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Skye Norton

Silver City, NM United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Toomey
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    In recent years, scientists have hypothesized life-forms that can only be called "weird": organisms that live off acid rather than water, microbes that thrive at temperatures and pressure levels so extreme that their cellular structures should break down, perhaps even organisms that reproduce without DNA. Some of these strange life-forms, unrelated to all life we know, might be nearby: on rock surfaces in the American southwest, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, or even in our own bodies. Some, stranger still, might live in Martian permafrost, swim in the dark oceans of Jupiter's moons, or survive in the exotic ices on comets.

    Douglas says: "Very Interesting..."
    "Just Okay"
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    What did you like best about Weird Life? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the way in which the author explored the plausibility, or lack there of, for whether certain fictional "weird life" was plausible or not. I was pleasantly surprised to note that some of the literary references went back to the 1800's. I also appreciated the presentation of opposing views on different theories, as there was not a strongly evident (to me) bias. What I liked the least was the part of the discussion that was based on the theory of multiple universes and such, anything anyone can ever possibly imagine can and will exists in some parallel universe or another. So it makes the discussion of what can or cannot be a bit of a mute point. Oh and we are probably all computer simulations anyways... so...


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    I would say that, for the most part, the book was easy to follow along with. With that being said, I am a "lay" person interested in biology and at times I felt the depth to which certain scientific points were discussed could vary between too detailed and boring or not quite enough information to fully grasp the concepts being presented.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Could you see Weird Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    What???? This would not make for a good TV series or movie...


    Any additional comments?

    I did not care for the sound of the narrators voice. A bit too flat and lifeless.

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