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David

Bogart, GA, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Schirra's Space

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Wally Schirra, Richard N. Billings
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Wally Schirra was the only one of the original seven NASA astronauts to command a spacecraft in all three pioneering space programs - Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. This chronicle of his experiences takes us into space on Schirra's 1962 Mercury flight that orbited Earth six times and aboard Gemini for the first rendezvous of two manned craft in space.

    David says: "Gotcha! Schirra's Arrogance Distracts"
    "Gotcha! Schirra's Arrogance Distracts"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of the Apollo space program, so when I saw this one unabridged on Audible (keep those unabridged books coming, Audible), I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, Schirra's Space is a bit light on the details and a bit heavy on the "Gotchas," or practical jokes the astronauts played on each other. The jokes are fun to read about, and have their place, but they are a bit self-aggrandizing and add too much fluff. I expected a bit more from Wally Schirra, the only astronaut to fly in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. Perhaps he is saving his best flight stories for later.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6165)
    Performance
    (4056)
    Story
    (4070)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Good, but Villains Are a Bit Cartoonish"
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    I enjoyed the book and found it inspirational. I had 2 problems with the book. 1. The villains are a bit too unrealistic and cartoonish. 2. It bothered me that several sentences at the end of Chapter 47, when talking about Ayrton Senna, the author borrows a little too liberally from the book Illusions by Richard Bach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (459)

    In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

    Dennis Hinkamp says: "Great found story"
    "The Real Deal"
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    This book is the real deal. I can't believe I've never heard of the Jeanette Expedition before. Fantastic story, very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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