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C. Levitan

Incline Village, NV United States
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  • Earth Unaware

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360

The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The beginning- or a plot filler

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-22-14

Sketchy science, no ending

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

First, the science was bad. Pre-formic, so Newtonian. Why do you have to stop to repair the outside of a spaceship? And all the stopping and starting, where do they get enough mass to do this? They have a gravity laser (that David Brin did much more imaginatively in Earth), but don’t explain. And nothing happens! All set-up! The earth-bound story, with Rackham, connected not at all! Herbert’s kid killed his franchise by explaining every bit of the past, now here too?

  • Star Trek: Prime Directive

  • By: Judith Reeves-Stevens, Garfield Reeves-Stevens
  • Narrated by: James Doohan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

James Kirk's failure to obey the Prime Directive has reduced a planet to a post-nuclear horrorscape...or is a far more sinister force at work? Featuring a dramatic reading by James Doohan, and enhanced with sound effects and an original score!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • lots of gaps

  • By anthony mariapain on 08-18-17

Big Star Trek story, not well condensed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-17

I read this story many years ago, and liked the character development, rich story line, and intricate plot. Well, it didn't translate into a 90 min script, and just lumped together a bunch of unlikely alien features that made an unremarkable story. The narration was great, though, Scotty (Doohan?).

  • Junkyard Planet

  • Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade
  • By: Adam Minter
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter - veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner - travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jet's worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Emotions

  • By Mark on 10-26-16

Fascinated by junk

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-16

The author is in love with scrap, from a long-life family connection. He writes a sympathetic yet critical critique of the business- if you don't want to export potential toxins, for example, maybe first don't buy so much new stuff. I was surprised how much exported junk is re-used (better than recycled)- either repaired, or parted out for valuable LCD's, chips, memory, etc. Also, how economics rules the flow and destiny of every gram of waste.

  • Into the Beautiful North

  • A Novel
  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left the family to work in the United States. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village - they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men - her own "Siete Magnificos"---to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The other side of the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-04-09

Sympathetic humorous epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-16

This beautiful performance of a great story will entice many re-reads. The town of Tres Camarones loses its men to El Norte, and the women seek their own Magnificent Seven, a la Kurosawa, to rescue them. From this improbable premise, a generous and sympathetic view of people experiencing newness, hostility, and foreign-ness.

  • The Emerald Mile

  • The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
  • By: Kevin Fedarko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!

  • By Mike on 04-11-15

Heroism meets hydrology

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-15

This great book recounts a heroic trip down the Colorado, and beautifully ties in history, geology, the construction of dams, storm dynamics, boats and their soul, and innovation (and mistakes) of the Bureau of Rec.

  • Fuzzy Nation Part 2

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Star Trek meets John Grisham

  • By C. Levitan on 02-08-15

Star Trek meets John Grisham

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-15

This fine page-turner is a foundation of the space-legal-procedural: LA Law goes to Pandora. Fun plot, no character development, fantastic narration.

  • WLT

  • A Radio Romance
  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In the spring of 1926, the Soderbjerg brothers, Ray and Roy, plunge into radio by founding Station WLT (With Lettuce and Tomato) in order to rescue their failing restaurant and become the Sandwich Kings of South Minneapolis. For the next 25 years, the "Friendly Neighbor" station produces a dazzling array of shows and stars: Dad Benson, Wingo Beals, Slim Graves and his Blue Movers, chain-smoking child star Little Becky, and household-tips maven Lucille Larson (who repeatedly broadcasts in her underwear).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny!

  • By Steve on 10-30-04

Not Lake Woebegone!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-15

WLT is Keillor's best work. It's got great story structure, fantastic characters and character development, hilarious language, and quirky atmosphere.

  • That Old Ace in the Hole

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Arliss Howard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Strikingly original and intimate, That Old Ace in the Hole tracks the vast waves of change that have shaped the American landscape and character in the past century. In Bob Dollar, Proulx (The Shipping News) has created one of the most irresistible characters in contemporary fiction. "It's like seeing a painting up close and magnified," says Publishers Weekly, "with each tiny brush stroke lovingly emphasized."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful characters and a Message, too

  • By Mark on 03-13-03

Beautiful regional coming-of-age story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Would you listen to That Old Ace in the Hole again? Why?

This great story recounts Bob Dollar's trying to set up hog farms in the Panhandle, a job he loathes for a goal he hates, against people he respects. The story is a little like 'Shipping News', a lost man who saves himself, helped by the community and the land.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration of this story was great, with perfect voices for each character.

  • The Alchemy of Air

  • A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By sarah on 07-31-11

The most important element on earth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-11

This book is a riviting story of, well, nitrogen. It's also a story of famine and war, since nitrogen's main industrial uses are fertilizer and gunpowder. I'll never read history the same, knowing that Europe, in the 1700's, and China, in the 1960's were both in famine, both relieved by fertilizer. It's amazing to plot the path from ship-to-ship barrages in the Napoleonic wars back to guano deposits in then-Bolivia, and before that, to compost trenches required on every British farm.
Poor Haber is as sad a bit of humanity as you can imagine. His effort to end hunger drove German into two wars, his effort to end all wars created poison gas, and his efforts at insecticide ended up gassing Jews. The only rough part of the book was the sweeping, brief summary of nitrogen in today's world.

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  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,545

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst book I've bought.

  • By Gary on 01-06-12

Beautiful story, moving narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-09

This is two stories, a challenged man in his 20's, and the same man challenged at 90 (or 93, what year is this?), each leading with humor and fantastic suspence to an inevitable disaster, or, well, jeeze, just listen to the story! You'll respect elephants so much more afterwards.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful