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Andrew

astronomy explainer

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • To the End of the Land

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (translator)
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer’s release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the “notifiers” who might darken her door with the worst possible news. Recently estranged from her husband, Ilan, she drags along an unlikely companion: their former best friend and her former lover Avram, once a brilliant artistic spirit.

    E. Van Hook says: "Sample first"
    "Needs to be Rerecorded"
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    I purchased this as a gift for my wife, but she cannot listen to it. She says the narrator is so inept and inappropriate for this remarkable book, it pains her to listen. The company that released this needs to be told to re-record it with a narrator sensitive to the nuances of the language and the story. I wish I could get our money back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4060)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2423)

    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"
    "Lots of Fun for Fans of "Space Opera""
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    Although I am a long-time science fiction fan, Mr. Hamilton's work was new to me. Starting with a cracklingly funny introduction, where two young scientists using wormholes beat the official government expedition to be the first humans on Mars, and moving on to a later struggle of humanity with an imaginative form of hostile intelligent life, this is an enjoyable novel with many strands of stories woven together, but fitting well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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