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S. Wilson

Wheeling WV
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  • The Case for Mars

  • The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must
  • By: Robert Zubrin, Richard Wagner, Arthur C. Clarke - Foreword
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream - the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit. Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with engaging anecdotes. The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Michael D. Busch on 04-16-18

Good story, but the narrating...

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I liked the story (sometimes the conclusions were jumped to a bit fast and without being fully substantiated, however).

The narrator was hard to listen to, especially at first. He almost sounds like he's talking with the back of his throat. Its strange and was pretty distracting. I almost considered not listening to it anymore after about 30 minutes but hung around. He says the word 'Mars' in a bizarre way too which... well is a word used frequently throughout the book.

  • Truth, Lies, and O-Rings

  • Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
  • By: Allan J. McDonald, James R. Hansen - contributor
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

On a cold January morning in 1986, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Challenger, despite warnings against doing so by many individuals including Allan McDonald. The fiery destruction of Challenger on live television moments after launch remains an indelible image in the nation's collective memory. In Truth, Lies, and O-Rings, McDonald, a skilled engineer and executive, relives the tragedy from where he stood at Launch Control Center. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great look into what happened

  • By Daniel L Carmony on 08-16-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Im an aerospace engineer and was really impressed with the technical detail of this book. Its also a great story about how "go-fever" can often lead to critical oversights. Would recommend for anyone interested in either space or history.

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