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Ron Thompson

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  • Red Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert A` Heinlein
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (170)

    Jim Marlowe's Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur.

    But Jim's devotion to the little creature will soon lead him and his pal Frank into a death-defying trek across Mars.

    Robert says: "Another good story by one of the great SF authors"
    "great for young readers"
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    Heinlein put out great science fiction stories for young readers and this is one of them. I introduced my 13 year old son to his work a few years ago and now whenever we go on a road trip I get him anew one to listen too and enjoy. That his mother and I enjoy the listen just as much is a bonus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (711)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Interesting but very detail oriented"
    Overall
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    Wizard is a very good biography but could have easily been edited down by half. It just gets into too much minutia that bogs the story. This is not a "Tesla was the greatest" book, it is honest in his failings and personality disorders. But there were times my attention wandered and I did not feel like I missed anything.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4024)
    Performance
    (2352)
    Story
    (2390)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "WORSE ending ever"
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    Pandora's Star is both a hard book and an odd book to review (my bazaar star rating shows that as well). The writing is very good but the author really needed some editing - this is a 15 hour book in a 37 hour format. There are so many subplots that I lost count and many never lead to anything and none were resolved.

    Some of those subplots would have made good standalone books but the characters were never developed and the story lines were just teases.

    And then there is the end --- I have books that were leads to a series that resolved a story better than Hamilton did in this book. It was as if he had both a deadline and serious lack of interest when he hit the last chapter.. it just ended. Nothing was resolved, no satisfaction at all.

    The story dragged on but was good enough that I wanted to see how it resolved in the end. Then I got to the end and phefffffft.

    This is the first time in years of reading and listening to Audio books that I felt cheated. I really would like my 37 hours back because the author stole that time as far I'm concerned.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (970)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "shallow story, irritating narration"
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    I can usually ignore a narrator but in this case it is like listening to a computer generated voice. There is no passion, just monotone droning that makes a shallow book all the worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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