John Wenzelburger

Charlotte NC
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  • Farside

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 343

Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not super impressed to be honest

  • By Gordon on 06-12-13

not up to Ben Bova's normal standard of writing

4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-13

What did you love best about Farside?

The story plot was good somewhat unusual story excellent performance

Has Farside turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I like this kind of story

Which scene was your favorite?

none really

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no was glad when it was over

Any additional comments?

This is NOT Ben Bova's typical writing I have a feeling he wrote it when he was 15 and just published it without rereading it . The story is good but the huge plot holes and just poor writing spoil the book. there are things that just do not make sense he puts things out that don't make sense and later in the book makes some poor expiation about them. like he was too lazy to go back and fix the original writing. An example of a plot hole. There was a "nano" hole in an air lock that depressurized a compartment that was at least a hundred meters wide come on !! Even normal leakage would be more then that . a nano hole would not even be noticed. If this was the only example I could could ignore it, but sadly its not.

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  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,098

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

One of the best books I have heard

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommend this book to several people I really enjoyed the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cryptonomicon?

There were several great parts some laugh out loud funny some gruesome some fascinating.
One of more interesting thing is the book was not written that long ago but shows its age in the technology depicted. sometimes you just don't notice how fast things are changing.
but that's not a problem at all with the book being enjoyable.

Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never heard a book narrated by William Dufris before but I will look for his name he did a wonderful job with this book. I still wonder how people like him do this .

Any additional comments?

there are parts of the book with some of what I would call plot holes or things that just don't ring true, but they are minor and don't detract from the book. If you are at all interested in computers Cripto WWII or just want a great book to read I strongly recommend this book.