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Troy L. Hester

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  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, comforting book on moon exploration

  • By Mark on 06-17-16

Difficult balance between politics and technology.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

If you are mostly a fan of technology and science, the early parts of this book will frustrate you. The author focuses sharply on the personalities and politics of the early Astronaut corps. Patient readers will eventually be rewarded with some insider details of the science, technology, and grand adventure of the Apollo program.

  • Blockchain Revolution

  • How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
  • By: Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it's not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It's called the blockchain. The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation - powered by blockchain technology - is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent to start for non techies

  • By benedikt on 05-14-16

Heavy on Vision - Light on Details

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

This a good high-level treatment of the promise of block chain technology. It is a bit light on technical detail, but those would be likely to overwhelm. Also it seems a bit overly optimistic in the current political environment.

  • Moore's Law

  • The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary
  • By: Arnold Thackray, David Brock, Rachel Jones
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Our world today - from the phone in your pocket to the car that you drive, the allure of social media to the strategy of the Pentagon - has been shaped irrevocably by the technology of silicon transistors. Year after year, for half a century, these tiny switches have enabled ever-more startling capabilities. Their incredible proliferation has altered the course of human history as dramatically as any political or social revolution. At the heart of it all has been one quiet Californian: Gordon Moore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting back story

  • By Daniel on 08-02-15

Thorough, Disjointed, Worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

More than the typical history of tech, This book delves deeply into the family history of Gordon Moore. While very thorough, the bents of the plural authors come through as a bit uneven. Technology buffs must be patient as the text often suddenly shifts from technology minutiae to family drama to history writ large. But it's worth the wait.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,836

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Thoughtful and timeless.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

here's where the optional review that has to be at least 20words goes I guess. The boor was great but Audible has a real UI problem with this review submittal process.

  • Command Line Kung Fu

  • Bash Scripting Tricks, Linux Shell Programming Tips, and Bash One-liners
  • By: Jason Cannon
  • Narrated by: Brian E. Smith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Command Line Kung Fu is packed with dozens of tips and over 100 practical real-world examples. You won't find theoretical examples in this book. The examples demonstrate how to solve actual problems and accomplish worthwhile goals. The tactics are easy to find, too. Each chapter covers a specific topic and groups related tips and examples together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Useful

  • By Troy L. Hester on 06-18-15

Surprisingly Useful

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

I was not sure how listening to spoken command line examples would work. It worked surprisingly well. You're not going to remember the commands, but I found great value in just knowing there were solutions to common (and not-so-common) problems.

There's even an Easter egg! Towards the end of the book, you can make out a cricket chirping in the background under the narrative!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • SpaceX, Tesla, and the Holy Grail
  • By: Daniel Alef
  • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Elon Musk is the man behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, multi-billion dollar companies he founded. Although he is now a multi-billionaire, his objective has never been to amass great wealth, but to save humanity. Writing in the Smithsonian, Carl Hoffman noted: "He does not laugh or crack a smile when he says this. There is no hint of irony."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could learn more from Google

  • By Frank on 08-18-15

Concise account of an unfinished story.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

Lots of gratifying information, but the performance of the narrator comes across a bit like a breathless newscast.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Design of Everyday Things

  • By: Donald A. Norman
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 691

First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came science. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how - and why - some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Badly needs updating

  • By Sean on 10-29-11

Timeless

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Written so long a go by one who heralded the empowered world we live in. Listening to the wistful predictions that came to pass is almost as entertaining as the insights and observations a designer can still use today.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,407
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,253

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

A Story Filled with Heroes

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

I loved every character in this book. I loved the irreverence and the humanity. I loved the science and engineering. I loved the optimistic vision of humanity joined in a heroic mission. Take that, Dystopia!