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  • The Crash Detectives

  • Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters
  • By: Christine Negroni
  • Narrated by: Christine Negroni
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash investigations from the early days of the jet age to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • MISSLEADING TITLE.

  • By Daniel on 11-02-16

MISSLEADING TITLE.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

As I listened to the same stories that I have heard before on other plane crash news stories, movies and television shows. I kept wishing the author would look into the "detective" work or the science that goes in to determining what happened in a given plane crash. What is the thought process, experiments, signs and discoveries that these people look for. What is the actual Detective work and who are these people?

Any additional comments?

The title is a totally misleading. If you want to hear the same stories of what was determined after the investigation of a handful of accidents, or how corrupt some manufacturers of aircraft and airlines can be. Then this is the book for you. But if you think you will hear of the science of plane crash investigating, keep looking. If you know of one out there, let me know what that book is called because I am still curious.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Space Chronicles

  • Facing the Ultimate Frontier
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson - one of our foremost thinkers on all things space - illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The least helpful review of Space Chronicles.

  • By Joshua Kring on 06-17-15

Neil DeGrasse Tyson does it again!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Where does Space Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of all the books that expand on the love of space travel and the importance being at the forefront of science as a nation. This is the best book I have listened to. I would rank this book in the top 20% of the almost 200 titles I have listened to. But this is a bad measuring method of quality or investment worthiness. Of all the books that I have listened to, few fall in this same category. In fact I can't think of any with the same general topic Neil is tackling here.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mirron Willis?

Mirron Willis has a great voice and narration. But his lackluster pronunciation of some very prominent men drives me nuts. Also, the V in Saturn V is the Roman numeral for 5, should be read Saturn 5. I would hope that Audible would pick a narrator for a book that has at least some knowledge or interest in the subject mater and would know some of the pronunciations of these terms and names. There are multiple times where it felt like he just guessed at it and kept on going. It feels almost like a lack of professionalism.

Any additional comments?

I blasted Mirron Willis here for his poor pronunciations. But I wonder if the producers should be the ones that need to do a better job? Its just annoying. Its not tomato tomato (That doesn't work in text, but you know what i mean) It's not even close. It's a lack of trying.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Genius

  • The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
  • By: James Gleick
  • Narrated by: Dick Estell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

From the author of the national best seller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science." ( The New York Times).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Biography!

  • By Douglas on 04-07-13

Great Book, Bad Performance and Editing

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Genius to be better than the print version?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Estell?

I was embarrassed for Dick Estell and any Editors attached to this recording. Do some research; Show some respect both to the author and those great minds represented in this book.

Any additional comments?

I hope in the future Audible will re-record this Audiobook.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Train from Hiroshima

  • The Survivors Look Back
  • By: Charles Pellegrino
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Philip on 02-12-10

Awsome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

I love the way this book is written. Charles Pellegrino wrote a passionate account of the destructive power unleashed over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All sides of the weapons are touched, from the pain unleashed on the people of Japan to those involved in America all the way to the very center of the atomic explosion. As if through the eyes of a physicist he walks you through every millisecond of the atomic reaction and the resulting effects with the articulation of a poet. I can't wait for Audible to record more of Charles Pellegrino's work.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Department of Mad Scientists

  • Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard Of
  • By: Michael Belfiore
  • Narrated by: Michael Belfiore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

The first-ever inside look at DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Roger on 07-24-10

A geeks idea of great reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-09

Yes, I am a geek and yes this book satisfies my tech itch completely. I have always wanted to work for NASA because I thought they were at the cutting edge of physics and science… but now I want to work for DARPA!
This book tells just enough about the history of the technology we use everyday, as well as those we will use tomorrow. Great listen!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and a little scary

  • By Joseph on 11-14-09

Fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-09

This book was very entertaining. I started listening and before I knew it I had listened all the way through. The title does little to express the entire scope of the book. But it does set the stage for just how fringe the world of investigation could be. This book is strange, funny yet intriguing.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful