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Craig Walker

Camarillo, California, USA
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  • Downbelow Station

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator kills that book

  • By K. Krieger on 07-11-12

Long on Fi, short on sci.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

More of a political story then as Arthur Clark might have said, exploring the awe and wonder of the universe. To my ear it was hours of neighbors endlessly arguing.

  • Star Talk Radio: Telescopes That Rocked Our World

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of the first telescope. On this week's show, we reflect on how telescopes have changed our perception of our place in the universe, how small we are in size, space, and time. Our guests include Dava Sobel, author of The Planets, Vatican Astronomer Father Chris Corbally, and astronaut Paul Richards. We also discuss how they help astronomers discover new and interesting aspects of the universe, from Earth-like planets to supernova, from black holes to the Big Bang.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neill deGrasse Tyson is always great but...

  • By Craig Walker on 10-03-18

Neill deGrasse Tyson is always great but...

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

...But by adding a comedian into the mix I thought very distracting. I can only speculate as to why this was done, but to my mind this addition brought the number from a five to a three.

  • Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor David K. Johnson PhD University of Oklahoma
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

The science fiction genre has become increasingly influential in mainstream popular culture, evolving into one of the most engaging storytelling tools we use to think about technology and consider the shape of the future. Along the way, it has also become one of the major lenses we use to explore important philosophical questions. The origins of science fiction are most often thought to trace to Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, a story born from a night of spooky tale-telling by the fireside that explores scientific, moral, and ethical questions that were of great concern in the 19th century - and that continue to resonate today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It only scratches the surface

  • By Marcos Trujillo Cue on 06-14-18

Very thought provoking.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

The structure of this course is to give you an opportunity to watch a selected Sci Fi Film and consider the philosophical makeup behind its creation. The examination of the film's setting in time and social significance measured against the same of the reality of the day in which it was written and made, and how it reflects on our changing world is quite fascinating. well worth the purchase price.

  • All Our Wrong Todays

  • A Novel
  • By: Elan Mastai
  • Narrated by: Elan Mastai
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed...because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really fun time travel novel

  • By Mark on 07-20-17

Sophmoric story and irritating narrator.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

This is a story which I would swear was written and indeed read by a sophomore in his college dorm with noting else to do. The narrator sounded to me like a sarcastic rich kid who decided to make a few extra bucks writing a story.
It was an effort to complete the work. and a pleasure to end the experience.

  • A Sailor of Austria

  • The Otto Prohaska Novels, Book 1
  • By: John Biggins
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

In the spring of 1915, a young Austro-Czech naval lieutenant Ottokar Prohaska finds himself posted to the minuscule Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Submarine Service in the Adriatic port of Pola. In some trepidation at first, because he has no experience whatever of submarines, his fears are soon set at rest when he discovers that nobody else has either: least of all his superiors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CNO Reading List -- GREAT Choice

  • By Masonic Kindler on 08-17-17

Couldn't be a better story.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

First. I loved the ability of the narrator to speak English clearly and beautifully. Second. the story was of a Captain with a heart who happened to be on the wrong side of history and the first world war fighting with primitive submarines in support of a government which was so full of ego and arrogance and incompetence that they had doomed themselves from the start. Fascinating view of war in the eastern Mediterranean against an enemy most would not recognize as such. Well worth the listen and money. A favorite sea story.

  • A Dawn Like Thunder

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

The human torpedo, or chariot, is the ultimate weapon in a war, and only men of extreme courage or recklessness volunteer for the special operations missions requiring its use. Reeman has also written 22 novels under the pseudonym Alexander Kent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly fighting for love while being a frogman.

  • By Craig Walker on 03-23-18

Mostly fighting for love while being a frogman.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

After the read/ listen. I'm still not sure what a chariot is beyond some sort of two man vehicle to carry divers. The story was not half as interesting from the standpoint of fighting a vehicle at sea as opposed to a study of frogmen. Far preferred the stories of the X craft and fighting ships by Reeman.

  • Saucer

  • By: Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

When Rip Cantrell, a seismic survey worker in the Sahara, spots a glint of reflected light in the distance - he investigates and finds a piece of metal apparently entombed in the sandstone. Before long, Rip and his colleagues uncover a flying saucer that has been resting there for 140,000 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Read

  • By Bob on 03-10-09

Sophmoric story

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

This is a story which I would imagine was written for teens and early 20's people. Not a great deal of depth, stimulating dialogue or reasonably believable characters. and that is to be kind.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,447

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

Much like Hunger games.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

If you are a fan of the Hunger games series. then you will like this first book of Red Rising. Setting is a teraformed Mars in the far future. Tribes of the highest cast compete with each other to weed out the lessor skilled in combat. A member of the lowest caste is trained to imitate the highest caste in an attempt to infiltrate and bring justice to all. I found teh begining 10 chapters very good and rather unique in setting. But found it odd that in competition the castes were using fists, clubs, bows arrows and electronic swords again in the far future. The ending although was a setup for the next book. had a twist and was worthy of the journey spent getting there.

  • Blood of Heroes

  • The Ember War, Book 3
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

The Xaros, a galaxy-wide scourge of murderous drones, have their sights set on the planet Takeni. Captain Isaac Valdar volunteers his ship to defend the innocent civilians and evacuate everyone he can. Pressed by an alien fleet in space and a horrifying foe on the surface, the Breitenfeld must risk everything to save the doomed populace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome!

  • By A. Howell on 08-03-16

Good story but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

I do enjoy the book, but in truth this series seems to be two large books broken into short segments and sold separately. Even with credits, I think the price is quite steep compared to other books and series.

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  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,819

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkably Boring

  • By A Tye on 08-02-17

A cute clever book now a favorite.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

If you are one as I who seeks and loves sci fine in the old tradition of Arthur C Clark. One who loves cute and witty dialogue the awe and discovery in space as opposed to adolescent star war fantasy, this is for you. No single handed hero saving the universe from endless marauding aliens, just a clever crew of a space vehicle trying to do a job in an occasionally hostile place. If you like clever and rational space related stories, I likewise offer the book Damocles by s. G. Redling.