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  • The Space Barons

  • By: Christian Davenport
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons - most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen - are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel and send humans even further than NASA has gone. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredible Modern Story Well Told

  • By Greg on 04-06-18

Exciting. Humans cooperating & competing to space

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I had read a biography of Elon Musk, and found it gave me hope for the future of humanity. But the other personalities and companies developing space vehicles were not known to me. Especially Blue Origin. Richard Branson, of course, had been in the news, but the history of the the company he was affiliated with was sparse. And, living in an area with aerospace companies, this book seemed to be a good way to get up-to-speed.

What an enjoyable read of the American efforts to reach space. The narration was excellent, the story well told.

This book would likely be enjoyed by many people who work for any of the companies involved in building aircraft of any kind. Many companies are mentioned, if only to show how the competition worked against or with each other. But, overall, the book did not give me a negative feeling. When it ended, I felt pride in how America is a country of innovators, explorers, inventors, and even scientific wizards.

We live in an exciting and historic time.

  • The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.3

  • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Claire Benedict, full cast, Nadine Marshall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Another seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas, written and adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own best-selling series. A third outstanding collection of stories featuring Botswana’s only female private detective agency, run by the irrepressible Precious Ramotswe. Based on the hugely popular novels and brought to life with music and full casts, these evocative productions return us to Botswana, where Precious has more mysteries to solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable full cast drama based on the books

  • By Diana on 09-16-18

Very enjoyable full cast drama based on the books

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I love this book series, and this full cast drama based on the various story lines in the books is a real treat.

The actors really make the series come to life just using their voices and someone is very talented with the background sound effects.

Of course, these short stories based on the books will not have all the details in the books, but it's a lot of fun to hear the events play out. I remember extra details from the books as the events unfold. It's a lot of fun for me.

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,390

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Positive energy & attitude results from listening

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

What an inspiring story and speaker. Just listening to Mike Massimino's voice energized me and gave me a fresh perspective.

There are books that I wish young people who are on the verge of entering the responsibilities of adulthood would listen to. This is one such book. I'm certain this book has made a difference in the lives of people who have heard it. For the better.

And, it is a fun listen too.

  • Orbital

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

For astronaut David Dixon, sneaking aboard a Russian space station and stealing a nuclear bomb was the easy part - now he has to survive re-entry on an untested inflatable heat shield and then deal with the aftermath of being the most wanted man on Earth. When a clandestine intelligence agency offers David the chance to return to space and probably not get killed - he finds himself in a world of intrigue when a secret mission takes an unexpected turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Sequel that continues the series

  • By T. Bennett on 07-16-17

The rest of Book 1 begins Book 2 - annoying trick!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Still annoyed that the author/publisher chose to leave Book 1 unfinished, forcing the listener to buy Book 2 to finish Book 1.

Simply unethical and greedy decision by the author / publisher.

I won't buy another book from Andrew Mayne in the future.

This second book wasn't that great either. Once Book 1's ending was done, the character's story resumed after some weeks rest and went off on a different story line. The story line dragged a bit and I was tempted to return the book but hung in there.

This book is a bit "cheesy" and over-the-top with Macgyver-ish solutions. The writing lacks sophistication and depth and layers, so I'd put this at Young Adult level.

And, that's it for this unethical sales-ploy-using author/publisher. This is great for people who like to use 2 credits to finish one book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Station Breaker

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

Astronaut David Dixon's first mission to space goes horribly awry when a gunfight breaks out on a Russian space station. He finds himself making an emergency landing from orbit and becomes the most wanted man on Earth. Desperate to unravel the plot he's found himself in, he takes his pursuers on a wild chase from space to the backstreets of Rio and beyond. Dixon's survival relies on his skills as a pilot and willingness to do whatever it takes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but frustrating

  • By Fred G. on 12-21-17

Bad move by author-cliff hanger-ends in Book 2

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I had already bought Book 2 before reaching the ending of Book 1. But Book 1 ends in a cliff-hanger and the resolution to the story is in the next book.

This is great for the author to make more money. But unethical.

I had enjoyed the story until I reached the "ending" which wasn't an end to the book. So, I would have given the author a 5 for the story. But since THE STORY ISN"T FINISHED I am knocking it down to a 1.

I'm going to try to remember this author's name and never buy another book from him in the future.

If you feel you got cheated by this book, try the collection of books by J.S. Morin - Galaxy Outlaws books 1 - 16.5 where you get 85 hours of really good writing for 1 credit instead of having to use 2 credits to read one book by Andrew Mayne, who forces a reader to buy Book 2 to finish the story in Book 1

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe

  • One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,526

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays

  • By OpenMindedNotCredulous on 11-17-13

Very enjoyable autobiography -loved the vocabulary

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This was a fun listen. As a person who has read a lot all my life I have censored my speech since childhood - cutting out "big words" that were naturally in my head to "plain words" that would not make me sound pretentious. This resulted in a slight stutter in my speech in my youth as I changed my words before they came out of my mouth. This book was very delightful for me because Nick Offerman went ahead and used the "big words" sentence after sentence - and delivered them sometimes in a droll way that gave them a bit of kick too.

We haven't watched TV for years now and I've never watched Parks and Recreation, nor some of the other shows mentioned in this book, but the autobiography was still enjoyable. I loved how other books were referenced or recommended inside this book.

The language, sexuality, and general grittiness was a bit over the top for me. Oh well.

It was entertaining, a bit enlightening, and a peek into what makes a person unique and successful and happy.

  • Jesus and the Essenes

  • By: Dolores Cannon
  • Narrated by: Carol Morrison, Saundra Kaye, Ted Snow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

This extraordinary document represents a new form of historical research and straightens out many open questions and misinterpretations. It takes the form of direct dialogues between a modern researcher and a member of the Qumran Essene community. Alive around the time of Christ, this community has become the focus of ideas about the connection of Jesus' teachings to earlier traditions. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content. TERRIBLE Narrator

  • By globe drifter on 09-04-18

Again? BAD NARRATION - distracting Southern accent

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This book is a fantastic work by Dolores Cannon and deserves Professional Narration. Checking the narrator names, I see why the same problem with the narration of Between Life and Death has cropped up again. Really, it is very distracting to have the very Southern voice of the male narrator portraying the Teacher of the Essenes. So distracting that it pulls me out of the book and back into the present - at times I shake my head and laugh at the jarring wake-up.

This medium-to-high pitched male Southern voice lacks the scholarly gravitas that would be associated with the words spoken by this teacher of old, and is more like . . . some stereotype voice associated with the name "Bubba." Unfortunately, I see that the male narrator is also listed as "Publisher" so I fear more of Dolores Cannon's works might feature this distracting narrator. Oh well.

The book is fantastic. I love audio books. I don't know why a more professional presentation of Dolores Cannon's very important work isn't done.

Some years ago John Wayne played the role of Genghis Khan in a movie. It was bad casting and didn't work. The whole point of an audio book is to narrate a book for a listener's enjoyment of the author's work. The wrong casting can ruin an author's work. Finding the right voices, with the skill set to enunciate, correctly pronounce words, to pause and emote, or even to change voice portrayals to define and differentiate characters within a book is part of creating an audio book. This is the fourth Dolores Cannon book converted to audio book and there is a learning curve happening. Get professional narrators. Please.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Millennial Hospitality

  • By: Charles James Hall
  • Narrated by: Charles J Hall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Millennial Hospitality is not like any other audiobook you may have heard about aliens. You will find out many new things such as the answer to the question, "Where do the children of aliens play?" This audiobook is about friendship, romance, and terror and is based on the true life experiences of the author, who claims he is not an alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling

  • By GingerBredBeardo on 06-28-18

I really really want to hear this story but . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

. . . it is a struggle. The writing is not professional and the narration is not professional. I give a lot of leeway to people who write their own stories. And, it is expensive to hire a professional narrator, so I am very appreciative of a person who will narrate their own book in order to get their story out. I have not hesitated to return audio books before because I didn't like the writing or the narration. This book, however, has been a real struggle for me.

The information I am interested in is interspersed within writing that really needed a professional writer's editing. The narration is a reading of the book, without the pauses and inflections a professional narrator would use. I love the convenience of audio books, but will instead switch to the kindle version of these 5 books. I won't return this audio book, the first in the series, but will return the second book which I've already purchased but haven't listened to. I don't think I will finish listening to this first book, but will switch to the kindle version instead.

I very much appreciate the author sharing his experiences and thoughts, the novel format makes it hard to tell what is true, but from reading book blurbs and reviews, it appears that the third book will revisit these stories but in a non-fiction form.

Autobiographies are valuable, and fallible, and this UFO topic is of interest to me. I appreciate very much the author's work. This has been a dilemma for me - while I want to learn what the author has to say - the audio version has been hard to enjoy - due to the combination of both the writing style and narration style - and I find myself going to other books to avoid going back to this audio book. I will buy the kindle books instead.

  • Antarctica's Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs

  • Secret Space Programs Series, Book 3
  • By: Michael Salla
  • Narrated by: Michael Salla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In 1955, as a result of a secret agreement reached between the Eisenhower Administration and a German breakaway group in Antarctica, a transnational corporate space program began to emerge. The secret infusion of personnel and resources from US military contractors into Antarctica allowed this transnational corporate program to steadily grow into a major space power, which would eventually surpass and eclipse the secret space programs run by the US Navy, Air Force, and the classified space programs of other nations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Researched history with whistleblower information

  • By Diana on 08-03-18

Researched history with whistleblower information

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Chaff or wheat? It's hard to know. History can be researched through documents (unless some of the info is planted) Whistleblower information can be somewhat verified, but not entirely.

The book is fascinating, the history is what has been hidden from the public, but is revealed through documents and combing through books and events. The history is an entirely different take on events and is unsettling.

The whistleblower information - what if it was only partially true? It would still be shattering to what most people believe our world is about.

The book is fascinating. It tells an amazing story. Parts of it made me a bit fearful and a lot angry. There's a possibility that many people are being treated cruelly and that was a part of the book that made me hope the author is wrong.

I had bought the hard copy of the book, and it was in a stack of "books to be read" - but it's a lot easier to listen to an audio book than to find time to sit down and hold a real book. So I got this audio book version too. WIth all the historic details, and references to other books and authors, I am glad to also have the hardcopy for quick reference.

The author's narration is fine. I am guessing Australian? with a lot of time in the United States maybe? The pronunciation of some words is not the "American" version, but that's fine by me. I saw another review complaining about pronunciation - people from other countries pronounce words their own way. It's not a problem for most people..

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Platoon F: Big Ass Bundle (Platoon F eBook Bundle 3)

  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: John P. Logsdon
  • Length: 35 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Lieutenant Orion Murphy is facing execution due to a military mistake, but he's offered a deal that will allow him to live. He must go through a physical transformation, take on the new name of Don Harr, and agree to lead a crew of misfits known as Platoon F. Over the course of nine missions, Captain Harr slowly begins to understand what the 'F' in 'Platoon F' truly means. Jump in today and grab nine missions (plus the bonus) that will seriously push the boundaries of insanity, absurdity, and reality. If you're looking for laughs, you'll find them in Platoon F! 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny... but not to me.

  • By Oma on 08-21-18

Probably very funny for a teenage boy - but not me

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I love Science Fiction and Comedy. But this kind of comedy is not it. If I was a teenage boy it would be funny. I'm not. It isn't.

The narration was okay.

Returning this. Wish I hadn't eaten up my internet GBs downloading this.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful