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  • Inside the Star Wars Empire

  • A Memoir
  • By: Bill Kimberlin
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Bill Kimberlin may refer to himself as "one of those names on the endless list of credits at the close of blockbuster movies." In reality though, he's a true insider on some of the most celebrated and popular movies and franchises of the past century. Jurassic Park. Jumanji. Even Forrest Gump. And perhaps most notably, Star Wars. Inside the Star Wars Empire is the very funny and insightful tell-all about the two decades Kimberlin spent as a department director at LucasFilm Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the special effects studio founded by the legendary filmmaker George Lucas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich with stories

  • By Amy on 09-18-18

Rich with stories

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Reviewed: 09-18-18

Great account of a point of view of filmmaking other books don’t cover. Such a bonus to hear about some very interesting California history.h of

  • Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965

  • By: Francis French, Colin Burgess
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

It was a time of bold new technology, historic moments, and international jousting on the final frontier. But it was also a time of human drama, of moments less public but no less dramatic in the lives of those who made the golden age of space flight happen. These are the moments and the lives that Into That Silent Sea captures, a book that tells the intimate stories of the men and women, American and Russian, who made the space race their own and gave the era its compelling character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Treasure of Information

  • By Amy on 09-07-18

A Treasure of Information

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Fascinating and rich stories which kept me very engaged. Lots of info. I would recommend this book over an internet search for the same info. Much more detailed and colorful.

  • Chasing New Horizons

  • Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
  • By: Alan Stern, David Grinspoon
  • Narrated by: Alan Stern, David Grinspoon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 195

On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than three billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long-mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Topic ... not great coverage

  • By Stuff Reviewer on 06-19-18

Ride along with New Horizons

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Great storytelling. I felt like I was there with the team through their worries, frustrations and triumphs.

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