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Sean D. Mcclinton

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  • The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution

  • Library of Flight
  • By: Frank White
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Tobias
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

More than 30 years ago, Frank White coined the term "overview effect", to describe the cognitive shift in awareness that results from the experience of viewing Earth from orbit or the moon. He found, that with great consistency, this experience profoundly affects space travelers' worldviews - their perceptions of themselves and our planet and our understanding of the future. White found that astronauts know from direct experience what the rest of us know only intellectually: We live on a planet that is like a natural spaceship moving through the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At the core of why we should explore space

  • By Sean D. Mcclinton on 04-04-19

At the core of why we should explore space

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This book had a profound impact on the direction of my career in the space industry. With all of the astronaut interviews and Frank's thoughtful analysis of the meaning of it all, it helped me more clearly understand why we explore space in the first place. Skeptics, the curious, and the learned would all benefit by reading this book and it's look into the why and the future of space exploration.

  • Let My People Go Surfing

  • The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
  • By: Yvon Chouinard, Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove, Yvon Chouinard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard - legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. - shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good presentation, though a little preachy

  • By Jim Perkins on 05-25-17

The Epitome of Purpose-driven Entrepreneurship

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I didn't know much about Patagonia before reading this, and don't have any of their clothes. I was looking for an inspiring book on entrepreneurship, which it was, in part. You certainly can't fall Yvon for standing up for what he believes in. Probably not the typical American executive or corporation, and I think more companies and executives should think the way Yvon does. I think the trap people fall into is putting profit above all else, but I think Yvon and Patagonia show us that you can live your beliefs, create an amazing organization, and presumably do pretty well financially, though he certainly doesn't go into that part of it. It's a little preachy at times, and I kind of believe we all have skeletons in our closet in terms of hypocrisy, but ultimately better to live what you believe for better or worse, and do it out loud, which Yvon Chouinard certainly does as evidenced in this book. Ultimately I would say this book is more sobering than inspiring, but valuable nonetheless.

  • The Cosma Hypothesis

  • Implications of the Overview Effect
  • By: Frank White
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Tobias
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

As a follow-up to the seminal work, The Overview Effect, Frank White explores life's destiny in the universe and a compelling new hypothesis. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Definitive "Why" of Space Exploration

  • By Sean D. Mcclinton on 04-04-19

The Definitive "Why" of Space Exploration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-19

At the Space Entrepreneurs in Seattle, WA, we are focused on the what of space exploration - the what being helping people advance their careers in space. Frank White has done an amazingly thorough job of exploring the "why" of space exploration in the Cosma Hypothesis. As Simon Sinek would say, it starts with why. We have the option to do things as we have always done them, or we could pursue a higher destiny and be a better version of ourselves through space exploration. It's my firm belief that by reading the Cosma Hypothesis, it will help you more firmly ground your reasons for exploring space in the why, and at a more planet-wide level. We all have our own reasons for being interested in space exploration, but Cosma will help you understand those within our society and the world as a whole. As a world-renonwed space philosopher and author of the now cult classic "Overview Effect," Frank takes his thinking to the next level about what this all means. With the rise of the commercialization of space, it's important that we think consciously about why we do this, so we can better inform our how, and Frank helps us do just that in the Cosma Hypothesis.

  • Space 2.0

  • How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age
  • By: Rod Pyle, Buzz Aldrin - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Speaking with key leaders of the latest space programs and innovations, Rod Pyle shares the excitement and promise of this new era of exploration and economic development. From NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, to emerging leaders in the private sector, Space 2.0 examines the new partnerships that are revolutionizing spaceflight and changing the way we reach for the stars. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Basically a really long Wikipedia entry

  • By Anonymous User on 03-03-19

Excellent, Well-Organized Overview of "NewSpace"

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I work in the space industry, and therefore listen to a lot of audio books on space. What I thought Rod did best with this book is to synthesize a ton of material - there is a lot happening in space these days - and make it easy to understand. It was really well organized and flowed well. If you're just trying to find out what's happening in space these days, this is the perfect book for you. It doesn't go into great depth, so if you're looking for something technical on a particular subject of space like propulsion or communication, this isn't that kind of book.

  • Startup Communities

  • Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
  • By: Brad Feld
  • Narrated by: David Kaplan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

"Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small-business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of one another's talent, creativity, and support.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, horrible narrator

  • By Jordan on 10-22-13

Good Overview

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Drones on a bit, without any first person narrative, but educational. Good starter for someone unfamiliar with the inner workings of a board, like I was.

  • The Space Barons

  • By: Christian Davenport
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons - most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen - are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel and send humans even further than NASA has gone. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredible Modern Story Well Told

  • By Greg Autry on 04-06-18

Excellent Overview of Modern Space Exploration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Great overview, organization, and narration. If you’re looking for highly technical, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a behind the scenes history of Blue Origin and SpaceX, this is it.

  • Open

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an Incredible Story!

  • By Patrick on 12-13-09

Easily one of the best books I've ever read read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-17

The narrator was great the story flowed very smoothly, very entertaining. The story definitely lives up to the title, I wish I could be that open. When you read it, you feel like you get to know Andre as a person. Nobody's perfect, but it was a fun ride.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,785

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Best audible book ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-16

If you like sports and business, this is a must read. Even better if you like Japan, entrepreneurship, and are from the Pacific Northwest, grew up playing sports and wearing Nike stuff like me. But seriously, easy, fun, and inspiring listen.

  • Skygods

  • The Fall of Pan Am
  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Originally published by Wm. Morrow, in 1995, Skygods is the saga of America's most glamorous airline - from its meteoric ascent to its plunge to extinction. Pan Am blazed the way across the world's oceans with its magnificent Clipper ships, launched the first international jet service, was the first to fly the behemoth 747, was the lead customer for America's SST and the Concorde, and was even taking reservations for the first commercial flights to the moon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing Slice of Social History

  • By S. Perry on 06-01-14

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

This was a good listen overall if you like aviation and history. But there was something missing. Not sure what it was though, hence the 4 stars.

  • Breaking the Chains of Gravity

  • The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA
  • By: Amy Shira Teitel
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

NASA's history is a familiar story, culminating with the agency successfully landing men on the moon in 1969. But NASA's prehistory is a rarely told tale, one that is largely absent from the popular space-age literature but that gives the context behind the incredible lunar program. America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum; it was assembled from preexisting parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Book, Performance Weak

  • By Ryan Mitchell on 01-31-16

Great Overview

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Easy listen with good detail. Good for those who are interested in the history of Spaceflight.

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