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Greg

Yorba Linda, CA, United States | Member Since 2016

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  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1383)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    The best historical novel I've ever read. A real step up from the first in character development and plot. Great read.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Barons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Christian Davenport
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons - most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen - are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel and send humans even further than NASA has gone. 

    Greg says: "An Incredible Modern Story Well Told"
    "An Incredible Modern Story Well Told"
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    Performance
    Story

    The book we've all been waiting for. I've been deeply engaged in this industry since the start of the incredible story that Davenport tells and I can say that this is the most comprehensive and professional treatment of the commercial spaceflight revolution to date. The author is a professional reporter and a fine wordsmith who understands his context and characters. He weaves a tale of adventure, excess and excitement on the final frontier that will keep even non-space cadets enthralled. This is a character based study and is not particularly distracted by the technologies or the data. You won't find the seconds of ISP rating on the latest SpaceX second stage engine configuration or the coefficient of drag on Virgin's VSS Unity. What Davenport does in nail the big personalities and unusual motivations that drive this generations boldest entrepreneurs to go where none have gone before.

    The narration is also excellent. Collyer conveys the tension and enthusiasm of the story without distraction. He gets the names and technical pronunciations correct as well (a thing that always bugs me in tech books).

    "Space Barrons" is a great summer read for anyone but it is a must-listen for any aspiring Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson or Elon Musk. I hope they all download it and are motivated to do impossibly great things someday, themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Time Until Now

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Z. Williamson
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1587)

    A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants.

    C. Hartmann says: "Different Than Expected--But an Excellent Listen !"
    "Great book for those who love accuracy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was very impressed with Williamson's effort and the narration. The book was fun, entertaining and educational. Like Jerry Pournelle, Williamson is an engineer at heart. While the plot and characters are handled well, it is the attention to detail in the setting and mechanics of the situation that I enjoyed the most. There's a good deal of research and thought here covering everything from the nature and development of tools to culture and language. It is in many ways a male perspective on material covered in Auel's Earth's Children series. Holland's voice and cadence is perfect for the military feel of the book and he does a great job. A good listen that I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Peter W. Navarro, Greg Autry
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Best-selling author Peter Navarro (The Coming China Wars) and Greg Autry challenge the dominant paradigm of a "Chinese Miracle" - the one featuring a modernizing, progressive Chinese state heading toward political reform and driving global economic growth with its new found embrace of capitalism and freedom.

    Prince Parker says: "Final wake up call for America"
    "Scary but true"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A well written must read that dares to tell the truth about America's dysfunctional relationship with a brutal communist state determined take our jobs and displace us on the global stage.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Man in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    Author of the beloved classic The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough creates sweeping sagas that are unparalleled in their drama and emotional grandeur. Now she carries listeners into the pageantry and passion, politics and intrigue of ancient Rome. Cunning and ambition were prized in this vast and powerful empire, but what would it take to win its highest honor, to be First Man in Rome?

    Jessica says: "Best Historical Fiction Ever"
    "Might be the Finest Historical Book Ever"
    Overall

    Great characters, great stories, and great blending of fact and fiction. Every senetence is a work of art. The complex interplay of various stories and characters is fantastically well done. A joy to read and listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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