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- A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
- By: Scott Kelly
- Narrated by: Scott Kelly
- Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.
Well told, in depth account of life on the ISS
- By Lili on 11-16-17
An incredible feat, in his own voice
The story itself is interesting to those like me who have had a fascination with space and astronauts since the days of Gemini. While today we take space flight for granted and casually discuss going to Mars, Scott Walker brings new insights into the difficulties of working just a few hundred miles let alone millions of miles for years on end. Not just technical but physical, biological and emotional difficulties of human long term space flight. Well described and well read. Scott has the clipped crisp style you’d expect of a NASA veteran, which adds to the book by turning it into a first person story.
The Path Between the Seas
- The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
- By: David McCullough
- Narrated by: Nelson Runger
- Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.
Amazing accomplishment in history
- By HEIDI GOMEZ on 04-27-16
Not McCullough's best and reader was draggy
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The story is interesting, but unlike the Brooklyn Bridge, the back story was not as interesting and McCullough went into long passages of tangential material. I'm a big McCullough fan but this was longer than necessary. And it was made all the worse by a reader who was so painfully slow, you could nap between his sentences. It was like listing to a 45RPM recording at 33. It was 31 hours worth of listing that could have been done in 2/3 the time if the reader had picked up the pace. It was so draggy my mind would wander between passages.
What didn’t you like about Nelson Runger’s performance?
His slow pace was a terrible distraction.
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