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C. White

So. CA | Member Since 2010

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  • 130 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • Inherit the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH"
    "The Best of the 3 Giant books..."
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    If you could sum up Inherit the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    I first read Inherit the Stars 35 years ago... and I can honestly say that it was one of the inspirations that lead me to become a scientist. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought the audio book (along with the two direct sequels to the trilogy). Although the book feels very dated and sexist, it is still an enjoyable story without diverting too much into new age phooey (like the later books in the trilogy... most notably Giant's Star). The narration is passable at best.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    I would not seek out any particular book that John Pruden narrated


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Giants' Star

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Eons ago, a gentle race of giants fled the planet Minerva, leaving the ancestors of man to fend for themselves. Fifty thousand years ago, Minerva exploded, hurling its moon into an orbit about Earth. In the 21st century, scientists Victor Hunt and Chris Danchekker, doing research on Ganymede, attract a small band of friendly aliens who are lost in time - and who begin to reveal something of the origin of mankind. Finally, man believed that he comprehended his place in the universe…until he learned of the Watchers in the stars. Now Earth finds itself in the middle of a power struggle between a benevolent alien empire and an offshoot group of upstart humans.

    C. White says: "Fan of Inherit the Stars? Dont bother w/ this one"
    "Fan of Inherit the Stars? Dont bother w/ this one"
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    What did you like best about Giants' Star? What did you like least?

    I first read Inherit the Stars 35 years ago... and I can honestly say that it was one of the inspirations that lead me to become a scientist. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought the audio book (along with the two direct sequels to the trilogy). 35 years ago, I found this installment so convoluted that I never finished it... and even in audio book form, I had a hard time finishing it. Of the three books, this one is VERY dated and very sexist. I rapidly slides into a mire of pysdo science-new age phooey. Enjoy the first two books of the trilogy and skip this one. The narration is passable at best.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gentle Giants of Ganymede

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Long before the world of the Ganymeans blew apart millennia ago, the strange race of giants had already vanished. All that remained of them was a wrecked ship abandoned on a frozen moon of Jupiter. Now Earth’s scientists are there, determined to ferret out the secret of the lost race. But when suddenly the Ganymeans return, they bring with them answers that will reveal the secret of our own as well.

    Steven says: "Great Story of First Contact"
    "Everything we leaned in Inherit the Stars was wron"
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    What did you love best about The Gentle Giants of Ganymede?

    I first read Inherit the Stars 35 years ago... and I can honestly say that it was one of the inspirations that lead me to become a scientist. Being a young reader, I followed up with The Gentle Giants. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought the audio book (along with the two direct sequels to the trilogy). Although the book feels very dated and sexist, it is still an enjoyable story without diverting too much into new age phooey (unlike the final book of the trilogy, Giant's Star). I did truly enjoy many of the concepts regarding how the Giants evolutionary pathway and physiology determined their race's outlook on life. Some of the science does tend to get a bit far fetched, but still more or less works. The narration is passable at best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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