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Thomas

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Plano, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

    D. ABIGT says: "Too simplistic for most people."
    "Stephen Hawking - what more is there to say?"
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    Being a studying theoretical physicist, I can respect Hawking's views greatly. In here, he does his best to summarize the Universe, and does so with flying colors, and in vivid detail. I would certainly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to discover the Universe and how it came to be. Hawking does so beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chris Impey
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    In this vibrant, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, Chris Impey guides us through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang. What if we could look into space and see not only our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past.

    Thomas says: "Impey, the story-teller"
    "Impey, the story-teller"
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    I have been listening to a lot of scientific audiobooks as soon as I joined Audible, but this one was different. Chris Impey does a fantastic job of setting up "short stories" in which he acts as a proton in the earliest time of the Universe, or jumps across multiple galaxies looking for planet Earth, or even simply to find his bearings.

    Impey does a marvelous job of explaining the Universe in simple terms, and he makes it relatable to the casual listener. I certainly enjoyed exploring the Universe through Impey.

    Please give this book a listen! I recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (414)

    Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    William says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    "Avoid the word "atheist""
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    Sam Harris has always been an idol of mine in terms of his secularism. In this book, he delves into the facts, and doesn't much delude with fiction, as religion apparently does.

    Harris explains what happens when you take any holy scripture literally. His focus is typically aimed at Christianity and Islam, but the critical thinking he uses can be applied to any and all religions. In the end, humanity's progression hinders on the supression or elimination of organized religion outright.

    If you are interested in a thought-provoking narration of Sam Harris' work, this is a good book to start with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (100)

    These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology will help listeners comprehend today's science news.

    Joshua says: "Everything I thought I knew, brilliantly told."
    "On the road to becoming scientifically literate"
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    Words cannot fully sum of the vast importance of this audiobook. In it is first explained why every single citizen should be scientifically literate. It is quite literally of paramount importance. I cannot sum it quite as well as the book elaborates.

    Additionally, I found out that I was not quite as literate as I had thought. I learned some new concepts, and at the end felt so much more enlightened by all this SCIENCE!

    As a scientist, books like this make me smile, not only because of the data and facts, but because of the noble attempt to teach the world the basics, and sum it all up in one book.

    Do not let this idea scare you, nothing is delved into in vast detail. This is an incredibly broad set of descriptions to bring you up to speed on basic science and how some things work. America's future depends on science, as well as every other technologically competant country!

    Listen now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (517)

    Kevin J. Anderson is the author of 27 national best sellers and several books in the popular Dune, Star Wars, and X-Files series. Forest of Stars is the second book in his acclaimed Saga of Seven Suns series, which begins with Hidden Empire.

    Trish says: "Terrific characters"
    "The Saga of Seven (very bright) Suns"
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    I've loved the Saga of Seven Suns since book 1. This one is no different. Guidall gives a magical performance, and the story pulls you in and keeps you wanting more by the time it is over. I remember yelling "No!" in my car when the conclusion script started playing. Luckily, I believe there are 5 more books left, so I will be OK for a while.

    Start at book 1!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (316)

    One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. In Physics of the Impossible, the renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future.

    Kurt says: "Inspired"
    "Kaku the Optimist!"
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    I've always loved Michio Kaku's writings. He is such an optimist when it comes to humanity's future, but he isn't afraid to also spell out what is physically impossible. That is what this book does. He divides up levels of impossibility, based on an understanding of what future technologies could - and probably will - bring. In this he discussed abstract functions like time traveling and warping spacetime.

    All in all, if you are a curious scientist, an interested science enthusiast, or even just someone questioning our future, give this audiobook a listen. I certainly would recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

    Ginger says: "Very Very good"
    "Caution - Fundamentals first!"
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    All I must say before I continue is that this is, in my opinion, a bit of intermediate book. Myself, being at or above this level, will continue with my review.

    Brian Greene, a pioneer on the road to figuring out the insanely complex String Theory (or M Theory, rather), describes the issues as current, and on the horizon. Indeed he also sets the stage by explaining what was discovered to have led to our current level of understanding. Doesn't misunderstand me, Greene does a great job at relating String Theory to the audience, but String Theory is a bit too complex to explain simply. Anyone else thinking of Einstein's quote right now?

    "If you cannot explain something simply, you do not fully understand it."

    Being that String Theory's complex and can (probably) never be proven as valid, we can safely say no one understands it. We barely conquered (if that is even an appropriate use of the word) quantum mechanics. String Theory is a bit immature, but Brian Greene does a great job at getting our feet wet and explaining the difficulties behind the formulation of a such a complex and unifying theory of everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (716)

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "Something far from Nothing!"
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    Lawrence Krauss sums up the Universe in fantastic ways. Krauss has a slightly comedic way of intelligibly relating events of the Universe to events you can relate with. The reason why the Universe is to hard to understand is because it constantly takes in phenomena that we can not possibly relate to here on Earth. Krauss does his best to bridge this gap, and in my opinion succeeds fabulous. Give this audiobook a listen if you have an interest (or questions) about the Universe.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Horizon Storms: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (459)

    Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers in the world. He is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 11 million copies of his books in print. Now the epic saga he began with Hidden Empire continues in this breathtaking novel.

    MS says: "Great Writing"
    "It is hard to abandon the Saga"
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    George Guidall was made for this series. He is the most appropriate narrator for the Saga of the Seven Suns altogether, and I have zero complaints about his performance(s).

    As for the Saga itself, it is hard to abandon. I typically make it a habit to switch between two titles in my library so that I don't overindulge myself with one topic (audiobook) for too long or too consecutively, but this one I had to make an exception. I listened to it from start to finish. Not in one sitting of course, but I could not switch back and forth. I had to hear what was around the corner and how everything would develop. I also found myself forging internal bets on what would happen next. Always surprising!

    Definitely recommended! (But start at Book 1)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (373)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "Another great tale in The Saga of Seven Suns"
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    David Colacci is probably the only reason I didn't give five stars in the performance ratings. He is not necessarily a bad narrator, but following from the previous narrator for the previous three installments of the saga was a bit rough for me. He pronounced character names and words a bit differently, but overall it was not a bad listen.

    In regards to the story, Kevin J Anderson does not disappoint. He makes it a habit not to focus on the interest or the complexity of this future-day technology, but rather focuses on the character development and the story in great detail. This story feels like it is told from the inside out, rather than a distant observer recounting events.

    I would certainly recommend this specific audiobook, but I would urge you to start from the beginning, or you will miss quite a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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