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  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 570

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Men Who Saved 1968

  • By Gillian on 04-04-18

A rousing tale--even if you know how it ends

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Rocket Men to be better than the print version?

This is a terrific tale, whether you read it or listen to it. History has already told us how Apollo 8 fared, nevertheless the story has an edge-of-your-seat quality to the writing and the performance that makes this a terrific read. Even though you know how the mission ended, there were moments where you almost want to double-check the record just to be sure.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The crew of Apollo 8, of course. Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders had their own motivations for becoming astronauts, and they meshed well together as a crew, and in the midst of the Space Race. All of the figures in the book were compelling for their own reasons, but the trio going where no human had ever been were great to be with, if only for a short time.

What does Ray Porter and Robert Kurson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ray Porter does an excellent job teasing out the characters in the story, changing his voice to render Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, for example, satisfyingly close to their actual voices. Also, his rendering of Robert Kurson's written word made for a nice performance all around.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course it was! But, I parceled it out over a few days, as long as I could...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overwhelm Me

  • Callahan Series, Volume 1
  • By: A. C. Marchman
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Allie Marshall has dealt with a traumatic past that she desperately wants to keep buried. After moving to Atlanta to escape her old life and pursue her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant, with the help of her roommate, Livey, she's finally gotten her life back on track and will be graduating from Emory University with honors. When she meets Donovan Callahan - a sexy and wealthy doctor who Allie cannot resist... Their relationship starts off intense and full of passion. Donovan wants to give Allie the world. But she soon learns he was involved with Claire Dubois, a reality star convicted of murdering her husband.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, so it's just book one...stupid ending....

  • By John on 02-23-14

Ok, so it's just book one...stupid ending....

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Oh, Right now I can't write a good review...This just a stupid ending... I like happiness...

  • Shadow of the Silk Road

  • By: Colin Thubron
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • prose meets poetry

  • By Paul on 11-05-07

The narrator detracts from the material

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-09

His unfamiliarity with certain pronunciations extends to Taoism (pronounced "daoism") and bodhisattva, which is most assuredly NOT pronounced "bodhitsattva." Where the extra T comes from is anyone's guess! A most interesting book nonetheless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Happy Endings

  • The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch
  • By: Jim Norton
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to Audible® listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Uncensored

  • By christina onorio on 07-17-07

Relentlessly Honest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-08

The things you need to get past when it comes to Jim Norton and his humor are your own hangups. Yes, his humor is self-deprecating, yes he employs language some might consider offensive (I don't), but it is HONEST.

Just as in his stand-up act, and in his commentary on the Opie and Anthony show, he is relentlessly, bitingly and emphatically honest about himself, and does not suffer fools or the dishonest very well.

If you choose to get stuck on the hookers or the trannies or the language, it's your great loss.

Norton has a keen wit and is tremendously funny. For me, this book was a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to reading or hearing his next book.

  • The Forever War

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,962

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic.

  • By John on 09-24-08

A classic.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-08

The Forever War is science fiction at its best: A commentary on war cast in a science fiction motif.

Haldeman wrote this specifically as a reaction to the Vietnam War, of which he was a veteran. It is dated a bit, given that it posits the availability of collapsar jump technology in the 1990s, but that's just an interesting plot device, not the point of the book.

One reviewer suggests Starship Troopers as a better alternative. I strongly disagree and believe she has missed the point of The Forever War entirely. Starship Troopers is a lot more like Heinlein's version of Plato's Republic, especially clear if you've read his non-science fiction works. The Forever War is no such animal.

In short, I put The Forever War beside Stranger in a Strange Land and Foundation as the best examples of the science fiction genre and well worth your time to listen. Pure and simple.

62 of 64 people found this review helpful

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  • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator

  • By Julie on 03-24-08
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  • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller

I need to modify my review

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-08

Mr. Heller singlehandedly ruins this audiobook by drinking too close to the microphone, burping (don't do voice-overs and drink soda!)

This otherwise five-star book loses stars for this distraction.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful