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John

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  • Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferris
    • Narrated By Timothy Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Anyone can get started in astronomy, just by going outside on a dark night with a star chart and learning their way around. Timothy Ferris tells us what's been seen out there - the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy, the Virgo supercluster, and how to find them.

    Gary says: "About astronomy as well as astronomers"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    Seeing in the Dark has a sprinkling of magic dust for me. I can listen to it again and again and never get tired of the places it takes me. The narrator (and author) has a soothing and kindly voice that immediately puts me in the perfect frame of mind to listen.

    For anyone with an interest in Astronomy and/or observing through a telescope it is a joy to listen to. I bought this book soon after buying a telescope a year ago. It has kept me company in my journey through the amazing moments, and given me the inspiration to carry on during the times of frustration at telescope failures, bad weather, light pollution and dewey optics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tying Down the Wind: Adventures in the Worst Weather on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric Pinder
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Where can you find the worst weather on earth? The surprising answer in Tying Down the Wind is: everywhere. Eric Pinder invites you to experience the excitement of the world's worst weather in the comfort of your own home.

    Gregory A. Tucker says: "Too much poetry"
    "Enchanting"
    Overall

    Poetry can be a wonderful thing. This is not a textbook of meteorology. It's the poetry of weather.

    If you're looking for the best ratio of fact per dollar this is not the book for you. If you'd like to hear about storms on mountain peaks, the majestic dance of clouds, the people who's lives were in some way changed by their encounter with the forces of weather.. from folklore and fable to software and radar, this could be the book for you.

    Tying Down the Wind is the sort of book that takes you on a journey. Similar to Carl Sagan's Cosmos in some respects, it reminds us of the beautiful, lonely and epic forces of nature that are all around us. Sit back and let it carry you away on the wind..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer. However, Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. Across the oceans of the world, the pirate hunter, Kidd, pursued the pirate, Culliford. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure. The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a page-turner.

    Karen says: "Aaaargh Matey, Listen to this tale!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    There are three reasons to rate this book 5 stars. The first is the narrator. The book is read to us with professionalism and aplomb. I wish every audio book could be read by this guy. Secondly it's a fascinating story that leaves you caring deeply about it's anti hero. Thirdly, it gives a feel for a seafarer's life 300 years ago.

    As the book draws to it's conclusion, after many hours of rich story telling, you cannot help be sad. Every great adventure must come to an end, and this is indeed a great story!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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