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Christopher

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  • The Physics of Star Trek

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    What actually happens when the words, "beam me up, Scottie" are uttered? What "warps" when something travels at warp speed? Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and educator Lawrence M. Krauss provides matter-of-fact scientific explanations of the physics of Star Trek in this highly creative and informative guide for both the devoted Trekkie and the physics novice.

    Christopher says: "Interesting Book. Quite Technical"
    "Interesting Book. Quite Technical"
    Overall

    This was an interesting book to read/listen too. It was quite technical and discussed the actual physics behind many of the technical innovations suggested by the various series. Not only does the author do a good job of explaining the Series reasons for many of these things to work, but he will also delve into actual physics that we understand at the time this book was written and suggest how some of these things may be possible, or whether they may in fact be impossible, or improbable.

    The audiobook seems to have some problems in the fact that you miss some drawings or illustrations that might have been available to view had I had the printed copy. Occasionally the author will refer to one of these illustrations or drawings that he assumes you to have seen. This did not deter from my enjoyment of the book however.

    The author does a good job of using analogy or layterms, and takes the time to define many terms to allow any reader to have a good basis for understanding much of the physics referred to in this book.

    It won't win any awards, but it made a short trip for me, more enjoyable (much to the chagrin of my wife and children in the car with me).

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (671)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    You can definately see that Dan Brown has improved his writing skills immensely from Digital Fortress to the Da Vinci Code. That being said, it's not like the guy was writing 6th grade papers when this was written.

    It is a well thought out and entertaining story containing just enough information for you to care about the main characters but not get bogged down with their personal histories. The story welds these histories with a proper amount of action to keep you listening. Dan Brown is a master of leaving those end of chapter Cliff hangers that keep you in your car out in the parking lot wanting to see how a situation or problem will turn out.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Scott O'Dell
    • Narrated By Tantoo Cardinal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Island of the Blue Dolphins is the remarkable story of a strange and beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor on an island off the California coast. Left behind when the rest of her tribe fled, she waits, year after year, for a ship to come for her. She fights for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, and making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother.

    A User says: "Best audio book I've listened too"
    "An old classic"
    Overall

    I read this years ago in elementary school and remember enjoying it so much. I thought I'd pick it up for a trip I was going on since the length was right and I remembered it fondly.

    I enjoyed hearing the story again as I'd forgotten most of the major points and the side plots. I thought that the narration was weak and the music during the dramatic moments was nauseating. I did get over this and it's not so rampent as to ruin the whole experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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