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  • The Push

  • A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits
  • By: Tommy Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 930

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history - Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route. This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best adventure, and maybe best autobiography I have read.

  • By Jordan B Chapell on 05-24-17

page-turner

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Stellar. I was glued to this book. it's in of the best climbing books out there

  • Carrying the Fire

  • An Astronaut's Journeys
  • By: Michael Collins, Charles A. Lindbergh - foreword
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 206

In Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of the adventure of reaching the moon. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative description of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a boring moment

  • By Yon on 07-10-17

thrilling and honest account

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

well written and Frank. not as entertaining as other astronaut books like Mike massimino or Mike mullane, but it offers something deeper and more meaningful. narrator talks extremely slow - I spend up the playback to 1.5x or more.

  • A Full Life

  • Reflections at Ninety
  • By: Jimmy Carter
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Carter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Scott Volltrauer on 08-19-16

great man

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

the beginning was pretty slow but it got better m you gotta love Jimmy. he is a good man.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,259

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

absolutely amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

it's hard to describe how brilliant this book is. I honestly feel blessed to have discovered Brandon Sanderson and to be able to read his works. the narrators are great, as usual. Sanderson is unparalleled in his ability to craft a story and a message. he is a Worldsinger of the highest caliber.

  • Beyond the Mountain

  • By: Steve House, Reinhold Messner - foreword
  • Narrated by: Steve House
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach. Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not all authors are voice actors-

  • By helen on 01-24-18

A life-changing book

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

As a beginner mountianeer, this book was perfect. Steve House is a true alpinist. He doesn't climb popular peaks or self-promote; he climbs for himself and for no one else. He climbs for the sake of climbing and he does it the right way - no fixed ropes, bolts, or porters. His story and perspective of life, challenge, success, and failure is inspiring... it's no coincidence that the book's foreword is written by Reinhold Messner himself.

Along with soloing K7 and climbing Nanga Parbat, he does mortal human things: he drops a boot, loses a rope, forgets his stove, and pukes way too often, all while hanging on ledges thousands of feet in the air.

Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Chasing Space

  • An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances
  • By: Leland Melvin
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Leland Melvin is the only person in human history to catch a pass in the National Football League and in space. Though his path from the gridiron to the heavens was riddled with setbacks and injury, Leland persevered to reach the stars. While training with NASA, Melvin suffered a severe injury that left him deaf. Leland was relegated to earthbound assignments but chose to remain and support his astronaut family. His loyalty paid off. Recovering partial hearing, he earned his eligibility for space travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-28-18

it's not really about space

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

As an aspiring astronaut, I really wanted to like this book. but instead of telling the details about Melvin's path to becoming an astronaut, the training he had to go through, and the missions on which he flew, the book mostly meanders through the less-interesting parts of his life. It might be good for the very casual listener with little to no background knowledge about NASA. He spends too much talking about the celebrities he met and the TV shows he appeared on. It's not at all the deep-dive into spaceflight or life in the astronaut office that I was looking for. I feel bad leaving a review like this for a member of an astronaut corps whom I idolize so much, but I really wouldn't recommend this to a friend. Instead, check out the books by Mike Massimino or Gene Kranz.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sixth Extinction

  • An Unnatural History
  • By: Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277

A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lifts you out of the ordinary

  • By Regina on 04-28-14

Great read

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

This book was great. Kolbert explorers the natural history of previous extinctions and relates them to the one currently happening on our planet. I learned a lot about many different case studies and ongoing research.

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,762
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,758

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Candid, Enlightening, and Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This is an incredible book. Super inspiring and candid, and especially useful to us civilian astronaut wannabes. And even more to me as a non-medical astronaut wannabe who's worried about imperfect eyes screwing up his dreams!
Massimino tells an incredible story and gives a heartfelt insight into daily life as an astronaut as well as how he faced the biggest challenges of his life. Since I started this book, I've been working harder in the lab and giving my all in the gym. I don't see that slowing down any time soon. Thank you Mike Massimino for this incredible read!

  • Rise of the Rocket Girls

  • The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
  • By: Nathalia Holt
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

In the 1940s and '50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an insightful history of what women can accomplish

  • By Katherine on 10-25-16

Disappointing and trivial

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I really struggling to finish this book. I kept pushing myself to continue and finally gave up just after the halfway point. I started reading this book with the hope that it would include details about the work these women did and insights/case studies about their struggles. It ended up being mostly comprised of generic descriptions and was lean on details. there were too many people to keep track of and there wasn't a clear focus on the work they did or the differences between their experiences and the men's experiences.

54 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura on 08-09-17

Brilliant, educational, and funny

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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: 01-26-18

Incredible, informative, engaging book. would recommend to anybody, scientist or otherwise! In another life I might have chosen to become a data scientist after reading this book!