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  • Tunnel in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (177)

    When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

    Rory says: "Where it all started ..."
    "One of the best classic sci-fi novels"
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    What did you love best about Tunnel in the Sky?

    This novel brought back a flood of memories about my enjoyment of sci-fi via the public library, in the early 1960s. Tunnel in the Sky was one of the most enjoyable sci-fi novels I read as a pre-teenager.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The difficulties of establishing a basic, functional civilization under primitive conditions, without the support of modern "conveniences" are shown to be very challenging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scenes where only a few people remained on the alien planet were especially revealing and almost overwhelming.


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

    Yes, but it was also enjoyable in installments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is surely one of Heinlein's best novels, and was more enjoyable since it doesn't overwhelm the reader with his personal political views.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (838)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "A most insightful book, the "1984" of this century"
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    What did you love best about The Circle?

    The insights into the purposes and harm being caused by the big internet companies (Google, Facebook, etc) are nothing short of profound and are very moving.

    The author's insights into how big companies work also remind me of the book "The Organization Man" from the 1950s, and his fiction-based warnings of where we're so rapidly heading are both shocking and very well-written.

    As someone who worked in R&D for a major multi-national company for his whole career, I found this books' insights to be very compelling and nearly overwhelming in both their accuracy and depth. Google is different from other companies, but not *that* different.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mae Holland, the central character, is very convincing and illustrates how a big company can take a new employee and remake him/her in their own image. This process is similar in many respects to my own development working for my corporate employer - I retired a few years ago after a successful career.


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

    The narration was very effective in developing a better understanding of the book's content, much more so than a traditional text-based book format.


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

    SECRETS ARE LIES

    SHARING IS CARING

    PRIVACY IS THEFT


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this book highly enough - it is must reading for everyone in these rapidly changing times. But where do we go from here, and how would we get there? It may already be too late to change direction.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Rumor of War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Caputo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

    Howard says: "Howie"
    "The realities of war, as seen by a young officer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book, unusual for its infantry Lieutenant's perspective, should be required reading for learning why we must not resort to war except in the most threatening circumstances. Vietnam certainly was no threat to the US, and so many of our young soldiers died or were wounded for so little.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rumor of War?

    The descriptions of what it was really like to invade a poor village are impossible to not remember indefinitely.


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    The voice of the narrator represented the author's persona very convincingly. Also, it was not fatiguing in any way.


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

    I understood for the first time some of the reasons why some soldiers violate the USA's war-fighting rules and ethics. Yet this type of conduct is still inexcusable but is rarely prosecuted.


    Any additional comments?

    I was in college during the early years of the Vietnam war, and this book brought back many memories of those times. Many of my friends fought in the war, as did my high-school ROTC teacher (who was killed by a land mine).

    Based on the USA's history since Vietnam, it's now clear that as a country we simply do not learn from involvement in a pointless, immoral war. Our soldiers and their families and friends bear the burdens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1204)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "Survivalism and the human condition"
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    Would you listen to Deliverance again? Why?

    I gained much insight into the nature of survivalists and humanity through this novel as well as the movie and book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In survival situations, sometimes the apparently weakest participants come out ahead of those who fancy themselves to be the strongest. Evil too easily dominates human situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The challenges faced when Ed had to climb the gorge cliff and kill their apparent stalker were vividly conveyed. The ambiguity of the killing is insurmountable and yet as necessary as in any other human war.


    If you could take any character from Deliverance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would be interested in learning from Ed what he learned and did not learn from his canoe trip experiences. I would also like to know how the trip and its deaths affected him.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best modern American novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1064)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "First-Person History of Delta Force"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Inside Delta Force to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside Delta Force?

    Delta Force selection and training experiences, especially the final test, a very long cross-country march.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    Positive and convincing tone in the narration.


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

    The inside story of Delta Force


    Any additional comments?

    It was most enjoyable to listen to a credible inside story of the founding of Delta Force.

    I wish our government was as competent and honorable as these people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphans of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (193)

    The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

    Noe says: "Our world is a spaceship."
    "Multi-generational space flight challenges"
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    Where does Orphans of the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in my top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphans of the Sky?

    The difference of opinions that occurred after viewing the universe outside of the spaceship was very dramatic and tells much about how easily people can choose not to accept clear evidence when it contradicts their tradition-based religion/beliefs.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good narrator, like Eric Summerer, brings as much to a book as the cast of a play would bring to their script.


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

    I often felt a strong urge to listen to more, simply to learn what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting novel about the challenges of very long voyages to the stars. Assuming we can't work around the limitations of the speed of light and that we survive long enough as a civilization to reach the stars, the difficulties presented in this novel (and more) may be formidable. I can't personally imagine how a few people could survive in a long trip to Mars and back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Fred Hoyle
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.

    Mark says: "Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
    "Classic Sci-Fi, by a great astrophysicist"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Black Cloud the most enjoyable?

    As a (retired) scientist, I especially enjoyed the realism of the description of how scientists work and think and interact.

    It was also interesting to reflect on scientific leaders are controlled by their funding agencies, and Hoyle's fictional rants against politicians should appeal to a universal audience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the primary characters were convincingly portrayed. They were also as interesting and as diverse as real scientists.


    Any additional comments?

    Climate science, as known at the time of this book, played a key role in helping earth survive the arrival of the Black Cloud. Interestingly, their research and knowledge soon became highly politicized and was declared secret by the government, reminding me of the Manhattan Project.It was interesting to consider the author's speculations on the nature of highly advanced life forms, and how limited our own minds may be in comparison to more highly evolved life forms.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (638)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "Exceptionally enjoyable classic sci-fi"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Unusually believable characters in an unusually engaging story.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    Convincing voice and acting, well-tailored for the role.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A philosophically stimulating and thought-provoking book, representing the best of classic sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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