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Miskatonic

United States | Listener Since 2002

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  • 6 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Early Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thom Holmes
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The human species is relatively new to the planet in geologic terms. With origins reaching back only a few million years, the rise of humans from primate ancestors is a remarkable evolutionary success story. Early Humans traces the beginnings of the human species, its success and adaptability, and the development of such innovations as human language and culture.

    Miskatonic says: "Worth picking up"
    "Worth picking up"
    Overall

    This is a short book but worth the audible credit. The subject matter is very introductory but well written.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Boat of a Million Years

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Others have written science fiction on the theme of immortality, but in The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson made it his own. Early in human history, certain individuals were born who live on—unaging, undying—through the centuries and millennia. This story follows them over two thousand years, up to our time and beyond—to the promise of utopia, and to the challenge of the stars.

    Michael says: "Long winded and boring..."
    "20 hours of really dumb science ficition"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Boat of a Million Years?

    I can't start to tell you how bad this book is. Immortals eventually deciding to leave Earth for another star system. It was just as bad as Highlander 2 except the Immortals were not out to kill each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3631)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1604)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Interesting but this book was far too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Einstein?

    The book was far too long and very repetitive. It could have been shorter and much more to the point.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crashlander

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of the most popular characters in Known Space. Now, for the first time ever, Larry Niven brings together all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories - including a brand-new one - in one long tale of exploration and adventure! Plus - an all-new framing story that pulls together all of Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and allows Shaeffer and his family to make a clean start at life once and for all!

    C. Hale says: "Great Story, Stilted Performance."
    "Boring and out of date"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I used to love Larry Niven books but have come to realize that Niven is woefully out of date and and out of touch with reality.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Prince’s performances?

    Sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hull Zero Three

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination — unknown. Its purpose — a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home — a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms — he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

    A. Alegria says: "very good sci fi thriller"
    "Save your money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book should not be read by anybody. Greg Bear needs to take a basic college level English class.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

    No, Greg Bear' sentences tend to be fragmentary and lack complexity.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was alright. The performance was not fantastic but it was not under whelming either.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Most of the characters in this book are clueless but then magically gain insight into their predicament.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted this book to be much better but it just did not measure up to any real writing standards. The main character would not know what certain words meant and then he would go on to describe their meaning. There was not enough of a back story and I did not care anything for the characters. To be fair they were expendable clones that had been created thousands of times and were on a repeating cycle of death and not understanding what they were doing.

    I stopped listening to the book half way though. It was boring beyond belief.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faint Echoes, Distant Stars: The Science and Politics of Finding Life Beyond Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    An extraterrestrial colony, in some form, may already exist, just awaiting discovery. But the greatest impediment to such an important scientific discovery may not be technological, but political. No scientific endeavor can be launched without a budget, and matters of money are within the arena of politicians. Dr. Ben Bova explores some of the key players and the arguments waged in a debate of both scientific and cultural priorities.

    Miskatonic says: "Good info but out of date."
    "Good info but out of date."
    Overall

    The first few chapters of this book provide some basic science. Mostly it is stuff that one would learn in a first year community college class. This book deals primarily with the politics of 2003. It is woefully out of date with current policies, politics, funding, and discoveries.

    The book is well written and well read. If you want to know the basics behind a SETI project I do suggest you read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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