Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.
Imagine one author managed to integrate elements of Heinlein's Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Card's Homecoming Saga, and Asimov's Positronic Man, and still create a rich and original tapestry. That is what this the concluding chapter of the Bobiverse series manages to do in spades. If you are a die hard scifi fan of both social science fiction and hard science fiction than you have the opportunity to travel down memory lane to a new destination. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY
Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union...but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his peoples' war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation come Dr. Katherine Pulaski - visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis - and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence.
As both an audiobook fan and a DS9 fan, it has been a long dry time since the last these two world have come together so brilliantly. Una McCormack has allowed use to see a world with a checkered past and a bright future. There are sure to be parallels drawn to the post-war reconstruction of West Germany or Japan, as those nations struggled to come to terms with their past crimes at the same time Elim Garak and Dr. Pulaski manage to both evolve and remain true to their established selves. Plus, not to give too much away, to hear well placed reference Douglas Adams is worth the three or four audible credits alone. If you love DS9, this is a must listen! - AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY
Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.
I have to admit, I bought this book when it was at a reduced price, but wow what a listen. It is utterly enjoyable. Kirby Heyborne's delivery is perfect for the main characters, as well as the others. In fact, the voice of one character, Gideon, is so different I thought they might have brought in another actor, just for that.
Back to the story. Yes, certain elements of this book's setting feels like a PG-13 Laurell K Hamilton book, but other aspects are wonderfully original. On top of that the perspective and humor are fantastic.
The second in the series, Undeath and Taxes, is also brilliant and a credit to both the author and the narrator. I have to admit, I looking forward to the third of this series a little more than I am looking forward to George R.R. Martin's Winds of Winter.
In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.
This book deserves praise on many fronts. From validating the existence of overachieving, fantasy-loving, game-playing, geeks of both genders. She presents her history, quirks and all.
Though not a focus of the book, Ms. Day's honesty about her struggles with depression is perhaps the most praiseworthy aspect of the book in my opinion. She frankly compares the reception of people to the news of her physical ailments to the reception of news of her psychological depression and anxiety challenges. She states that no one would consider a thyroid problem a personal shortcoming, but a psychological challenge like depression and anxiety are treated as such. These are condition, not moral failings or character flaws. This kind of fearless honesty is a rare and wonderful thing and deserves respect.
In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.
I was first introduced to this book in an anthropology class named Science Fiction and Social value. The instructor pointed out numerous aspects of the book, from it being written literally with a Russian accent, often dropping articles, to the range of emotions. Lloyd James does an outstanding job of providing the proper emotion and inflection to make this audiobook a truly compelling experience. I have to admit, it was among my first purchases when I joined Audible years ago and I listen to it at least once a year.
First of all, let me ask you a few questions... do you wish you could be more productive? Are there times when you struggle to find the motivation to get work done? Do you find yourself tired and lacking energy? Do you ever notice those guys getting ahead in life, and wonder how they do it? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions then Modafinil: The Real Limitless NZT-48 Drug is a must listen!
The book is brief and factual, but fails to provide its biggest promise. Both the Kindle and Audible versions of this book promises, "As a treat, you the reader will be given information about where you can safely and legally acquire Modafinil with more affordable prices (See 'Modafinil Vendors')." This is the last sentence in the early section entitled, "Is it Mere Fantasy or Scientific Reality?"
If the book had kept this promise, this review would have been four or five stars, but after listening to the entire book and then using the search function in my Amazon Fire's Kindle app, the only place the word "vendor" appears in the entire book is this erroneous promise.
That said, the book supplies good information, including statistics on side effect and details about responsible usage, but it falls short of being a great resource.
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Things go very wrong when Tony Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner begin work on a global peacekeeping system, putting Earth's mightiest heroes - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye - to the ultimate test. The evil Ultron threatens the fate of humankind, and it is up to the Avengers to stop his terrible plans. Uneasy friendships and unexpected action make for one exciting, epic adventure.
This audiobook is less a spoiler than a narrative appetizer. The action discussed stops at a point that feels as if it is at a half way or at a three quarters point. The story is intriguing and offers a lot of insight.
Begin a Junior Novel, its tone is one of a cliff notes summary and its missing the sparkling dialogue that Joss Whedon is known for the world over.
The three stars for performance is not Tom Taylorson's fault. This work screams out for a full cast production and the decision to handle this material as a single voice narration is not a wise one.
When Jim Collins coined the term "Level 5 Leadership" in his book Good to Great, little did he know he would inspire a generation to become servant leaders. Do you wish you were in leadership? Are you frustrated with being in leadership? Do you wonder why leadership sucks? You are not alone. Why does leadership suck? It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here.
Stan Lee is often credited with the statement, “With great power comes great responsibility.” “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” said Shakespeare in Henry IV Part II. Either statement is perhaps an apt synopsis of the book, “Why Leadership Sucks: The Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership.” The book does an excellent job of detailing the price, the frustrations, the rewards, and the responsibilities that go with leadership.
Far from an aggressive battle cry, the author creates a thoughtful portrait of what it truly takes to be a leader and why the big corner office may in fact be the last place you want to be. He also paints an honest picture of the rewards of leadership as he interweaves the key suggestions of numerous other popular-press management books and adds insights based upon Christian theology. To his credit, the author takes pains to carefully cite his source material, and near the end of the book he even lists his sources and suggests additional readings.
Some might be tempted to criticize this eclecticism of influences as derivative. However, here the combination works. Plus, in only a little over four and a half hours, you can gain the key insights of more than 30 hours of books. I know. I’ve listened to or read the majority of his source material previously.
Appropriate to the tone of the material, the author/narrator does not employ a forceful motivational speaker tone. This is not to say he will put you to sleep, but this is not the audiobook to keep you pumped up for a long drive.
All in all, this audiobook is a good choice for the aspiring executive, or the proven one, looking for an efficient way to gain the key insights of much of the current popular-press management literature. It’s worth the time.
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This thrilling exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. Fraud, suppressing evidence, and unethical or reckless PR games are sometimes necessary to bring the best and most brilliant discoveries to the world's attention. Inspiration can come from the most unorthodox of places, and Brooks introduces us to Nobel laureates who get their ideas through drugs, dreams, and hallucinations. .
Okay, this book is all about the airs that science has put on since WWII. True, these airs have serve to put science on a pedestal and potentially highten its credibility, but it has been at the expense of its applicability.
Divulging and presenting the irregularities and controversies of science serves to both humanize the field and reveal that far from a preserve of esoteric knowledge. Science, regardless of its presence in academia or industry, is just as competitive as any other field of endeavor.
The stories are compelling, the performance is strong, and the message is clear. Science can no longer play it safe. Its future, and the future for all of us, depends on taking chances.
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Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find. This exceptional volume explains what stands between you and fulfilling long-term research career. Bringing the key survival skills into focus, A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! proposes a rational approach to establishing yourself as a scientist.
Would you listen to A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! again? Why?
YES, the details pertaining to career planning and presentation issues are worth it. True, not everything espoused here applies to all disciplines equally, but most of it does.
If you are thinking or pursuing a doctorate, it's worth listening.
If you are currently going through a doctorate program, it's worth listening.
If you are science or engineering doctor and trying to decide whether to stay in academia or jump into industry, it's worth listening, but keep in mind the advice given here is not necessarily universally applicable.
That said, two out of three ain't bad.
What did you like best about this story?
This book is great as far as a guide for pursuing a doctorate in the sciences or engineering. It is also great as far as planning your career after you have reached this goal. As a person pursuing a PhD in marketing a great deal of this advice is confirmed by others sources and my advisors.
What does Peter J. Feibelman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Okay, the author is not on the level of a Simon Jones or Edward Hermann, but his delivery actually adds to the credibility of the piece. You know you are hearing the truth straight from the source. Plus, by the author reading it, you really gain insight into what is important to him, through his use of tonal emphasis and pauses.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This is not a one-sitting book. If it was that short then it really would not even come close to covering the subject. However, even if it were that short, the material actually lends itself to stopping and really contemplating what has been said. This is important stuff. You need to think about it as you go and re-listen to sections occasionally. It's that good.
Any additional comments?
There are some points of difference between the various disciplines, such as when or if to ever go outside of academia, but that also varies based upon the goals of the individual involved.
However, the stuff said pertaining to presentation and storytelling is universally true. For that alone this book is worth buying, recommending, and listening to three or four times at least.
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