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  • Failure Is Not an Option

  • Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
  • By: Gene Kranz
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story told beautifully.

  • By Albert Sjoberg (PA) on 06-05-15

out of this world!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I learned so much from this amazing story that is so important to our history.

  • What Einstein Told His Cook

  • Kitchen Science Explained
  • By: Robert L. Wolke
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301

Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science

  • By Theodore on 04-29-12

Great Science

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-17

The book is fun and interesting to read. Most of the science covered in this book is helpful in every day life. I will read it again.

  • The Generals

  • Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Celebrated historian Winston Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall - from the World War I battle that shaped them to their greatest achievement: leading the allies to victory in World War II.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new here

  • By Mike From Mesa on 01-13-16

Very good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-17

I learned so much from this text! Winston Groom has a wonderful ability to present history in a interesting way. I will definitely listen to this publication again.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,435
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,277

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

For once the nerd is a badass!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

It's a rare thing to find a glamorous underdog story where science & math are pervasive and essential at every event. A real inspiration for readers and great example to the inherent endurance mankind will take on both as an individual & mankind.

  • Viper Pilot

  • The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots
  • By: Dan Hampton
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY A Pilot Tells it Like it is!!

  • By aaron on 10-26-12

Great at 1.5 to 2.0 speed

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

You just can't listen to a dog fight play by play at normal speed. 2.0 seemed the max speed & "understandably" while listening, 1.7 was my average. A fantastic series of stories to enjoy while rocking the baby to sleep.

  • The Pentagon's Brain

  • An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. In the first-ever history of the organization, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain", from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expceted but thats not a bad thing

  • By dfcgts on 09-30-15

Simply great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-16

This book is packed with history, details of personal stories that bring the events to life, crammed with science fact, and concludes with astonishingly critical questions to ponder. I truly enjoyed every chapter.

  • That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles

  • 65 All New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • By: Joe Schwarcz
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from myth, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to color ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in water, lead in the environment, and aspartame in food are discussed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for getting to the point! Very insightful.

  • By Amy on 06-16-16

Great for getting to the point! Very insightful.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

This book is full of great stories that blend science, humor & history into one enjoyable chapter after another. Highly recommended for kids and adults with or without a formal education in science.

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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 3,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070

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

Very entertaining and informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I loved this book, and I am far from being an engineer! This book gave great information on the stories behind our military aircraft. It made me appreciate those great minds behind the scenes of our military.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful