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  • The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality

  • By: Don Lincoln, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Don Lincoln
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

At the end of his career, Albert Einstein was pursuing a dream far more ambitious than the theory of relativity. He was trying to find an equation that explained all physical reality - a theory of everything. Experimental physicist and award-winning educator Dr. Don Lincoln takes you on this exciting journey in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Suitable for the intellectually curious at all levels and assuming no background beyond basic high-school math, these 24 half-hour lectures cover recent developments at the forefront of particle physics and cosmology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible’s Best Science Offering, A Gem

  • By MikeB on 12-08-18

Exactly what I was hoping for, and more

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Don gets deeper into the quantum physics more than anything I've come across to date which I was hoping for. Usually I listen too a physics book and the author will give me a magazine article type overview of the weak nuclear force. Not Mr Lincoln, we are his students and he is going to teach us the real deal of the weak nuclear force(and every other force/particle/spin/color/QED/QCD/anti etc) with great analogies to keep us on track. Also he will surprise me with some damn silly wit that pops up at unusual times, and actually gets me to laugh. Another nice thing about this book is it's up-to-date, I don't know how many books I've listened to where the phrase pops up "The higgs boson which is soon to be found at the LHC" ugh! (Don was working at both the LHC AND FermiLab during the Higgs hunt and his 1st person insight is brilliant). So to sum up If you haven't already deduced, I would think this book a bargian at 2 credits!
P.S. I didn't give it 5 stars because I don't "love" it, after all it is a physics book (Sorry Don)

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Life and Death of Stars

  • By: Keivan G. Stassun, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Keivan G. Stassun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

We understand the stars at a much deeper level, not as legendary figures connected with constellations, but as engines of matter, energy, and the raw material of life itself. The Life and Death of Stars introduces you to this story in 24 half-hour lectures that lead you through the essential ideas of astrophysics - the science of stars. Your guide is Professor Stassun, an award-winning teacher and noted astrophysicist. He provides lively, eloquent, and authoritative explanations at a level suitable for science novices as well as for those who already know their way around the starry sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stassun keeps referring to visual material

  • By pondo on 12-27-18

Stassun keeps referring to visual material

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I really like the lecture and have learned a lot (it's not the same old knowledge rehashed like a lot of physics books lately). But one ultra annoying part is, he keeps refering to visual materials, like the horsehead nebulae, which yea I've see pictures of nebulae's before, but never with the intent of looking at indicators that Stassun is refering to, before they were just pretty pictures. It finally reached the "ultra" annoying part when he was showing a computer simulated video of a planet forming, and saying things like "See how it cut's out a tract in the planetary disc" or "Now you can see how Jupiter is just like the Earth." The description of the book says there is a pdf added to my library for the book, which I will find, But I listen in my car so I'll never be able to look at the pdf while driving. just fair warning to anybody wanting to get this book, to check the pdf. Final verdict, absolutely worth the credit

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Soylent Planet: A Rex Nihilo Adventure

  • Starship Grifters, Book 0
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most I’ve laughed in a long time

  • By Richard on 04-13-18

I almost never give 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I can easily see an either I Love Rex Nihilo stories or hate them, no in between. If you are a Mel brooks fan, like me, you will probably love them.

  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author nails it again!

  • By @newhaven265 on 11-14-18

I didn't know this was a YA

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

First, is it worth the credit? For me no, I had to keep forcing myself to listen to it, shut it off multiple times, but kept after it to see if Dircks would redeem the story in the end. (Please note 2 stars says its ok) I'm not going to return it, but after Tesla and Blue stuff, which I think desrve the credit, this one wasn't what I was expecting (I wasn't expecting a teenage girl YA yarn) maybe my bad. Anyhow minor characters just seem to be happy to be loosers, which is hard to get behind. Let me expand on this, there is a contest in the book that is the biggest thing that will ever happen to any human alive, a chance to go to Mars, to step foot on Mars to have your name in the history books for all humanity to marvel at. There are only 30 contestants and any one has an equal chance to win. Everytime a contestant fails to advance they are happy and hugs all around, I mean bullshit! I just lost a chance of any humans lifetime ever! I am in shock, I'm pissed, I'm angry, disheveled!!! I'm certainly not, 'that's wonderful now the protagonist gets to continue on!'
Twist towards the end helps the overall rating, but the story marches you through a long predictble outcome. Main character development is very good, but overall the story was really hard for me to get through. If you happen to be a teenager (girl) you might be more inclined to like the book, but if you're a fan of The Martian you probably won't.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dispatches from Planet 3

  • Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond
  • By: Marcia Bartusiak
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

The galaxy, the multiverse, and the history of astronomy are explored in this engaging compilation of cosmological "tales" by multiple award-winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak. In 32 concise and engrossing essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries. Bartusiak shares the back stories for many momentous astronomical discoveries, including the contributions of such pioneers as Beatrice Tinsley and her groundbreaking research in galactic evolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great for basic knowledge and history

  • By pondo on 11-20-18

Great for basic knowledge and history

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

If you have no idea who wrote the equation for gravity then this book is for you. I thought since the book is a new release I would learn some of the latest concepts coming out of the physics world, but i didn’t hear anything i haven’t heard before. I was completely disappointed. So it may be enlightening for some who are starting with the basics, but if you know who Steven Weinberg is you defiantly won’t learn anything from this book. The presentation/entertainment value is slightly above average, but the author seems to be hung up on women’s discoveries, which i personally don’t put much stock into someones gender for making a discovery, i give them kudo’s for their intellect and insights, no matter who they are. I feel i waisted a credit, but i’ve heard all if her information many times before,

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,853

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

The only thing missing was humor

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Not worth the credit. I feel that the reviews are being manipulated. The poor reviews seem to be getting buried. Which is a shame because I feel that I wasted my money and worse my TIME on this book due to shady reviews, that assured me it was, laugh out loud funny throughout. NOT TRUE I never laughed during this book, I literally chuckled one time. So thank you to all the fake reviews that duped me. If you are reading this please start reviewing the books honestly, don't just 'LOVE' every book. it goes against what the reviews are for. And If you find a review obviously diametrically opposed to reality, please down vote it.
Thank you

Sorry for the tirade but this book obviously isn't funny and the production company is getting richer by being dishonest to us. And If you wondering what I think would be funny, Rex Nihilo, Hard Luck Hank and anything from Mel Brooks.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,584
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,558

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

If you think you can't be manipulated, think again

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Elizabeth manipulated Presidents of the United States, sitting and former. She manipulated a Vice President, Secretaries of State (2), Senate majority leader, Steve Jobs long time friend and business partner Avie Tevanian, 4 star General Mad dog Mattis, Many Many geniuses from MIT, Stanford Princeton etc. She had them all duped and she was playing the ultimate 'Fake it till you make it'. But she couldn't make it. It turns out one drop of blood is too small a sample to run all of those tests on. First of all there are different types of blood tests that require completely different types of machines (you can't weigh a steak with a thermometer) so the little drop of blood would have to be divided up A LOT. Secondly capillary blood from a fingertip is a big problem with that small a sample (think tiny amounts of contamination, dirt, lotion or sweat on the skin also other inherent problems) intravenous blood is pure. So anyone who has a clue about blood testing could see right through this charade. Elizabeth stayed FAR away from theses people. The Book was awesome and especially scary for me, I live in Phoenix area, you'll find out why that matters later in the book. The story was dinged on my rating because there were so many interesting areas that were not fully explored, like what became of the Foose's, and the fact that everyone was being trailed by private investigators (I had an incident similar to that happen to me, it's especially unnerving to a point that I think only Keats could convey the emotions involved). This story could easily have another 3 or 4 hours added to it. Great book well worth the credit, spoiler you won't be able to stop listening.

  • The Last Question

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

Here is a story that goes beyond space and time. Isaac Asimov takes on a journey that explores the ultimate fate of the universe, along with the question, what will become of the human race? So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but a disappointing purchase

  • By Steven on 04-24-13

Asimov

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

A fun short by Asimov, Narration was very good as well. has a bit of a twist at the end

  • Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683

It’s Christmas again at St Mary's and time for Max’s obligatory illegal jump. On this occasion, however, they’re right up against it. A loaded gun has been left behind in Ancient Egypt, and it’s up to them to retrieve it before anyone accidentally blows their own head off, thus affecting the timeline for centuries to come. And as if that’s not enough, someone (Max) has inadvertently poisoned Mr Markham. It’s hot, they’re running out of supplies, they can’t find the gun and it’s all going horribly wrong. Again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic for fans of the series

  • By Sheryl on 05-02-16

Great series

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The St. Mary's books are a lot of fun, and sometimes you learn stuff too!

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,429

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Honestly from a 53 year old life long republican

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This Thriller is fantastic. Well worth the credit. The opening scene is gripping, has you clenching your teeth, getting behind this president as he is attacked by political foe's. Then Patterson (probably) deftly compounds the presidents precarious situation with health issues (real life right). Clinton (obviously) serves up genuine insight into todays political climate, shit us 9-5ers never think about. Thank you Bill for that insight it was enlightening. About two hours in the president makes a decision that most humans can't even comprehend and he orders a strike that is sure to kill innocent children as collateral damage. Next you're gonna laugh out loud as he tries to drive a car. About five hours in and another barbarian at the gate while the others haven't been resolved yet, just continues to add to the insurmountable mountain that the president of the united states must face every day (all enemy's foreign and domestic right). Great line "Is there anything else Madam Vice President" will make your neck hair stand up. This book gives you much more respect for the office of the president and has a way of making your own personal complaints about the U.S. seem petty. Every single sentence in this book advances the plot and is gripping. THERE is NO fluff. Thanks Bill and James nicely done. Performance Dennis Quaid is Dennis Quaid, he did a great job (4 stars) would have loved his performance if he didn't do FBI Liz, but Dennis and the cast were still great.

144 of 186 people found this review helpful