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Anika Page

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  • 147 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Farmer in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Farmer In The Sky is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a teenage boy who emigrates with his family to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed. A condensed version of the novel was published in serial form in 1950 in Boys' Life magazine (August, September, October, November), under the title "Satellite Scout".

    Katherine says: "A Heinlein Juvenile"
    "Excellent teen fiction"
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    If you could sum up Farmer in the Sky in three words, what would they be?

    His finest work.


    Any additional comments?

    The greatest of Heinlenns junenile fiction, and quite possibly the best book he ever wrote. No annoying politics, just TANSTAAFL, ecology and the most excellent of people. I see it as examples of great role models for people to emulate. I have both read and listened to this countless times and it never gets old.

    The most essential book of the Heinlenn library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1299)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "A History of America in 6 glasses"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If more of the world had been covered in this history, I would have been far more satisfied. As it is, he ignored important facts in order to cover America rather than the whole world.


    What could Tom Standage have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    By covering more of the known world, instead of giving a perfectly good history of America, and ignoring the rest of the known world.

    Also, by checking his facts more carefully. There are a few hearsay fragments of information which are being offered as fact instead of the more boring reality. I know for a fact that some of what I was being told is not considered correct by actual historians and people who study this particular subject. Why not tell the truth?


    How could the performance have been better?

    More pauses during the presentation, especially between paragraphs and chapters. In fact the only way to know that a chapter had changed over was when there was a severe lack of gap between the sentences. The occasional beat between paragraphs and between chapters would really have made the performance a better listening experience, add to flow (I know that sounds counterintuitive, but it honestly would) and improve the whole performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The stories and hearsay fragments are excellent, I just wish that more of them could be based on fact.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (307)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "Unexpected"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Robert A. Heinlein before, how does this one compare?

    If you like Heinlenn writing about politics, laws, and prejudice, then step straight in.


    Any additional comments?

    I went in hoping for another colonial story like Farmer in the Sky, and instead received a fascinating treatise on racism in America. Not what I wanted, but worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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