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  • Skunk Works

  • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
  • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,121

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice work for a techie or aero interested

  • By Nar on 09-19-15

Amazing book.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Excellent book, phenomenal insight on the history of defense procurement, management, project management and filled with phenomenal anecdotes.

The performance was also one of the best I've heard in many dozens of audiobooks.

  • The First Tycoon

  • The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • By: T.J. Stiles
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 28 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great! If you can get through it...

  • By john on 08-08-10

Masterfully researched

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Quotes all over book say it all. Narrator was excellent, properly affecting different tones to delineate direct quotations

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,533
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,371

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Was a very good book. Easy to follow, a level of scientific detail amenable to all audiences & totally great to breed interest in younger readers!