a good essay on the Idiot American, and fairly entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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