What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
I was hoping for an entertaining, lay person's overview of quantum theory, the Standard Model, string theory, etc. This book doesn't even touch on astrophysics. There is a little discussion of dark matter and dark energy, but this book is more about the history of astronomy, how the planets were named, the relative prevalence of elements in the universe, how aliens might discover our radio transmissions, and other non-physics stuff.
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Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely. I love the concept of a bunch of college kids going back to medieval europe and trying to fit in. This is a great action/adventure/time travel story that is fast-plotted and somewhat unpredictable. The technology concept is cool too.
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For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.
What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?
Fast plotting, lots of twists, and cool use of
How could the performance have been better?
For the first time in years I had to turn off the ipod and buy a hard copy of the book so I could finish this great story. The narrator, Scott Brick, voiced all the characters with such a snarky, arrogant persona that it highly distracted from the plot. Sometimes I couldn't even follow the dialog because I was wondering why two characters would be talking to each other in such condescending tones.
I can't understand why this guy is such a popular narrator. I won't buy another audible title if he's doing the reading!
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The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.
I think these SmartPass guides to Shakespeare plays are excellent. I've listened to Hamlet and King Lear and am planning to listen to Henry V next. The actors who uniformly excellent and the sound quality is great, which is important when trying to understand early modern english poetry in a British accent on ear buds! Most importantly, the narrator/lecturer does an amazing guide summarizing the plot and delving into the themes of the play, the ambiguities, and how the play fits into the greater context of Shakespeare's works. These audiobooks are really well done, and they are perfect for a high school or undergrad student studying one of these plays for the first time. It would be great to listen while reading along from a text.
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Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.
This is my favorite Steinbeck book and I was thrilled to finally see it on Audible. Unfortunately this narrator's take on Steinbeck's writing felt too glib and casual to me, and also a little too childish. It would have been perfect for a Mark Twain novel, but this book would have benefited by a reader with a more serious and less lighthearted approach. But it's still a good listen and a great book.
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Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
If you liked Pillars of the Earth you will enjoy this book as much. It is very similar, following the love interests, political successes/failures, and career developments of a mix of inter-related characters of various social classes as they navigate through the WWI era. The mix of personal narrative and fascinating history makes for great entertainment. You get to enjoy a heavy does of political and military history along with your soap opera plot turns!
A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.
I am really enjoying this listen. About halfway into this book, I find it to be a compelling political intrigue / empire vs. rebels war novel more than a sword and sorcery fantasy story. The narrative and character development strategies are quite similar to GRR Martin, but the tone is less full of doom and foreboding ("winter is coming"!). So far this story could have been set in the Roman Empire, the Shogun era, or any traditional empire/vassal setting. There are hints of magical developments to come, but as yet it's all about humans killing other humans to gain or keep power. But it's well-plotted and fun to listen to.
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.
I've read and enjoyed every other Dan Brown book and was looking forward to this one. I have strong mixed feelings - the plot is enormously compelling. While the story is contrived and requires some strong suspension of disbelief, the result is really a great, fast-paced page turner. I am half-way through the book and will finish it in the next day or two because the mini-cliffhangers at the end of each small chapter are so addictive.
But like most addictions, this one feels unhealthy. I had to turn the book off numerous times because the dialog and narration were so terrible. I don't blame the narrator - Dan Brown's language gives him so little to work with. I don't expect Nabokov, but Brown's sentence structure and word rhythm, especially when heard aloud, is so graceless that it borders on ugly. Worse than that the author repeats distracting cliche phrases so often that after a while it sounds like a terrible running joke. For example, it sounds as if the editor and author are playing a game to see how many times they can hammer the phrase "stopped short" into the narration. These characters "stop short" on every other page of the book! It's amazing they get anywhere. I don't even know what that phrase means - does anyone use it in real life?
This book is like a super-sized order of french fries from McDonalds. You know they're not good for you and they don't even taste good going down, but for some reason you can't stop eating fry after fry till they're all gone. I'm going to listen to the ending now.
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Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.
This is the version to listen to - the narrator is one of the best I've ever heard, and I think the english in this translation is the perfect balance of 19th century formality with modern vocabulary and syntax. I read Anna Karenina years ago and loved it then. But listening to this is like discovering the novel all over again.
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It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.
This was a great listen - good characters, fast-paced plotting, and an interesting setting in WWII era Denmark. While the ending was definitely predictable, I didn't care. I enjoyed every minute.
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